Trek Old China Road, Luang Namtha

Routing: Luang Namtha - Ban Sida Village - Ban Nam Dee Village - Luang Namtha

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Beautiful landscape 
  • Old China road 
  • Home-stay experience
For centuries traders and their horse caravans tread the paths of Northern Laos on the road from Mengla to the salt springs of Boten and then on Chiang Mai. Today this horse caravan road is almost forgotten and lost to the forest. On the Old China Road 2 Day Trek you will have the chance to retrace the steps of the old traders and capture a taste of what it must have been like to have walked these forested ways a hundred years ago. The Old China Road 2 day trek is a moderate trek through forest and rice paddies. This has expansive views of the area’s mountains and a stay in a little studded ethnic group called Sida.

Day 1: Luang Namtha - Nayoum Dang Tai Village - Ban Sida Village
8:00 Meet at your hotel in Luang Nam Tha and transfer to the H’mong village of Nayoum Dang Tai where we start the trek to trace the old China road. We trek through forest to reach a giant fig tree. The local villages believe that this fig tree is inhabited by spirits. Beyond the fig tree are land of Ban Sida and the old road to China. The old road will follow a ridge line before our trail breaks way to drop down to the rice paddies of Ban Sida Village. Walking across the paddies we’ll see the village of the Sida ethnic group in the distance. The local family will be our host for the night. Our guide will help us to communicate with villager to learn about their culture and their life.

Transfer: 1.5 hrs
Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: home-stay 
Day 2: Ban Sida Village - Ban Nam Dee Village - Luang Namtha
After breakfast, we walk back the way we came in for a while, again we go through rice paddies until we jump on the old China road. The trail leads us the top of a small mountain where we’ll have lunch before descending to the Lanten village of Ban Nam Dee. We take a refreshing shower in the village’s waterfall before returning to Luang Namtha. Trip finishes when we arrive in Luang Namtha.

Transfer: 15 mins 
Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Home-stay
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• 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: 2 days, 1 night
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
Transportation: Private van
Accommodation: Home-stay or village lodge
Tour guide: English speaking guide
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2: 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.

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:

2 days 1 nights


Culture Tour, SightSeeing, Trekking,

Group size:

Min: 1


Max: 8


Physical Grading:


  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Transfer and trek Ban Sida Village
    Day 2: Trek back to Luang Namtha via Ban Nam Dee Village

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