MUANG NGOI - TREK TO Khamu VILLAGE 1 night / 2 days ( Kiou Kan trek)
Operated by: Lao Youth Travel, Ngoi District, Luang Prabang Province
Supported by the LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project
Ban Ngoi Kao is situated on the banks of the Ou River, in Ngoi district of Luang Prabang Province. A traditional village discovered by travellers as a relaxing getaway spot, it now boasts 17 guesthouses. Here, bungalows on the river, village treks, and kayaking can all be enjoyed against a backdrop of jungle and mountains. A two-day trek from Ngoi to a small Khamu hill village allows tourists to experience the forest and village life and return to Ngoi down the beautiful Ou River.
Leaving Ngoi Kao by foot at about 1 o'clock, tourists will first have the chance to stop and explore Tam Gang and Tam Pha Keo caves about half an hour outside the village. These cool, water-filled caves are several kilometers in length with waterfalls and rock formations and were used during the war as a bomb shelter. Continuing from the caves, the trail passes fields and dramatic limestone cliffs before arriving at Ban Houay Sen in about 1.5 hours. Take a small break with refreshments in the village rest house. From there, Ban Kiew Kan is reached by a two hour climb through primary forest with beautiful views of the limestone peaks.
Ban Kiew Kan is a friendly Khamu village where you can see baskets being made, take photos of the traditional Khamu homes, and bathe in the natural spring. After eating a locally-prepared meal and experiencing a baci, tourists overnight in the two community guesthouses, constructed in the Khamu tradition.
Leaving after breakfast, Ban Hadsapeuy on the Ou River is reached in roughly three to four hours. From Ban Kiew Kan , the trail climbs briefly, before descending through forest and then fields to arrive at a stream. The next hour is a beautiful shady walk in the river, before emerging to hike a small group of hills to arrive at Ban Hadsapeuy. Take a break with refreshments (including fresh coconut) before boarding a local boat for the stunning 30-minute trip down the river to Muang Ngoi. Kayaking back can also be arranged. Tourists arrive back at lunchtime.
Accommodation & Food
- Homestays in community guesthouses built in local Khamu style.
- Public bathing (women need a sarong).
- Khamu cuisine. Typical meal includes chicken, soup, sticky rice, vegetables and chilli.
- Vegetarian food available upon request.
Level of Difficulty & Safety
Moderate-Difficult: Steep climbs make this trail challenging. Trekkers must be in good physical shape and be able to walk up to 5 hours through the forest in a day.
What to Bring
One change of clothes, sandals for village and river walking, good shoes for hiking, sandals and sarong for bathing (required for women), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, money to purchase handicrafts. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.
4 local meals, water, accommodation in bamboo hut in Ban Kiuokhan, local guide(s), boat trip back to Muang Ngoi from village, English speaking guide and village guides, and entrance fees (for Tham Kaang Cave). Transportation from Luang Prabang to Muang Ngoi is extra.