Khmu, Hmong, Lahu and Musur Trek (1 day)
On this trek you will not only spend time visiting the villages of the ethnic minorities of Luang Namtha including the Khmu, Hmong, Lahu and Musur. You will be taught about the day to day lives, history tradition and culture of the ethnic minorities living in Northern Laos, you will also learn about how these peoples cultivate rice. The primary rainforest, trails, wildlife, plants, mountains and panoramic views of the Nam Ha Protected Area are also featured in this trek.
Depart from the trekking agent's office at 8:30am, you will be driven to Khmu Keuan ethnic minority village of Nam Sing Village. Here your guide for the day will join you and take you on a tour on the village, explaining to you about the history, culture and traditions of the Khmu Keaun. From the village your guide will lead you to the rice fields of the Khmu Keaun, he will then explain to you how the Khmu Keaun cultivate rice.
The next stop is the primary rain forest of the Nam Ha protected Area, but first you will have to cross the Sing River by negotiating a one of a kind bamboo bridge. Through the Nam Ha Protected Area you will trek up mountains with panoramic views of the valleys and villages below, you will experience primary rainforest and beautiful wild banana forests. After about three hours of walking in the Nam Ha Protected Area you will stop for lunch and a short rest. Your meal will be traditional Lao style food prepared by your guide and cooked by steaming it over a spirit bamboo fire.
After lunch the trek will continue through the primary rainforest of the Nam Ha Protected Area, past spectacular bamboo forests, to the Hmong, Lahu and Musur ethnic minority villages in and around Ban Nam Vang. The villagers are fiercely proud of their ethnicity and still wear their traditional clothes, live in traditional houses and practice their traditional customs. You will be able to talk to the villagers with the help of your guide and you will be able to learn about their history, traditions and culture.
The last leg of your trek will be to rendezvous with your minivan, leaving the villages behind you will continue to trek through the rainforest with a final chance to experience the beautiful views of the Nam Ha rainforest.
Included in price is:
All transportation as stated, local English speaking guide, limited personal liability insurance, personal drinking water, local Vieng Phouka taxes, village guide, all accommodation stated, a contribution to the village and tourism development funds.
You need to remember to take a few things with you. Most of these are not really necessary but will make your day more comfortable:
good hiking shoes and for women a saraong for swimming, cap or hat and a good camera, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a rain jacket in the rainy season (June - September), a warm coat in the cold season (October - April), torch, toilet paper, money to buy handicrafts, extra water, snacks, medical kit.
There are a one or two things that you should do to make the trek more memorable for you and the communities you visit:
Please respect local culture by dressing politely at all times, removing your shoes before entering a Lao house and asking before you take a picture. Also please help the local trekking agents improve the service they give to tourists by helping your guide speak English better and help them to improve the treks.
There also things that you should really NOT do when on a trek to local ethnic minorities and these are:
Please do not hug or kiss each other in public, eat wildlife, use illegal drugs of any kind or drink too much of the local rice alcohol, distribute religious or political propaganda in the villages and finally respect a villagers home by not entering a villagers bedroom.
The 1 day tours are only available for groups of 3 people and above.
Book for more than 15 people, contact us directly
Any participants in this trek should meet at the trekking agents at 8:15am.