Product code: UMP-01
Join your expert hiking guides through the wonderful wilderness of Umphang, one of the most remote and untouched places in Thailand. 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.
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
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/jeep track) 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 rice fields to the village in time for dinner. Enjoy your final evening of the expedition sleeping in the Karen bamboo hut.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY FOUR – Final trek through the jungle and return to Mae Sot
Enjoy breakfast prepared fresh by your guides and experience the morning lifestyle in a traditional Karen village. Then embark on the final hike of this expedition; approximately 3 hours up and over a hill to reach the Mokido river crossing. Our vehicle will be waiting ready to transfer you back to Umphang (approximately 30 minutes) where you will have lunch at a hillside guesthouse before beginning the long drive back to Mae Sot. Drop off at your hotel in Mae Sot. (Or at the Airport).
(Meals: B, L)
- Private transportation to and from Mae Sot in a “songtaew” (Thai style pickup truck)
- Trekking guide and assistant. Basic English language only.
- 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
- Accommodation in Mae Sot before and after the tour
- Snacks and Beverages (apart from drinking water which is provided)
- Tips or gratuities (optional)
- Personal expenses, meals not mentioned
Due to the remote location and seldom visited by Western tourism, it is not possible for us to guarantee that your guide will be fluent in English. Guides are locals and well trained in taking care of our trekkers, but sometimes their English language is basic. Participants should be aware of this, and this is all part of the experience.
We recommend to spend a night before and after the program in Mae Sot, but you could fly to Bangkok on the last day (day 4) or take an overnight bus to Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Please let us know about your travel plan, and we are happy to assist you with any suggestions and reservation.
This program is a sample itinerary only and can vary slightly depending of the season and other circumstances. We reserve the right to modify the program according to local situation when necessary.
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.