Experience a completely off the beaten track hiking trail in Doi Inthanon National Park, rich in fauna and flora. This trek is incredibly scenic and non-touristic. Here you will hike one of a kind special hiking trail, hiking around 6 hours through the heart of the rain forests. Visit a waterfall for lunch, enjoy the viewpoints and even have the chance to see Gibbons in the Doi Inthanon National Park, if you are lucky. You can also learn about the traditional herbal medicine used for centuries in homemade saunas by the Karen Hilltribe. On this 2-day trek, you will sleep in the Churkee Farm stay on the rice fields of a Karen Hilltribe Village, in Doi Inthanon National Park. This is a farm stay that Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails has helped to build and do skill development in homestay building and management.
Your journey begins with a seamless pickup from your accommodation, scheduled between 7:00 - 7:30 am. The early morning air promises adventure, and as we set out, the anticipation grows. En route, we will make a stop at a local market, an authentic slice of daily life where you can witness the hustle and bustle of vendors and shoppers. This pause not only allows us to gather necessary supplies for our expedition but also provides a moment to stretch our legs and take a restroom break.
As we continue our journey, we'll pass by the Hoi Tong Karen Hilltribe village, a testament to the rich culture of the region. This village acts as a prelude to the starting point of our hiking trail. Ahead lies an approximately 6-hour trek that navigates the lush borders of Doi Inthanon and Mae Wang National Parks. This path promises both adventure and serenity. You'll be treated to the calming melodies of the rainforest, while the diverse fauna and flora compete for your attention. Midway, the trail unveils a hidden gem - a picturesque waterfall. Here, we will halt to bask in its beauty. Dive into its inviting waters for a refreshing swim or simply relax by its side, taking in the ambiance. This very spot also offers us a scenic spot for lunch, with the cascading waters serving as our backdrop.
Our hike concludes at the Churkee Farm Stay, a haven of relaxation where you will spend the night. The establishment exudes warmth and tradition. Should curiosity pique your interest, you have the opportunity to discover the farm's traditional herbal steam room. Your guide will regale you with tales of the medicinal herbs that the Karen people have cherished for centuries. These very herbs, when infused in steam, offer a plethora of health benefits. Should you wish to indulge in this herbal steam experience, do let us know in advance, as the necessary herbs need to be foraged and prepared. As the night dawns, you'll be treated to a sumptuous traditional Thai dinner, lovingly prepared by your guide. As the day comes to an end, the warmth of a fire beckons, inviting you to relax and reminisce about the day's adventures.
In the gentle embrace of the morning, we encourage a slow start. For those keen-eyed adventurers among you, an early rise might offer the chance to spot the gibbons as they linger in their home tree. It's these small moments of connection with nature that truly elevate the experience. As the camp stirs to life, a hearty breakfast will be laid out, fueling us for the day ahead.
With the sun climbing higher, we'll depart from our camp around 10:00 am. The journey will lead us on a 4-hour trek through the heart of the jungle and the dense canopy of the rainforest. As we navigate the intricate web of trails, a pitstop will be made for lunch, providing a well-deserved break amidst the green expanse. Eventually, as our journey winds down, we'll reach our trek's endpoint. From there, we'll set course for Chiang Mai, anticipating an arrival around 5:00 pm, where the comforts of urban life await.
All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.
In the villages you will experience you will experience a typical homestay, where you will get to meet the locals and learn from their way of life.
This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.
The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.
Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.
This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.
Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.