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Trip Date:2018-11-28 - 2018-12-01
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Countries visited:Laos
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I was very curious during my last trip in Laos to go back for trekking in Phongsali province ,an area I've visited previously in 2007 ,I had great memories about that trek around Akka villages so I get a night bs from Luang Prabang for a long journey to Phongsali.
This time it was much easier to find a trek agency and others trekkers to arrange the excursion, there was also a brand new chinese dam on the river and of course an artificial lake instead of the small river I navigated before to approach the starting point of the trek, anyway as soon as we start climbing the hills everything was like before, we left future and progress down the valley and start traveling back in time, it is hard and strenuous to bring some kind of progress up there, where Akka people choose to live few centuries ago and where they want to keep living their own existence till now, despite the effort of the central government to bring them down close to the river, closer to the flow of progress and the mosquito bites.
Nowadays there is a constant flow of visitors, 1/2 groups weekly during the dry season, so locals are used to see foreigners , but anyway it is still a very authentic experience,
Akka in this area still keep their culture and traditions almost intact and live an hard and fulfilling existence made of hard labour, genuine food and social relations, they just miss western medicines as pain-killers and there are no doctors up there, I've tried with my photos to give an idea of their life and to capture forever the beauty of the place, it was only a 4 days experience this time, I hope to go back again in future.
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