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NORTHERN HILLTRIBES & JUNGLES 13 DAYS

Quick Reference Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Houay Xai arrival in Laos or flight in from Vientiane
  • Day 2 - Vieng Phouka Trekking
  • Day 3 - Vieng Phouka Trekking
  • Day 4 - Vieng Phouka - Muang Sing
  • Day 5 - Muang Sing Trekking
  • Day 6 - Muang Sing - Luang Namtha
  • Day 7 - Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour
  • Day 8 - Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour
  • Day 9 - Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour
  • Day 10 - Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - Nam Ou river
  • Day 11 - Nong Khiaw - the 100 waterfalls - a new nature trail
  • Day 12 - Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River
  • Day 13 - Luang Phrabang
  • Day 14 - Luang Phrabang - Departure
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Trip Highlight

Visit Vieng Phouka to see the Akha villages.Trekking through some forests and hills in the region of Vieng Phouka.Visit Nam Ha protected zone to explore the plateau of Muang Sing.Three days trekking at Nam Ha protected zone.Visit the 100 waterfalls - a new nature trail.Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River.

     

Destinations

  • Houay Xai arrival in Laos or flight in from Vientiane

    Day 1: Houay Xai arrival in Laos or flight in from Vientiane

    (tour can start from Luang Phabang + 1 day for traveling to Houay Xai).

    Meet at Houay Xai/Chiang Khong for the start of this wonderful adventure travel package in Northern Laos. We'll start driving in private car to Vieng Phouka, a small village along the way. Whilepassing villages and beautiful landscape you can stop to explore a few villages. Especially the one of the Lanten people who still wear their traditional blue cloths are very interesting. 

    If time permits we take a small orientation walk through the small town. 


    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Vieng Phouka Trekking

    Day 2: Vieng Phouka Trekking

    Trekking to the Akha (The Akha Trail) in the region of Vieng Phouka. An early start allows you to see the Akha villages in the region along traditional walking trails. Depending on season, your guide will choose one of the trails in the region. Walking hours around 5+ hours daily. Overnight at Akha family home stay. 


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Vieng Phouka Trekking

    Day 3: Vieng Phouka Trekking

    After the second day of trekking through some forests and hills in the region of Vieng Phouka you may arrive back after lunch time. Another stretch of road will lead you partly through the Nam Ha protected area to Luang Namtha: the next destination. From here we return to Vieng Phouka and take another overnight in Vieng Phouka.

    If time permits we can also travel onwards to Luang Namtha where better facilities are available


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Vieng Phouka - Muang Sing

    Day 4: Vieng Phouka - Muang Sing

    Before we leave to our next destination we have a short look around the plateau of Luang Namtha. A nice mountain stupa and temple awaits us with some views of the region. Drive through the Nam Ha protected zone to the plateau of Muang Sing near the Chinese border one of the last frontiers in Laos.

    After arrival in Muang Sing we take the chance to explore the small town with it's little market as well as the local ethnic museum. Overnight stay in local guest house


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Muang Sing Trekking

    Day 5: Muang Sing Trekking

    In the morning we start the hiking tour to ethnic minority villages and the surrounding mountains. On this one day trek we have the chance to learn more about the ethnic groups in the nearby mountains of Muang Sing which seem to be quite different from the ones we have met before. From the top of a mountain we have an excellent view of the Muang Sing valley. Then we walk on to meet Akha Puli people and have lunch at the village, after that we return down to see one more Akha village before returning back to Muang Sing. Night in Muang Sing


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Muang Sing - Luang Namtha

    Day 6: Muang Sing - Luang Namtha

    In the afternoon we take the time for a short city walk, waterfall visit or biking tour. It's best to discover Luang Namtha with a small bike ride, so prepare to use different muscles.


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    Day 7: Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    National Park Tour - three day Trekking
    Descriptions of this trail are available on request. Daily trekking hours vary between 4-6 hours in medium difficulty terrain. Depending on trail and season!
     On activity days all meals are included.


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    Day 8: Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    National Park Tour - three day Trekking


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    Day 9: Nam Ha Project - Trekking Tour

    National Park Tour - three day Trekking


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - Nam Ou river

    Day 10: Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - Nam Ou river

    An early morning rise to visit the local market where you can see the local villagers with their traditional dresses selling & trading their locally produced goods. After breakfast, drive through some dramatic landscape to Nong Khiaw, visiting local H’mong and Khmu minority tribes along the way. Enjoy the afternoon to relax or take a stroll along the river bank or just relax and watch the sunset, overnight at a local guesthouse


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Nong Khiaw - the 100 waterfalls - a new nature trail

    Day 11: Nong Khiaw - the 100 waterfalls - a new nature trail

    Starting with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the river before heading into the waterfalls. Walking through small streams and rice paddies you approach the 100 waterfalls which were first explored in October 2008!!

    The next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the sound of clear waterfall cascades small pools all around you inviting for a refreshing splash. Lunch will be served along the way. After your adventure you will walk back to the river and arrive after another boat ride in the afternoon in Nong Khiaw. Night in guest house


    Meals:  B,L
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River

    Day 12: Explore the Nam Ou and the Mekong River

    Today we take the time to join a relaxing journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. On our 7 hour boat cruise downstream to Luang Prabang we see great landscapes and river sceneries and explore the natural way of life along the river banks. Enjoy this not so active day.

    Late afternoon arrival and overnight stay in hotel in Luang Prabang. Take your time to walk through the colorful night market 


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Luang Phrabang

    Day 13: Luang Phrabang

    Breakfast. Visit some sight seeings in the town. Visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. Continue to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities.  Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday). 

    Tonight we enjoy farewell dinner at Indochina Spirit restaurant with Lao Traditional dance show.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang. 


    Meals:  B,D
    Hotel:
      As Above
  • Luang Phrabang - Departure

    Day 14: Luang Phrabang - Departure

    After your breakfast, free time at leisure. Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.


    Meals:  B
    Hotel:
      As Above
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