Vang Vieng Challenge

VV-Ch-head image-1Go for a ‘real’ trek, descend steep mountain slopes using steel cables to safely hold you, rise to the challenge of a dare-devil ‘abseiling’ in a 50 m waterfall, more than 120 m long zip-lining and cross the mind-blowing ‘via ferrata’! This adventurous climb will ultimately reward you with incredible views from the top of the limestone mountain. 

Take this tour combines all the activities that Vang Vieng is famous for:kayaking on the Nam Song River and beautiful rural scenery

Day 1

Vang Vieng Challenge Zipline WaterfallOur tour takes off at the GDL office with a short drive via Pakpo village boat pier where we cross the Nam Song River, either by boat or a sling bridge. We then embark on a trek that leads us through rice fields.

Depending on the season and corresponding water levels, we may have to cross some small streams with the help of ropes to navigate the rapids. As we reach the first mountain range we make some steep ascends. We hike further into the valley until the terrain gets steeper and steeper again. We may have to cross some streams, but secured by a belay if rainfalls were heavy the days before.

Now is the moment to start ou zip-lining adventures! However, the real challenge of today starts at the bottom of the waterfall on a so-called 'via ferrata' and a crossing a gorge via a U-shaped cable bridge.

Once on top the views of the wonderful limestone scenery reconcile our senses and let us forget any hardship.

Vang Vieng Challenge Zipline Waterfall

A welcome rest will refill our energy we need for the next leg of our tour. Our next destination is a 50 m waterfall thundering down high up on the mountain face. 

Once having overcome these obstacles, we set up our small camp especially prepared for a overnight stay. To spend your night you can either sleep under the stars on the wooden platform offering a stunning view or in a small bamboo hut which offers three little rooms.

Get ready for a relaxing evening, enjoying the great views and the refreshing cool water of the fall, with good chats and a nice dinner until a rejuvenating sleep overpowers us.

Day 2

Do not miss the sunrise that welcomes you with new day rising upon the limestone mountains!

Vang Vieng Challenge Zipline WaterfallAfter a hearty breakfast we begin the day with zip lining! Secured by top-class belay devices you will head from platform to platform, some of them up to 50 m above the ground anchored in the crown of a mighty tree. These cables run through the jungle passing through the towering trees and waterfalls.

Then take the challenge to master a V-shaped cable bridge crossing another gorge. It looks easy but is it? For sure it's a lot of fun! Continue zip-lining adventures almoust all way down the mountain. Finally walk back through the rice fields on the same way we arrived the day before until the waiting transportation brings us back to Vang Vieng. Along the way we take a great picnic lunch Lao style.

The two-day challenge that most of us will never forget comes to an end, exhausted and tired – an achievement extraordinaire.
Our way back to Vang Vieng, we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river by kayaking. Taking the last leg with a gentle paddle which will return us to Vang Vieng just in time to catch the sunset.


We called this tour the challenge because it is a challenge. It is a physically demanding tour and requires a certain level of fitness.

Because of the harnesses we use you must be under a certain weight (140kg or 308 pounds) and you must be able to fit in to the harness with a waist size between 65 and 120cm (26 to 47 inches).

This is for the safety of yourself, other guests and our staff.

This excursion follows quite a tough gradient. You need to be in good physical condition!

A bit more challenging in the rainy season (june to october), but also more fun as the waterfall delivers spectacular amount of water!

All the way up and down, you will have to carry your sleeping bag, helmet, climbing harness and drinking water.

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Depart From :
Vang Vieng Green Discovery office
Returns to :
Vang Vieng Green Discovery office
Province visited :
Vang Vieng
Starts at :
finishes at :
Nb of days :
2 Days
Reference :
3 - moderate to difficult
Meals :
Picnic, Lao Food
Transport :
Private Local truck or "Songtheow", Private Minivan
Activities :
Trekking, Zip-lining, Via Ferrata, Abseiling, Multi Sport
Accommodation :
Best In :
Wet season
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch, Swim clothes, Warm clothes, Towel, Robust footwear, Long-sleeve clothes for trekking, Personal belongings
What is included :
Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, Accommodation, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, All entrance fees

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