This 7 day trek (5 day itineraries also available) takes you through the pristine Mae Hong Son wilderness of Thailand. This trek will challenge you, showing what you are made of as you connect intimately with the jungle. The trek is community-based, led by local guide and including local cuisine and homestays are provided from 4 Karen villages. Expect 5-7 hours of trekking per day, often on steep terrain. Trek between villages, immersing yourself in the life of the locals as you assume your role as an active participant in the world of the Thai jungles.
Andaman Discoveries, formerly the North Andaman Tsunami Relief, is continuing its work as a social enterprise, seeking to serve the needs of local communities. Villagers decided that community-based tourism would allow them to generate additional income and support their traditions, culture, and lifestyle. Community-based tourism could fit into their lives, while not displacing their traditional lifestyles. Community-based tourism is about empowerment — creating a sense of place, identifying what villagers see as important, and using this information to develop tourist activities. With the assistance of the villagers, Andaman Discoveries conducted numerous community feasibility studies to assess whether tourism meets the wider needs of the community. Andaman is defined by... Strong relationship with community members Local field staff with extensive local knowledge Deep understanding of the importance of listening to the needs of each community History of delivering on our promises
Pick up at Hotel or Resort in Chiang mai, afterwards, take an overland trip to Maehongson, passing through one of the most beautiful mountain highways. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and having lunch break in Pai district. Afternoon continue the trip to visit one of the largest caves in the North of Thailand at Lod Cave. Lod Cave contains three main chambers, first is “a giant pillar cave” with its height of 21 meters, second is a “doll cave” which contains the different kind of stone formation and also looks like doll. The doll cave also contains a very old wall painting aging around 2,000 years. Third is a “coffin cave”. Take a bamboo raft from a doll cave then climb up to see the remained wood coffin aging around 2,000 years old then return to the entrance. Late afternoon, arrival in Maehongson check in at Fern Resort / Free at Leisure Evening: dinner at Fern Restaurant in town.
Trek distance: 9-10 kilometers Duration: 5-6 hours trek Early Morning start pick up from your hotel transfer to the trail head by 4wd. Visitors have to hike up and then down into the valley of Ban Nam Hoo. Some path of the trail is very steep terrain and narrow path, visitors have to be concentrate, walk through the different layers of forest with the Karen peoples learning about the hill evergreen forest and mixed deciduas forest, the villagers try to preserve them, Visitors will hike up on the steep mountain 1,650 meters, the highest point is 1722 meters above the sea level, there are variety of wild orchids along the trail up to mountain top and beautiful scenery on the top. Huai Hee village is reachable by road yet the first Karen village to successfully set up community base tourism (CBT) to promote their relationship the surrounding ecosystem to the outsiders and supplement their income, their livelihood remains primarily based on rotational farming on surrounded mountain slopes. With more than 200 years of settlement history, the population of the village is less than 150. Visitors have to stay in pair with home stay family.
Trek distance: 9-10 kilometers Duration: 5-6 hours trek After your breakfast, meet the guide morning prepare to enjoy exploring more nature along the beautiful conservation forest area. During your trek, take this opportunity to learn how the Karen live and take the wise use of natural resources. Then reach your destination at the highest point in Mae Hong Son “Doi Pui” at 1,722 meters above the sea level. Local Karen jungle lunch (prepares by your host family) Continue and enjoy your trek through the wild orchid conservation area. Late afternoon return to the village. During your stay, you may take your observation to see how the Karen cooking their rice. This is a full process of Karen rice cooking. Afterwards, relax and having dinner. Enjoy your talking with family. (Translator is provided) then good night.
Trek distance: 17-18 kilometers Duration: 7-8 hours trek Early morning start, after breakfast say goodbye to the villagers and start walking along the gravel road for 1 kilometer, 17-18 kilometers along the trail walk to Ban Huai Tong Kaw descend into a river valley and back up into the steep mountains; Ban Huai Tong Kaw is good place for visitors to explore the Karen culture. Huai Tong Kaw is reachable by road yet the village has tried to preserve their traditional knowledge. The village is still home to blacksmiths, herbal gurus, spiritual leaders, ritual singers, Sword dance. The highlight of tourist attraction in this village is waterfall about 150 meters high. After dinner activity is sword dance at the village center and get back to home stay for bed time.
Trek distance: 14-15 kilometers Duration: 6-7 hours trek Hike down into the Valley of Mae Samad River. Visit the biggest waterfall in Mae Hong Son. Many river crossings and steep terrain, a long, you just get wet with your shoes/boots, the water level is about 1 meter deep. The village of Huai Kung is a small Buddhist village that consists of approximately 10 households with no direct road access, the village situated nearby the Mae Samad River 380 meters above sea level, they called this village “Baan Lek Nai Pa-Yai” it is means small village situated in the ancient forest or primary forest which limits the number of tourists and money in the village. The villagers are dependant on the fresh water fish in addition to hunting game, paddy rice farming and gathering forest products for their food security. Huai Kung Village is very good place for swimming, and they will serve you a lot of fish.
Trek distance: 9-10 kilometers Duration: 5-6 hours trek More relax hike down into the valley of Mae Samad River, many rivers crossing and steep terrain, a long, you just get wet with your shoes/boots again, we are walking into primary of mixed deciduas forest which is a lot of teaks woods, bamboos, and red woods. It takes about 4-5 hours to hike to Pa-Bong Village and than drive to the Fern Resort about 30 minutes. Please note: during June-November trail from Ban Huai Goong will be switched to the trail that lead to Ban Nam Hoo Hai Jai. Because of the water level is too high.
Transfer from hotel or resort. Depart to visit beautiful Shan style temples; one locates on the hilltop name “Wat Phra That Doi Kong Moo” sees a nice little town is hiding in the valley. Another nice temple is located by the lake name “Wat Jong Kum-Jong Klang” visits and sees a beautiful architecture of Shan style temple. The roof edge is decorated with the hand-crafted zinc sheet. Also visit a mini-museum where contain the very old wood carving dolls from Myanmar. Lunch at local Thai restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer the group to Maehongson airport, and return to Chiang Mai by flight. end of program.
• mattress, pillow, warm blanket and mosquito net • Toilet (squat toilet) and shower usually outside (warm water not available)
Private departures, for just you and your friends or family