Day1: Luang Prabang – Ban Huay Luang – Trekking – Ban Mock Choung – hill tribe - Home stay (../L/D)
Your main guide will be meeting you at 8:30am at your hotel. Little last check to see if you have sun glasses, and sun protection, before the 1-hour drive south through Road #30 to the Khmu village of Ban Huay Loh.
To explore the area, we will be assisted by a local guide. Will then start the 4-hour walk through primary forests, deep jungle, and paddy fields, discovering also the culture of the famous tasty sticky rice, growing on mountainside.
On the top of one of the up-hills where is a great viewpoint, we will mark a stop for a local lunch and rest. Prepared in a Lao style way with Lao products (depends on the season), "sabai sabai".
After a little pause, it will be then time to continue our journey : we will need around more 4-5 hour walk to reach the Hmong village of Ban Mock Choung. We are expected there to have dinner, and overnight in this traditional village ethnic. You will discover there a nice people, generous, with very special traditions kept from their long old history coming from Tibet and China. On many points of view, this ethnic can be seen as one of the most singular, keeping strongly their culture, their architecture, their tradition, their values, their language. We will spend there the night, under a really clear sky above the little remote village, having a sleep in the bamboo hat or in the village chief house, depending on the season.
Day2: Ban Mock Choung- Typical nature – Kayaking- Pak Ou cave – whisky village (B/L/..)
Back to the root, be prepared for an early morning wake up… usually starting with the first unrespectful cock chanting on the sunrise, quickly followed by the noise of an entire village that wakes up to cook: it’s time to prepare the breakfast.
After a local breakfast, we will take time walking around, just looking and sharing with locals about their daily way of life & work. Hmong are well known for their impressive shaman orchestrating animist ceremonies or spirit doctor, as they are very impressive with local medicinal plants they use for an infinity of health problems.
It will be time to move forward, today starting on a trail in a mountainside deep forest leading us to a beautiful scenery and a spectacular panoramic view on top hill… a pure pleasure.
After 2-3 hour walk down, we will reach the village of Ban Lath Hae located on the bank of the Nam Ou River. There will be awaiting our kayak, starting on a little River before reaching the Mythic Mekong River.
The landscape of this fishy, shrimpy, silent Nam Ou River is a quiet beauty, finishing on an impressive black karst cliff before meeting the Mekong River where stand the sacred caves of Pak Ou (Pak Ou means "Mouth of Ou River") with their thousands of Buddha images given by devotes and prayers. We will visit the 2 holy places, and for some can read on the local prophecy of the wooden sticks. Ask your guide for details…
After the visit, we will cross the Mekong to reach one of the local restaurants located on the bank of the River to get a local lunch on pleasant condition.
We will then continue our kayak journey playing with the Mekong, a River called the Impetuous by Chinese people. From Pak Ou and Luang Prabang, the way is safe, but the River can be tricky on parts, and continue to not be useful for transportation.
You will pass by many villages, historically fishermen villages. One of them, Ban Xang Hai, famous for decades if not centuries, was well known for its production of local sake, the "laolao" and the pharmacology they developed, mixing exotic and sometimes endemic herbs and other surprising things…
We will continue our paddling until the meeting point with the tuktuk that will bring us back to the centre-town of Luang Prabang.
For a group of 4 persons, Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2017
100 USD / person
Includes in the price:
- Local English speaking guide
- Extra local guide on place
- Meals as specified (B = Breakfast // L = Lunch // D = Dinner)
- Trekking permit fees, Village fund fees, District taxes
- Homestay fees
- Entrance fee to the Pak Ou Caves