Wildlife Conservation Trekking Tours
Since 2016, Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area offer new ecotourism attractions: the wildlife conservation trekking tours!
The trekking project offers an unique opportunity to enter one of the most important wildlife habitats of the Total Protection Zone of Nam Et-Phou Louey and track wild species such as leopards, bears and the wild dog (dhole) using camera traps which are set up along the trail and maintained by tourists. The data from these camera traps is then incorporated into the protected area’s wildlife-monitoring program.
These wildlife conservation trekking tours are located in different part of the Protected Area than the Nam Nern Night Safari, and provide alternate livelihoods in 3 villages as well as offer additional financial benefits for wildlife conservation efforts for 12 surrounding villages. The benefits depend on the number and type of the seen wildlife by visitors on tours and photos of wildlife taken by camera traps along the trail.
(Moderate to Difficult Trekking, Option 2 or 3 Days, Dry season only)
Moderate 2 and 3 day moderated difficulty level hiking tours to the heart of the protected area with overnight in cozy spherical baskets hanging from the trees – ‘The Nests’. Enjoy wildlife viewing from the observation tower at the nearby salt lick, which attracts animals such as the rare Sambar deer from far and wide.
Note: The Nests tours are available during the dry season only, from October to May/June (depending on the rainy season)
(Challenging Trekking, 5 Days, Dry season only)
An challenging trekking of 5 days up to the summit of Phou Louey (Forever Mountain) – one of the few Cloud forests in the region. This trek through the evergreen forest with overnights in the jungle huts in the Total Protection Zone of the protected area offer a great opportunity to track wild species such as white-cheeked gibbon, leopards, bears and wild dog using camera traps, which will be set up along the trail and maintained by tourists. You will also learn about the surrounding village life as the first night is spent in a Khmu village home-stay. The 5 day option also includes the final night in ‘The Nests’.
Note: The Cloud Forest Climb tours are available during the dry season only, from October to May/June (depending on the rainy season)
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