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Laos Simply BeautifulLuang Namtha Travel Company
2 Days Trek-360-Degree View, Challenge, Secret Trail (ID: NT-TK-08)
Trekking Area: Nam Ha National Protected Area- an ASEAN Heritage Site
Hike daily approx. 6-7 hours
Difficulty: intermediate-advanced, short uphill and downhill walks.
Trip Overview:
To explore genuine nature, trek through mountains, then following an overgrown secret trail from Luang Namtha to Muang Sing, which was made a hundred years ago, by the French Army), offering you a stunning 360-degree view, rainforest, searching for wild animals, hidden waterfall, mountains villages, local life in countryside, superb sunset and sunrise, secret stupa, and visiting the villages of ethnic minorities in Muang Sing.
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Day 1: Ban Nam Yang-Mountain Camp.
Approx. 6-7 hours
Departure is at 8:30 AM from Luang Namtha town by tuk-tuk. First stop is at Ban Nam Yang (Akha Village), we’ll have a little while to visit Akha get a glimpse of their culture and traditions. Next, through Akha farmland, we’ll follow, for an hour, the old Falang* trail. Then hike deeply into the heart of the Nam Ha NPA to explore untouched nature, rainforest, and soak up the lunch greenery sideshow. After that we pause en route for a traditional native picnic. Next, the walk continues flanked with great views along the trail. By 5:00 PM you should have arrived at the camp, just in time to catch that filmic sunset. Your guides will prepare dinner and pitch a tent for you.
Day 2: Mountain Camp-Muang Sing Town.
Approx. 6-7 hours
In the early morning the guide will make you a cup of Lao coffee, possibly when the sun is rising. After breakfast the trek continues through the heart of the Nam Ha NPA to see different kind of trees, get the excellent views you pined for, snap a verdant mountain for your Facebook, and the opportunity to spot wild animals. Picnic lunch will prepare en route by the guide. After lunch you hike down and through the rainforest to sightsee the landmark of Xieng Tung stupa. The tuk-tuk will be waiting there and get you to Muang Sing.
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Trek from Luang Namtha-Muang Sing on Old Falangs trail
*”Falang” is the Laotian word for Frenchman, but it is now commonly used for any westerner. It is believed it was derived from the noun ‘Français’ and turned with the Asian pronunciation into Farancet-faragn-falang, the latter being that Asians have difficulties in pronouncing the letter ‘r’ easily. Thus “Falangs Trail” means “the French trail”. When Muang Sing came under French rule, France built the trail from Muang Sing to Luang Namtha-Huay Xai (Laos-Thailand border), On December 2, 1975, the king of Laos was forced to abdicate his throne and the Lao People's Democratic Republic was established. Consequently, the “Falang Trail” came under Laotian Government control and it was inaccessible for fifty years. Recently the Laotian government has allowed for it to be part of a trekking trail. For more info about the trail please read “History of Old Falangs Trail”.

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