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If you will be bringing a small rucksack with you anyway, then you can use
your own, if you wish. But don't bring one specially for the trek as we can provide you
with one that is suitable.
Boots Bring your hiking boots or any suitable footwear you have for
walking. Make sure they are worn in before the trek!
flops/thongs You will need these to wear in the evening and if we are
walking through water. You can buy them in Chiang Mai, they only cost a couple of dollars
for a pair. (Make sure they are plastic/rubber).
Bring a pair of shorts and a T shirt for walking during the day. Also
bring a change of clothes for the evening (long trousers and a long sleeved shirt are
usually suitable). See more details on clothes to suit the season below.
bag You don't need to bring you own sleeping bag, we can provide you
with these for the trip.
All of our treks with rafting or boat trips are supplied with
It's always a good idea to carry one with you when you are travelling. If
you don't bring one with you, you can buy one in Chiang Mai before the trek.
Bring some soap for washing and some shampoo if you wish. No need to bring
a large quantity. Don't forget your toothbrush! You can purchase all these items in Chiang
Bring a towel, just a small one will do. If you are travelling without one
you can purchase one here in the market or department store. They cost approx. $3
|First Aid Kit
All our guides carry a first
aid kit on every trek. It will include such items as bandages, plasters/band aids, tubigrip/support bandages, iodine, dressings, electrolyte solution for dehydration,
ointment for insect bites. However if you know that you might need some additional kind of
medication along the trip, ie a particular support for a weak joint or medication for a
particular allergy etc; then please bring this with you.
If you have any medical history relevant to trekking please
let us know. If you have extreme reactions to bee stings you should bring your own medical
Extra Items -
bathing women should bring a sarong, as bathing is mostly not a private bathroom. (Sarongs
can be purchased in the local market, approx. $2).It might just be a bucket and tap or
water coming from a bamboo pipe. Men should have a pair of light weight shorts that they
can wear to bathe in.
Please see Hilltribe and Trekking Etiquette for more details.
to Tours in Chiang Mai and throughout Northern Thailand
information - find information about each different tribe
|In addition to the items listed
above you will need to bring the following according to time of year:
May-October This is the time of year when it might
rain (most rain falls July-September). It doesn't rain every day and it might not rain
during your trek at all but you will need to be prepared.
Some people will be more comfortable walking in long trousers due to the wet undergrowth
during this season, so take a pair just in case.
Don't bring a thick rain coat, the best protection is a light rain poncho or even a sheet
of plastic. You can buy these in the market here and we always have a supply if you forget
to bring one. It helps to line your pack with a plastic bag as extra protection against
the rain. Your guide will supply you with one when you get your pack, if you are using
your own pack just ask your guide for an extra plastic bag.
November-March This is our winter, even though
it's not very cold. However in the hills it will be a lot colder than Chiang Mai valley.
The temperature might drop down to 10c at night so you will need long trousers and a
sweater at night as well as some socks. Sunshine during the day means you can walk in T
shirt and shorts quite comfortably.
April-May This is our hot season (it also
includes end of March). The temperature goes up to 40c and you will need T shirt and
shorts for walking. At night you should be fine with long trousers and a T shirt. Make
sure you bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
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