BAN NAM YANG TREK IN THE NPA
This one day tour into the Nam Ha National Protected Area winds through forest and upland fields. This tour has broad open vistas of the area. Along the way you will see villagers collecting forest products, tending livestock or working their upland fields. Before returning to the valley, the tour visits an Akha village at the highest point of the trek. If there’s time, the tour also includes a stop at That Poum Pouk, Luang Namtha’s most ancient and newest stupa.
Itinerary: Luang Namtha-Ban Nam Yang-Ban Nam Ngaen-Luang Namtha (1 day trekking, all seasons) An early transfer of 40 minutes will take us to Ban Nam Yang. We follow the forest trail to Muang Sing. This is an easy trek through forest and upland fields to the highest point of the trek, where there is an Akha resting place. The road is wide, gains gradually in elevation. We reach to the top of the mountain where we stop for picnic lunch and enjoy wide views of surrounding hills and high mountains.
After lunch, we come downhill to a stream where we may see animal foot prints. The trip is 6-7 hours long. You will walk along the road which is really more a track up to the Akha village of Nam Yang where you will have a chance to learn a bit about the life of the Akha in the hills. An Akha hunter will accompany you and display his bird calling skills. We return the same way back and have time to visit to the Black Tai village of Nam Ngaen where villagers make Lao Whisky. If there is time, we will visit That Poum Pouk.
Approximately: 2 hour 20 minutes transfer/ 3 1/2 - 4 hours trekking Note: In dry season, we use Songthew for transfer. In the wet season, we use 4WD.