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The Hiker

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Luang Namtha, Laos
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About The Hiker
THE HIKER was founded by a team of expert Eco-tour guides, who have been guiding in NamHa national park and other provinces of Laos for several years. THE HIKER aims to innovate the responsible local tourism industry with its professional, by delivering high motivation to the local-guides team, offering ethical services, providing premium quality eco-tours suitable for all clients, whilst sharing responsibility and benefits with local communities. THE HIKER specialises in jungle trekking tours from 1 up to 7days, while multi-adventure tours e.g. "Combined adventure trekking & kayaking" are the second specialty. Its trails are privately used, covers most of the dense forest and wilderness areas. Main accommodation recommended by THE HIKER is jungle stay, whether camping in a bamboo hut, in tent or even creating your own shelter with bamboo & banana leafs. Homestay in a remote village is also a good choice for a softer wilderness experience.
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Miranda B wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
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An incredible cultural and adventurous experience in the beautiful Nam Ha NPA! From visiting the morning market to collect our food supplies, to chatting around the fire at the jungle camp to learning about the local flora and its traditional uses, this was a real immersive and informative trek. Our guide Mun spoke excellent English and the other traveller and I learnt a lot about Laos and Khmu culture from him. We barely saw any other tourists and ventured deep into the jungle which I loved. We stayed in a jungle camp the first night and Mun cooked us a delicious meal (and catered for me as a vegetarian), and a lovely homestay in Nalan Neua the second night. Swimming in the Nam Ha river with the local kids after trekking for 7 hours the second day was amazing. As an ecologist I was also excited about seeing an Asian Tree Pit Viper. The 'moderate' level for the trek is appropriate, I've never sweated so much in my life but it was so worth it! An unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to all. Thanks Tom, Mun and the rest of the team :)
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from TheHikerEcotours, Guest Relations Manager at The Hiker
Responded Apr 19, 2020
Hi Miranda, Thank you so much for your kind comments about your experience with us. We are so glad that you valued us your highlight in Laos. Will share this compliment to our team and keep up our good work. Stay safe at home, and enjoy your next travel. Kind regards The Hiker team
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Claudia S wrote a review Mar 2020
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In early January 2020 I did the wild explorer 3d/2n tour with one other traveller. It was awesome. The wonderful guides explained a lot about the plants and the life in the villages. They cooked the best food I had during my Thailand / Laos trip. I very much enjoyed the food made in banana leaves and bamboo. I still have my little spoon made of a banana leaf. Another souvenir is the little bamboo flute. We had much fun playing our flutes. What I liked most about the hike were the off trail parts. The first night we spent in a nice hut, the second night we stayed in a little camp on top of a mountain. The next morning, we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. Spending these three days was a very good experience I only can recommend to everybody else who likes nature. Thank you so much to THE HIKER.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from TheHikerLaos, General Manager at The Hiker
Responded Mar 27, 2020
Appreciate for your contributing such a wonderful comment for us. We are so glad that you had such a memorable time during your 3days jungle trek with us. The tour is one of our favorite 3days trek even we have some other trails, but this one is very unique and enough physical exercises, as a guide perspective. Great to hear that you love the organic food, provided a local style. Stay safe and healthy. Warm regards Tom.
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soetkinc87 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hanoi, Vietnam23 contributions1 helpful vote
We were only two people so the price was a bit higher, but we really had the best time during this trek! We had a wonderful guide named Mun who was explaining us a lot about the nature and the culture of the tribes in Laos. He was born on the country side and that really made for interesting talks. He was following our pase and was very helpful. Hiker is really a good company. They work with local guides and support the villages in that way. The villagers get income from the tourists and take better care of the forest because of it. The camping in the jungle was amazing and the village stay was so nice. We had great vegetarian food and a soft bed an musquito net. Hiker may be a little bit more expensive but it is really a fare company. If you pay less it is not possible to do eco tourism, becouse then there is not enough money left to support everyone involved.
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Response from TheHikerEcotours, General Manager at The Hiker
Responded Apr 19, 2020
We are very happy to heard that you have much enjoyed your 3days trek with us despite the price is quite expensive to compare to many one-man show or family businesses around the town. Appreciate for your complement about our organisation, and your kindly considering our work with locals, it's the most efficient way to keep the forest being sustainable and heathy environment. It's true! as it's community-based ecotourism we have more than seven stakeholders in each tour, to ensure that key parties benefit reasonably. Have a safe stay at home, enjoy your next journey. Warm regards Tom.
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Neil M wrote a review Feb 2020
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My wife and I did the the 3D/2N Wild Thrills trek and it was a fantastic experience. Our wonderful guide Mun began by taking us to the amazing local market where we stocked up on beautifully fresh fish and vegetables. Mun would turn out to be a superb cook. The first day took us through superb jungle landscapes to our first night in a bamboo shelter. It was surprisingly comfortable and after a stunning meal prepared by Mun we both slept really well. Listening to the sounds of the jungle as from our cosy shelter was a wonderful experience. Mun led us the next day along some more very pretty trails to our next night at a homestay. The village is beautiful, the people very friendly and - again- the food was great. The last day took us through stands of massive trees back to the road. Mun was full of useful information and great company throughout the three days. We thoroughly recommend this trek. We’ll remember it for a long time!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from TheHikerEcotours, General Manager at The Hiker
Responded Apr 20, 2020
Thank you very much for your kind review, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoy every moment in the jungle trek and in the village. I will share this complement with Mun so we will keep up our great job to bring more benefits to our local partners to sustain the forest and local culture. Stay safe at home, have great next experience Best regards Tom.
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Jonas wrote a review Feb 2020
Utrecht, The Netherlands15 contributions2 helpful votes
We did the 3D2N Wild Thrill Trails Camping & Homestay trekking with the hiker and we enjoyed it very much. In this trek we hiked through dense jungle (about 5 to 6 hours per day), slept one night in the jungle and slept one night in a homestay in a small village. The guides are very friendly and speak a good level of English. Also the food they prepared for us during the trek was very delicious. Furthermore, the agency is really professional. We contacted the agency by mail and quick replied and answered all our questions. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from TheHikerEcotours, General Manager at The Hiker
Responded Apr 20, 2020
Hi Jonas, Appreciate your great comment We are so happy to hear that you enjoy both nights, in the jungle and a remote village. Will keep up our great job. Thank you so much for recommended us. Have a nice stay at home. Best regards Tom.
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