• Trek along Luang Namtha

    Trek along the Nam O River and up an old Akha trail to the mountain top Akha Phouli village of Ban Nam Lo for an overnight stay, before heading through a bamboo forest to a limestone cave on this 2-day adventure.
  • Explore Khammouane

    Explore Khammouane province's Phou Hin Poun Protected Area
  • Bokeo The Gibbon

    mmerse yourself in the Gibbon Experience, two innovative programs centering on a network of canopy huts that provide a rare opportunity to see black-cheeked crested gibbons, once thought to be extinct. Overnight accommodation is in a canopy tree house with excellent views of the surrounding Bokeo Forest Reserve.
  • Discover Oudomxay

    Trekking in Oudomxay: Discover Oudomxay province with a choice of four 1-day tours and a 3-day trek with a home stay in a Khamu village.
  • Journey to Kong Lor Cave

    Journey to Kong Lor Cave, an amazing 7.5 km-long limestone tunnel formed by the Hinboun River
  • Kwang Si Luang Prabang

    Take this great 4- to 5-hour alternative walking route to Kwang Si Waterfall, and trek to Hmong and Khamu villages, green forests and mountain tops before arriving at the falls.
  • Home of Elephant

    Explore northern Sayaboury Province – the home of Laos’ annual Elephant Festival
  • Savannakhet Paradise

    Discover rural Lao life on a 3-day trek around Savannakhet

Trekking in Laos

The treks featured by Ecotourism Laos are mostly operated by provincial guide services and the villagers along the trail, all of who have received training. A significant portion of the trekking fees goes to local guides and villagers for home stays and other hospitality services as well as to support ongoing training, trail and facility maintenance and community development funds.

Resident guides have intimate knowledge of plants, wildlife and local culture, and hiring one through a tour operator or guide service will make your trek much more fulfilling. Booking a trek is the best way to visit a Lao National Protected Area. 

Embark on a journey of a lifetime...take an ecotourism trek through the nature and culture of Laos.


(Phou Louang Tai)

Explore Luang Prabang's rural life on this challenging two-day trek into the hills of Chompet district acroiss the Mekong River, and face difficult climbs on the way to green forests, views of Luang Prabang, farmers' fields, a cave and three ethnic groups: Hmong, Khamu and lowland Lao.

Supported by the LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project

Itinerary

Day 1: Ban Moungkham - Ban Houaypong - Ban Phuluang Tai

Depart Luang Prabang in the early morning for a 30-minute boat ride up the Mekong River to Ban Moungkham in Chomphet district.

From here, walk 2 hours on a forested trail to Ban Houaypong, a Khamu Rok village. Take a short break in Ban Houaypong before continuing 15 minutes to Houaypong stream for a picnic lunch.

After lunch, the trek begins an uphill climb to Ban Phuluang Tai. The trail is steep for 2 hours, before reaching a ridge. The path follows the ridge for 2 hours, and offers sweeping views across the mountain range and valleys below.

Arrive in Ban Phuluang Tai, a Hmong community, by late afternoon in time to walk around the village, bathe at the local spring or relax at the guesthouse, while the villagers prepare the evening meal.

Phuluang Tai also has beautiful night views of the lights of Luang Prabang in the distance. The village offers optional services such as drum and kaen musical performances and selling traditional embroidery.

Visitors spend the night in the village guesthouse, which is constructed in traditional Hmong style and managed by the community.

Day 2: Ban Som - Tam Nang Anh Cave

Eat an early breakfast in Ban Phuluang Tai before departing on a trek down to Ban Som that takes a little over 1.5 hours. The steep downhill trail passes the Hmong village, Ban Mok Prai.

The path leads to Ban Som, an idyllic Lao Loum village surrounded by rice paddies, a creek, and mountains, and it provides an excellent spot to rest and refresh.

Trekkers then leave their bags behind for the 30-minute uphill hike to Tam Nang Anh Cave and a swim at a small waterfall at the base of the mountain. A village guide accompanies trekkers and provides information on the cave.

Upon returning to Ban Som, the villagers serve lunch, before trekkers embark on the final 3-hour hike back to Ban Moungkham on an easy road and trail. From here, a boat returns the group to Luang Prabang for an early evening arrival.

Booking

  • Contact Action Max at +856-71-252-417 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For more information, contact the Provincial Tourism Office Luang Prabang at (+856 71) 212-487.

Accommodation & Food

  • Village lodge with one common room.
  • Common bathroom facilities available. Public bathing (women need a sarong)
  • Hmong & Lao cuisine. Typical meal includes chicken, soup, sticky rice, vegetables and chili.
  • Vegetarian food is 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 5 hours per day.

What to Bring

One change of clothes, sandals for 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 a shirt with sleeves during the trek.

Includes

Local meals, water, accommodation, transport to/from Luang Prabang, local guide(s) & English speaking guides, and permits.

Group Size

Group size is a minimum of two and a maximum of eight persons.