Lahu Hill Tribe Trekking
Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Cost: 7,490 Baht per person (based on two persons travelling together)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Accessible to all in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. Trails can be rough or slippery depending on weather conditions. Long ascents/descents. 2-3 hours walk per day, without much carrying.
Starting from Lisu Lodge, you will trek in a jungle trail to the remote hill tribe villages of Hmong and Red Lahu. Stay overnight at Lahu Outpost in the Lahu village of Kup Kap.
Day 1: Lisu Lodge - Lahu outpost
You should arrive at Lisu Lodge about 10 am. After a welcome drink and an orientation, you will drive in a local truck to the area near Pha Mieng. Start walking along the jungle trails to the remote village of Hmong Pha Mieng (1h 30 minutes). Meet the inhabitants of this small hill tribe village in the jungle.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest.
After lunch, you will walk to the top of the mountain (1h 30 minute) where the Red Lahu Village of Pha Daeng is located. Continue walking along a mountain ridge to the Lahu village of Kup Kap (1 hr), from where you have a spectacular view overlooking the Mae Taeng district and Chiang Mai town glittering at night in the distance.
Dinner and overnight at Lahu Outpost, modeled after Lahu hill tribe house.
Amenities provided: mattress, pillow, bed linen, blankets, towels, mosquito nets, western-style toilets and hot water shower rooms.
Day 2: Lahu Outpost - Lisu Lodge
After an early breakfast, we go on a one and a half hour walk down a steep jungle path passing by the Huay Sadharn Waterfall. Transfer by local truck to the rafting station. Enjoy rafting down the river for about 45 minutes.
Return to Lisu Lodge by local truck with stop en route at Tea plantation - Stop off to relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at our tea plantation where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetation propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.
Upon arrival, a welcome drink will be served. Guided by a Lisu villager, walk from Ton Lung temple to visit the herbal garden. Then continue through the village with a stop for a cup of tea at the village shaman’s house. Chat with the Lisu shaman and learn about his life, beliefs, curing rites and Lisu traditions.
Enjoy your visit to:
Rice paddies - Walk with our guide through rice paddies where we work together with the villagers to
grow rice without the use of pesticide and insecticide. Besides strolling through the green or the golden
carpet of the paddy fields, depending on the season, you will learn and participate in the various stages
of rice cultivation in northern Thai style.
Himmapaan nursery - Learn about the flora of northern Thailand and how we restore the forest
ecosystem at a tree nursery of the Himmapaan Foundation whose goal is to support and implement
environmental and social projects by working with local communities in areas affected by tourism.
Vegetable garden - Visit the vegetable garden where we produce organic fertilizer from leftover
Note: whitewater rafting and trekking are not recommended for children under 10 years old.