Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve 6 daysFriday, November 16, 2012
Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve 6 days
The Pu Luong Nature Reserve is an area of outstanding beauty, cultural interest and high biodiversity value stretching from Mai Chau in the north west to Cuc Phuong National Park in the south east. The region is blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breathtaking scenery.
On this 6-day trip you can experience the everyday life and culture of Thai and Muong ethnic minorities and spend nights with friendly locals.
8:00 AM Mai Chau Trek tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and depart Hanoi for Pu Luong Natural Reserve via Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around 4 hours. Along the way, pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Reach Mai Chau valley by lunchtime.
Lunch in Pom Coong Village and then drive 22km further into the reserve to begin the trek for approximately 3 hours before arriving at Hang Village, which is home to Thai ethnic minority.
Spend the night with a local Thai family in a traditional house built on stilts. Before dinner, stroll around the village to observe daily life activities of the locals.
Day 2: Trek to Kho Muong Village (B,L,D)
Breakfast in the home stay before the big trek of the day. Walking for around 6 hours on a rocky path running through jungle.in a village along the way.
After lunch, pass through several Thai villages before arriving at the village of Kho Muong.
Have the night in a Muong minority village.
Day 3: Trek to Cao Hoong Village (B,L,D)
Have a full day trek as we climb to the Pu Luong range. En route pass through a number of small hamlets and minority villages. After 3 hours of light ascent, descend to the village of Cao Hoong, a village of Thai ethnic minority people and have local lunch
Spend the night in local home.
Day 4: Trek to Cao Village (B,L,D)
Have a around 6 hours trek through the verdant countryside. The trek path runs uphill and downhill through forest, rice terraces and scenic villages. On the trek, see farmers working on rice paddies and children going to school.
Local lunch in a village.
Spend the night in the Thai village of Cao.
Day 5: Cao Village – Canh Nang Town – Mai Chau (B,L,D)
After breakfast, trek toward Ma River. The trek is quite gentle since we descend a wide-open valley. After 2 hours trek, reach Pho Doan Town where we visit to the local market. Following, trek Ma River, on the way see nice view of river, paddies and water wheel.
Pick up and transfer to Mai Chau for a late lunch.
Overnight homestay in Pom Coong village.
Day 6: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L)
Today is a relaxing day with a stroll in Mai Chau Valley to observe daily life activities of the local.
Lunch in local house before driving back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi around 5 pm, tour concludes.