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Chiang Dao Trek

Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails - 1 day

  • Chiang Dao Trek
  • 1 day / 0 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
What's Included
Packing List
Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails
How to Book


> Explore Pha Daeng National Park
> Trek a special trail through the jungle
> Visit a stunning waterfall

Experience a completely off the beaten track hiking trail in one of Northern Thailand's most beautiful National Parks, Pha Daeng National Park in Chiang Dao. This park is rich in fauna and flora. The trails within this park are incredibly scenic and non-touristic. Here you will hike a one-of-a-kind special hiking trail, walking 4 - 5 hours through the heart of the rainforest. Visit waterfalls, viewpoints and learn about the jungle and Karen hilltribe culture form your guide. The park is located alongside Doi Luang Mountain, the third highest mountain in Thailand.


What's the Plan?

- We will pick up from your hotel between 7.30 - 8.00 am, and we will drive one and a half hours to Chiang Dao National Park.

- We will stop at a local market along the journey to get supplies and take a restroom break.

- Upon arrival at the starting point, walk past a local hill tribe school to the start of the hiking trail.

- Trek around 4 – 5 hours through the heart of Pha Daeng National Park. Along the way, you will see the mountainside through the canopies, the diverse fauna and flora of the rainforest, and the beauty waterfall.

- Stop for lunch along the trail.

- Reach the trek endpoint and leave to Chiang Mai, where we will arrive at around 5.00 pm.

Important: Please note that trails and stops may change due to weather and seasonal conditions.

What's Included


√ Transport
All private transport required during the trek is included. Your trekking company will pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai and drive you to Pha Daeng National Park. At the end of the trek, you will be taken back to Chiang Mai.

√ Professional guide
You will be accompanied at all times by a professional English speaking guide. 

√ Meals
Lunch is included in the price of the trek. At lunchtime, you will take a break and you will enjoy a tasty lunch provided by your trekking company.

√ Water
The trekking company will provide water during the trek.

√ Park fees
In order to access Chiang dao wildlife sanctuary, you need to pay an entrance fee. This fee is included in the price of the trek.


× Airfare
You have to make your way to Chiang Mai. The total amount is exclusive of flights to and from Thailand. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Extra snacks and drinks
Your trekking company will provide lunch and water during the trek. If you want some extra snacks or drinks during the hike, these are on your own account.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.



How hard are the trails?
The trails on Chiang Dao wildlife sanctuary are not hard, nor are the treks in Muang Khong Valley. Always bear in mind that you will be trekking for several hours and that the trails are on a mountain, which means that there will be up and downs. If you are in good shape, this trek shouldn't be a problem for you. However, if you are worried that it might be too much, you can always train in advance, walking a few hours a day and climbing some stairs.

Best season
The best season to visit Chiang Dao is during the cool season, with cool days and cold nights. In rainy season we are not fast to recommend Chiang Dao treks (July to September) since if there are many days with heavy rain it is not safe to trek the area. During the rainy season,  the region is prone to landslides. The best season to trek in Chiang Dao National Park/Pha Daeng National Park is during the hot and cool season, from October to June. It is possible to trek in the rainy season but we have to check the rainfall rates.

Tipping is 100% common in Thailand, it is 100% expected. If you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him, it will always be much appreciated. How much to tip your guide is up to you. If you had a good time, 300 Baht/USD 10 for a full-day tour is a good tip.

Packing List

Packing List

Although this trek in Pha Daeng National Park is not a hard trek, it is always important to have the right equipment with you. Thay way, you can just enjoy the trek without any unpleasant surprises. If you are planning on doing this trek, Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails has some recommendations for you:

- Wear shoes with grip suitable for trekking
- Bring a swimsuit to enjoy at the waterfall
- Pack a warm layer, mornings can be chilly
- Bring some extra snacks in case you get hungry
- If you are trekking in summer, don't forget your sunscreen
- If you are trekking in winter, bring some warm clothes, it gets cold
- Insect repellant is also a good idea



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. Our Karen guides have a deep knowledge of the rainforest and how to live in the mountains. Join us to completely immerse yourself and hike in the beauty of northern Thailand.

Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails

Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails

Hi, we're Mit and Kischa, the founders of Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails. We met and fell in love on a jungle trek in Chiang Mai, and we started this company with a dream. We love our home, and want to give people a chance to experience real, authentic hiking trails, visit hilltribe villages, and experience the culture of northern Thailand hilltribes in the same intimate and personal way that we do.

Beyond leading off-the-beaten path journeys, we're also passionate about sustainable tourism. We've seen first-hand how education and training can lift, not just families, but entire villages out of poverty, and we're committed to providing tourism support and opportunities to our guides and partners. Let us introduce you to our hilltribe family and friends and show you the beauty of northern Thailand's hills and rainforests.

How to Book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

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Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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