This 2-day Last Akha Trails will make you discover one of the most unique tribes of Northern Laos, the “Akha” tribe. This tribe, deriving from the south of China, migrated to this region a hundred years ago. On this trek, you will spend time in the forest of the Namha National Protected Area (NPA) and experience an authentic home-stay in the hill-top Akha village, Phouvan. You will be immersed in the “Akha” lifestyle. This tour is an authentic and unique experience, inviting you to learn more about this minority’s way of living.
|Activity hours||5-6hrs (approximately)|
|Transport||Van or Tuk-tuk|
|Starts – finishes time||Day 1: 08:30 – Day 2: 17:00|
|What to bring||Rucksack, Hiking boots, Hat, Sun-cream, Mosquito spray, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Change of clothes, Warm clothes, Pocket money, Raincoat (Wet season), Toilet paper or tissues.|
|What is included||Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide, Transport as mentioned above, Accommodation, Government taxes, All entrance fees, Travel permits.|
|Duration||2 days 1 night|
|Physicality||Moderate – Difficult|
Luang Namtha – Chaleunsouk – the Starting point – Phouvan (Akha tribe)
This 2-day Last Akha Trails starts with a short drive from town to the Ban Chaleunsouk village, where a local guide from the village will join us, and who will lead us through the forest trails. Trek begins with an ascending hike up through the first part of the forest. Enjoy the natural surroundings and keep your ears and eyes open for birds, deer, boar, monitor lizard and monkeys. Your guide will share their knowledge of the surrounding nature and of the wild plants and what they are used for. Soon we will stop for a local picnic lunch. You will have to walk a few more hours after lunch to reach the waterfalls where we will stop for a break and a refreshing bath or swim. We will continue hiking, until reaching the farms of the locals. You will have some time to observe ‘Akha’ tribe working in the farms or to take a walk through the village, interacting with the locals and the children. Your guide will prepare an authentic meal for your dinner. After dinner, you will sleep at a homestay, which means with a local family at their hut.
Ban Phouvan – Ban Jaleunsouk – Luang Namtha
Wake up refreshed in the morning; take a walk around the village to see how villagers preparing themselves for work in the fields. After breakfast, we will start with a slow walk through the upland fields, enjoying the stunning views of the fog covered mountain peaks. On this day, we will visit a local village school where you can observe the village children learning. Feel free to donate school books, pens, pencils etc. to school. Then we head onward and further into the primary forest where the villagers go to collect natural products for exchanging/trading. We spend most of this day inside the jungle enjoying the wilderness and hoping for a chance to witness some wildlife. We will pick a scenic spot for lunch and take a break. After lunch, we continue hiking out from the forest, until we will reach the rice fields near the road where our transit car will be waiting. You will be then transferred back to the town in about half an hour.
|Maximum 9pax||Price per Person|
|Private group||$ 55|