Lisu Lodge Trekking, Chiang Mai (3D2N)
About the trip
- Hiking to the Red Lahu village of Pha Daeng
- Rafting through exciting river rapids
- Learning about organic farming through different contexts
- Note: Biking, whitewater rafting and trekking are not recommended for children under 10 years old
- Meals as mention on itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Lisu dance show
You arrive at the Lisu Lodge around 10 a.m. After discussing the itinerary, you will be driven in a pick-up truck to the starting point near Pha Mieng. You will hike (90 minutes) along a jungle trail and stop at the remote village of Hmong Pha Mieng (90 minutes) to visit the inhabitants of this small hill tribe village.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest. Then, you will make your way to the top of the mountain (90 minutes) to the Red Lahu Village of Pha Daeng.You will continue walking along the mountain ridge to the Lahu village of Kup Kap (60 minutes). From that high vantage point, you will have a spectacular view of the Mae Taeng district and Chiang Mai city. Beyond the mountain peaks to the west lies Myanmar (Burma).
We will have dinner and stay overnight at the Lahu Outpost, which is modeled on a traditional Lahu house. Basic facilities and amenities such as Western-style toilets and a communal shower, mattresses, pillows, bed linens, blankets, towels and mosquito nets are provided.
Lahu Outpost - Lisu Lodge
After an early breakfast, we will hike down a steep jungle path (90 minutes) passing the Huay Sadharn waterfall.
A picnic lunch will be served on the bank of the river. Then we will go rafting down the river for another 45 minutes. (Remark: During the summer, which usually starts in April and lasts a few months, we will switch from inflatable raft to bamboo raft.)
Return to Lisu Lodge by local truck with stop en route at a tea plantation - Stop off to relax and enjoy a beautiful 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 at Lisu Lodge, 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.
After that, you will visit:
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 organic waste and grow a variety of vegetables and fruits that are used in several dishes served at Lisu Lodge. Time at leisure until Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show. Overnight at Lisu Lodge
Today, after breakfast, you are free to choose an activity that suits your interest including –
A guided cycling tour around the Lisu village
A traditional massage
Tea plantation tour
Note: A second additional one-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but you are welcome to go cycling by yourself. We will give you a road map with recommended routes. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch and check out from the lodge.
Trekking: The 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.