Chiang Mai Trek
CMT19 2 Day Trekking with Elephant Care and bamboo rafting
This unique trekking combination combines a half day elephant care and interaction with some extensive trekking in the remote jungle south west of Chiang Mai
You will be picked up from your Chiang Mai guest house or hotel and we will drive south west out of the city. The guide will be making a stop at the local Thai market to stock up on some supplies for the trek into the hills. You will continue the drive to the small elephant camp which has been set up in the foothills of the trekking area, here it will be time to get involved with the elephants. You will be given some information on the Asian elephant and be instructed about the best and safest ways to interact with these lovely large creatures. Along with feeding the elephants you will get to take the elephants to the river for their daily bath and enjoy a bareback ride into the hills. We will take lunch at the elephant camp before embarking on the afternoons trek. We will trek into the hills for around 3 hours via a waterfall and onto a Karen hill tribe village. The village will be our overnight destination and you will eat dinner in the village and enjoy the evening with the guide and fellow trekkers.
Enjoy your morning and get ready for a nourishing breakfast in the village before setting out on day 2 of the programme. we will trek to another jungle waterfall where we will take time out to swim and cool off before continuing the trek on to a Shan village. At the village we will board the transport for the short derive to the bamboo rafting starting point. t, where you will spend around 45 minutes bamboo rafting on the peaceful Win River. A well earned lunch will be provided before boarding the transport to be transferred back to Chiang Mai and your Chiang Mai hotel.
• Pick up from hotel 8:30
• Supply stop at Market
• Drive to elephant camp
• Elephant feeding
• Elephant mud bath
• Elephant bathing
• Trek to waterfall
• Jungle trekking to Karen Village (not long neck)
• Trekking to waterfall
• Shower/swim at waterfall
• Trek to Shan Village
• Bamboo rafting (45minutes-1 hour)
• Transfer to Chiang Mai hotel 16:00
Group Join In Tour
Adult (Thai Baht)
Child - under 10 year old (Thai Baht)
TOUR DETAILS & FACTS
This tour is conducted as a group tour to depart we need a minimum of 2 persons booked on the tour. On a group tour you will join a group of up to 14 persons.
Transport will be by covered and seated pick up
This tour includes transfer to and from your Chiang Mai Hotel. Please be ready and waiting in the lobby of your hotel before the pick up time specified on your booking confirmation.
Please specify your hotel and its address on the booking form. If you do not have a hotel booked we can still process your booking but please inform us of your hotel at least 3 days prior to departure.
Please note that this tour can pick up from city hotels only
and can not pick up from resorts outside the city. If yo are staying in a resort outside of the city you can still join the trek but you will need to make your own way into to our office for the pick up time..
This is a 2 day 1 night trek you will be provided with one night very basic accommodation in the hill tribe village and riverside jungle camp. You will be provided with thin mattresses, blankets and mosquito net in a simple bamboo hut. There are no private rooms and the sleeping space is communal. Below is a picture of the style of accommodation you will be provided with
This tour is conducted with an English speaking trekking guide. The guides will be TAT licensed (Tourist Authority of Thailand)
A limited amount of accident insurance is provided to cover some medical bills in case of an injury but it is advised that you have your own comprehensive accident insurance.
The elephants you will care for on this tour live in a small elephant camp beside the Mae Tang River. Blugecko believe
the elephant owners provide a good standard of elephant welfare but please note the following:
• On numerous inspection trips we have never seen a bull hook or a bull hook being used by the elephant owners, however the owner does inform us
a bull hook is kept to hand for emergency use only to ensure the safety of the client
• No riding is done on the elephants here however clients are allowed to climb upon the elephants backs during the bathing session in the river and clients are allowed to sit up on the elephants neck briefly.
if you have any further questions on the elephant welfare on this trip please ask us.
Dress Codes and what to wear
Wear comfortable clothes for trekking. Shorts and T shirt are the best. Day time temperatures are mostly hot and you will find the trekking will generate plenty of body heat. Night times in the mountains can get very cold especially in the cold season months of November through to March. Please bring a warm jumper or coat. This is required at night times most of the year. Footwear should be sturdy, hiking boots are not a necessity and sports shoes will suffice. sandals, flip flops or thongs are not recommended as they will not provide protection for your feed and can be slippery to wear. Bring a swim suit or shorts and shirt you will be happy to get wet in as you will have the option to swim at the waterfall and you will get wet during the rafting phase of the trip. bring a light weight raincoat especially in the we season month of April through to October
Suggested packing list
clothing as suggested above
optional change of clothing to your preference
1 bottle of water
some money to purchase further drinks and hill tribe crafts
You do not need to bring along your main luggage please ask your hotel/guest house to store this for you while you are on the trek. You will only require the essentials packed into one day sack for the trip.
Basic bedding will be provided in the simple accommodation are you are not required to bring your own
in the wet season pack all gear in plastic bags if you want to keep your gear dry
Exertion levels are high on this tour there will be around 3 hours of trekking each day up and down rough tracks in a hot climate spread out over 2 days
4 meals as follows:
Day 1 - lunch, dinner
Day 2 - breakfast, lunch
There is no compulsory tipping. Tipping is at your own discretion and choice, but if you felt that you were served by the guide and driver well during your trip any extra income is gratefully received.