Fantastic trekking in Umphang (6 days / 5 Nights)

Fantastic trekking in Umphang (6 days / 5 Nights)

No.: 2 – 25
Duration: 5-7 Days
Fantastic trekking in Umphang (6 days / 5 Nights)
No.: 2 – 25
Duration: 5-7 Days
Price 8900 THB
No.: 2 – 25
Duration: 5-7 Days
Intro: One of the best places to trek in Thailand is in the area around Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the northwest. Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1999. The beautiful landscape is ideal for trekking and rafting with the Mae Klong River running alongside through rocky 400 meter tall crevices.
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Umphang trekking – perhaps Thailand’s best trek (6 days/5 nights)

Fantastic trekking in Umphang (6 days / 5 Nights)


The trek leads us through the jungle to the 400 meter tall waterfall; Tee Loi Su, Southeast Asia’s highest. Here you can take a dip to cool off, if the weather allows it. The sounds and scents of the jungle accompany us on the trek through bamboo groves, dense vegetation and across rivers. We make a stop to stay overnight in the Karen village; Kho Ta, where you can get a fascinating insight to the culture and life of the tribe. From here we continue through the unbeaten jungle, on the back of the generous working elephants of the village. The Umphang trek is primitive but very much in harmony with nature and the local people.

Day 1: Bangkok – Maesot:

Departure will either take place by the VIP luxury bus from Bangkok to Maesot, or we can arrange a minivan transport all the way to Umphang and return for an extra fee of 12000 THB. Either way, remember to bring a warm sweater, as the air conditioning can get cold. Arrival early next morning by 5 am.

Day 2: Maesot – Umphang:

In Maesot we will be picked by the bus and drive to Umphang in a public songthaew (a half-open pickup truck) together with the local travelers. It is a very beautiful 4-hour drive through the mountains and 1219 curves! The highest point of the drive is 1400 meters above sea level. In the evening you check into the traditional stilt houses, where we will have dinner on the porch and meet the guides providing us with a brief review of the trip. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Bamboo-rafting and trekking:

After breakfast we get on the bamboo-raft (or an inflatable boat in the rainy season – depending on the water level) and head south along the Mae Klong. The river changes speed depending on the season. Here you can sit and relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Along the way we stop at a hot spring, where you can bathe. We recommend that you keep your camera equipment in a plastic bag and have your sunscreen, hat and sandals ready for the sailing trip. It is about four hours of trekking from here to the public campsite in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, where we have permission to camp. Please note, this is the toughest uphill trekking day of the trip. (B, L, D)

Day 4: The Tee Loi Su Waterfall – Trekking to the Karen tribe village:

We will start in the morning walking to the impressive waterfall Tee Loi Su; Southeast Asia’s largest. It is most beautiful right after the rainy season (November-December). If the weather is nice enough, you can take a dip in the natural pools at the foot of the waterfall. The place is also a popular destination for Thai people, so be prepared for many people in the high season. After lunch we hike through large bamboo groves, over bridges and through dense jungle to the Karen village, Ko Tha. We will spend the night in a traditional house on piles built of teak and bamboo. You can walk around the village and get a sense of the Karen tribe and their daily lives and and way of living. The guide can tell you more about their culture and traditions. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Elephant riding:

After breakfast we continue through the unbeaten jungle on the back of the working elephants of the village. It is very steep here. The ride takes three to four hours. If you like, you can ask your mahout (the man in charge of the elephant), if you can try steering the elephant. Note, it is common and necessary for the mahouts to sometimes give the animals a stroke or pull their ears during the ride. They do it simply to control the elephants, who are not hurt by this. After the elephant ride we drive with the songthaew about 30 min. back to Umphang and on to Maesot (approximately four hours). You can choose to end the trip here, take the night bus back to Bangkok or head back to Bangkok by minivan. (B, L, D)

Overnight stay:

Practical information: You will stay sometimes in stilt houses and sometimes in tents on the trip. Sleeping bags and mats are available in Umphang. Pack a small bag with essentials for the jungle – remember, you have to carry your things yourself. The rest of your luggage will be stored in either Bangkok, Maesot or Umphang. Please note: The program is subject to change. Weather conditions can also cause the program to change. The trip will be completed at a minimum of 4 people. If you decide to go on your own, you must choose a day, when other people are registered. Note that the trek is harder in the rainy season with a lot of rain and muddy trails. In an emergency, it may be necessary to move part of the trek on to the dirt track. In the interest of the conservation of nature and your enjoyment of the trip, we aim to trek in small groups of two and eight participants. Many of the guides are from Umphang and have grown up with the jungle, therefore their English skills are often limited. Difficulty: Easy – moderate (depending on the season). Suitable for families. Be aware that the trek is the hardest during the rainy season from July to October. Remember to get travel insurance, as participation in trekking and trips is at your own risk. If you cannot or will not carry your own baggage, you can hire a carrier.

Daily departure.

 

Remember:

  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots and sandals for the rafting trip
  • Light and quick-drying shorts and t-shirts to trek in
  • Warm sweater/fleece for the mountain drive in the songthaew and for the evenings
    (December-February)
  • Light clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evening (mosquitoes)
  • Mosquito repellent and personal medication
  • Your own sleeping bag or sheet bag (optional) (down to 8 degrees at night in the winter months)
  • Rain cover and rubber boots during the rainy season (can be borrowed locally)
  • Long socks for hiking in rubber boots during the rainy season
  • Swimwear and hat/cap
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Towel, toiletries and waterproof sunscreen
  • Camera equipment and optional waterproof bags
  • Money (remember it is typical to tip the guides after the trip)
  • Passport (If necessary, shown at border posts on the Bangkok-Mae Sot trip
  • Copy of passport for the trekking trip (passport can be left in Mae Sot/Umphang)
  • An inflatable pillow and motion sickness pills (optional)
  • Earplugs (optional) (in the villages there can be noisy chickens and dogs at night)

Not included in the price:

    • International and domestic flights
    • Beverages
    • Tips for the driver and guide (we recommend min. 300-500 THB per person for both guide and driver)
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, beverages, camera/video fees, ect.
    • Any services not listed in the program

Price

Duration Period Price per person
6 days (start and end destination Bangkok) January 1. 2017 – October 31. 2018 8900 THB
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