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Ban Nalan Trail 2 Days / 1 Night-Trekking in Luang Namtha
Start-Finish: Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism Office or Manichan Restaurant
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Departure: 9:00 am Daily
Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents
Trip Overview
Travel 30 minutes upcountry to a Khmu village, followed by 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.
Trekking in Laos-Ban Nalan Trek
Itinerary
Day 1: Ban Chalernsouk-Ban Nalan. Approx. 5-6 hours

The trail begins Ban Chalernsouk, a Khmu village approximately 20 km from Luang Namtha. 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: Lunch, Dinner]
Trekking in Laos
Day 2: 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 wend 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-
Villages along the way
Ban Nalan
Trek in Laos-Trek Ban Nalan
Situated on the banks of the Nam Ha River, Ban Nalan is a Khmu village of approximately 41 families. While there, you will see evidence of traditional Khmu culture, such as their method of pounding rice and the weaving of their distinctive baskets.

Trekkers stay in a lodge overlooking the Nam Ha River. The evening meal is usually eaten with a prominent member of the village, and afterwards visitors have the opportunity to spend the evening with villagers, exchanging information about themselves and learning about Khmu life and culture.
Ban Namgoy and Ban Namlue
Trekking in Laos visit lanten People in Luang Namtha
Ban Namgoy is a Lantan (also known as Lao Huay) village, while Ban Namlue is a mixed Lantan and Khmu village. During the day, most of the adults will be away working in their rice fields, but trekkers will be invited inside a villager’s house for refreshments and, in Ban Namlue, there may be an opportunity to purchase traditional Lantan handicrafts.
Buuc Gadong
Lao Hai
In Ban Nalan or elsewhere in Laos, you may be invited to try a local drink, know as Lao Hai in Laos, and Buuc Gadong in Khmu. Sweet yet surprisingly strong, Lao Hai is made by fermenting rice, spices and rice husk in a large earthen jar. These jars of alcohol are an important part of any Khmu ceremony celebration, from weddings and rituals for ancestors, to a simple gathering of a few friends who want to relax and socialize. Traditionally one must drink “two horns full” through long curved bamboo straws, before passing the straw on the next person.
What you are paying for:
  • An experienced  Government certified , English speaking Tour guide
  • Covered transport  with an experienced certified driver
  • Overnight’s village accommodation: Traditional Minority house  with outside toilet & shower facilities
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Meals-Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1, Breakfast x1
  • Water
  • Trekking permit and Provincial Tax on Net Income
You may like to carry some local currency (Lao Kip) because you will have the opportunity to purchase local handicraft from the villagers. 
Where does your money go to?
Trekking in Luang Namtha, Laos
The Trekking itinerary is subject to change.
All areas are frequented by tourists because all trekking areas are supervised by Laos Tourism Administration, which means
Booking
This trek charges for a minimum of 4 persons. Groups with fewer than 4 people must pay for 4 persons. More people cheaper than a few people
Contact
Phou Iu III or Phou Iu Travel and Eco-Tourism, Laos
Tel: + 856-86-26 00 15, Fax: + 856-86-26 00 15
Mobile: +856-20-99 44 00 84, 22 39 01 95
E-mail 1: phouiu_lnt@hotmail.com
E-mail 2: phouiu@gmail.com
Website: www.phouiu-ecotourism-laos.com
WHEN EXPLORING THE FORESTS OF LUANG NAMTHA, STAY AT A GUEST HOUSE THAT IS JUST AS GREEN
Phou Iu III Guest House
We are proud to say that Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism's branch office in Luang Namtha is owner of Phou Iu III Guest House, an award winning Eco lodge.
Together we are working hard to make our programs in Luang Namtha a model for community-based ecotourism. We work closely with local villagers to ensure that they have ownership in tourism, benefit financially from it, and thus feel encouraged to cooperate with us in protecting the environment and natural beauty of their own lands. The villagers are our full partners and we can assure you that they want you to visit them. The money from your tour not only benefits the villagers, it also goes to strengthen the management of the Nam Ha National Protected Area.

Luang Namtha, the birthplace of ecotourism in Laos, has greener tourism than anywhere else in Laos. Phou Iu Travel and ecotourism has been a member of The Luang Namtha Sustainable Tourism Network is supported by the Community-Based Tourism for Sustainable Economic Development Project (CBT-SED), involving the: Luang Nam Tha Department of Tourism, Laos National Tourism Administration, and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Our guides will take you into the villages and forests of Luang Namtha in a sensitive and responsible way. We strive to make tourism a positive experience for all.
Phou Iu III or Phou Iu Travel and Eco-Tourism, Laos
Tel: + 856-86-26 00 15, Fax: + 856-86-26 00 15
Mobile: +856-20-99 44 00 84, 22 39 01 95
E-mail 1: phouiu_travel@hotmail.com
E-mail 2: phouiu@gmail.com
Website: www.phouiu-ecotourism-laos.com
   
 
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