Safari on the Nam Ha National Protected Area
The Hiker - 4 days
Regular days with
- 0 - 10 km per day
> Spend one night with a local family
> Cook traditional jungle food with your local guide
> Spend your nights camping in the middle of the jungle
Get ready for a 4-day safari, to experience the wild side of Namha National Protected Area, where our extreme journey through the dense forest will allow you to experience jungle camping in the middle of nowhere. You will learn about native fauna and flora, as well as getting tips on how to survive in the dense forest from your experienced guide, you will have a chance to see some wildlife and visit remote villages along the way.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: Luang Namtha – Ban Prang – Mountain Ridge Campsite
Your safari excursion starts from The Hiker office at 8:30 am, meet your guide then drive southward to Ban Prang where you will meet your local guides who will assist you during our jungle trip. The first-day hike will take about 6 hours, including rest stops and a break for lunch. The hiking condition is not too difficult as we walk through the shade of the primary forest. Once we reach our camping site, your guide and you will prepare the simple hut and bed for the night’s sleep. You will cook jungle food for dinner and relax around the campfire for the evening or you can choose to go for a night walk near the campsite.
Day 2: Campsite 1 – Under Hundred Years Old Trees
Wake up to the sun and enjoy the fresh crisp morning air and listen to the animals (birds, squirrels, civet) scurrying around. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and freshly cooked breakfast. Today we hike through interesting and dense forest. Don’t hesitate to ask your guides any questions! Enjoy walking along or in a stream – yes your feet will get wet! We have lunch on the way. In the thick forest, you will see big old trees until we reach our campsite. We will have a freshly made jungle dinner before retiring to our jungle beds, exhausted!
Day 3: Campsite 2 – Wild Khmu Village Homestay
Our day begins later allowing you to sleep in or explore your surroundings. Today’s hike is not as long as the previous days but there will be ascending and descending trails. We hike out from the dense forest, along the valley until we reach the main river of the Nam Ha area. You will cross the river through a suspension bridge or walk through the water. We have lunch along the way and then continue walking along the riverside for an hour to Ban Nalan (Khmu village). Here we will spend the night with a local family. For the remainder of the day, you can spend time around the village observing the locals or swim in the crystal clear water of the river. We enjoy a meal and a relaxing evening with our host family.
Day 4: Khmu and Lantan Villages – Back to Luang Namtha
After breakfast, we head to another village nearby Ban Namkoy (Lantan village) where the people derive from the south of China migrating here a few hundred years ago. You will see the locals in traditional clothing. We soon head into the forest again, trek for a few hours until we reach the hilltop where you will witness spectacular views. We have lunch on the hilltop before walking to the last village at the bottom of the mountain, where our transit car is waiting on the main road. We take the rest before we walk 10 minutes to the car and transfer back to the town around 16:30 PM.
On the first day of the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive you from Luang Namtha to Ban Prang. On the last day of the trek, we will dive you back to Luang Namtha. Transfers will be done in a minivan or Tuk-Tuk.
The trekking company will provide all the water necessary during the trek. The Hiker provides 3 liters of water per trekker, per day of trek. You will have to carry your water in your bag during the trek.
A professional, English speaking, local guide will accompany you during the whole trek. The guide will also cook your meals along the way.
During this trek in the jungle, you will eat locally prepared food. Most of the ingredients will be wild organic food, fresh from nature. During the afternoon, you are welcome to join the locals and the guide and help them to prepare dinner. Meals included are 4 lunches, 3 breakfasts, and 3 dinners.
You will spend your first two nights camping in the dense jungle. The third night you will experience a typical homestay in Laos, where you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life.
√ Entrance fees and permits
The government taxes and all entrance and travel fees required for this trek are included in the price of the trek.
The total amount excludes flights to and from Laos.
During the trek, you will have to carry your own bag. You will also have to carry your sleeping bag for the camping nights and the water for the day.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Laos.
You will spend your first two nights camping in the dense jungle. The third night you will experience a typical homestay in Laos, where you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life. For the camping night, your trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary, including sleeping bags, mattresses, and mosquito nets. The villagers will prepare your beds for the homestay on the third day. During the trek you will have the chance to cook with the locals, to interact with them and to get to know their customs and way of life.
Nam Ha National Protected Area
The Nam Ha National Protected Area is a famous eco-tourism destination in Laos. The national protected area is located in Luang Namtha Province, in northern Laos, and is home to a variety of ethnic groups and diverse animal and plant species. The Park comprises 2,224 square kilometers and its highest peak stands at 2,094 meters above sea level.
Laos is a landlocked country and its geography plays a major part in shaping its climate. Trekking in Laos can be done all year long. However, if you are going to be doing a jungle trek, it is always advisable to choose your dates during the dry season. The dry season in Laos lasts from October to May and it is the best time to visit Laos to enjoy its lush nature. The 'green season’ falls between July to October. During these months the rains return to the country and the treks in the jungle become more adventurous. Fortunately, showers are usually short and don't have much impact on your trek.
Tipping is appreciated but it is not expected in Laos. Tipping in Asian countries should always be considered a gesture of appreciation for good service and not an obligation. If you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him with a tip, that is ok. It is up to you how much to tip.
Although the treks are not so long, you must bear in mind that you will be trekking several hours a day for several days in the jungle. Also, remember that you will be carrying your own backpack, together with your sleeping bag and water for the day. When it comes to trekking, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek. So, in order to make the most out of your trek in Laos, getting in shape is always a good idea. Try walking a few hours a day with a backpack for a few weeks before your trip.
While trekking in Laos, having the right equipment is paramount. Since the climate in our country is tropical, you must always be prepared for hot temperatures and unexpected rain. In The Hiker we have prepared a detailed packing list for our trekkers so that there are no unpleasant surprises during the hike. Here is what you must bring:
- Hiking boots
- Mosquito spray
- Clothes/shoes to get wet
- Change of clothes
- Warm clothes
- Pocket money
- Raincoat (Wet season)
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.
THE HIKER is a local travel agency offering high quality trekking and eco-adventure tours in the Luang Namtha region of Northern Laos. The Hiker’s aim is to innovatively contribute to the tourism industry with a professional and ethical service, providing premium quality eco-tours that cater for all clients, whilst sharing the responsibility and benefits with local communities.
Our main goals are:
1. To consciously contribute to the conservation of Laos’ natural biodiversity and cultural heritage.
2. To present a unique experience in eco-tours by offering specialised activities.
3. To actively engage with local communities by educating and enriching their inherited pool of knowledge regarding the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner, thus creating an awareness in allowing the local ecosystems to remain relatively stable and balanced.
4. To create opportunities for local communities to reach a sufficient source of income.
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