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5 Days Golden Triangle Trek on the Stunning Mountains & the Old Kingdom of Muang Sing.(ID: XK-TK-05)
 
Start-Finish: Muang Sing town or Luang Namtha town
Season Departure: October to next year month June
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Departure: 7:00 AM from Luang Namtha town or 8:00 AM from Muang Sing town
Difficulty:
Moderate-difficulty, short hill climbs and descents
 
Trip Overview
5 days trek in the northern of Laos are available in the Xieng Khaeng Region (the old kingdom of Muang Sing). This area just opened for tourists, the ethnic minority villages you visited mainly Akha and Tai Lue, they are still very traditional. Enjoy an hour on a slow boat up or down on the Mekong River and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Mekong River.
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ITINERARY.
Day 1: Muang Sing-Ja Phou Thon-Xieng Khaeng. Approx. 2 hours by car/Trek 5-6 hours
8:00 AM start from our office in Muang Sing or 7:00 AM from Luang Namtha by 4 Wheel Drive short stop visit ethnic minority villages along the Off-Road, drive up to the higher mountain in Xieng Khaeng Region (more than 1,800 meters from the sea level) visit Mueto Kao and Ja Phou Thon they are Akha, next start trek to Xieng Khaeng (Tai Lue Village) the village we stay overnight for today.
[Meals: Lunch and Dinner]
 
The Xieng Khaeng Village or the Old Kingdom Of Muang Sing.
Due to the fact that little is known of the history of Muang Sing prior to the late 18th century we start this short excursion into the history of Muang Sing at the end of the 19th century. In 1887 Muang Sing was established and more than 1000 subjects had to move to the new capital of the principality of Chiang Khaeng and the surrounding plain. The relocation of the capital from Muang Yu became necessary to be better protected against a Burmese punitive expedition.
 
Day 2: Xieng Khaeng-Slow boat-Phayaluangkhamping-Pha Ngoua. Approx. 2 hours by slow boat/Trek 3 hours
In the early morning is the best time to see Tai Lue daily work on the Mekong River, the local people from Myanmar will cross the river for sell/exchange local food between the villages. After breakfast start by slow boat on the Mekong River and stop at the way to Pha Ngoua (Akha Village). The traditional lunch will eaten on the way. Next continue walk to Sompan Mai (Akha Village) the village you stay overnight for this day. From the village you will enjoy the stunning mountain. After dinner you will enjoy traditional Akha massage which is traditionally given to the guests staying overnight in the village.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
 
Day 3: Sompan Mai-Mai Khong. Approx. 5-6 hours
In the morning the weather quite cool that you will see Akha people sitting around the fire and cooking. After breakfast walk on the small path with excellent landscape and stunning mountain to Mai Khong (Akha Village) the village you sleeping for this night.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
 
Day 4: Mai Khong-Landscape Mountain-Ja Kuern. Approx. 5-6 hours
After breakfast start walk on the dirt road pass through mountain landscape. The traditional picnic lunch will eaten on the way. After lunch continue walk to Ja Kuern (Akha Village) the village you stay for this night. The Akha massage will served after dinner. 
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
 
Day 5: Ja Kuern-Stunning Mountain-Muang Sing. Approx. 3 hours walk/Car back 3 hours.
The traditional breakfast will eaten at the homestay. After prepare your bags continue walk through agriculture field, mountain landscape and stunning view to where the Four Wheel Drives waiting for pick up you back to Muang Sing or Luang Namtha.
The villages and the areas above just open for tourists, all ethnic minority groups are Akha and Tai Lue they are still keep their culture and Traditional.
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch]
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Location:

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Pricing: Rate: 1US$/8,000 LAK
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Price Including:
  • All transfer by covered pickup truck (4WD and boat only).
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • All visits/excursions as mentioned in tour itinerary.
  • Accommodation in village family hut with toilet shower outside (Some villages they don’t have toilet and shower outside).
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Meals and drinking as mentioned
  • Trekking permit, entrance fees and government tax
  • Akha massage all nights
  • Tour service “Phou Iu Travel”
Price Does Not Include
  • Extra activities you might choose to do in the village
  • Additional food, e.g. special kind of meat you might request
  • Insurance should you get sick. Please make sour you have a valid cover
Why is the adventure trek more expensive?
Compared to the tour around in Laos especially Luang Namtha, the adventure trek in Xieng Khaeng are more expensive. The major reason is that transport (only truck) is more expensive, the second reason is that we pay a little bit more to the villages, for example for accommodation 30,000 kip/person/night goes to the homestay family, as opposed to 20,000 kip at another tour office. Also, our guides earn a bit more (double paid), as the treks in mountainous Xieng Khaeng can be quite challenging and steep.
 
Additional trip information
When packing for a trek, keep it simple. The fewer luggages you have to carry around, the more you will enjoy yourself. Wear a good pair of running shoes or lightweight trekking shoes.
 
Bring a small backpack which should contain following items:
  • Shoes; a good pair of running shoes are perfect, or even better are the lightweight trekking boots.
  • Absolutely essential are sun protection (sun lotion as well as a sun hat.) and mosquito repellent. Mosquito nets are provided in the lodges.
  • Rain coat during rainy season (May to September)
  • Warm sweater or pullover during the cold season (October/November to February)
  • Flash light
  • For women a sarong if you wish to shower at the waterfall.
  • Sweets or snacks for your own consumption if you wish.
  • Special medication, if needed. The guides are equipped with a basic first aid kit.
What You Don’t Need:
  • Blankets are provided, so there is no need to bring a sleeping bag.
  • Mosquito nets are provided.
The adventure treks only open from October to next year month June. During the cold season from December and January, we recommend a fleece and long pants as temperatures can drop down a lot at night. In the hills and mountain of Northern Laos especially Xieng Khaeng Region, Luang Namtha temperature can drop down as low as 5o Celsius (40 o Fahrenheit) at night or early morning hours, so be prepared!
 
The hike can be strenuous, therefore suitable for people in good physical condition. Expect to walk 5-6 hours during the second day of the program, and 6 to 7 hours on first day.
 
Village accommodation:
Participants must be aware that there are no western-style toilets and washing facilities. Sleeping is on a bamboo floor, dormitory style. Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
 
Note:
Trekking itinerary is a basic guideline only and subject to change.
All trekking areas are supervised by Laos Tourism Administration, which means all areas are frequented by tourists.


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