Surrounded by mountains and rustic farmland, Chiang Mai is the perfect starting point for a trek in Northern Thailand. With its mountainous landscape and lush jungles, Northern Thailand is a must-visit for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Check out our single and multi-day tour options below.
Mae Tang Valley and Chiang Dao
Hiking is exceptional in the Maetang and Chiang Dao districts due to good forest, scenic landscapes and a wide array of hill tribe villages. One hour north of Chiang Mai city lies the Maetang valley with a mountain range which not only expands to the Myanmar border but is also the source of two major rivers – Maetang River and the Ping River. The highest mountain of this range is Doi Luang Chiang Dao with its peak reaching 2,225 meters above sea level (this is Thailand’s third tallest mountain).
South West of Chiang Mai lies Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon with its peak rising 2,565 metres. Often considered the “foothills of the Himalayas”, Doi Inthanon National Park is famous for its numerous waterfalls and jungle trails. As one of the most visited National Parks in Northern Thailand, we recommend a more authentic option with our Doi Inthanon Explorer including overnight with a local Karen family in a village.
Halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and 165km of mountainous road south of Mae Sot lies a remote valley called Umphang. Due to its remote location, this charming area has maintained its authenticity and avoided major tourism development making this one of Thailand’s most rugged destinations. Our 4 Day Trekking Expedition is definitely one of the wildest programs through the Mae Nam Khlong and Umphang wildlife sanctuary including a visit to one of South East Asia’s most impressive waterfalls, Tee Lor Su waterfall.
Our range of well-organized hiking tours put an emphasis on beautiful nature and physical effort, rather than simply “visiting the hill tribes” like many other tour operators offer. Of course, some of our treks do involve visiting hill tribe families and villages however we consider these villages to be places of interest along the way, rather than the major destination of our tours; the aim is to give a perspective on the local way of life and customs of these local people. Our guides are very familiar with the villages and host families in which our clients stay and can help facilitate cultural exchange.
All of our hiking programs are fully inclusive and conducted by experienced English speaking guides. We aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible and provide appropriate material such as clean sleeping bags, mosquito nets and sleeping mats. Also a western style breakfast is always provided to make sure participants have a substantial meal before a big trek.