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Nam Ha Challenge Trek 3 Days / 2 Nights-Trekking in Luang Namtha
Start-Finish: Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism Office or Manichan Restaurant
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights,
Departure: 08:30 am daily
Difficulty: Moderate and some difficulty, short hill climbs and descents
Trip Overview
A challenging trek with a Khmu guide who will teach us about forest products used for food, medicine, materials and religious ceremonies. First night’s accommodation is in a Khmu lodge at Ban Nalan. Rise early to spot spectacular bird life and trek through jungle to the simple bamboo forest camp built by villagers, -a relaxing place deep inside the beautiful jungle.
Laos Challenge Trek-Nam Ha Challenge 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 until re-entering forest. The trees here are much older having long been 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 and Dinner]
Ban Nalan-Deep Forest Camp
Day 2: Ban Nalan-Deep Forest Camp. Approx. 5-7 hours
The second morning is a pleasant walk following the Nam Ha River. After breakfast the local guide from Ban Nalan will join your tour, before climbing up the mountain 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.

Now you will be in the centre of Nam Ha NPA, to enjoy a traditional lunch on the trail, in a pristine forest surrounding you are unlikely to forget. After lunch the trek continues for 3 hours until we arrive at our forest camp. You can help your guide prepare and cook evening’s meal, or just absorb the ambience deep inside this beautiful jungle.
[Meals: Lunch and Dinner]
Deep Forest Camp-Ban Nam Ha-Luang Namtha
Day 3: Deep Forest Camp-Ban Nam Ha-Luang Namtha. Approx. 5-6 hours
In the early morning you are likely to hear many kinds of animals communicating such as bear, monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs and jungle fowl from the higher mountain tops or if you are especially fortunate you may see them moving through the forest.

Before breakfast, early risers are free to take a walk around the camp. After a breakfast prepared by our Khmu guide, you cross the Nam Ha River and hike uphill through forest. 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.

After lunch, you will have a good two hour hike down the mountain until you cross the Nam Ha River and arrive at Ban Nam Ha. Here the trek concludes and a driver will be waiting to transport you back to Luang Namtha.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch]
- End of tour-
What you are paying for:
  • An experienced  Government certified , English speaking Tour guide
  • Covered transport  with an experienced certified driver
  • First day overnight in village lodge the traditional minority house with outside toilet & shower facilities and the second day overnight in banana leaf forest camp the base camp without toilet & shower in stream.
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Meals-Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2, Breakfast x2
  • 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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