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Phou Sam Yot

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Spend three nights on Sam Yot Mountain (Three Peak Mountain) and stay with three different ethnic groups on this journey into the culture of Luang Namtha.

Operated by: Luang Namtha Guide Service Luang Namtha District, Luang Namtha Province

Supported by the LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project


Day 1 Hmong girls in traditional dress

Depart Luang Namtha by tuk-tuk with provincial, English-speaking guide(s) for the multi-ethnic village of Ban Kok Mee (Sila, Pu Noi, Hmong, Khamu and others), where trekkers meet the village-based guide.

Hike through rubber tree plantations, mountain fields and community forests to the top of Sam Yot Mountain, taking in fantastic views along the way. Overnight in Old Sam Yot Village (Hmong) and enjoy its secluded tranquility.

Khmu sword dance

Day 2

Delve deep into the thick jungle and dense forests of Sam Yot Mountain, and enjoy a picnic in the woods hosted by the Hmong village guides.

Descend into the fertile valley and rice fields of Nam Talan Village (Khamu and Lanten). Trekkers stay overnight in traditional Khamu accommodation and savor the flavors of Khamu cooking and earthen jar rice wine.

Day 3

Follow the mountain trail under the cool, shaded forest canopy before a picnic with Khamu and Lanten villagers. Arrive at Nam Khon village (Lanten) in the early afternoon, where the journey makes its final overnight stay. Visitors learn about one of Luang Namtha's most unique and least known ethnic groups, the Lanten.

Day 4

Start the day by partaking in village chores: collecting forest products, feeding livestock and pounding rice. After sharing a meal with the village, we return to Luang Namtha at the southern base of Sam Yawt Mountain .


This journey can be shortened to a 3-day/2-night trek for those with less time.

Accommodation & Food

  • Lodges with one common room.

  • Common bathroom facilities available. Public bathing (women need a sarong)

  • Local Lao cuisine. Typical meal includes chicken, soup, sticky rice, vegetables and chili.

  • Vegetarian food is available upon request.

Level of Difficulty & Safety

Difficult: Uphill climbs and the length of the trek make this trail challenging. Trekkers must be in good physical shape and should be able to hike five hours per day.

What to Bring

Tvo-three changes of clothes, sandals for the village, 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.


Local meals, water, accommodation, transport to/from Luang Namtha, local guide(s) and English speaking guides and permit fees.

Group Size

Group size is a minimum of four and a maximum of eight members. For groups smaller than four, please contact the Guide Service Unit.

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