This 3 days trek is designed for those who like to be immersed in nature, enjoy wildlife observation and look forward to camping in the forest.Traversing the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area, the trail follows all the time the Nam Leuk River. The trek starts at the Tad Leuk Waterfall in the southeast of the National Park and ends at the southern tip of of the Ang Nam Leuk Reservoir (dam site; the Siamese Crocodile is said to still live here).
Day 1: Vientiane - Tad Leuk - Camp Site 1
We will be transferred from Vientiane to the Tad Leuk waterfall in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. On arrival, we visit the permanent exhibit at the Tad Leuk Visitor Centre. After lunch at Tad Leuk, 4 hours of easy trekking takes us to the first Camp Site, a sandstone beach on the edge of the dry riverbed. The trail offers plenty of opportunities for bird spotting and tracing monkeys and other animals. Approximately: 3 hours transfer/ 4 hours trekking
Day 2: Camp Site 1 - Camp Site 2 After breakfast, a 6 hours walk including a steep but short climb takes us to the top of a waterfall, a great viewpoint over the surrounding canopy. Amidst clear bamboo and liana forest, a very large Burma Mahogany tree makes for a spectacular landmark. A picnic lunch will be prepared on the river bank. We arrive to the second Camp Site in the early afternoon. During twilight, birds, monkeys and squirrels can be heard in the up to 40 m high pine trees around the camp site. Approximately: 6 hours trekking
Day 3: Camp Site 2 – Ban Houay Leuk - Vientiane On our last day trek, the trail sneaks thru a very rich section of old forest, known as a habitat for tigers and elephants. Our guides will be able to show you the traces of elephants, often damaged trees and bushes or even footprints. We arrive at the Ang Nam Leuk Reservoir (Note that this area is inhabited by the Siamese Crocodile!). Our vehicle is waiting for us there to transfer us to Ban Houay Leuk for lunch at our local guide's house. We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.