Trekking and Wildlife Spotting in Laos. 3 Days

Discover Laos’ elusive wildlife on this guided trekking adventure. Be part of protecting endangered wildlife. 3 days.

2 Nights
June, October

On this 3-day adventure, you’ll trek through the wilds of Laos’ largest national park. Trek through Laos’ diverse landscape, hitch a ride on a Laos style tractor, see conservation in action and discover the secretive inhabitants of the forest.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals, water, tea and coffee
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers to and from Muang Hiam
  • Tourist fees
  • National park fee

Perfect for: Wildlife loving adventurers looking to explore Laos’ wild side. This is a moderately difficult trek requiring a reasonable level of fitness.

Adventures for Good: Your local host for the trip is the awarding winning National Park. They are dedicated to protecting Laos fantastic wildlife from hunters and supporting sustainable community conservation through ecotourism. See all of our ‘Adventures for Good’ here.

Need To Know

Not included in your adventure: - Flights - Travel insurance

This is a moderate to difficult trek involving some steep and challenging terrain. You need to have a reasonable level of fitness but no previous experience is required.

Yes, absolutely. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people.

You will need to carry your personal items during your journey. Your local hosts asks that you leave suitcases/large backpacks in the village. If you would prefer to have a porter carry your bag this can be arranged in advance for an additional fee

Your local hosts recommend:

  • Day sack to carry personal items
  • light rain jacket or poncho (strongly recommended)
  • fleece jacket (strongly recommended as November to February can be very cold)
  • both sun hat for daytime and wool cap for night
  • long pants for walking in the forest
  • good walking shoes and sandals for bathing
  • an extra t-¬shirt and shorts for sleeping/bathing.
  • snacks (food is provided, but you might want to bring something to snack on)
  • water purification tablets (for multi-day treks the water is boiled)
  • towel and toiletries
  • insect repellent
  • flashlight
  • binoculars (we have just one pair)
  • reusable water bottle


Your own sleeping bag and/or sleeping sheet (we provide a sleeping bag and sleeping sheet, but you can use your own if you have)

Camping equipment is included

The weather can be hot during the day reaching above 30 degrees Celsius but can also be quite cold at night (as low as 10 degrees). It’s important to bring both cool and warm clothing.

The dry season between October to May/June and the rainy season is between June to October. Rain is infrequent but does occur during the dry season. Downpours tend to be short-lived but heavy.

Food is local Lao food such as barbequed meats and vegetables. Vegetarian food is also available.

You will be provided with boiled water. Please bring your own water purification tablets. Please bring your reusable water bottle to help to reduce the waste. Filtered drinking water is available in most hotels and restaurants around Laos.

You may book any flights that fir with the start and end points of the trip.

Your hosts are the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been supporting the NEPL Management Unit since 2003, and has assisted with the development of ecotourism programmes commencing in 2009. They won the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2013 & 2014 for Best Responsible Wildlife Experience.

They are dedicated to conserving the habitat and wildlife of the national park. Their aim is for sustainable, community-focused conservation. Eco-adventures like this one are an important way of generating revenue and sharing their natural heritage with the outside world.


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This South East Asian adventure takes place in Laos. Unlike its neighbours, Laos has not yet experienced the rapid development of many of the ‘tiger economies’. As a result, Laos retains an adventurous and timeless feel where life moves at a different pace.

You will be trekking through the Nam Et-Phou Louey National, the largest national park in Laos. It is a home to a myriad of fantastic beasts from clouded leopards to Asian elephants and it is one of the best places to view wildlife in Laos. Many of the forest creatures live secretive lives and are seldom glimpsed, luckily you will be checking a network of camera trips to see who has passed by.

The rural landscape of Laos changes through the country and through the seasons. Along your trek you will experience Laos’ diversity, wandering through networks of paddy fields, along jungle paths and ascending up along forests trails.

Start point? Your trip begins at 08:00 at your guesthouse Muang Hiam where your local hosts will meet you.

Endpoint? Your trip ends at your guesthouse in Muang Hiam where you will be dropped off by your local guide around mid-afternoon.

Getting there and away? By Bus: The bus from Luang Prabang takes around 10 hours. You will need the bus heading to Sam Neua, it leaves daily between 07:00 to 08:00 from the Luang Prabang Northern bus station. If travelling from Luang Prabang, we would recommend to break the journey in 2 steps and enjoy the Nong Khiaw town located mid way between Luang Prabang and Muang Hiam.

By Air: The closest airport is Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) with 10 airlines operating flights predominantly to a few regional airports like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival, tractor rides and trekking

Your local host will collect you from your guesthouse in Muang Hiam at 08:30 to begin your adventure. A 45-minute drive gets you to the traditional Khmu village of Ban Sakok where you will meet your village guide and receive a quick briefing.

You set off on your hike from the village and travel through the maze of paddy and tobacco fields using truly local transport is a great experience of rural life in Laos.

After lunch, it’s then 4km of hiking with 400m of ascent to the Tad Loy Waterfall and a brief rest before heading on to camp. The cook will prepare a traditional Khmu dinner while you relax, or take a dip in the waterfall/forest jacuzzi. After dinner, sit around the fire to listed to some local Khmu stories about wildlife and ghosts.

Day 2: Trekking and wildlife watching

It’s an early start to look for birds and check the nearby camera traps with your local guide. The traps are a great window into the secretive world of Laos’ forest creatures, maybe a sun bear, a sambar deer or even a clouded leopard has passed by. If you’re lucky, the critically endangered Northern White Cheeked Gibbons can be heard.

After breakfast, the trekking continues. Today is a challenging 9km trek with a steep ascent of Phou Phamai Mountain followed by a gradual descent to the Nests Camp, your next accommodation. During the afternoon you’ll have free time to relax and swim in the river.

After dinner, your guides will take you to watch wildlife from the viewing tower at the Poung Nied Salt Lick with a spotlight. It’s another rare opportunity to glimpse the wild inhabitants of the forest like Sambar and Barking Deer. You’ll spend the night in the camps unique hanging pods.

Day 3: Tracks, treks and departure

Before breakfast, you will head back to the salt lick to look for animal tracks and check the camera traps. The surrounding villages receive money for development based on how many animals are seen by the camera traps, a great incentive to conserve the forest.

The last day’s trek is 7km along forest paths through the jungle and mixed deciduous forest. Your guide will point out the many natural marvels along the way so easily missed by the untrained eye.

After a quick picnic, it’s another tok tok ride to the village where you will bid farewell to your village guide. A transfer will get you back to your Muang Hiem guesthouse by mid-afternoon.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You will be staying in one night in a jungle hut and one night in the hanging pods in Nest Camp. Accommodation is based on two people sharing and bathroom facilities are shared.

The Laos style jungle bungalows are simple wooden structures raised just off the floor on stilts with open sides. Inside there are twin beds with mosquito nets.

The hanging pods are inspired by birds’ nests and are great experience offering a unique perspective on forest living.

The huts and pods are basic, it’s an adventurous jungle experience in the wilds of Laos largest national park.