Trek Pak Ou, Luang Prabang

Routing: Luang Prabang - Ban Mok Chung Village - Ban Huay Kok Village - Ban Pak Chaek Village - Ban Hadko Village - Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Awesome scenery
  • Combination of jungle trails and village roads
  • Home-stay in tribal villages
  • Kayaking on the Lower Nam Ou River
This tour takes us into several villages of the most prominent ethnic groups in Northern Laos: the Khmu and H’mong. The Khmu are also called "Laos Theung" and settle at a medium altitude, the later, sometimes called "Laos Soung", live in high regions along the mountain ridges. You will see two scenic waterfalls on day 3. Day 4 and 5 are spent kayaking and relaxing in the rural setting of the Lower Nam Ou River.

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Ban Huay Lo Village - Ban Mok Chung Village
8:00 am pick up at your hotel and transfer to the Khmu village of Ban Huay Lo where we start our trek today. The trail passes through two Khmu & H’mong villages, whilst continuously gaining height. We will trek to H’mong village of Ban Mok Chung where we will visit local family and learn about the culture of the Hmong. We continue to Ban Mok Chung, another H’mong village, for dinner and stay overnight.

Transfer: 1 hr
Trekking: 6 hrs 
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 2: Ban Mok Chung Village - Ban Houay Kok Village
Trekking further into the rugged and densely forested mountains west of the Nam Ou valley. We trek through remote and beautiful bamboo forest & limestone scenery. Lunch is served in the Khmu-village of Ban Na Savang. Dinner and Home-stay is in the village of Ban Houay Kok.

Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Ban Houay Kok Village - Ban Pak Chaek Village
Our trek today take us pass the Khmu Village of Huay Kha to Tad Ngai and Tad Noi waterfalls, where we have lunch break and relax in the cool water of the waterfalls. The trek ends on the banks of the Nam Ou River in the late afternoon. We will have dinner and stay overnight in the Lao Leu village of Ban Pak Chaek.

Trekking: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 4: Ban Pak Chaek Village - Ban Huay Leuang Village - Ban Hadko Village
After breakfast at the home-stay we get basic paddle instructions before we start our kayaking adventure on the Nam Ou River.
The first kayaking stretch leads us to south of Ban Pak Chaek. Now the villagers move to other side of the Nam Ou River. We then paddle through five fun rapids (Introduction grade). Along the way we will encounter local people fishing and gold panning by the river banks.
The afternoon is more interesting as we paddle past lots of scenic villages on both banks of the river. In the late afternoon, we reach Ban Hadko Village where we stay overnight

Transfer: 1 hr
Kayaking: 5 hrs 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 5: Ban Hadko Village - Pak Ou Cave - Ban Xang Hai Village - Luang Prabang
After breakfast, our kayak adventure continues down stream Nam Ou River over passing the Eagle Rock and limestone facing to Pak Ou Cave (Buddha Cave).
After lunch, we walk to Pak Ou Cave where house thousand of Buddha statues. The kayak adventure will end at a handicraft village where we learn how the Laotian making rice wine. After here we will be transfer by songthaew back to Luang Prabang via Xang Khong, the waving and Sa paper making village.

Transfer: 1 hr
Kayaking: 5 hrs 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Home-stay permission
• Kayak
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• 01 bottle of water per day
• Sightseeing fees
• First-aid kit

Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• Hotel in Luang Prabang
• Air-tickets
• Travel insurance
• Tips
• Personal expenses

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: your hotel in Luang Prabang
End at: Luang Prabang
When: Year round
Activities: Trekking & river kayaking
Trekking grade: Moderate
Kayaking grade: Introduction 
Transportation: Private van
Accommodation: 4 night home-stay
Tour guide: English speaking guide 
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2-4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

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 
Hat, sun-screen, torch, swim suit and sarong for bathing, clothes/shoes to get wet, mosquito repellent, warm change of clothes for the evening

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:

5 days 4 nights


Kayaking, Trekking,

Group size:

Min: 1


Max: 8


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  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Transfer and trek to H’mong village of  Ban Mok Chung
    Day 2: Trek to Ban Houay Kok
    Day 3: Trek to Ban Pak Chaek
    Day 4: Kayaking to Ban Hadko
    Day 5: Kayaking to Luang Prabang

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