Trekking in Xepian 2 days

GDL-Champassak-4000-islands-1-1The Xe Pian National Protected area is famous for its extensive wetlands which are home to rare wildlife as elephants, gaur, sun, Asiatic black bears and the yellow cheeked gibbon. This exciting expedition takes you through this fascinating area on a long but easy trek giving you plenty of opportunities to see the wildlife and visit ethnic villages as well as the amazing experience of overnight camping in the middle of the jungle!

The Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA), covering over 240,000 hectares in the southern provinces of Champassak and Attapeu, and touching the national border to Cambodia, is one of the most important nature reserves in Laos. It is home to abundant and rare wildlife such as elephant, gaur, Sun bear, Asiatic black bear, and the yellow-cheeked gibbon, and famous for its extensive wetlands (a RAMSAR convention site).

Day 1: Pakse > Ban Kiet Ngong > Xe Pian National Protected Area

We depart from the Green Discovery Pakse office at 8:00 am and go by local transportation to Ban Kiet Ngong village at the edge of the Xe Pian NPA where we meet our local guide. He will give us interesting information about the wildlife in the area and local forest plants and their uses as food supplement and traditional medicine.

Our trek starts at this village and we walk through forest deep in to the nature reserve. We may have the chance to see elephants in the jungle not too far from the village. Somewhere along the way we will have our picnic lunch. After some time of relaxing we continue our trip while observing and listening to the many different birds inhabiting the canopy and lower sections of the forest. If we are lucky, we will see monkeys passing by.

We have more time in the nature reserve and do not have to trek back to the village or visit the Phou Asa temple today. At about 4:30 pm we will set up our camp for the night.

Approximately: 1 hour transfer, 5 hours trekking

Day 2: Xe Pian National Protected Area > Phou Asa > Ban Kiet Ngong > Pakse

We wake up early to the sounds of the jungle and have our breakfast at about 7:30 am. Today we will discover the Xe Pian wetlands and enjoy the experience of a jungle rarely touched by outsiders. We have our picnic lunch somewhere along the way. In the afternoon on the way back to our starting point, we will pass a smaller river (with little or no water in the dry season). Before reaching the village, we will visit the Phou Asa temple and then return to Ban Kiet Ngong.

Approximately: 1 hour transfer, 5 hours trekking


Depart From :
Green Discovery Lao, Pakse office
Returns to :
Green Discovery Lao, Pakse office
Province visited :
Starts at :
finishes at :
Nb of days :
2 Days
Reference :
2 - easy to moderate
Meals :
Barbecue set, Picnic, Lao Food
Transport :
Private Local truck or "Songtheow"
Activities :
Accommodation :
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch, Warm clothes, Robust footwear
What is included :
Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, Accommodation, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, Travel permits, Domestic flights

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