|3 Days Trek in the Jungle Forest (ID: VPK-TK-06)
Start-Finish: Vieng Phoukha town or Luang Namtha town
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Departure: 9:00 AM daily from Vieng Phoukha; 8:00 from Luang Namtha town
Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents walks up and down of hills
Overnight camping (leave-hut or tent) in the Nam Ha National Protected Area hosted by local people (Khmu ethnic group). Test local food such as bamboo, leafs of different bushes etc. The second night you spend in an Akha home stay. Visit the “monkey forest”, caves and meet ethnic groups such as Akha, Hmong, Lahu and Khmu.
Day 1: Vieng Phoukha-Jungle Forest Camp. Approx. 5-6 hours
9:00 am start by a minivan or Tuk Tuk around 20 minutes stop where you start trekking. Walking through a little fields and an exciting with walking between through the steep rock and ascent and descent in the old growth forest in the Nam Ha National Protected Area after 3 hours of walking you will stop for Picnic lunch on the trail before arrive Tah Long village (Khmu Kwean). You will to visit them about 20 minutes and continue through many kind of forest such as: forestry, bamboo grove, and jungle forest. On the way you will an exciting with many kinds of bird sound (Non timber forest product). Around 3 pm you will finish for first day trekking at the Maamaint cave (Khmu ethnic name) area that around by old growth forest stay overnight camp near the cave, wait for guide prepare local food with bamboo, you will an exciting with to watch secretly the wildlife come to earn a living at night with the guide. [Meals: Lunch, Dinner]
Day 2: Jungle Forest Camp-Ban Houy Hok. Approx. 5-6 hours
Rising early, you may be able to see or hear the sounds of the black-cheeked gibbon, monkey, forest chicken, after already preparing you thing and breakfast you will start trekking through inside the Maamaint cave about 30 minutes and continue to Tah Leng (Akha village). Lunch will be prepared in the traditional way in the forest along the path. The guides know how to boil water and make soup within vessels made of bamboo. They will encourage you to take part in the preparation of the meal, showing you how to construct simple spoons and chopsticks from leaves and cups from bamboo. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants collected along the way. Stay one more night in Ban Houy Hok (Akha Village) after dinner; you will receive an Akha ethnic massage from the women of the tribe. The giving of massage to visitors of the village is an Akha tradition. [Meals: Lunch, Dinner].
Day 3: Ban Houy Hok-Vieng Phoukha. Approx. 4-5 hours
Before breakfast, if the weather is good and you are a bit of a morning person, feel free to take a walk around the village to see Akha preparing to work in the fields. In the morning there is sometimes a sea of fog hanging over the landscape, amongst which the villagers will be feeding their animals. Around 9 am, you will have a good 3 hours hike down on the dirt road before lunch, and then you will continue the trek until you arrive at the Vieng Phoukha valley. Here the trek concludes and a driver will be waiting to transport you back to town. There should be enough time in the day to travel onwards to the Thai border at Huay Xai if you choose. [Meals: Breakfast, Lunch].
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Remark: the trip start from Luang Namtha town charge more 200,000 Kip or 25 US$ per trip for transport from Luang Namtha-Vieng Phoukha around 60 km.
When packing for a trek, keep it simple. The less luggage you have to carry around, the more you will enjoy yourself. Wear a good pair of running shoes or lightweight trekking shoes. Bring a small backpack which should contain following items:
The hike can be strenuous, therefore suitable for people in good physical condition. Expect to walk 5-6 hours during the first and second day of the program, and 4-5 hours on the third day.
Jungle camp accommodation: hosted by Khmu people with most camp basic made by banana leaf or use tents if necessity. Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
Village accommodation for the day 2: participants must be aware that there are no western-style toilets and washing facilities. Sleeping is on a bamboo floor, dormitory style. Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
Jungle forest camp itinerary is a basic guideline only and subject to change.
All jungle forest camp areas are supervised by Laos Tourism Administration, which means all areas are frequented by tourists.
Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism
Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism is the owner of the Phou Iu II Bungalows and Eco-Trek in Muang Sing and Phou Iu III Bungalows in Luang Namtha with branch offices in Luang Namtha, Vieng Phoukha, Long and Nalae. They offer a large variety of trekking, kayaking and boat tours, as well as the jungle camp, biking, motor-biking and tours by car. Tours are designed to last from 1 to 11 days, including overnight stays in private homes or lodges in ethnic villages. Some tour activities are by foot, bicycle or boat, others include travel by tuk-tuk, bus or four wheel drive. Home stay packages within Luang Namtha and Nam Ha National Protected Area are also offered. || Read more >>
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