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Trekking in Phou Hin Poun Protected Area
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`Phalem trek' 1 night / 2 days with trained local Ecoguides

Operated By: Khammouane Guide Service

Limestone Cave in Khammouane Province


Khammouane Province

Description

This two day trek explores the major attractions of the Phou Hin Poun Protected Area, including the Limestone Forest , Tham Pa Chan and Tham Kainao Caves , Muang Pone Stupa, Kuhn Kong Leng lake and Kon Keo rapids. Trained local Ecoguides will teach you about local plants and animals. Overnight stay in a remote village will provide you with an opportunity to learn about traditional livelihoods as well as local food, a baci ceremony and cultural performance.

Itinerary

Day 1: Village homestay

Nam Dom River, Khammouane Province

Depart Tha Khek by Tuk-tuk driving east into the Phou Hin Poun Protected Area, stopping along the way to visit Tha Falang, a scenic river area. Arriving at Ban Na village we join the village guides before following the Nam Don River visiting caves, swimming holes and an historic stupa . Along the way you will also learn about local plants and animals. Lunch is served on the trail at a resurgence cave. In the late afternoon we arrive in a village where will stay overnight. There is time to explore the village and observe the community's traditional way of life. In the evening the villagers will cook dinner for you and organize a traditional baci ceremony and cultural performance.

Day 2: Kuhn Kong Leng lake

Following breakfast we continue the trek through mountain and bamboo forests to Na Kue village, before continuing to the untouched Kuhn Kong Leng Lake to relax.

After returning to Na Kue village for lunch, you now take a “lod Thai “ tractor ride, which drops you off at the trailhead to Khon Keo river. Following you arrive at Khon Keo rapids in the late afternoon. A short walk takes you to Khon Keo village where transportation will be waiting to return you to Thakhek.

Booking

  • Contact the Khammouane Guide Service Unit at +856-51-212-512
  • You may also contact Mr. Jan Burrows, advisor in Khammaoune, at jburrows@snvworld.org

Accommodation & Food

  • Lodges with one common room.
  • Common bathroom facilities available. Public bathing (women need a sarong)
  • Local Lao cuisine. Typical meal includes chicken, soup, sticky rice, vegetables and chili.
  • Vegetarian food available upon request.

Level of Difficulty & Safety

Moderate: Climbing is moderate-easy but the length of the trek makes this trail challenging. Trekkers must be in good physical shape and be able to walk 5 hours per day.

What to Bring

One change of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, money to purchase handicrafts. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.

Includes

Local meals, water, accommodation, transport to/from Khammouane, local guide(s) and
English speaking guides, baci ceremony and permit fees.

Group Size

Group size is a minimum of two guests and a maximum of eight guests.