This trek is our classic trek where there will be a lot of walking in an area hardly ever visited by other companies due to the distance from Chiang Mai. You have to carry tour own sleeping equipment and the facilities in the villages will be very simple.
Chiang Mai : Thailand
Do I have to be very fit to do a Trek ?
We have Treks of 1 day where you get a good idea of the life of the hill tribes and you can make an elephant ride or go bamboo rafting. However, you do not have to walk a lot. For the longer treks you need to be reasonably fit but a lot depends on your own flexibility. You will not sleep as well as usual because of the primitive way of sleeping and the sounds of the village.
In the jungle
During the trek there will be hardly any flat parts. All the paths are used by the local people. Sometimes the path is overgrown and the guide has to use his machete. We walk through dense jungle, open areas, plantations of the hill tribes and sometimes along or through rivers. If you want you can hire a porter to carry your luggage.
In the village
At the end of the afternoon you will arrive in the village. We advise to make your sleeping place before it is dark because in many villages there is still no electricity. The guide will start preparing dinner. You will be surprised about the tasteful meals in this primitive surroundings. It is nice to walk through the village and try to communicate with the people. After dinner everybody sits with the host family and a lot of stories will be told by hands and feet. Sometimes we can make a campfire for you and maybe there is somebody in the village with a guitar. Everybody sleeps early because the villagers get up at sunrise.
When is the best time to do a trek?
This is very hard to say. During the Thai winter, from November to February (the high season), the weather is the best (not to warm in the daytime, no rain and cool to cold in the nighttime). During the summer (March to May) it will be very hot in the daytime but there are few tourists. During the rainy season (July to September) the nature is at its most beautiful with green forests and beautiful waterfalls. Walking can be hard sometimes after or during a tropical shower.
What you should bring on a trek
Sleeping Bag (in winter) or Sheet Bag (in summer), Mosquito net (only for 4 day trek, for 2 and 3 day trek already in village) , Small Backpack , T-shirt, Short Pants, Long pants, Towel or Sarong, Pair of Socks, Long sleeve shirt, Pair of Slippers, Pair of Shoes, Swimsuit, Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush/Toothpaste, Mosquito Spray, Sun cream, Flash Light, 2 liter Drinking Water for the first day (buy at day 1 first stop) , Hat or Cap, First Aid Kit , Toilet roll
Extra in Rainy Season (June-October) = Raincoat and Hiking Boots
Extra in Cold Season (November-February) = (Jacket and Warm Pants)
The luggage you do not take on the trek you can leave in the store room at your hotel as well as passport, ticket and travelers cheques which they will put in their safe. Good hiking boots are essential in the rainy season but also very handy in the other months. You can buy water in the villages.
In the mountains it is a few degrees cooler than in Chiang Mai. During winter it can even be cold, a few degrees Celsius above Zero. Please remember this when you do a trek during this time.
What you should NOT take on a trek?
Passport, Flight ticket and Travelers Cheques. Whenever you loose your passport you have to go to Bangkok to get a new one. Also a tropical shower can reduce your precious papers to something else. At the safe in your hotel your belongings will be safe !
Make sure that your photo or film camera is packed water proof, nature here is unpredictable
Candies for the children would be nice but they usually can not go to the dentist easily. A donation for the village or village school is a better idea.
Bank notes in high denominations will be a problem changing them in smaller ones
In the morning we drive for about 3 hours. After lunch we walk about 3 hours to a Lisu village where we will spend the night with this colorful tribe.
Today total walking about 3 hrs 30 min. In the morning we will walk to a waterfall in the middle of the jungle. We can do some swimming here. After that we continue to walk through rice fields and plantations and have lunch at a farmer’s house. After lunch we continue to a Karen village. Accommodation in a hill tribe house.
A total walking distance of 3 hrs to a hill tribe village where we will have lunch. After that we ride the elephants for about 1 hr20 min. to the elephant camp. Here we made our unique jungle camp where we will spend the night. You can swim in the river and we will make a campfire for you in the evening
In the morning we will board the bamboo rafts and cruise down the river to go to Sop Kai, the point where we will have lunch and transport back to Chiang Mai. On the way we will stop at a Lahu and Akha village. We will arrive in the afternoon
Highly Recommended Trekking Tour Package @ Chiang Mai, Thailand