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w pobliżu Ban Xianglôm, Louangphabang (Laotia)
We went to the village Ban Xieng Lom with a motorbike and left it in a garage of a family we asked nicely with the tiny Lao we know. We got lucky and a guesthouse owner whose English was good joined to help. He also brought us to the other side with his punt for 5000 KIP pp. The slimly built canoe looks wobbly and it is if you don’t stay low, however, he knew perfectly well how to handle it. (Make sure you have your valuables packed in a dry sack nevertheless.) We slept in hammocks in an area covered with black canvas right at the beginning. This is most likely used by Tiger Trails who offer this as an organised/guided hike. Please go with them if you are not experienced.
The hike took us 9 hours with ~12kg packs, ~7 hours relaxed walking and 2 hours for breakfast and a long break to avoid midday sun. There is no trail marks and many intersections, however following the trail on our gps map worked fairly well. Nevertheless, we tried our best to mark all of them so its easier to follow. There is two steep but easily manageable ascends. No hazardous parts apart from the bees (read below) and the path was always visible and barely overgrown. Never leave beaten paths or make a fire where there has not been one. (At least thats what I got told regarding the mines and bombs in Laos.) There is some river water to possibly filter at the beginning, less at the end (see pictures), however, we brought our own water. (At least 3l each is recommended because of the hot sun and humidity here.)
Mind the bees here!! You can hear and avoid them so really no worries. After the highest point there were quite a few hives but all seemed abandoned. In any case keep away and pass hives that make sound as far and quickly as possible; take antihistamine with you, soup to wash the bites, a phone to call for help when reacting allergic or reacting strongly after more then 15 bites. They never look for you but be aware. I saw and heard a massive swarm coming towards me but left as quick as possible.
We really enjoyed this hike with great views on the surrounding rocks and hills. At the end of the trail is the elephant sanctuary and we got lucky to be allowed to ride one of them.