Therapeutic Trek (Half-Day) / Inside the Heart of Elephants (Full-Day)

From USD 100

Therapeutic Trek: (8-person max)

8:30 Tour: Pick up time 8:30-9:00 – Depart Luang Prabang. Tour guides will pick up clients from hotels and guesthouses.
9:15 Tour: Pick up time 9:15-9:45 – Depart Luang Prabang. Tour guides will pick up clients from hotels and guesthouses.

  • Arrive at MandaLao:  Get an in-depth introduction into elephant behavior and communication.
  • Meet the Elephants: Guests cross the Nam Khan river by longtail boat for the first introduction to our elephants. MandaLao guides will introduce guests to our elephants and mahouts, providing background on our elephants. Guests will be provided bananas and/or sugar cane to feed the elephants. 
  • Trek: Pass beautiful Lao gardens before exploring the jungle-covered Huay Nok stream. Guests walk with the elephants through the jungle as they interact with each other and forage on native foods. MandaLao guides continue to explain elephant behavior as they guide guests through the forest. The trek is 2.5 Km and takes about 1.5 hours, it is flat and shaded most of the way. 
  • Say Goodbyes: After some final treats for the elephants, guests leave the elephants and mahouts in the jungle and begin the trek back to MandaLao with their guide.
  • Lunch: Enjoy traditional Lao cuisine made primarily from our own organic produce.

8:30 Tour: Return to Luang Prabang at approximately 13:00.
9:15 Tour: Return to Luang Prabang at approximately  13:45.
 
 



Inside the Hearts of Elephants: (4-people max)

*This tour is a continuation of the Therapeutic Trek. The group size may be up to 8 people until the half-day tour splits off before lunch. Group size will be 4-people max after lunch.
8:30 Tour: Pick up time 8:30-9:00 – Depart Luang Prabang. Tour guides will pick up clients from hotels and guesthouses.
9:15 Tour: Pick up time 9:15-9:45 – Depart Luang Prabang. Tour guides will pick up clients from hotels and guesthouses.

  • Continue Trekking: Continue trekking from the end of the Therapeutic Trek (HDE). Guests trek a total of 5.5 Km on Inside the Hearts of Elephants (FDE). The remainder of the trek is flat and goes at a slow pace as guests follow the elephants through the jungle while they continue to forage on native foods. 
  • Lunch: A traditional Lao lunch will be served in banana leaves in the jungle near one of our night enclosures. 
  • Tad Kuang Song Waterfall: Guests visit this hidden treasure and have the opportunity to take a cool refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. 
  • Ban Hua Tad Village: Walk through a Khmu village and see local life.
  • Mahout Demonstration:  Watch and learn as the mahouts demonstrate how they communicate with their elephants. Use what you learn to try the same.
  • Say goodbyes:  After some final treats for the elephants, guests leave the elephants and mahouts at our night enclosure and begin the trek back to MandaLao with their guide.
  • Return to restaurant: Guests enjoy a drink and snack at our restaurant as they reflect on the day’s adventure.

8:30 Tour: Return to Luang Prabang at approximately 16:00
9:15 Tour: Return to Luang Prabang at approximately 16:45 

​​What Should I Bring?

Following elephants through the jungle can be a messy endeavor. We recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. While you will likely be in the water for some part of the tour, there’s no need for a bathing suit. Also, a sun hat can help in the tropical heat – and a camera and a smile don’t hurt, as well!

We provide optional footwear (rubber shoes/knee-high boots) for guests that are designed specifically for muddy and slippery conditions; ponchos and umbrellas are available; and water, sunscreen and bug spray.

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Highlights

Included in the Tour
Therapeutic Trek
  • ​​​​​Roundtrip transport
  • Well trained English speaking tour guide
  • In-depth Introduction into elephants
  • Trekking with elephants
  • Trekking boots and socks
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun lotion
  • Fresh lunch, coffee, tea, drinking water, and snacks
Inside the Hearts of Elephants (In Addition to Therapeutic Trek)
  • Lunch in the Jungle 
  • Visit Tad Kuang Song Waterfall and Ban Hua Tad Village
  • Mahout Demonstration 
  • Increased Interaction with Elephants
  • Additional Trekking
 

 

Route

  1. Sisavangvong Road Building 82 unit B tele. 0305664014 ຫຼວງພະບາງ