The big jungle challenge
Challenging Trek Nam Ha, Luang Namtha (Back to Tour list)


Luang Namtha - Khmu forest camp - Akha forest camp - Peang Ngam Village - Nam Lai Village - Chaluen Sook Village - Ban Nam Goy Village - Luang Namtha
7-day trekking tour
Trekking grade: Moderate to challenging
 

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.

Highlights
  • Jungle trails
  • Jungle lodges & home-stay
  • Guided by minority people

Challenging Trek Nam Ha, Luang Namtha route map

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

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
Notes:
- Read the Trip Notes for information on transfers from/to Luang Namtha
- Contact our travel consultant for the cost of transfer from Luang Prabang or any other cities to Luang Namtha


PRICE

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Inclusion

  • 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

Exclusion

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

Summary:
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.

Summary:
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.

Summary:
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.

Summary:
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.

Summary:
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).

Summary:
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.

Summary:
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.