Laos Trek

Trek through stunning forests, stumble across impressive waterfalls and work alongside the local community on vital construction projects on this immersive expedition.

  • Location Laos, Asia
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Trek

Rich in culture, Laos is home to ancient towns, delicious food, and friendly local people. Spend time with the local community, working side-by-side with them on vital projects. Hear stories from the village shaman, see if you can win at a game of football against the children of the village and treat yourself to a lovely souvenir from the night markets. A trek through the beautiful Laos countryside will offer an amazing challenge and unforgettable experience.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in Laos Upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, our awesome Camps crew will be waiting to welcome you to the town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will then transfer to your accommodation where you will have an in-country orientation and discuss the plans for the coming weeks.
Day 2 Luang Prabang city tour After breakfast you’ll head out on a city tour, exploring and learning about this stunning UNESCO World Heritage city – Luang Prabang. You will visit Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace National Museum and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. After lunch in town, you will visit the UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) Centre and learn about the ongoing effect of the Vietnam war on Laos. To finish the day, you will walk up Phousi Hill and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the city, followed by dinner and finally a trip to the famous Luang Prabang Night Market.
Day 3 Head to camp This morning you will pack up your belongings as you travel to camp. Once there, you will settle into your accommodation and have lunch. In the afternoon it’s time for a village tour and project orientation, then you will start on your project work! After getting our hands dirty we’ll clean up and head back to camp for dinner and a group campfire where you’ll get to hear stories from our local guides.
Day 4 – 7 Project work Over these coming days, you will truly get to experience village life. As you continue to work on a variety of projects during the day you will have a unique opportunity to become accustomed to village life, learning about the local culture, religion and cuisine. You will also make friends with the local children over a game of football or jump-rope and enjoy tasty local food. In the evenings, there will be a chance to enjoy a slower pace of life, talk with the shaman of the village, reflect on the things you are learning and hang out around the campfire
Day 8 Cooking class Today you will take a break from project work to participate in some village activities. You’ll attend a local cooking class, learning how to make some of the delicious food you have been eating for the past week.
Day 9 – 13 Project work After your relaxing day, its back to getting your hands dirty, continuing with your project work. On your last night in the village, you will have the chance to join in with a Basi ceremony, where the entire village will come for a group dinner to say farewell, show their gratitude and wish you luck!
Day 14 Kuang Si Waterfall Today you will get up early to say your final goodbyes to the village community and then head off to hike to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall. It is a three-hour hike through the Laos jungle and a great way to gain a better understanding of the tropical climate. You’ll spend the morning exploring and learning about the history of the jungle. After lunch, you’ll take a trip to the nearby Moon Bear Rescue Center before heading back to Luang Prabang where you’ll check into your accommodation. In the evening you’ll enjoy dinner and watch the sunset along the mighty Mekong River. On your way back to the accommodation, there will be another chance to head to the Night Market for some more souvenir shopping.
Day 15 – 19 A new camp and project work After breakfast, you will travel to your next camp located in a village just outside of Luang Prabang. You will have time to get acclimatised to your new surroundings, meet your new neighbours and have some lunch. In the afternoon you will head over to the project site where you will help develop adobe clay Eco-Bungalows. Over the coming days, you will learn how these bungalows provide an alternative income to the village through small-scale tourism. In the evenings you will enjoy time with the community, getting to know the village elders, visiting the shaman and relaxing around a campfire.
Day 20 Back to Luang Prabang In the morning you will say your final farewells to the members of the village as you head back to Luang Prabang for around lunchtime. In the afternoon you will visit a local Lao organisation, Big Brother Mouse. This is a local company that is helping to teach English to members of the local community. You will spend time speaking with the students, who could be a university student, a local farmer or even a monk.
Day 21 – 24 Embark on your trek Today you will begin your trek through the beautiful jungles that surround Luang Prabang. Each day you will walk for about 4-6 hours, taking in the beautiful scenery as you pass through rice fields, local villages and lush green jungle. In the evenings you will stay overnight in the villages Khmu and Hmong. On the last day of your trek, you will head further north to the beautiful, peaceful town of Nong Khiaw.
Day 25 Nong Kiaw- 100 Waterfall After trekking for a few days, it’s time for a bit of R&R. After breakfast at the guesthouse, you will head off on a relaxing boat cruise on the Nam Ou River and then take the short trek to visit the 100 Waterfalls. You will enjoy a picnic lunch and spend time exploring the waterfalls.
Day 26 Nong Khiaw Today you will visit some historical caves and explore the local countryside along the Nam Ou River. In the afternoon you will travel back to Luang Prabang for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 27 Luang Prabang Elephant Conservation Centre After breakfast, you will head to the Elephant Conservation Centre outside of Luang Prabang. You will spend the day learning about these magnificent creatures and elephant conservation in Laos. Once back in Luang Prabang, you will enjoy your last meal as a group and head to the night market one last time for some final souvenir shopping or some tasty treats.
Day 28 Goodbye Laos After breakfast, you will say your final goodbyes to the team before heading to the airport ready for your flight home.

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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