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Trekking and Karen Culture

2 Days Private excursion

During this excursion, you will discover the Karen people. They 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.

First Day Program

  • Start around 9:30 a.m. from Chiang Mai Elephant Friends
  • Meet your Karen guide
  • 3 hours trek
  • Picnic by the waterfall
  • Visit the Karen village
  • Dinner and night in the camp

You will walk for 3 hours, and on the way, you will learn about the fauna and the flora with your Karen guide.

On the way, you will stop at a Waterfall. It’s time to rest, picnic, and swim in the freshwater for the bravest.
You will reach the Karen Hill tribe village by walking, witness their everyday lives, and learn about their 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 Program

  • Breakfast
  • Walk 3 hours to another village and a waterfall
  • Lunch
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Finish around 16:00, depending on the weather and the group’s pace.
Enjoy your breakfast with a scenic view of the Mae Wang Valley. Walk 3 hours through another Karen village and a waterfall.
After a Thai lunch, the way back will be by car and bamboo rafting—a great way to end your adventure in lush nature on a shallow river.

Tour includes

  • Transportation from and to Chiang Mai Elephant Friends
  • English-speaking Karen guide
  • Thai food and water (vegetarian option available upon request)
  • One night in a Karen camp
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Accident insurance

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
  • 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)

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.