Shorter version of the full 5 Day Cloud Forest Challenge. Excludes the PhouPaMai Mountain pass and viewpoint, and the wildlife observation tower, Nests camp.
Challenging trek up to the summit of Phou Louey the “Forever” Mountain (Elev. 2257m) – the third highest peak in Laos and one of the few Cloud Forests in the region. This trek offers a unique opportunity to enter one of the most important wildlife habitats of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park. Feel as field biologist for few days as you track and identify proof of wildlife along the trekking trail. Direct wildlife observations are difficult on the trekking tour, but if lucky you can spot giant flying squirrels, various civet species, macaques, serow, muntjacs, and birdlife including silver pheasants and hornbills, as well as hear the beautiful morning calls of the critically endangered Northern White-Cheeked Gibbons. Thus, you might notice wild cat, wild dog and bear presence, as you identify the footprints, scratches, scat, and view camera trap images set along the trail. The data from the camera traps is further incorporated into the national park’s wildlife-monitoring program.
- National Park’s Conservation Fund Fee
- Village Ecotourism Benefit Fund Fee
- District Office of Information, Culture & Tourism Fee
- National Park’s English Speaking Guide
- Village team services: village guide/wildlife spotter, porters, cooks, cleaning and handicraft group
- Transport Muang Hiam-Village-Muang Hiam
- Food and water
- Sleeping equipment (Mattress, Mosquito net, Pillow and Sleeping Bag)
- Leech Socks
Thing You Should Bring
We ask that you please bring just one small backpack and leave large suitcases or long‐haul backpacks in the village or your car.
Please bring just one small backpack and leave large suitcases or long‐haul backpacks in the village or your car. Please bring the following:
- Light rain jacket or poncho (strongly recommended)
- Fleece jacket (strongly recommended as November to February can be very cold)
- Sun hat for daytime
- Wool cap for night
- Long pants for walking in the forest
- Good walking shoes
- Sandals for bathing
- An extra t-shirt
- 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)
- Insect repellent
- Reusable water bottle (help us to reduce waste)
- 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)
- Our porters will carry all camping equipment, however if you would like someone to carry your personal items for you, you may pay extra for an additional porter. Please ask our staff about this.
- Binoculars. Bring your own or rent from National Park office. We have BARSKA Embark 10x42mm binoculars. Rent is Free, but a 200'000LAK deposit per binocular is required. Let us know how many.
Thing You Should Know
1. Weather can be both very hot during the daytime and very cold at night. It is recommended that you bring clothes for both extremes.
2. Please note that we provide boiled stream water on the multiple day trekking tours. Please take your own water purification tablets.
3. Children aged 1 to 5 is free.
4. The NEPL NPA’s ecotours are non-profit ventures with the majority of the income from the tours directly benefiting the local communities. All earnings are reinvested back into the ecotourism and other conservation projects.
5. This tour only operates during the dry season (from October to May/June).
6. Please note this package requires walking over quite difficult terrain over multiple days (rocky streams to cross, steep hills to climb and dense vegetation). Please sign up for this tour only if you have experience with trekking and if you are confident in your physical ability to deal with such stresses.
7. Add extra night in the ecotourism village home-stay the night before/after the tour.