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3 Days Combination Tours-1 Day Biking-2 Days Trek Ban Nalan
Start-Finish: Luang Namtha Town.
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Departure: 9:00 AM Daily
Difficulty: Moderate of biking, moderate and some difficulty of trekking

Trip Overview

Easy biking visit different ethnic groups on the Luang Namtha valley as Lanten, Tai Dam and Khmu, visit the village’s ancient temple and stupas, for the first day stay overnight in the Ban Chalernsouk homestay. In the morning on the next day led by a Khmu guide who takes you a short climb to upland forest and high open ridges, descending to sleep overnight at a minority village alongside the Nam Ha River.  The second day starts with an easy walk along the Nam Ha River, before ascending up into mature forest some 500 year old, through to spectacular ridge top views and upland rice cultivation. We then hike down to a third village in the afternoon to round off a great trek and return to Luang Namtha.

Itinerary
Day 1: Luang Namtha Valley-Ban Chalernsouk. Approx. 5-6 hours
Start from our office to visit the village’s ancient temple of Ban Luang Khone. Then continue cycling to Ban Nam Ngaen to observe distillation of the famous Lao rice whiskey. From this village it is only a short walk up to the top of the That Poum Pouk pagoda to see good view of Nam Tha river valley. Later continue your trail along the hill slopes on an unpaved road, which passes the Lanten ethnic village of Ban Nam Chang. Spend a few moments observing the traditional Lanten lifestyle before continuing to Ban Nam Dee, another Lanten village, where you can also visit the Nam Dee waterfall.  Here you can walk around, take pictures and take a  cool dip in the pool, participate in local games, such as: playing Lanten spinning top, hand rice pounding, cotton ball throwing, archery competition and riding the swing. The picnic lunch will be served here. After lunch, return to the main road and continue ride along Road A3 to Ban Chaleunsouk, your homestay village.  Before overnight at your homestay, you will enjoy a Khmu traditional performance.
[Meals: Lunch, Dinner]

Day 2: Ban Chalernsouk-Ban Nalan. Approx. 5-6 hours

After breakfast start trek led by local guide from the village. From here the trail ascends through 10-20 year old secondary forest until emerging into the upland rice fields. The path offers great views as it levels out along a ridge before re-entering the forest. The trees here are much older having long being a major part of the natural history of the area you are trekking through. A tasty Lao-style picnic lunch is enjoyed in the cool upland forest or in the shade of a thatched farmer’s hut.  Early afternoon, will find the trekkers   in the Ban Nalan community forest. As the trail begins its descent down to the village, you pass a small clearing which served as a gunnery emplacement in the early 1960s during the civil war when Pathet Lao revolutionaries and Royalist Lao forces struggled for supremacy.  But down by the calm Nam Ha River you overnight dining on local food after a refreshing shower and rest, ready to settle in for a well-deserved sleep.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 3: Ban Nalan-Ban Namkoy-Ban Namlue. Approx. 6-7 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.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch]
-End of tour-
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