NORTHERN TREKKING & BOAT
CRUISE - 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
Trekking in Laos is the best way to discover Laotian people, their
diverse cultures and ethic minority groups. This tour brings you to
encounter rural ethnic people in Laos and to explore their rustic
cultures, plus a city tour in the timeless slow paced city of Luang
Houei Xay – Muang Sing – Luang Namtha – Muang Khua – Nong Khiaw –
Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang
Taking a private drive to Luang Namtha, en route enjoying a nice
Taking full day treks to different Akha villages, having
opportunity to explore their different ethnic cultures,
customary activities such as marriage, dancing, singing, life
styles closed to nature and local waterfalls
Having chance to do village activities such as cotton spinning,
making and playing with children’s toys or pounding rice
Having chance to do agricultural activities on the path heading
to another villages such as planting rice, riding a buffalo or
Taking a slow boat down to the Nam Ou River, en route visiting
Muang Ngoi, a village nestling at the foothill of a gigantic
limestone outcrop, before walking to Tham Kang and Tham Pakeo
Visiting by boat the famous Pak Ou Cave, before heading to Kamu
Lodge for a bamboo tented camp in a peaceful surrounding, where
you enjoy different activities close to natural environment
Taking a boat across the Mekong River to start a trail along
valley streams, up on mountains, through rice fields and
isolated rural houses, passing a diversity of jungle floras and
trees and catching the breathtaking view of Mekong River
Enjoying a city tour in Luang Prabang from the former Royal
Palace, the National Museum, Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong, Phou Si
Temple and the authentic Hill Tribe Market
Itinerary in details
Day 1 - Arrive Houei Xay - Muang Sing (B/ L/D)
After your arrival in Houei Xay, you will take a private vehicle to
drive on the road 3 to reach Luang Namtha. Enjoy very nice scenery
during the journey passing through the mountains. On the way, your guide
will give you some essential information about a civilization of
different areas, which is quite unique from one to another. Lunch en
route at local restaurant. Diner in local restaurant.
Overnight in Muang Sing at Pou Iu guesthouse
Day 2 - Full day trek (B/ L/D)
In the morning, you will walk to the Akha village and have a complete
day discovering this ethnic group’s culture and life style.
Begin the trek at That Xieng Tueng to Nam Keo Noi Water Fall.
Take a break at the Waterfall for lunch prepared by charming Akha woman.
After lunch carry on to the old village site and walk through pine
forest and old growth forest before descending to Ban Lao Khao.
Overnight in the Ban Lao Khao Lodge.
While waiting for dinner, visit with the Ban Lao Khao village host. Tour
the villege, listen to traditional musical instruments, stories, legends
while watching the preparation of the evening meal. Learn about
traditional Akha houses.
And after dinner massage from the young women of the village before
going off to listen to the courting songs of the youth at the courting
Overnight at Ban Laokhao in local house
Day 3: - Full day trek (B/ L/D)
After breakfast start walking to Ban Phou Yae. The trail passes through
secondary forest. The village guides will lead a forest activity such as
birth watching, collecting bamboo shoots, and medicinal plants.
Visit a family home and with the family in Phou Yae village. After lunch
continue to Ban Houeinagang. Stop for tea in Ban Houeinagang so a
village activity such as cotton spinning, making and playing with
children’s toys or pounding rice.
Continue to Ban Eu La. Along the way do agricultural activities like
planting rice, riding a buffalo or gathering vegetables. Stop in Eu La
Village for tea and visit with the village. (It is an Akha custom for
visitors to stop in the village and chat before passing on through.)
Continue on to Ban Tamy to the village lodge. While waiting for dinner,
visit with the Ban Lao Khao village hosts. Tour the village; listen to
traditional musical instruments, stories, legends while watching the
preparation of the evening meal. Learn about home life and marriage
customs. And after dinner massage from the young women of the village
before going off to listen to the courting songs of the youth at the
Overnight in Ban Tamee at local house
Day 4 - Muang Sing - Luang Namtha(B/ L/D)
After breakfast do a village activity such as cotton spinning, making
and playing with children’s toys or pounding rice.
Depart for Ban Nam Hou. Along the way do agricultural activities like
planting rice, riding a buffalo or gathering vegetables. Stop for tea in
Ban Nam Hoo. Lunch in a family home in Monaa village. After lunch walk
up through the forest to an overlook of the Muang Sing Plain. Do a
forest activity such as bird watching, collecting bamboo shoots,
Walk down to Ban Piyer and stop for tea. Visit the village handicraft
store before taking the truck back to Luang Nam Tha.
Overnight at the Dalavan Guest House.
Day 5 - Luang Namtha – Muang Khua (B)
After breakfast, start for a day journey to Muang Khua. The road pass
trough the mountain, on the way stops to visit ethnic’s village. Enjoy
lunch in local restaurant at Oudomxai. For the afternoon, drive to Muang
Khua on road 4 for 102 km, on the way stop to visit some villages as
Muang La, Sin Xay. Arrive Muang Khua at the end of the day to check in
hotel. Diner in local restaurant.
Overnight in Muang Khua at Sernnaly hotel
Day 6 - Muang Khua trek (B/ L/D)
After the breakfast, meet your local guide and take together a local
transport for about 40 minutes to the start point of the trek.
You follow the trail going up in the mountain; on the way, you can see
villagers from the mountains pass sometime with horse to carry goods to
sell in the market. Arrive at the top of the mountain you find an Akha
village Ban Phakha, with your local guide you meet the villagers they
shire but they are friendly and the children like running after you.
Take relax time, you meet the village chief and share local lunch in his
home. Learn about the Akha culture and lifestyle.
Continue your trekking discover the cemetery outside the village, follow
the trail continues down the mountain to arrive in Khmu village Ban Sang
Houy to make a stop and have contact with villagers. From the village
you walk down again to the valley where the road for your local
transport to return in Muang Khua. Arrive in Muang Khua in the end
Overnight in Muang Khua at Sernnaly hotel.
Note: Time trekking about 4 hours, Grade: moderate.
Day 7 - Muang Khua – Nong Khiaw (B/ L/D)
Muang Khua take slow boat to navigate down the Nam Ou river on route,
stop for lunch in local restaurant and visit Muang Ngoi, once a quaint
village nestling at the foothill of a giant limestone outscrop. Now it’s
a beautiful stopping off place for travellers coasting up and down the
Nam Ou. The only way of reaching Muang Ngoi is by boat; the only road is
a main street- leading nowhere. We stop there to visit village and go by
walk to visit caves, Tham Kang and Tham Pakeo. After visit we continue
navigate to Nong Khiaw.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw at Nong Kiau River Side Resort.
Day 8 - Nong Khiaw - Kamu lodge (B/ L/D)
In the early morning, your driver will pick you up at your guesthouse
and drive to Pak Ou village where you will embark in a private boat to
visit the famous Pak Ou cave and continue navigate to the Kamu Lodge.
The Kamu Lodge is enclosed with 20 tents which are recovered of thatches
roof in a harmony with the nature and the local houses style. Each tent
is appointed with traditional furniture made of bamboo and wood. Hot
water is available in each bathroom (solar power) and all are in a 100%
nature, away from tourist circuits.
After lunch, enjoy different activities available in Kamu Lodge:
• Demonstration of rice planting (with participation possible) with
traditional techniques of cultivating the rice.
• Find some gold in the Mekong river (period from January to June).
• Have a walk in the forest and gain some new information about the
medicinal traditional plants.
• Trekking around and discover a waterfall of 15 m height (2 hours of
walk and boat)
• Fishing in the Mekong
• Visit the Khmu village and local people.
Diner and overnight in Kamu Lodge
Day 9 - Kamu lodge trek to Luang Prabang (B/ L/D)
After breakfast, embark on boat to cross the Mekong river to arrive Ban
Kengkhen for the start point trek. Cross the village and follow the
trail along a stream in nice valley. Pass through rice field, some
isolated house where living people far away from the modern
Arrive to the foot of the mountain, need to cross several time stream
before hiking the mountain. Entrance in the tropical jungle with
luxuriant variety of plant and trees. Meet people collect some wood or
wild fruit or walking through the forest.
Pass the jungle continue in mountain forest, arrive at old village where
only few villagers stay living here. Most of them are moving on villages
down the mountains. Continue trekking along the top of the mountain and
can appreciate the magnificent view to the mountains of the Mekong area.
Enjoy pic nic lunch on the way.
After that, descend the mountain on slop down trail and discover the
rice plant growing there. Arrive down the way pass some villages of Lao
Loum and Khmu and rice field to reach the isolated Ban Na village. Visit
the village and after some relax get the private vehicle for half hour
drive on dirt road to Ban Xiengmen village. Embark again on local boat
to cross the Mekong, then arrive to Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Note: Trekking grade: moderate, Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Day 10 - Luang Prabang (B/ L/D)
After breakfast, we drive To Kuang Si waterfalls, 38 km southwest of
Luang Prabang with stops en-route to visit some ethnic minority
villages. It is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep
track and if the weather is good, swim in the clear water at the foot of
the falls. Return in Luang Prabang for the lunch.
Afternoon, , enjoy city tour begins at the former Royal Palace, now the
National Museum. Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden
bas-reliefs. During Pimai, the lao new year, the Prabang normally housed
in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this
temple, Wat Xieng Thong then we climb up the Phou Si Temple for
overlooking views of Luangprabang city (The world Heritage Site). We
visit Hill Tribe Market (The Original Luangprabang people market in an
ancient era and now it’s remain unchanged. It opens only in the evening
time). Dinner is served in local restaurant before return to hotel.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 11 - Departure Luang Prabang (B/ L/D)
After breakfast, free at leisure until your transfer to the airport.
Note: We can arrange additional customized trips for you if
the above itinerary does not match your expectations.
End of our services
Our services include:
- All accommodation in DOUBLE or TWIN room at suggested hotels
- All meals as mentioned in the program
- All road transport by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
- All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
- All other transportation used for travel: sampan, small boat, etc...
- A competent professional guide at each stage the entire time, (except during free time)
- All tours as per the designed program
- All entry fees for places you visit
- All the entertainment and shows mentioned in the program
- All program activities (cycling, bike, kayak, or others...)
- Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc....)
Our services do not include
- International flights to and from your home country
- Beverages, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned Tipping guides and drivers, which are of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
- Travel insurance of any kind that you subscribe to personally
- Any free time services: including car and driver, tour guide, lunch and dinner.
- Any of exit taxes applied to some countries (Cambodia-Laos)