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Trekking in Nam Ha NPA
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5 Days-Trek in Nam Ha + Homestay + the Jungle Forest Camp
(Tour ID: TK-NT-46)
Difficulty:  Moderate-difficult level; daily walk 5-6 hours
Departure: yearly
Duration:
5 days/4 nights; night 1 Akha homestay, night 2 Khmu homestay, night 3 Jungle Camp and night 4 Eco-lodge homestay.
HIGHLIGHT
Trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area “Nam Ha NPA”-an ASEAN Heritage Site; Learning how to stay overnight and eating in the jungle forest by using nature products such as: bamboo cooking, banana leave camp, looking food etc.; Participate Community Based Tourism Activates such as: husking rice by feet or hand, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, Khmu sword dance, blacksmith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, cup…”; Explore real countryside of Akha and Khmu learning about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle; Trek through Jungle forest, beautiful nature, hunting trail, great views, wild lifestyle learning and hidden waterfall.
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  5 Days Trek Ban Nalan
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Ban Chaluernsouk-Ban Phou Varn “Akha Village”. Approx. 5-6 hours
Start from our office at 9:00 AM by Tuk Tuk, stop a few minutes at the fresh market to purchases some food and things necessary, continue to Khmu village of Ban Chaluernsouk where we start trekking. Hike deep into the Nam Ha Protected Area. On the trail the local guides will share experience about edible plants, poisonous plants and medicinal plants include wild mushrooms, cardamoms, rattans, bamboo shoots, wild bananas stalks and etc. After lunch, continue visit waterfall and hike up to the top of mountain where you walk along through the agricultural area of the Akha people. On the mountain you will enjoy with excellent view of the jungle covered mountains and the Akha village. You arrive at Ban Phou Varn (Akha village) around 4 PM. While your host’s and guide prepare dinner you can either relax, help cook (learning traditional cooking methods), walk around the village watching traditional life, or have a beer at the local ‘shop’. After dinner you receive a massage from the Akha women, this is traditionally given to guests when they stay in the village.
Day 2: Ban Phou Varn-Ban Nam Ha (Khmu Homestay). Appro. 5-6 hours
After breakfast continue walk on the mall path through the jungle forest, primary and secondary forest. Approx. 3 hours you will make lunch in the forest together with your guides, after lunch 3 hours walk along the Nam Ha Mountain and down-hill to Ban Nam Ha village. The village we stay overnight and join tourism activities. Today you will join & practice some activities provided by small group of community based tourism such as: husking rice by feet or hand, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, Khmu sword dance, meet the local people, talk with owner people about village history & go to bed.
Day 3: Ban Nam Ha -the Nam Ha Jungle Camp. Appro 5-6 hours
In the morning you will join & participate blacksmith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, cup…” Have breakfast with the family. Next local guide from the village will join with you for leading you hike through rice paddies and up into the mountains of Nam Ha NPA. Along the trail you will see many species of birds, monkeys and deer are occasionally seen, your guide will teach you how to make a bird call, dear barking and squirrel sounds, see many types of NTPs (Non Timber Forest Products) and your guides will share their experience about traditional medicines. Lunch is eaten in the forest shade near the stream, we will arriving in the jungle forest camp around 4 pm, over there easy walking in the jungle near the forest camp following the trail, searching animal footprints and other elements that prove the presence in the forest of many wild lives further monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs and jungle fowl. The guide will point out interesting things and useful plants and herbal medical care such as cardamoms, galangals...after dinner overnight in the jungle forest camp hosted by Khmu people.
Day 4: the Nam Ha Jungle Forest Camp-Ban Nalan (Eco-lodge)-. Appro 5-6 hours
In the early morning you will hear and see the many jungle birds around us, the guide will prepare traditional breakfast, taking energy for the following trek over steep paths further up into the Nam Ha forest. Deep in the woods we'll have a break for lunch. Here we wish farewell to our local guide who returns to his village. Lunch will be prepared in the traditional way along the forest path. The guides can boil water and make soup in bamboo cooking vessels. They will encourage you to take part in the preparation of the meal, showing you how to construct simple spoons and chopsticks from bamboo and leaves. They will also brew a medicinal tea from wild plants collected along the way. We will arrival Ban Nalan Nuea around 4:00 pm where we spend one more night in the Khmu lodge. Our hosts are ready to prepare a dinner in "local style" whilst you take time to swim and bathe in the river. After dinner we have time to explore the village and meet some of the locals. We may have some interaction with them in the evening or relax in the comfort of the wooden hut.
Day 5: Ban Nalan-Ban Namkoy-Ban Namlue. Approx. 5-6 hours
After breakfast, next morning we follow the Nam Ha River through riverine forest that varies from stands of large hardwood trees to new vigorous growths of Bamboo. We went our way through the village of Ban Nalan Tai (South Ban Nalan), and on through   the open cultivated areas of the Lanten people, who are local village residents. We leave the Nam Ha River as the trail steadily climbs for a couple of hours. This is the most challenging section of the trail, but also the most beautiful, as it passes through stands of ancient trees, some five hundred years old, that create a high dense canopy rich in birdlife. We need only pause quietly to hear the forest come alive with a mixed chorus of birds and insects. From the top of the ridge, spectacular northern views lay before you, with Luang Namtha visible away in the distance. The final descent takes the group past upland rice fields and cultivated areas tended by the people of Ban Namlue. The trail steepens here and can be slippery after rainfall.  But a careful pace with sound footwear will get you down safely to the village of Ban Namlue where Lantan and Khmu people live together. And that is where you end your trek, returning to Luang Namtha by Tuk Tuk late afternoon to round off a journey we trust you will fondly remember.
Price Include:
  • English speaking tour guide and Local guide “ Khmu and Akha guides”; each day 2 local guides and 1 English speaking guide
  • Covered transport pickup and back to your hotel
  • Accommodation: include overnight in Akha homestay, Khmu homestay, the jungle camp and Khmu Eco-lodge
  • Community Based Tourism Activities such as: husking rice by feet or hand, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, Khmu sword dance, participate blacksmith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, cup etc.”
  • Blanket, sleeping-mat & mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Meals-Lunch x 5, Dinner x 4 and Breakfast x 4
  • Drinking water during the trip
  • Trekking permit “Nam Ha NPA Found” & Laos National Tourism Development Fund, Provincial tax on net income
  • Village service and village Tourism Found
  • Tour service
What to bring:
Hat, Sun-cream, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch, Swim clothes, Towel, Robust footwear, Personal belongings, Pocket money
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