Challenging Trek Nam Ha, Luang Namtha

Routing: Luang Namtha - Khmu forest camp - Akha forest camp - Peang Ngam Village - Nam Lai Village - Chaluen Sook Village - Ban Nam Goy Village - Luang Namtha

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Jungle trails
  • Jungle lodges & home-stay
  • Guided by minority people
This is a trip for those who really want a true jungle experience. The trek is within the Nam Ha National Protected Area, an ASEAN Heritage Site. The trek takes us through different villages of the Lanten, the Khmu and the Akha people who will share with us their knowledge of fauna and flora of the protected forest. They also share with us their unique culture. The forest camp would give you a special jungle experience.

Day 1: Luang Namtha - Ban Don Sai Village - Khmu forest camp
Meet at your hotel at 8:00 am and drive north into the Nam Ha Protected Area. After short transfer we reach Don Sai Village where we meet our village guide and start trekking into jungle following hunting trails of the locals. Along the trails the village guide would help us to learn about plants and animals. Picnic lunch is served on the trail. At the Khmu forest camp our village guide and villagers will show us how to collect wild vegetables for dinner. We cook dinner over an open fire with Khmu hosts. After dinner we could go for wildlife spotting with the village guide. Overnight at the forest camp.

Transfer: 30 mins
Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Khmu forest camp

Day 2: Khmu forest camp - Akha forest camp
We wake up early for bird watching if you wish. We could help villagers to cook traditional Khmu breakfast. After breakfast we head to Akha Camp through the Nam Ha jungle. The village guides will go ahead of us to prepare a picnic lunch for us in the forest.
In the afternoon we reach Akha Camp. We would cook and have dinner with the village guide. Tonight we have another opportunity for wildlife spotting.

Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Akha forest camp

Day 3: Akha Camp - Ban Nam Mat May Village - Peang Ngam Village
We get up early before breakfast to go to the hunting site where our Akha guide would show us how he calls wild birds in. If we really want to see the birds, we have to act like a hunter. We return to the camp to enjoy an Akha breakfast prepared by our village guide. After breakfast, we start trekking through jungle until lunch time. Picnic lunch is served by a stream.
After lunch, we continue trekking to Ban Mat May passing rice paddy fields and then on to the village of Peang Ngam, a Black Thai village where we spend tonight in a local house.

Trekking: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 4: Peang Ngam Village - Ban Nam Lai Village
Today, we head to the heart of Nam Ha Nation Park. On the way, our village guide will share with us his knowledge of fauna and flora of the forest and also culture of his ethnic minority group. Picnic lunch in deep jungle. After lunch we hike a mountain before reaching Nam Lai village of the Akha. Tonight we stay in another forest camp near the village.

Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Akha forest camp

Day 5: Nam Lai Village - Ban Chaluen Sook Village
After breakfast, we hike through rice paddies and along a stream until we encounter jungle again. The village guide is sure to have more stories of the nature and culture of this area to share with you. The stream leads us to Nam Yen Waterfall where we would have lunch.
After lunch we continue trekking in the jungle until we reach the Chaluen Sook Village of the Khmu ethnic minority. Dinner and home stay in Chaluen Sook Village.

Trekking: 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 6: Ban Chaluen Sook Village - Ban Nalan Village - Ban Nam Goy Village
Breakfast at the home-stay. In the morning we follow jungle trails and ascend toward mountain ridge. We may encounter villagers going to or coming from market. Picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon we descend toward the Ban Nalan Tai Village of the Khmu ethnic minority. In order to distribute the benefit among villages, we would stay in either the lodge of Ban Nam Goy Village or Ban Nalan Tai Village (Khmu) or Ban Nam Goy Village (Lanten).

Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Forest camp

Day 7: Ban Nam Goy Village - Ban Hot Yawng Village - Luang Namtha
After breakfast, we trek along the bank of the Nam Ha River before we cross the river on bamboo raft. Continue trekking in jungle toward Ban Hot Yawng Village. Picnic lunch is prepared by the village guide. As we approaching the Ban Hot Yawng Village we pass rice paddies and would see farmer working on their paddies.
From Ban Hot Yawng Village, we will return to Luang Namtha by either motor boat or truck depending on the season. The option of returning by river is by traditional motor boat operated by villagers. If returning by truck, the road may be a bit rough and a little dusty. Back to Luang Namtha in late afternoon. Trip finishes.

Transfer: 1,5 hrs by boat or 2 hrs by truck
Trekking: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note:  Return by boat may not be possible from March - June and a return by truck may not be possible from July - September.
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Forest camps
• Home-stay
• Boat
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• Village guides
• 01 bottle of water per day
• Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
• First-aid kit

Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• Hotel in Luang Namtha
• Air-tickets
• Transfer to/from Luang Prabang and/or any other cities
• Travel insurance
• Tips 
• Personal expenses

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: your hotel in Luang Namtha
End at: your hotel in Luang Namtha
When: Year round
Activities: Trekking 
Trekking grade: Moderate to challenging
Transportation: Private van, boat
Accommodation: 3 night forest camp, 3 night home-stay
Tour guide: English speaking guide & Village guides
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2-6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch
Travel to/from Luang Namtha
You can travel to/from Luang Namtha by either air or road or boat. Both public and private transportation are available. Please contact our travel consultant for suggestion and quotation. 
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Since we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.

 Forest camp & Home-stay
The forest camps are built with bamboo and wood by the local. Travelers stay in common room with one room for men and another room for women. No private bathroom available and bathing is in nearby stream.
Home-stay in villages is basic in term of bedding condition and toilet. We will stay overnight in the traditional house of the locals. We will be provided with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet could be some steps away from the house.

 ATL tour guide

The tour will be guided by our local tour guides who are experienced in guiding adventure tours. They have been carefully trained in their specialized field. They are also fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, they have been trained in first-aid and they know how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with them.

 The trekking day
A typical trekking day starts at about 8.00 am or 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

 What to bring 
1-2 changes of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), warm clothes for the evening (Nov- Mar), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

7 days 6 nights


SightSeeing, Trekking, Bird Watching,

Group size:

Min: 1


Max: 8


  • Physical Grading:


  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Transfer and trek through jungle to Khmu forest camp
    Day 2: Trek to Akha forest camp
    Day 3: Trek to Peang Ngam Village of the Black Thai minority
    Day 4: Trek to the Nam Lai Village of the Akha minority
    Day 5: Trek to Chaluen Sook Village of the Khmu minority
    Day 6: Trek to Ban Nam Goy Village of the Lantern minority
    Day 7: Trek and boat back to Luang Namtha

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