Ban Sida One Day Trek
Available days: Everyday of Week .
If you book 15 days or more before departure, we will give you more than 20% off the normal retail price for 2 people.
A great one day trek ideal for those looking for some hiking through a variety of landscapes with visits to a variety of nearby ethnic groups. The tour starts on the broad open rice fields of the Namtha Valley at the Lanten Village of Ban Nam Dee. We wander up into the hills above the valley through a local forest reserve. You will see examples of terraced upland rice cultivation and visit the Sida ethnic group, a Tibeto-Burman group which only has two villages in Laos. On the way back we return to the starting point of Ban Nam Dee and refresh yourself at the village’s waterfall.
An early start will give us the chance to see and do more along the way. The trip starts at the Lanten Village of Ban Nam Dee. Learn a bit about the village before heading up into the hills. The trail will go through mixed forest, upland fields, terraced paddy and across streams. For lunch you have the choice of having a picnic in a hut in the rice fields or eating in the house of one of the villagers.
In Ban Sida we visit with the village and learn a bit about the life of this small ethnic minority group in the hills. Your guide will faciliate communication and you will be introduced to the village's story and culture.
From here, there are two options for you - the easy option is to return the same way that you came. The more challenging option is a trail which will take you up from Ban Sida along a ridge with expansive views of mountains area before descending through a forest reserve. The trip ends at the Lanten village of Ban Nam Dee where you can spend some time resting at the village’s waterfall. The water isn’t deep enough to swim in, but the falls make up for a wonderful refreshing shower. Bring clothes to get wet in!
What to bring: Hat, bandana, sun-screen, mosquito repellent, change of clothes, flashlight, money to buy handicraft, clothes to get wet in
What is included: Water, meals, local English speaking guide, transport as listed above, trekking permit and entrance fees, service charge, government tax