If you want to experience an alternative way of life then you should try this. Visit a Hmong village to learn about tribal medicine, trek through the jungle and stay overnight in a village. On day two learn about the Khmu culture before cooling off at the beautiful Tad Sae waterfall.
Day 1. Luang Prabang – Ban Longlun – Ban Houy Nok
Departing from Laos Outdoor office by Minivan, we drive for 1 hour to the north of Luang Prabang to Ban Longlun (Hmong village) where we start to trek, here you will learn more about Hmong culture and visit a coffee plantation, the trek leads us for about 15 minutes to village’s herbal forest. The local guide will show you how to collect wild herbs, explain their properties and what they can treat, we then continue through the forest to a protected area by the village. On the way, which is sometimes steep, the slope leads us high up into the peaks where we stop to enjoy a Lao style local picnic lunch. After lunch, the trail will be more challenging, giving us a chance to hear or even see wildlife. The guide will point out signs of wildlife tracks including wild chickens, boars and civets which are present in the area. Here the trail takes us through dense jungle before the descent down from the mountains to Ban Houy Nok (Khmu village) where we will stay overnight.
Approximately: 6 hours trekking / 1 hour transfer.
Day 2. Ban Houy Nok – Ban Houy Fay – Ban Suan – Luang Prabang
After breakfast, the trek leads us through a rice paddy before entering dense mixed growth forest with a remarkable diversity of tree species. After a 1 hour of an up-and-down hike though the forest, we reach the first top of the mountain range, we enjoy the great views of the surrounding landscape and a typical local picnic lunch is provided here. On the way we pass a tiny settlement of a few Hmong families. However, we leave this place quickly behind us and follow a trail of secondary growth and cross several streams before approaching Ban Houy Fay (Khmu village), here we have an opportunity to get more insights into the culture of the Khmu ethnic group. Finally, the trek continues through a beautiful valley with impressive limestone scenery ending at Tad Sae waterfall, where we can swim and relax before we take a fishing boat across the Nam khan river to Ban Ann where we transfer to Luang Prabang by minivan.
Approximately: 5 hours trekking / 40 minutes transfer.
Expect thick jungle and stunning scenery on this trip. Visit a number of small villages with an overnight stay in one of them. Delve deeper into the cultures and life styles of these very different people.
Day 1. Luang Prabang – Ban Pha Peung – Ban Mok Chong – Ban Nasavang
We depart from our office and drive 40km north of Luang Prabang to our trekking start point, the trail passes through a bamboo forest, rice paddies, dense jungle and two different villages. The first village that we visit is Ban Pha Peung (Khmu tribe village) and the second village is Ban Mok Chong where you will learn about their cultures. Finally we reach the Khmu village of Ban Nasavang and spend the night in this village.
Approximately: 1 hour transport / 6 hours trekking
Day 2. Ban Nasavang – Ban Mok Meuang – Ban Houy Leuang – Luang Prabang
We trek onwards into the mountain forest west of Nam Ou valley. The trail leads us through amazing limestone scenery, where we can enjoy spectacular panoramic views then we continue trekking, following a local trail, into the real deep jungle. Lunch is served in the Hmong village of Ban Mok Meuang. After lunch we continue onwards through the deep jungle before we reach the rice paddy and the Khmu village of Ban Houy Leuang to take our transport back to Luang Prabang.
Approximately: 1 hour transport / 6 hours trekking.
Enjoy two days of cultural enlightenment with this tour. Stay overnight in a Khmu village, visit historical sites and appreciate alternative ways of life then finally cool off at the famous Kuang Xi waterfall.
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Ban Nong Touk – Ban Long Lao
We leave from Laos Outdoor travel at 9:00 AM and after a 35 minute drive on a “dirt” road to the south-east of Luang Prabang we arrive in Ban Nongtouk, where we start to trek. The trek leads us for about an hour through a rice paddy before entering dense mixed growth forest with a remarkable diversity of tree species. After 2 hours of an up-and-down hike though the forest we reach the first peak of the mountain range. We enjoy the great views of the surrounding landscape and a typical local picnic lunch is provided here. We soon reach another peak, afterwards our trail heads down the backside of the range. The forest is a bit sparser here, but there are more chances of seeing tracks of wild animals. On the way we pass a tiny settlement of a few Hmong families. Getting here takes us about one and a half hours. However, we leave this village quickly behind us and follow a trail of secondary growth. After 40 minutes or so the forest opens up and we approach the first Khmu village Ban Long Lao Nueng, where we will stay overnight in the lodge or home stay.
Approximately: 40 minutes transfer/ 5 hours trekking.
Day 2: Ban Long Lao – Kuang Xi Waterfall – Luang Prabang
After enjoying breakfast, we continue on to visit a Hmong village (Ban Long Lao Mai), here we have another chance to get insights into the culture of the Hmong minority before we continue on through rice paddies and vegetable fields until reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter during the second Indochina war and spring water which feeds a waterfall, here we enjoy a Lao style lunch offered by local families, after that we continue onwards. The trail leads to the top of the waterfall. The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing around the crystal clear pools below the waterfall. You can also visit the bear conservation center, which houses and cares for bears that have been rescued from illegal farms and poachers before we return to Luang Prabang.
Approximately: 50 minutes transport / 4 hours Trekking
Note: Tour available only in the dry season (from September-May)