Trek Nam Ha Forest Camps, Luang Namtha

Routing: Luang Namtha - Khmu Camp - Akha Camp - Luang Namtha

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Jungle trails
  • Jungle lodges
  • Guided by the Khmu & the Akha guides
This trek is entirely within the Nam Ha National Protected Area, an ASEAN Heritage Site. The 3 days trek is entirely in the forest. This is a trip for those who want a true forest experience. The villagers of a Khmu village will host us at our first forest camp deep in the forest. At the second camp Akha villagers will be your hosts. The camps, built out of bamboo and wood by the villagers themselves, are places to immerse oneself in the beauty of the jungle. Along the way, local Khmu and Akha guides will explain the forest products used by villagers for food, medicine, materials and religious ceremonies. Rise early on the third day for the sunrise and go with an Akha bird caller to learn how the Akha can call wild birds in.

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: 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 forest camp through the Nam Ha jungle. The village guide will go ahead of us to prepare a picnic lunch for us in the forest.
In the afternoon we reach our forest camp at a Akha village. We would cook and have dinner with the village guide. Tonight we have another opportunity to go for wildlife spotting.

Trekking: 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Forest camp

Day 3: Akha forest camp - Ban Na Hom Village - Luang Namtha
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 late breakfast prepared by our Akha guide. After breakfast, we start trekking through jungle until lunch time at a view point where we have a panoramic view of Luang Namtha town. 
After lunch, we continue to Ban Nam Mat of Akha village passing rice fields. The tour finish when we reach Luang Namtha.

Trekking: 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Forest camps
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• Village guides
• 01 bottle of water per day
• 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: 3 days, 2 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
Accommodation: Forest camps
Tour guide: English speaking guide & Village guides
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 3: 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. In big towns we will enjoy Laotian cuisine in fine restaurants. Once 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
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.

 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), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, money to purchase handicrafts and extra drinks. 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:

3 days 2 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 and transfer back to Luang Namtha

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