3 Day Trek in Dong Phu Vieng National Biodiversity Conservation Area
“Katang Trail to the Sacred Forest and River Ride”
Operated by: Savannakhet Eco-guide Association
From the orientation in Savannakhet town travel with the guide to Muang Phin district of Savannakhet. On arrival in the district town travel south towards the SeBang Hieng River . Here is where you enter the fertile green jungle. Learn about the birds, plants and animals. After lunch you trek though mixed forest woodland and rocky out crops. Look out for wildlife along away. Gradually, you will start to see more evidence of village life from gardens and old rice paddies. After 8 km you will enter the village where the chief will introduce us to the community. Here trekkers will have the opportunity to witness traditional lifestyles, interesting agriculture, silk production, weaving and blacksmithing in the village. Here you eat a homemade dinner with the villagers.
After an early rise, the village guide takes you to “ Dong SaKee “ sacred forest. Here, you may see a rare leaf monkey.; the “ silvered langur “ and also hornbill birds. You'll learn about some of the forest products that the villagers gather or extract and discover how they use them. On the way back to the village you'll also learn the meaning of “ Lak La'puep “ clan posts. After breakfast, you'll set off to another Katang Village . The trail will lead us though a mixture of forest. You will eat lunch in the forest, and afterwards have the opportunity to observe, nature, birds and the tracks of some larger animals. You will also get the chance to learn about edible herbs and bush fruits along the way, and add them to our dinner, prepared by the village guide. Before we arrive in the village on the Xe Bang Hieng river, you will have trekked about 8 km. That evening trekkers will stay near the banks of the Xe Bang Hieng River.
The morning's highlight is a splendid ride by long tail boat to Kaeng La'berng Nang Rapids where you can rest, enjoy the forest, the riverside and white sand beach. Continue to Kaeng Samartek rapids where you disembark and will be picked up for the journey back to Muang Phin town. Return to Savannakhet in the evening.
Regular Trip Departures on Fridays (maximum 2 departures per month)