CHOMPHET TREK (PHOU LUANG TAI)
Explore Luang Prabang's rural life on this challenging two-day trek into the hills of Chomphet District acroiss the Mekong River, and face difficult climbs on the way to green forests, views of Luang Prabang, farmers' fields, a cave and three ethnic groups: Hmong, Khamu and lowland Lao.
Day 1: Ban Moungkham - Ban Houaypong - Ban Phou Luang Tai
Depart Luang Prabang in the early morning for a 30-minute boat ride up the Mekong River to Ban Moungkham in Chomphet District. From here, walk 2 hours on a forested trail to Ban Houaypong, a Khmu Rok village. Take a short break in Ban Houaypong before continuing 15 minutes to Houaypong stream for a picnic lunch.
After lunch, the trek begins an uphill climb to Ban Phou Luang Tai. The trail is steep for 2 hours, before reaching a ridge. The path follows the ridge for 2 hours, and offers sweeping views across the mountain range and valleys below.
Arrive in Ban Phou Luang Tai, a Hmong community, by late afternoon in time to walk around the village, bathe at the local spring or relax at the guest house, while the villagers prepare the evening meal.
Phou Luang Tai also has beautiful night views of the lights of Luang Prabang in the distance. The village offers optional services such as drum and kaen musical performances and selling traditional embroidery.
Visitors spend the night in the village guest house, which is constructed in traditional Hmong style and managed by the community.
Day 2: Ban Som - Tham Nang Anh Cave
Eat an early breakfast in Ban Phou Luang Tai before departing on a trek down to Ban Som that takes a little over 1.5 hours. The steep downhill trail passes the Hmong village, Ban Mok Prai.
The path leads to Ban Som, an idyllic Lao Loum village surrounded by rice paddies, a creek, and mountains, and it provides an excellent spot to rest and refresh.
Trekkers then leave their bags behind for the 30-minute uphill hike to Tham Nang Anh Cave and a swim at a small waterfall at the base of the mountain. A village guide accompanies trekkers and provides information on the cave.
Upon returning to Ban Som, the villagers serve lunch, before trekkers embark on the final 3-hour hike back to Ban Moungkham on an easy road and trail. From here, a boat returns the group to Luang Prabang for an early evening arrival.