Summit Mt. Phou Louey Wildife Challenge. 3 Days

Climb to the top of Phou Louey (2257m), one of the few cloud forests in the region. Be part of protecting endangered wildlife. 3 days.

  • Laos
  • October—June

A trekking challenge with a wildlife twist. Climb Laos’ third highest peak over 3 days and experience conservation in action in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals, water, tea and coffee
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees
  • Transfers to and from Muang Hiam

Perfect for: Nature loving adventurers looking to experience Laos’ wild side. This is a challenging trek, you will need a good level of fitness. No previous experience is required.

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 quite a challenging hike involving tough ascents on challenging terrain. You need a good level of fitness for this adventure. No previous experience is necessary.

Yes absolutely. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You will need to carry your personal items during your journey. Your local hosts ask 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

Optional:

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.

Trips are run during the dry season between October to May/June. The weather can be hot during the day reaching above 30 degrees Celsius but can also be quite cold at night. It’s important to bring both cool and warm clothing.

Rain is infrequent but does occur during the dry season. Downpours tend to be short-lived but heavy.

Food is local Laos food such as curries, barbequed meats and vegetables. Vegetarian food is also available.

During the trekking days, you will be provided with boiled water. Please bring your own water purification tablets.

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. They won the World Responsible Tourism Awards in 2013 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.

Location

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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 Biodiversity Conservation Area, 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 through cloud forests.

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

End point? 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.

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 and trekking

Your local guide will collect you from your guesthouse in Muang Hiam at 08:00. From there it is an hour and a half drive to Ban Nam Soy. At the village, you will hitch a ride on a tok tok, a Laos style hand tractor, for 9km to the traditional Khmu village of Ban Navene.

Lunch awaits you at the village visitor centre prepared by a local cook. Once you have eaten, the trekking begins. After two hours you will enter the natural forest and a park station where you will learn about the work of the park.

From there you will ascend to Tad Ang waterfall for a brief rest and a swim before reaching camp. In the evening you will help the local guide check nearby camera traps to see what animals have passed through, maybe a wildcat or a sun bear.

Day 2: Trekking Phou Louey

It’s an early start for this challenging day of trekking. You will be hiking 12km along steep and rough terrain to reach Laos’ third highest peak, Phou Louey, at 2257m. Just before the summit, there will be a quick break for lunch.

Being in cloud forest, the summit is often hidden in clouds. If you’re lucky the sun may break through for a glimpse of the surrounding view. At the summit, there are more camera traps to check before beginning your descent.

You’ll descend 8km to camp by mid-afternoon. Enjoy some free time around the camp and help the guide sort through the camera trap photos. In the evening there is a traditional Khmu dinner before sharing tales around a roaring campfire.

Day 3: Trekking and departure

You’ll rise early to check a few more camera traps. The traps are an important monitoring tool, the more wildlife you see on them the more money is put into the local areas development fund. A great incentive for local villages to conserve the forest.

The final leg of your journey is 4km, mainly of descent, down through the forest back to Ban Sakok village. On a clear day, you get a great view of Phou Louey mountain. From here you will bid your guides farewell and transfer back to Muang Hiam.

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

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in a Laos style jungle bungalow. These are simple wooden structures raised just off the floor on stilts with open sides.

Inside there are twin beds with mosquito nets. Accommodation is based on two people sharing and bathroom facilities are shared.

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

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single occupancy for accommodation Payable Before Departure
Private Accommodation Supplement LAK500000.00 Per Person, Per Night

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