Chiang Mai, Thailand

Trek to Lahu Hill Tribe Village

2 Days | Hiking, Community Lodge and Rafting

Trek along a jungle trail to visit the remote hill tribe villages of Hmong and Red Lahu. You'll stay overnight at the Lahu Outpost in the village of Kup Kap, enjoying spectacular views, peaceful local life and delicious northern Thai style food. On your way back, you'll visit a waterfall and go on a short rafting adventure.

Right for You?

Duration

2 Days / 1 Night

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path

Languages

Thai, English and Other Local Language

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Rural Communities

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Lisu Lodge

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$202/person

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Speaks: Thai, English and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Visit and stay overnight in a peaceful, remote Lahu village
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain views overlooking the lush Mae Taeng district
  • Eat a delicious picnic lunch in the forest and a traditional northern thai style dinner
  • Get some adventure with a short guided rafting trip
  • Visit a local tea plantation to learn how it's picked and taste fresh roasted tea!

Details

Schedule

Plan to arrive in the morning to begin your hike

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

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.

You'll have dinner and overnight at Lahu Outpost, modeled after a traditional Lahu hill tribe house.

Amenities provided: mattress, pillow, bed linen, blankets, towels, mosquito nets, western-style toilets and hot water shower rooms.

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 the Lisu Tea plantation - at this stop, you'll relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at our tea plantation. 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 back at Lisu Lodge, a welcome back drink will be served. A Lisu villager will also be available to walk you from Ton Lung temple to visit the herbal garden. You can also continue through the village with a stop for a cup of tea at the village shaman’s house to chat about his life, beliefs, curing rites and Lisu traditions.

When ready, depart for your next destination!

What's Included

Lodging

1 Night Community Lodge

Activities

Hiking, Community Visit, Rafting, Getting to Know Locals and Farm Visit

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

Private Room and Private Bathroom

Food

All meals included
2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast

Transport

Private car

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Your Local Host

Lisu Lodge

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Lisu Lodge is managed as a partnership between Asian Oasis (a travel company focused on sustainable tourism, offering a collection of unique travel experiences in northern Thailand) and the local Lisu community. The Lisu migrated from southern China and Tibet in the early 20th century and have found a home in Chiang Mai province. The local community has been involved in the development and operations of Lisu lodge from the beginning. The staff members of the lodge consist mainly of people from the Lisu hill tribe village and a portion of all proceeds earned are shared directly with the village.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Bus and Get picked up (extra $)
You will start this adventure at Lisu Lodge about 1 hour outside of Chiang Mai city center.