Jungle Wisdom Trek

Unplug. Reconnect.

Jungle Wisdom Trek

Escape into the wilderness and refresh your spirit. Karen people have lived peacefully in the mountains for generations. On this trek, your guides will teach you to return to indigenous roots and enjoy the simple pleasures of jungle life. 

On this private trek you learn some jungle survival skills from knowledgeable indigenous guides. Karen people have lived peacefully in the in the mountains for generations, combining hunting, gathering and farming. Your guides will teach you to return to indigenous roots and enjoy the simple pleasures of jungle life.

Hike through lush landscape and bathe in hidden jungle waterfalls! Then fall asleep to the sound of the jungle in romantic bamboo bungalows. Eat delicious locally-sourced meals cooked over an open fire and explore life in a traditional Karen village. Then bamboo raft down a lazy river and as you take in the beautiful natural landscape.

Unplug. Reconnect. Recharge. Reignite.

Itinerary - Day 1

Get picked-up from Chai Lai (9AM) or from your hotel in Chiang Mai (between 8-9AM). Transportation is a traditional Thai songteaw (covered pick-up truck).

The length and difficulty of the hike can be adjusted to fit your ability, just let us know! On average our guests prefer to hike 2-3 hours through lush jungle terrain. Along the way you will see a wide variety of animals and plants, and your guide will share their expert jungle knowledge! 

This tour offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn ancient jungle survival skills from your expert Karen guide. Learn about traditional medicine, how to find water in bamboo, wield a slingshot, make utensils from bamboo, and many other invaluable skills based on indigenous wisdom.

Cool off after your hike in a gorgeous hidden jungle waterfall! Relax and enjoy the natural landscape. 

This tour offers an unforgettable waterfall picnic lunch. Your guide will pack a traditional vegetarian meal and fresh seasonal fruits, and you can enjoy your lunch next to a gorgeous jungle waterfall. Please let us know beforehand if you have any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate. 

Relax beside the fire in the evening as you enjoy the company of your guide who will prepare you a traditional Karen meal. Enjoy the stillness of life away from hustle and bustle of the city.

Our Karen homestays offer open-air showers and eco-friendly solar-powered facilities. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle in a beautiful traditional bamboo bungalow. 

Itinerary - Day 2

Wake up under the jungle canopy and enjoy a traditional breakfast of and locally-sourced seasonal fruits. 

Hike through beautiful jungle that spills out onto sun-drenched rice paddies. 

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the traditional way of life in a Karen Hill Tribe village. See traditional Karen houses, and learn how local villagers raise animals, plant crops, and enjoy their rural lifestyle. There are local shops in each village, so this can also be a place to grab a quick snack or sample a local delicacy. 

Cool off in the lazy Mae Wang River on a traditional bamboo raft ride! Your guide will steer you around the winding river and small rapids as you relax. And what can make a raft trip better than a cold beverage! Our cafe has a delicious selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to make the ride even more enjoyable. Simply inquire at our cafe before you depart. Depending on the seasonal height of the river, rides can be from 40 min to 1 hour in duration. While most areas of the river are very shallow, lifejackets are available upon request. 

After changing into dry clothes, your transport will be waiting at the Chai Lai Orchid elephant camp to take you back to Chiang Mai. This tour typically finishes around 3PM on day 2.

This trip is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time doing your preferred activities, there’s no set schedule. It’s Thai time! 

Included
  • All Items in the Itinerary
  • An English Speaking Guide
  • Transportation Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Meal and Drinking Water
  • Accident Insurance
Not Included
  • Beer, Additional Beverages, and Snacks
  • Optional Gratuities for the Guides or Mahouts
  • Surplus Transportation Fee for Pickups Outside of Chiang Mai
The Packing List
  • Comfortable Athletic Clothing
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Trekking Shoes or Sandals
  • Change of Clean Clothes
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunblock
  • Cash for Incidental Purchases

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