The Old Tribal Trails

This 2-day trip is held in the highest mountain at the doorsteps of Chiang Mai. We discovered those trails at the beginning of our researches and we were immediately seduced by the beauty and the wildness of those areas. It’s a unique chance to go hiking in such an atmosphere just few kilometers far from the city center.

This ‘Trek & Relax’ trip is designed for trekking in the best conditions. The 2 days are complimentary; they ensure different atmospheres and areas; the best conditions are guaranteed during and after trekking. We will hike around 6-8 hours a day and will be back to Chiang Mai in the middle of the afternoon. It will give us plenty of time to enjoy a massage or eat a great Thai food in the lovely atmosphere of the city center.

Characteristics of the Trip

4,150 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
2 Days
DISTANCE
26K
ELEVATION GAIN
1,300M+
DIFFICULTY
1 Peak
TRIP TYPE
Trek & Relax

90% single-track trail
Jungle and tropical forest
Highlights: Wat Palad and Wat Doi Suthep temples, Sai Yoi and Mothatan waterfalls, Doi Pui summit
Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai
Duration: 6-7 hours a day
Including drinks, snacks, meals, transfers, NP fee, guide
Accommodation in Chiang Mai on request
Available all year round
Meeting point: TMT office (Chiang Mai)

1st Day: The Sacred Jungle Trail 10K & 700M+

At the doorsteps of the city we start the 1st day by taking a pilgrim trail through the jungle. It leads us to Wat Palad a beautiful temple crossed by a waterfall above the valley of Chiang Mai. Then the route is steeper. We arrive in Wat Doi Suthep one of the most sacred temples in Thailand early in the morning before all the tourists. We can enjoy peacefully the atmosphere of the temple and the view over Chiang Mai.

Just behind the temple, we take a hidden path that plunges headlong into the jungle. This route was created in the beginning of the last century after some Hmong people coming from Laos decided to settle in this mountain and grow poppy crops. Trekking there under a thick canopy of trees and climbing plants, in a green shade, intensifies physical sensations. It’s an experience like no other.

After 3 kilometers flat in a wonderful atmosphere, we start going down. The trail is wilder and more difficult, punctuated by fallen branches and tree trunks which we have to step over. Suddenly appears in the middle of the jungle an enchanting 25-meter high waterfall. It’s a perfect setting and we could believe this has been created on purpose like in a botanic garden. After a last hour hiking alongside the river we finally reach another beautiful waterfall where we will have a break before going back to Chiang Mai by taxi.

2nd Day: The Tribal Route To The Hmong Villages 16K & 600M+

Just behind the temple, wet take a hidden path and plunge headlong into a first stretch of jungle. The undulating paths are almost free of obstacles but in many places they are punctuated by fallen branches and tree trunks which we have to step over. The atmosphere is impressive in these long green tunnels of vegetation. We will carry water and food as we will hike almost 10k in tropical forests until the 1st Hmong village.

As we hike up, the forest is clearing out and pine trees are replacing banana trees. When we arrive in the village close to the summit, it’s a complete change of atmosphere and climate. It’s less humid, colder and in the distance stand the next mountains. It’s a good place to make a break and enjoy a cup of coffee made from a local Arabica grown here by Hmong tribes.

We continue our trip by hiking up a beautiful ridge surrounded by pine trees. The view overlooking the fields and the valleys is steep and wild. After a last effort, finally we plunge again into the jungle. The atmosphere becomes wilder but the trail is good and comfortable. We can enjoy a nice route slightly down until the last Hmong village. We will stop in Ban Doi Pui for a deserved meal before going back to Chiang Mai by taxi.