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Northern Ethnic

Trekking

Off the beaten tracks & Ethnies

TOUR CODE :  TR 1007

DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL : Luang Prabang

DURATION : 7 days + 6 nights

TIME PERIOD : October to June

GUIDING : english speaking guide

PRIVATE GROUP : from 2 to 14 persons 

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • discovery of remote northern regions

  • ethnic encounters Akha, Tay Lue, Hmong, Khamu, Tay Ead, ...

  • jungle trek, mountain and rice fields

  • boat trip on the NamOu river

  • homestays

​​PRICE PER PERSON : 945 USD (group of 4 persons)

Decreasing according to the number of people

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS TRIP

DAY 01

Mountainous landscapes of Oudomxay

Departure by private minivan on a countryside road to northern Laos. The mountain landscapes are breathtaking. Meetings with different ethnic groups such as Tay Lue, Khamu, Tay Dam and Hmong. The guide will bond Western and Asian cultures. Arrival in Oudomxay by late afternoon.

Meals : -, L, -  //  Night : local guesthouse

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - Oudomxay

DAY 02

Tay Dam and Tay Lue Craftsmen Minorities

After a few hours of discovery, the adventure continues on a dirt track dotted with fabulous landscapes, rice fields and the terracotta kilns of the Tay Lue tribe. On the way, stop at the small market of the Tay Dam ethnic group where the locals sell the products of their crafts. Visit of villages of the Phouxang, Akha, Tay Yang, Hmong and Tay Lue tribes. Arrival by late afternoon in Bountai. Dinner and stay overnight in a wooden house in a Tay Lue village.

Meals : B, -, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Oudomxay – NaMor – Bountai

DAY 03

Discovery of the Akha country

The trip continues towards the small town of Muang Khoua where Vietnamese pass their goods between Vietnam and Laos. Visit of Akha, Hmong, Khamu villages and TayDam in Ban Monesavan. Arrival in Muang Khoua by late afternoon and settlement in your guesthouse. Walk in this small town very little visited by tourists, and crossing of a suspended bridge over the Nam Phak river.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : locale guesthouse

Itinerary : Bountai – Pak Nam Noi – Muang Khoua

DAY 04

Cruise on the Nam Ou river by local boat

Morning cruise on a traditional boat on the NamOu River. These astonishing landscapes make all the splendor of Laos: sheaves of bamboos, vertiginous cliffs ... Meeting with the weavers and Laotian fishermen. Walk along the river and in the hinterland on the farmer track heading a Hmong village. It is amazing with its houses surrounded by green squares clean and neat. Dinner and stay overnight in the village.

Meals : B, L, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Muang Khoua – Hmong village

Activities : 4h cruising + 1h30 hiking

DAY 05

Discover the country Hmong

Day trekking in primary jungle and bamboo forests. It offers magnificent views above the surrounding mountains and an epic passage in a chaos of rocks. On the way, you will probably meet Hmong people with their famous hood. Arrival in a high mountain Hmong village by the end of the day. Dinner and stay overnight in the village.

Meals : B, L, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Hmong village - Hmong village

Activities : 6-7h trekking (950m uphill)

DAY 06

Sanctuary caves of Pak Ou

After enjoying the hospitality of a Hmong family in a typical house, explore the village ato discover its craft activities. Departure by minivan towards the valley on a track leading to a Tay Lue village specialized in weaving. On the way, visit of the famous PakOu caves along the Mekong river. They host thousands of Buddha statues adorned with red and gold tones, alrered by the weather. Arrival in Luang Prabang by the end of the day.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Hmong village - PakOu caves - Luang Prabang

DAY 07

Hiking at KuangSi waterfalls

At sunrise, volunteers can attend the traditional ceremony of almsgiving to the monks (without guide). Then, departure by minivan on the mountain tracks to reach and visit a village of the Hmong ethnic group. Hike in nature for 3h until the spring of the impressive Kuang Si waterfalls located in the jungle. Free afternoon at the waterfall, swimming, exploring, visiting the bear sanctuary.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - KuangSi

Activities : 2h30 walking

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