Trekking and Karen Culture

2 Days Private excursion

Karen people are believed to have migrated from Tibet and China and settled mainly in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma about two thousand years ago. They are considered the biggest ethnic minority group in Thailand, among the 70 other groups, with an approximate population of one million.

Many Karen fled to Thailand to escape the ongoing war since 1949. The traditional faith of the Karen people is animism, which involves a strong belief in the spirit world. Today, the Karen community comprises animists, Buddhists, and approximately 30% Christians. Religion is central to many aspects of their identity and cultural values.

What will you experience during your trekking

  • Karen tour guide
  • Trek through the Thai jungle
  • Learn about the fauna and the flora
  • Discovery of the Karen culture
  • Sleep overnight at a Karen camp
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Unforgettable, authentic experience

First Day

  • Start around 9:30 a.m. from Chiang Mai Elephant Friends with your Karen guide.
  • 4-hour trek in the Thai jungle. You will learn about the fauna and the flora on the trail.
  • Picnic by the waterfall.
  • Visit the Karen village and discover their daily lifestyle, traditions and culture.
  • Spend the night in a Karen camp nestled beside the village. Enjoy a tasty Thai meal cooked by your guide.

Second Day

  • Enjoy your breakfast with a scenic view of the Mae Wang Valley.
  • Now it’s time to leave your hosts for a 3-hour trek. You will go through another Karen village and waterfall.
  • After a Thai lunch, you’ll go back to the resort by bamboo rafting. A great way to finish your adventure in lush nature on a shallow river.
  • Finish around 16:00

Tour includes

  • An English-speaking Karen guide
  • Thai food (vegetarian option available upon request).
  • One night in a Karen camp
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Accident insurance

Tour Excludes

  • Personal expenses like extra beverages, tips
Karen woman

What to Bring

  • A small backpack
  • Hiking or sports shoes
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • A bathing suit and towel
  • Extra changes of clothing (t-shirts, shorts, socks, underwear)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • A flashlight
  • Personal toiletries and toilet paper
  • Money for small purchases such as drinks and hill tribe craft
  • Long pants, jacket and socks during the cool season (November to January)
  • A light raincoat during the rainy season (June to September)

Additionals Informations

  • Private tour for at least 2 adults
  • Timing is approximate and depends on the weather and the pace of the group members.
  • This tour is for people in good physical condition. It’s not suitable for young children.

From and to Chiang Mai Elephant Friends:

3,500 Baht/person if 2 or 3 guests | 3,300 Baht/person if 4 guests | 3,100 Baht/person if 5 guests | 2,900 Baht/person if 6 guests or more

For children under 12 years old, 2,100 Baht

We recommend booking in advance to secure your excursion.

Book via email or Facebook Messenger and pay at the resort.