Karen Mountain Hideaway
Karen Mountain Hideaway
Karen Mountain Hideaway
Karen Mountain Hideaway
Karen Mountain Hideaway
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Overnight Trip Supporting Karen Hill Tribe People and Asian Elephants

This overnight Karen nature project is offered exclusively by Asian Elephant Projects. If you are traveling to Chiang Mai and are interested in joining Karen Mountain Hideaway trip for an adventurous 2 day / 1 night trip please book your visit below.

Karen Mountain Hideaway is an adventurous two days / one night trip, which includes trekking in a remote forested location following a beautiful stream, staying in a traditional Karen hill tribe village, visiting Doi Inthanon National Park and spending time with elephants in the jungle.

On the first day of the tour, guests visit Mae Ya waterfall and then embark on a scenic walk along secluded forest trails, following a stream, and enjoy a picnic lunch by a picturesque waterfall. After arriving at the Karen hill tribe village, you will collect food for the elephants and stay the night in a traditional wooden house with your Karen hosts. The following day, visitors travel to Doi Inthanon National Park and explore Thailand’s tallest mountain, including an amazing walk through evergreen forest. In the afternoon, guests spend time observing elephants in the jungle at a small ethical elephant project. You will also have the chance to feed the elephants before heading back to Chiang Mai.

By visiting Karen Mountain Hideaway, you are supporting people from a remote Karen hill tribe village as well as beautiful elephants now living a better life in natural surroundings.


Karen Mountain Hideaway Review

Our 2 day trek with Nikorn and Por was absolutely unforgettable, they were so friendly and helpful and made our experience feel so unique. The entire trip felt so personal, there’s genuinely nothing more we could have asked for! The trek on the first day was so much fun and the scenery was beautiful, we particularly loved wading through the river! The bamboo accommodation was brilliant. It was a comfy, traditional, and starlit evening with lots of good food. The second day when meeting the elephants was the highlight of our time in Thailand. They were clearly so well cared for and we loved that we could meet and feed them in the wild. If you’re looking for a sustainable and ethical experience with elephants but also an authentic taste of northern Thailand with an insight into Thai and Karen culture then we cannot recommend this project enough. Thank you so so much!!
Emily and Ollie

Visit Doi Inthanon National Park & spend time with elephants in the forest

Karen Mountain Hideaway Trip 2022

Karen Hill Tribe Village & Accomodation at Karen Mountain Hideaway

8:00-8:30  Pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and travel to Chom Thong district in the south of Chiang Mai province.

9:30          Arrive at Chom Thong district and visit a local market.

9:45         Visit  the beautiful Mae Ya Waterfall, part of Doi Inthanon National Park

10:30        Drive up the mountain and arrive at the starting point of the trek. The trail is in a non tourist area that passes through beautiful scenery. Walk along a remote stream while experiencing the peaceful natural surroundings, including a picturesque waterfall.

12:00       Enjoy a picnic vegetarian lunch and relax and cool off at the waterfall.

13:00      Continue trekking for about 2 hours. Relax and enjoy the unforgettable natural scenery while learning about native plants, herbs, and gaining insights into the jungle habitat.

15:00     Arrive at a remote Karen hill tribe village and take a rest & enjoy some drinks.  

15:30     Walk to a nearby farm to cut food for elephants (banana, sugarcane, corn and tamarind, depending on the season). Prepare food for the elephants that you will meet and feed the following day.

16:00     Walk back to the village where you will stay in a wooden house in the village as a home stay. Prepare yourself for dinner.

18:00     Learn how to cook Pad Thai and have dinner in the Karen village by a fire. Learn about the way of life, culture, and traditions of the Karen hill tribe people.  End the night listening to Karen folklore stories.

7:30          Enjoy breakfast in the Karen village.

8:00          Collect your belongings and say goodbye to your friendly Karen hosts.

8:30          Depart from the Karen hill tribe village and drive to Doi Inthanon National Park, known as ‘The Roof of Thailand’ with the highest peak at 2,565. On the drive to Doi Inthanon National Park you will pass nearby these mountains and will have a view of them in the distance:

  • Doi Hua Suea  / Tiger Head Mountain
  • Doi Pha Thung / Pha Thung Mountain

10:30      Arrive at the highest point in Thailand at Doi Inthanon National Park. Walk along the Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail, 2,500 meters above sea level surrounded by high altitude evergreen forests, including a variety of native plants species, such as rhododendron, sphagnum moss, ferns, orchids, as well as animals species, including an amazing variety of birds as well as macaques, shrews, porcupine, squirrels, turtles, frogs & more.

11:30     Depart from the highest point in Doi Inthanon to have lunch. Optional visits along the way:

  • Hmong market
  • Doi Inthanon viewpoint

12:00     Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

13:00    Drive to meet the elephants at a small ethical elephant project in Mae Wang. Optional visits along the way:

  • Hmong hill tribe farm viewpoint
  • Thai Sakura flower garden (winter season only)
  • Strawberry farm (January – March)

15:00      Arrive at the ethical elephant project and take a short rest, then walk into the jungle to meet the elephants, feed them the food you prepared, and observe them foraging on native vegetation. Learn about their behavior and individual stories.

16:30      Say goodbye to the elephants and enjoy some refreshing drinks and snacks before travelling back to Chiang Mai.

18:00–18:30  Arrive back in Chiang Mai city and transfer to your hotel.

** This program is flexible and includes optional visits along the way **       

Tour Details

Number of Guests: 2 – 5
Tour Type: Overnight Stay
Fitness Level: Moderate
Age Suitability: Adults 16+

What's Included

Tour Price

Adults 16+: 7,000 Thai Baht per person (2-3 people)
Adults 16+: 6,000 Thai Baht per person (4-5 people)

A minimum of 2-3 people are required for this overnight trip to proceed
For group bookings of 4+ people the price will be  6,000 B per person

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Ethical Elephant Project
This tour includes a visit to a small Saddle Off project with a limited number of guests. Our model is based on ensuring the well-being of the elephants, which means no riding or other unnatural activities.

About Your Trip

Start: 8:00am – 8:30am pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel. If staying out of town (outside the middle ring-road) additional charges apply. Please advise on your reservation form.
Travel Time: Travel in a car or minivan around 60 minutes to the start of the trip
Return: Arrive back in Chiang Mai city on day 2 at 5:30pm – 6:00pm.
Baggage Allowance: One backpack / small suitcase and a day pack per person.
What to Bring: Small backpack, towel, change of clothing (warm clothes in the winter season, Nov-Feb), trekking shoes / walking shoes, socks, sandals or flip-flops (that can get wet), insect spray, sunscreen, flashlight, personal medication, toiletries, waterproof bag for phone, camera, and electrical items, personal items, refillable water bottle, rain jacket (in the rainy season, Jun – Oct).
Age Suitability: Adults 16+ – guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fitness Level: Moderate – trek along a stream to a Karen village and the following day take a walk at Doi Inthanon and walk into the forest to spend time with the elephants. The trek along the stream may by slippery in the rainy season.
Topography: Grasslands, forest, hills, mountains, waterfall & stream.
Location: Doi Inthanon, Mae Wang, South of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai (CNX) – we recommend you stay in Chiang Mai city the night before your visit. Please note that we cannot collect you from Chiang Mai Airport – only from your Chiang Mai city hotel / guesthouse.
Booking Details: Bookings close 3 days before the date of your tour if made in person at our office or 3 days in advance if booking online. A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance should be paid at our Chiang Mai office on the day of  your tour.

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