Laos is famous for its stunning scenery and countryside and there are so many options for trekking but as soon as I arrived as part of my Laos Holiday in Luang Prabang I realized this was the area where I wanted to explore the surrounding countryside and villages.
There are many options for Luang Prabang trekking ranging from Single and Multi-day trips. They can also be combined with other options including rafting and cycling around Luang Prabang if you wish. I chose to do a 2 day trek and Khmu Hill Tribe overnight homestay.
First things first make sure you have plenty of film in your camera – you will find yourself stopping frequently to take pictures of the amazing scenery and majestic views.
Our trek began on the banks of the Nam Khan River where a boat will take you across the river and you begin trekking through rice fields where you can chat to local farmers as they harvest their crops. Even this early in the trek I was awestruck by the beauty of the rice fields with mountains and rolling hills out in the distance – I knew there was a lot more to come scenery wise and was really excited about the rest of the trekking.
We continue trekking, stopping at a Khmu village before carrying on to take in stunning views of the karst mountains and cliffs, from there we then spent another 2 hours hiking through the jungle before arriving at a Hmong village where we had some lunch. The Hmong village is bamboo homes in a valley surrounded by mountains located on small lake with the most delightful inquisitive children who are fascinated by the “falang” (tourist) people visiting their village.
After stuffing ourselves on the local food we continued trekking for another 2 hours before arriving at the Khmu village where we would be taking up residence for the evening. We are shown to our home for the evening which consists of a raised platform with two mats on the platform, some blankets and a mosquito net. Our host family also cooked us a basic but very delicious meal of Pumpkin soup, cabbage and spinach stew and sticky rice. After a long hot day of trekking it was hard not to inhale it all in one gulp! After chatting to the locals (with the help of our guides), playing with the children, checking out the animals running everywhere and watching the sun go down we retired to bed feeling sore but very very happy.
The next day starts at 8.30 with breakfast and then hit the road for more trekking and visiting villages along the way – with many more photos taken!
All in all my Luang Prabang trekking was an amazing experience with excellent guides, welcoming locals and absolutely stunning scenery.