Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area

Nam Ha Village is located in the centre of Nam Ha NBCA, which makes it easier to trek and explore pristine nature. The name of Nam Ha Village is derived from the Nam Ha NBCA. “Nam” is mean river and “Ha” is mean fifth.

Established in 1993, the mountainous Nam Ha NBCA stretches from the Chinese border through the middle of Luang Namtha Namtha province, covering over 222,400 hectares and about 24% of the province. In 2003 the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA) was designated as an ASEAN Heritage Site. Nam Ha is contiguous with the 44,000 hectare Shiang Yong Protected Area in Yunnan, China. It is populated with ethnic minority groups and well known for a range of eco-tourism activities.

The Nam Ha NBCA’s landscape is very diverse, characterized by an ever-changing mosaic of swidden (slash-and burn) agricultural fields and regenerating forests. Primary pristine forests have survived in a few remote corners, due to the inaccessibility. It is estimated that about 32% of the NBCA is untouched primary forest. Within the NBCA territory, two peaks top 2,000 meters and dozens of rivers and brooks crisscross the NBCa’s rugged landscape.

More than 30 mammals, including rare tigers, leopards and gaurs (a large, wild cow) inhabit the Nam Ha NBCA. Although large mammals are very hard to see, however, there are also some three-hundred bird species, such as silver pheasants, blue and eared pitas, and a variety of bulbuls.

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