TREKKING IN XE PIAN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREA The Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA), covering over 240,000 hectares in the southern provinces of Champasak and Attapeu, and touching the national border to Cambodia, is one of the most important nature reserves in Laos. It is home to abundant and rare wildlife such as elephant, gaur, Sun bear, Asiatic black bear, and the yellow-cheeked gibbon, and famous for its extensive wetlands (a RAMSAR convention site). An exciting day-long expedition with long but easy trekking!.
Day 1: We depart from Pakse at 8:00AM and go by local transportation to Ban Kiet Ngong village at the edge of the Xe Pian NPA where we meet our local guide. They will provide interesting information about the wildlife in the area and local forest plants and their uses as food supplement and traditional medicine. Our trek starts at this village and we walk through forest deep in to the nature reserve. We may have the chance to see elephants in the jungle not too far from the village. Somewhere along the way we will have our picnic lunch. After some time of relaxing we continue our trip while observing and listening to the many different birds inhabiting the canopy and lower sections of the forest. If we are lucky, we will see monkeys passing by. At about 4:30PM we will set up our camp for the night.
Day 2: We wake up early to the sounds of the jungle and have our breakfast at about 7:30AM. Today we will discover the Xe Pian wetlands and enjoy the experience of a jungle rarely touched by outsiders. We will have our picnic lunch somewhere along the way. In the afternoon on the way back to our starting point, we will pass a smaller river (with little or no water in the dry season). Before reaching the village, we will visit the Phou Asa temple and then return to Ban Kiet Ngong.
Approximately: (approximately) 6-6 ½ hours trekking / 1 ½ hours for transport to Pakse.