Complete Nam Ha Experience
Discover the best that Luang Namtha has to offer with trekking and kayaking, exploring jungles, mountains, and rivers while meeting lots of locals along the way.
Explore one of Lao’s first national protected areas and learn about the rich biodiversity that makes this area unique
Explore authentic villages of different ethnic minorities that make up Northern Laos and discover the warmth and hospitality of rural life.
Explore the Namtha River on a kayak and discover dense jungle, remote villages and exciting rapids.
This adventure takes us through forests, farms, plantations and villages of the different ethnic groups that make up the Luang Namtha area. We will spend the night in authentic villages, experiencing the traditional lives of these remote people. Along the way we will learn about the different ways the locals have utilised the forest for food, medicine, and construction materials. On the final day we explore the area from the water as we kayak downstream through the National Park
What Will You Do
Day 1: Life in the villages of the Nam Ha River
The trek begins at a small Khmu village. The trail leads us up to the ridge line and through forest and some upland rice paddies. The guide will explain how we are working with the villagers to conserve and regenerate the forest. As we continue onward the trail descends down to a village which sits on the banks of the Nam Ha River. From here we continue following the river until we reach our destination for the night. When we arrive we will explore the village and learn about what life is like in this remote village.
Approximately: 30 minutes transfer & 5 to 6 hours trekking
Day 2: Deep into the mighty jungle
After enjoying breakfast we head off through the forest and along the banks of the Nam Ha River. This area is home to deer and monkeys, if we walk quietly we may catch a glimpse of them! We carry onwards until lunchtime where we stop to enjoy a picnic in the jungle with some local villagers. After lunch we cross the Nam Ha River and enter the Nam Ha National Protected Area. Here the trail takes us through dense jungle and along a stream. We cross over a ridge and pass through rice paddies before reaching the banks of the Nam Tha River. We cross the river via a canoe to a small village where we spend the night.
Approximately: 5 hours trekking
Day 3: kayaking through rapids and villages
On the final day we kayak down the Nam Tha River, which flows through a landscape of farmers fields and many small ethnic villages. We start with paddling instructions and a safety briefing before heading off down the river. Along the way we will encounter some small rapids and pass villagers fishing and farming. The kayaking finishes in a Khmu village, then we return to Luang Namtha.
Approximately: 2 hours transfer via minibus or boat and 4 to 5 hours kayaking
What to expect:
Expect full days of hiking up and down hill on uneven paths. Accommodation in the village is quite rustic with washing facilities that are very basic and not very private. We can not guarantee that we will see wildlife on this tour.
|Departure||Roughly at 9 am from Green discovery office/ your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 5 pm to Green discovery office/ your hotel|
|What to bring||Hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes, refillable water bottle|
|What is included||English speaking guide, food, drinking water, transport, government taxes, all entrance fees|
Help us to become 100% single use plastic free company!
We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle. If you don’t have one we sell the 75 CL Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office. At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.