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Ecotourism Trekking In Laos
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Trekking is a popular way to explore the mountains and forests in Laos. There are many well designed 1-3 day trekking trips available that usually invole an overnight stay in rural ethnic minority villages. If you are planning a trek, using a trained local guide is strongly recommended as trekking is still a relatively new activity in Laos. Resident guides have intimate knowledge of indigenous plants, animals and local culture, and hiring guides through a tour operator or guide service will make your trek more educational. If you want to visit a Lao National Protected Area booking a trek is one of the best ways to do it.
 
Lao Provinces with Ecotourism Trekking Programs
Luang Namtha Phongsali Oudomxay Luang Prabang
Musng Sing Vieng Phoukha Muang Khua Xieng Kheang
Xieng Khouang Attapeu Champassak Bokeo
Vang Vieng Vientiane Capital Khammouane Savannakhet
       
 
Luang Namtha, Laos
  • Hunting Trail-1 Day Trek: One - day adventure hike through the jungle forest and mountains, Khmu villages, discover countryside, technique for hunting animals, funny and experience local food.
  • The Nam Ha Jungle-1 Day Trek: Long day and adventure trek through mountains on the small path and challenging, beautiful nature, jungle forest, Nam Ha river, wild life experience, local picnic lunch.
  • Jungle, Bamboo Camp-2 Days Hike: Now you can discover Nam Ha National Park by hike through mountains of the jungle forest, explore nature and wild lifestyle, overnight in the bamboo jungle camp, enjoy traditional local food prepared with selected forest spices (bamboo cooking), fishing on the Nam Ha river and explore Khmu traditional culture of Ban Nalan.
  • The Experience of a lifetime-2 Days Hike: You’ll ascend through centuries-old trees and past an Indochina War gunnery emplacement to the Nam Ha River and Ban Nalan. You can learn about Khmu and Lanten cultures and offer insight into your lifestyle, gorgeous countryside, great view, challenging trail and overnight at Khmu lodge.
  • 360-degree view, Challenge, Secret Trail -2 Days Hike:To explore real nature, trek through mountains, overgrown of wild on the secret trail (hundred years ago trail from Luang Namtha to Muang Sing was built by French Army), offering you a stunning 360-degree view, jungle forest, searching wild animals, French army trail, hidden waterfall, mountains villages, local life in countryside, amazing of sunset and sunrise, secret of Stupa and visit the home of ethnic diversity that we called Muang Sing.
  • The only Jungle Camp Speciallist-3 Days Trek: 3 days trek through small jungle path into the wild deep of Nam Ha National Park, adventure, Challenge, wonderful nature sight, wild lifestyle learning, bamboo cooking, enjoy Nam Ha landscape, footprints of wild animals, hunting trail, banana leaf camp, herbal medical care and the warm hospitality of the Khmu people.
  • Challenge, Lifestyle, Jungle-3 Days Hike: 3 days adventure path and challenge trek through mountain, Jungle forest, beautiful nature, hunting trail, great views, and experience village life during your overnight stay with local dinner in a minority village and the second night in the jungle forest camp, perfect hideaway, wild lifestyle learning, bamboo cooking, hill tribes and survival.
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Muang Sing, Luang Namtha Province
  • Countryside, Hill Tribe Explore-1 Day Hike: Easy trek through fields on small food paths to discovery countryside, explore different of ethnic minority in Muang Sing valley, they are Akha, Yao, Tai Lue & learn about their culture and tradition.
  • Nature, Hidden Waterfall, Hill Tribe Discovery-1 Day Hike: Nature explore, Nam Ha National Park, hidden waterfall, excellent  view, trek through old growth forest, primary bamboo & wild banana forest, birds Sightseeing, discovery different ethnic minorities groups as: Akha and Yao people.
  • 2 Days Trek Yao Experience: Nature explore, Nam Ha National Park, hidden waterfall, excellent  view, trek through old growth forest, primary bamboo & wild banana forest, birds sightseeing, overnight at Yao lodge, Yao tradition and culture show, discovery different ethnic minorities groups as: Akha and Tai Lue villages.
  • 2 Days Trek Akha Experience: Nature explore, Nam Ha National Park, hidden waterfall, excellent  view, trek through old growth forest, primary bamboo & wild banana forest, birds sightseeing, overnight at Akha lodge, Akha tradition and culture show, discovery different ethnic minorities groups as: Yao and Tai Lue villages.
  • 2 Days Forest Camp Elephant Trail: Trails of wild elephants can be found in the Nam Ha NPA (Nam Ha National Protected Area) southeast of Muang Sing where elephants live a nomadic life travelling between China and Laos. Stay in a forest camp in the Nam Ha NPA hosted by Akha people; traverse an old forest; visit a waterfall and meet friendly Akha and Yao people.
  • 3 Days Trek Akha and Yao Experience: Trek up to the mountain of Nam Ha NPA where cover by forest, a lot of birds to see, great waterfall, you will enjoy Nam Ha landscape and overnight in the lodge at Yao and Akha villages, Yao and Akha massage, Yao and Akha tradition and culture show and visit other ethnic groups they are Tai Lue and Lolo.
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Vieng Phoukha, Luang Namtha Province, Laos
  • 1 Day Trek Phuo Mot & Ancient Ruins: Easy trek takes you through district forest conservation area, Khmu village, in the morning you will see many kinds of births and afternoon visit the conservation area ‘Ku Vieng’ ‘Mahapot Stupa’ and Vat Mahapot “the Ancient city and temple”.
  • 2 Days Trek Hill Tribes: Akha trek mean trekking to visit and stay overnight in the Akha village and trek though other ethnic groups in different villages as Hmong and Lahu, visit waterfall and for the second day have lunch with Lahu traditional on the trail.
  • 2 Days Trek Gibbon Trail: Challenging trek from Vieng Phoukha to explore an important area in the Nam Ha NPA for one of the world’s last remaining populations of black-cheeked crested gibbons. With Khmu and Akha guides, visit caves inhabited by bats and perhaps hear the gibbons’ magical morning calls.
  • 3 Days Trek Gibbon Trail: Challenging trek from Vieng Phoukha to explore an important area in the Nam Ha NPA for one of the world’s last remaining populations of black-cheeked crested gibbons. With Khmu and Akha guides, visit caves inhabited by bats and perhaps hear the gibbons’ magical morning calls.
  • 3 Days Trek Akha Trail: The first day easy trek pass forest to visit Khmu village, participate in the forging process, stay overnight in Khmu village, the second day trek to inside Nam Ha NPA, you will be able to see many different kinds of NTP’s (Non Timber Forest Products), also the forest of many wild lives further elephant also bear, tiger, gaur, monkey, barking dear, gibbon, wild pigs, jungle fowl etc…, visit cave, Akha home stay and lunches will be prepared in the traditional way in the forest along the path.
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Phongsaly
Muang Khua, Phongsaly Province
  • 1 Day Trek Pakha: Easy hiking on small path through bamboo forest, herbal plants and beautiful landscape…visit two different tribes as: Akha Lama and Tai Yuang, both of them still traditional costumes and join some activities with local people.
  • 1 Day Trek Scenery Jungle-Nam Ou River Tail: This one-day tour is a special trip for visitors with limited time in Muang Khua, who are seeking an interesting experience. On this trek we lead you into the scenery jungle and up to the mountain and enjoy view from the mountain, to explore Khmu village and people and back to Muang Khua by small local boat down on Nam Ou River.
  • 2 Days Trek Khmu in Muang Khua: Moderate trek in Muang Khua to visit Akha Ya Er and stay overnight in the Khmu ethnic, learn about their culture and traditional. Next day continue walk up to the mountain to join excellent view, explore multi-ethnic groups stay together that Ban Mai.
  • 2 Days Trek Akha in Muang Khua: Hiking through mountain rice fields with nice view, to know herbal plants in the young forest, visit ethnic diversity in Muang Khua as: Tai Dam, Khmu and stay overnight with Akha village. Learn about their culture and traditional, test local food, Lao whisky (Lao Lao) and Akha traditional massage.
  • 3 Days Trek in Muang Khua: Hiking on small path, enjoy great view to explore ethnic diversity in Muang Khua as: Akha and Khmu, the first day stay overnight in the Akha village and the second day in the Khmu village, learn about traditional Akha and Khmu architecture.
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Oudomxay
  • Nam Kat Waterfall Trek: A full day of nature-based activities to the impressive Nam Kat Waterfall, ideal for those with limited time passing through Oudomxay Province.
Luang Prabang
Xieng Khouang
  • Pa Keo Trek: Overnight trek to a Hmong village situated near the most extensive mountaintop jar site in Xieng Khouang.
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Vang Vieng
Vientiane Capital
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Khammouane
  • Phou Hin Poun 2-day Trek (Phalaem Trek): Overnight trek through varied landscapes in the Phou Hin Poun NPA that includes caves, natural springs, forest and an abandoned city.
  • Kong Lo Cave: Day walks around Kong Lo Cave and nearby waterfalls, Tad Namsanam and Tad Mouang.
  • Buddha Cave (Tam Pa Fa): A locally guided one-day walk through various caves, forests and villages with the final destination at Buddha Cave, known for being the home to more than 200 bronze Buddha images.
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Savannakhet
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Champassak
Bokeo
  • The Gibbon Experience: Trek through the forest and sleep in a canopy tree house surrounded by the forest.
Attapeu
  • Trekking in Attapeu: The remote province of Attapeu is located in the southeastern corner of Laos and has a range of unique self-guided and guided treks to waterfalls, national protected areas and ethnic villages. These trekking areas offer off-the-beaten track travel free of the typical tourist fare and filled with untouched natural and cultural experience.
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