HIKE, BIKE, KAYAK & HOMESTAY TOUR
Luang Prabang / Laos
High Water Season, August to January
DAY 01 BIKE & HIKE (L/D)
Get fitted on a quality mountain bike to started on your adventure. Our first stop is at the “Golden Stupa” temple, Wat Phon Phao, with a birds-eye view of the city and gorgeous grounds – one of the few temples in the area with nuns. A short distance further we visit Ban Phanom, known to have chosen to weave silk for the king of Laos. You’ll even get a chance to see the resting place of Henri Mouhot, the French explorer who put Angkor Wat on the map.
A final medium steep ascent and you’ll crest then descend into the Nam Khan River valley with a stunning view of mountains, waterfalls, and a river flowing the lush greenery. Take a break at the riverside camp then on by boat up to the Tad Sae Waterfall. The waterfall varies widely through the high water season from an impressive roar of water when rains come to crystal clear turquoise water once the rain has subsided. Swim, explore and reenergize with lunch at the falls. There are even elephants on site that you are free to watch or interact. A few bananas will surely make you their new friend.
A short trek will bring you into the “Fair Trek” Project area where communities directly profit from your visit. Your homestay in the foothills of a large mountain gives you an unforgettable firsthand chance to know the culture and traditions of the Khamu people.
DAY 02 TREK + KAYAK (B/L)
After breakfast and bid farewell to your homestay hosts, start off with an hour and a half hike around the mountains to the riverbank and ending in Xieng Lom Village. After safety and equipment check, we’ll start our kayak adventure down the Nam Khan River passing dense jungles, elephant camps, villages and cultivated farm.
Paddle downriver 3-4 hrs with several sections of rapids fun for everyone. Conclude the tour with transfer return to Luang Prabang.
Low water season, November to July
During the low water season, we take you on an extended biking route on day 1 being approximately 19 Km instead of 15Km and taking you on dirt paths and hills through villages with a river crossing by boat. We’ll hike directly to the homestay village on day one.
On day two we visit the Tad Sae Waterfall area in route, but keep in mind that during the dry season, water levels can be quite low. There are elephants on site which you may view.
As water flow is slower, we enjoy a shorter kayaking distance of 11 Km to Geang Noun lasting about 2.5 hours depending on conditions, and visit Henri Mahout’s grave en route.