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Trekking tours 1-4 days including elephant riding and rafting.  A standard trek will last for 2 - 4 days and sometimes allow you to hike, ride on elephants and do some bamboo rafting. There are also alternative one day treks for people who do not have time, or do not want to spend the night in a hilltribe village.

We have listed some standard itineraries for treks including elephant riding and rafting, 1- 4 days. However, if you want a trek different from these itineraries, then simply go to our Special Trekking Tours which are only hiking/walking and Customised Itineraries pages. Alternatively, fill out our Trekking Enquiry Form

Visit our Chiang Mai Trekking page for quick links to all our itineraries.

We specialise in organising treks for private groups, therefore we can design an itinerary that will meet your needs!


One Day Trek

(ref. CMT1A)

8.30 am - 5pm

This trek enables you to get out into the countryside for a day (a 45 minute drive to the South-West of Chiang Mai). During the day you will have the chance to try everything a trekking tour has to offer:  hiking - approx. 1hr, elephant riding - approx. 45 mins., rafting - approx. 1hr.   You will be able to meet two hilltribes on this trek, the Karen and the Hmong; we will have lunch in one of these villages. Additional time during the day will be spent exploring hilltribe villages and visiting a waterfall during the afternoon.


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Two Day Trek

(ref. CMT2A)

starts 9am on day 1    ends 5pm on day 2    duration = 2 days and 1 night        

Day 1    Drive north of Chiang Mai (approx. 2 hrs.) making a stop at a waterfall on the way. At the end of the drive there is a hotspring, where we will stop for a while. Stop for lunch along the way and in the afternoon walk for 3 hrs until we reach a Karen village.  Spend the night in this village.
Day 2   Walk for 1 hrs., passing through another Karen village. At the end of the hike we arrive at an elephant camp (elephant riding approx. 1 hr.) and then raft down the river for approx. 1 hrs. End the journey at a Shan village, where we stop for lunch before driving back to Chiang Mai (approx. 1 hrs.).

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Steer your own raft

Three Day Trek

(ref. CMT3A)

starts 9am on day 1     ends 5pm on day 3      duration = 3 days and 2 nights

Day 1    Drive north of Chiang Mai (approx. 2 hrs.), visiting a traditional Thai market on the way. Then carry on to see the hotsprings. In the afternoon walk for approx. 3 hrs. to a Karen village, where we spend the night.
Day 2   Walk for approximately 3 hrs. to a Karen village and the elephant camp. Stop for lunch at this camp and then ride the elephants for approximately 1 1/2 hr. to a Lahu  village where we spend the night.
Day 3   The village where we spend the night is located next to the river, so in the morning board the bamboo rafts. Then rafting down the river for approx. 2 hrs. End the raft trip at a Shan village where we stop for lunch.The driver waits for us here and after a leisurely lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai (approx. 1 hrs.).

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Four Day Trek

(ref. CMT4A)

starts 9am on day 1   ends 4pm on day 4     duration = 4 days and 3 nights

Day 1   Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao area (1 1/2hrs) In the afternoon
walk for approx 3 hrs to the village where we spend the night; which is a
Karen village (L,D)
Day 2 
  Walk for a total of 4-5 hours on the second day including a route
that takes us to a waterfall. Spend the night in a small
remote village/camp in the
The hiking on the first and second day is fairly hard so you should be fit and ready to walk uphill for long stretches. (B,L,D)
Day 3  
 Walk for approx 3-4 hrs and ride elephants for approx 1hr. Spend the
night in a Palong village
. See the colourful Palong tribe who have come from Burma over the last twenty years.(B,L,D)
Day 4 
  Walk from the village for 1 1/2hrs and then get picked up and taken
to raft point.
Walking on the last day is easier on mostly flat trails. Rafting down the Ping River approx 1 1/2hrs. (B,L)
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Yao hilltribe On all these treks you will be accompanied by a licensed, English speaking guide. He will also speak the hilltribe languages. There will be at least one porter to carry group provisions. If you wish to hire your own personal porter, you may do so at a small additional cost. Your guide will not only take you to the villages and guide you along the trails, he will also explain about the hilltribes and the area. You will be able to learn about these tribes, their customs and their daily lives.

Akha hilltribe


For more information on trekking please read:   
What to Bring
Information about what you should bring for a trek in Northern Thailand. Additional information about what is appropriate for each season.
Hilltribe & Trekking Etiquette
What you should and should not do, whilst trekking and in hilltribe villages. Taboos and customs of the hilltribes as well as general advice.
The Hilltribes 
Specific information on each tribe found in Northern Thailand.

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