Product code: UMP-01
Join your expert trekking guides through the wonderful wilderness of Umphang; raft down the Mae Klong River, stay overnight in the jungle & traditional Karen village, explore Thi Lo Su waterfall, and learn about the hidden secrets of this remote area over an adventurous four days!
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Departure: Daily departures from Mae Sot; participants need to stay the preceding evening in Mae Sot in order to join this tour.
Activities: Trekking, camping, rafting, swimming in waterfalls, elephant trekking through the jungle.
Fitness Level: This expedition is recommended for hikers in good physical condition.
- Scenic journey through the off-beat Umphang valley with professional, local guides
- Unique overnight stays; riverside camping under the stars, Karen village bamboo hut
- Enjoy a swim in Thailand’s largest waterfall, Nam Tok Thi Lo Su, as well as a majestic secret waterfall
- Meet a local elephant and his owner for a ride through the jungle
DAY ONE – Overland journey from Mae Sot to Umphang and river rafting
08:00am pickup from your Mae Sot accommodation. Drive the winding mountain road on the back of a songtaew (covered pick-up truck typically used in Thailand) following a picturesque mountain road to reach the Umphang valley; this is a scenic 165 km journey passing Karen and Hmong villages as well as thick jungle. Arrive in Umphang valley where you meet your guides and transfer to the Mae Klong River to paddle downstream on a rubber raft reaching a local hot spring. Stop for lunch before continuing on a relaxing afternoon paddle alongside limestone cliffs, untouched forest and water cascades (including Ti Lojor Spray waterfall) eventually arriving at a clearing on the riverbed. We set up camp here; relax by the river as your guides prepare a delicious dinner by candlelight. Spend the evening as you choose under the moonlight surrounded by stars and the sounds of the jungle.
Please note: this overnight stop has no running water or bathroom facilities, a rugged jungle experience like no other!
(Meals: L, D)
DAY TWO – Jungle trek to Thi Lo Su waterfall
Wake up to the sun shining through the jungle trees and enjoy breakfast before continuing the journey to Thi Lo Su waterfall; trek 8km (mostly uphill) to reach the Thi Lo Su Forestry Headquarters where we camp the night. Eat lunch before walking 30 minutes to the magnificent Thi Lo Su Waterfall. Admire this unique, multi-tiered waterfall and spend the afternoon swimming in the refreshing pools. Later return to the headquarters for another Thai dinner served by your guides; sit back and enjoy your surroundings amidst Umphang Wildlife sanctuary.
Please note: the campsite offers clean, shared bathroom facilities as well as a shop with small selection of drinks and snacks.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY THREE – Trek to a remote Karen village and experience real local life
Wake to the sounds of nature and rise at your leisure. We can take our time for breakfast before trekking 8km alongside a stream leading to a rustic Karen village. Along the way, listen to the sound of unique bird life whilst hiking through bamboo forest and passing by rice fields. Arrive at the Karen village where you will find the bamboo hut in which you will spend the night just like a hilltribe family! Relax and refuel with lunch before your guides (and perhaps a few local friends) lead you to one the areas best kept secrets – a hidden waterfall arguably more beautiful than the famed Thi Lor Su. Spend the afternoon swimming in this magical place before returning through farmland and ricefields to the village in time for dinner. Enjoy your final candlelit evening of the expedition sleeping in your Karen bamboo hut.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY FOUR – Elephant trek through the jungle and return to Mae Sot
Your final day of this expedition will be an unforgettable one with a 3-4 hour trek through the jungle…on an elephant’s back! A unique opportunity to experience what once used to be the only form of transport in the jungle. Feel how this giant animal traverses the mountain trail as their owner gives gentle vocal and knee commands. When we reach the Mokido river crossing, our private vehicle will be waiting ready to transfer you back to Umphang (approximately 30 minutes). Have lunch at a hillside guesthouse before beginning the long drive back to Mae Sot where we can drop you at your accommodation.
Please note: we do not support the exploitation of elephants for tourism, the elephants ridden on this trip are pets of local villagers. Mahouts (elephant owners) use their knees and words to command the elephant, not sharp hooks. Funds received by the elephant’s owner for this service go towards supporting the living costs of the elephant and its family in the village.
(Meals: B, L)
- Private transportation to and from Mae Sot in a “songtaew” (Thai style pickup truck)
- Experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Camping and sleeping equipment (sleeping bag provided but you need to carry it yourself)
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary [B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,D=Dinner]
- Drinking water
- National Park fees
- Elephant trekking through the jungle
- Accommodation in Mae Sot before and after the tour
- Snacks and Beverages (apart from water which is provided)
- Tips or gratuities (optional)
- Personal expenses, meals not mentioned
Note: this program is a sample itinerary only and can vary slightly depending of the season and other circumstances. We reserve the right to change the program according to local situation.
During the raining season (June – September) we might need to amend the program to cater for different weather conditions. Such alterations of the original tour program are for participants’ safety and therefore no change in price or refund is available. Please ask us the latest info when you make an inquiry for a tour during the raining season. During the rainy season, you are likely to encounter leeches so please bring suitable clothing.
Suggested packing list:
- 3 cotton T-shirts
- 1 pair short or long pants
- 3 pairs of socks
- sandals (for the evening)
- 1 quick dry towel
- toiletries and personal effects (toilet paper and hand sanitizer can be useful)
- sunscreen (waterproof), a hat, protective sunglasses
- mosquito repellent
- light rain jacket or windbreaker
- a small flashlight
- camera and spare batteries (no electricity available for charging devices)
This list is not exhaustive and additional items should be taken into consideration depending to the season e.g. warm fleece in winter, plastic rain jacket in rainy season.