We will begin our day by meeting the river guides and receive some final information before our private transport will take you to the starting point on the Nam Tha River. Before entering the river you will be instructed on the correct use of the equipment and important safety information.
We will enter the river upstream of Luang Nam Tha and paddle down to the Tai Lue minority village of Ban Sin Oudom. This village offers a great opportunity to witness the tribal life of the people of the Nam Tha.
Each day we will travel 20-30km depending on the season. You will kayak almost the full length of the Nam Tha River, which flows through some of the most scenic landscapes of Laos.
You will kayak through forested valleys and pass hidden villages that can only be reached by foot or boat. This journey will give you the unique ability to encounter ethnic minorities that are rarely visited by foreigners, obviously combined with a challenging river adventure.
During the journey you will be able to visit several tribal villages along the banks of the Nam Tha. Here your guides will teach the group about the different tribes of each region and their various cultures.
A delicious picnic lunch will be prepared and served by the guides each day either on a picturesque riverbank or within a remote tribal village.
The group can also help the English speaking guides with collecting edible plants from the riverbanks, finding edible mushrooms on tree trunks or catching fish from the river
In the evenings the guides will choose a suitable place on the riverbank to make camp for the night. The guides will build traditional jungle shelters each night before preparing dinner.
During the evenings the group will also be able to refresh themselves in the cooling waters of the Nam Tha River.
The final day will see you almost reaching the confluence of the Nam Tha and Nam Kong (Mekong) Rivers, after a short transfer you will arrive at the town of Muang Pak Tha. Here the group will be able to enjoy some of the benefits of civilization that the town offers. Tonight you will stay in a guesthouse.
The following morning you have the option of taking a boat up the Mekong to the border town of Huay Xai (to enter Thailand) or the boat down the River back to Luang Prabang (this takes 2 days with an overnight stay in Pak Bang Village.)