Hill Tribes & Trails
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Northern Laos is well known for it’s Hill tribes, over 20 different tribes. The further North you go, the changes become more apparent, you can see how people dress and the styles of their homes differ. This tour will head into those areas, where we will find some outstanding trails to ride. Remote in places with some challenging terrain, we’ll stay in small towns and villages, eat local food and immerse ourselves in the landscapes and beauty that is Northern Laos. Tour Code LAT005
Day 1) Luang Prabang to Oudomxai. 188 Kilometers 6-7 Hrs Riding. Leaving Luang Prabang, we will proceed along the road to Pak Ou caves. From there we will ride offroad to Oudomxai. The mountain range we will traverse is nothing short of stunning, with lots of nice trails and nothing in the way of traffic to slow us down. The day will end on-road to Oudomxai and to our guest house for the evening.
Day 2) Oudomxai to Bounthai. 180 Kilometers 5-7 Hrs Riding. Today we’re starting with a quick tarmac run and it’s onto the dirt for the rest of the day. Single track, rivers, and plenty of technical riding. It really is stunning trails and scenery. We will take a packed lunch and stop to eat along the way. A very remote area which most people don’t get to see, prepare for an awesome day.
Day 3) Bounthai to Phongsaly. 100 Kilometers 4-5 Hrs riding. We can have a slow start today as we don’t have a great distance to travel. We will take the dirt trails and arrive early in Phongsaly. On arrival, we can take in a few tourist sites and get some rest before the biggest day tomorrow. Phongsaly has some fantastic mountain ranges, which we’ll traverse tomorrow.
Day 4) Phongsaly to Muang Khua 200 Kilometers 7 hrs Riding. After breakfast, we will grab some packed lunches and head straight onto the dirt. It’s our biggest day which will see us ride 200 kilometers off-road through some fantastic and wild remote areas. Expect a long day in the saddle today as we take the day on.
Day 5) Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw 131 Kilometers 5-6 Hrs riding. It’s another long day on remote trails, but our final destination of Nong Khiaw won’t disappoint. The last section is on-road which will take us into Nong Khiaw where a comfortable hotel awaits you for the evening. This small town in the mountains is very popular with travelers. Its views and slow pace make it a great place to relax
Day 6) Nong Khiaw to Pak Ou 180 Kilometers 5-6 hrs riding. We take the road for about 5 km and then it’s 130 km of some technical riding and single trails through the far-off hills of Northern Laos. We arrive back in Pak Ou where we overnight at the floating hotel. Set near Pak Ou caves, this is a pretty special place to sink a few cold beers.
Day 7) Pak Ou to Luang Prabang. 100 Kilometers 4 Hrs riding. Our final day on the trails together is a short day. From here it’s a quick blast into Luang Prabang where we will pick up some trails before ending up at Khuang Si waterfalls to cool down. An evening meal together brings the tour to a close and makes for a relaxing end to the adventure.
Tour Dates 2024
Any dates that suit you.
Luang Prabang / International Airport or Train Station
The tour will start at 8.30 am. Please be informed, that you should arrive at least one day before the tour starts in Luang Prabang. We recommend two days before the tour starts to acclimate and avoid jet lag.
The tour will finish at about 4/5 pm back in Luang Prabang, so if you would like to fly back the same day to Vientiane or other destinations, you can catch easily any flight from Luang Prabang after 6 pm.
We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable. But we also offer some helmets, jackets, gloves, and knee guards. Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers due to hygiene reasons.
Guide/ Mechanic (first-aid trained) English Speaking
Bikes: Honda CRF 250L (CRF 300L subject to availability)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner are included. All our stops are in areas where food is available in local cafes and restaurants. There is often a wide choice of national cuisines to choose from.
Drinks: Water is included, alcohol and not included.
Fuel: Fuel for your motorcycle or truck is included for the whole journey.
Accommodation; Rooms are included and based on single room occupancy. Local guest houses & Hotels will be used.
All tolls/bridge/ferry fees.
Entry to sites on tour itineraries.
Support truck and driver (for groups of 3 pax and over).
All other riding gear (boot and armour rental available).
Visa: Available on arrival, please check with your embassy for costings.
Tips and gratuities
Lao Adv Tours: Reserves the rights to change routes and planning due to road problems. Weather conditions can change very quickly. All rights reserved.