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10 Best Places for Chiang Mai Trekking

 
  • 01Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap

    The amazing Chiang Mai treks are one of the greatest attractions for tourists, across the globe especially for the adventure lovers. Among several trekking trails available one of the popular one is the Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap trek which provides outstanding glimpses of hill tribe culture and charismatic beauty of scenic excellence with enchanting mountains, lush greenery and cascading water slides. Starting from the town of Muang Kurt it’s a 600m metre trek up the mountains through the meandering trail crossing the natural water slide to Huay Kukap a hill tribe village. Explore the calm and pleasant lifestyle of the inhabitants here. For the explorers taking a dip in the cool waters of the creek can be an entertaining experience. While coming down cross through rich rain forested areas to Lahu farmland where the native farmers can be seen working.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March
  • 02Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap

    When exploring nature along with fetching a decent knowledge about the hilly tribes is the motive behind a trekking trip then Chiang Mai trekking tours are the best, specially the Baan PHA Dang to Huay Kukap trek. The 3 hours trekking trail starts from the meditation cliffs and traverses through the exotic mountain cliffs, meandering streams and several local villages comprising of Hill tribes. Being a part of panoramic Northern Thailand it crosses eye catching destinations on its way like Mae Taman and finally reaches Huay Kukap which is popular for the beautiful hill tribe village. The best part of this trekking trip is enjoying the up close the lifestyle of the villagers and knowing more about their days in this area. The trekking can be done by trekkers with minimal knowledge or by amateurs by following the guidelines of the authorities.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: During cooler days of December to February
  • 03Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam

    For the expert professionals the ideal trekking tour in Chiang Mai is the ever beautiful Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam trek where one can explore the best of nature and experience the thrill of the challenging trek. Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this beautiful peak has an elevation of 1388 meters above the sea level. The best part of exploring the peak is that it provides a 360 degree visual pleasure of the scenic vistas which is quite attractive. The nearby popular peaks in this region include Doi Pha Daeng, Doi Khun Mae Mae and Doi Pa Kia. The trekking trail although majorly is quite comfortable but it is the steep hills in the higher altitudes which make the trail so challenging. However the beauty is so mesmerizing from the above that the journey is worth it.



    Difficulty Level: Hard

    Best season for trekking: November to February
  • 04Huay Kukap to & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River

    One of the most exhilarating and exciting trekking tour in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is the Huay Kukap To & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River. The adventurous trip commences from Huay Kukap losing much of it height in the first 2 kms and then proceeding through dense jungle environments. Dense vegetation and lush greenery is the essence of this trek. Crossing the jungle one reaches the Tadmok waterfall where the experience of swimming in the pool is absolute bliss after the steep descent. From here through the stream bed its a hike down of 1.6km where the trail reaches the Mae Taeng River. The best activity in this region is river rafting. For the adventure lovers this is an excellent destination to enjoy the sport with a river rafting package from the travel companies.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year.

  • 05Huay Kukap to Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River

    When it comes to nature’s beauty in Thailand, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand provides the best options with its pictorial and awe striking scenic beauty. Trekking in Chiang Mai is an excellent attraction of which a trekking trip from Huay Kukap To Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River is quite popular. This adventurous trip starts from Huay Kukap and the trekking trail meanders through dense jungle environments. After a gentle 2km walk, one reaches the remote villages where enjoy excellent hospitality and splendid sight of traditional lifestyle of villagers. One km from this location its the Huaysatan Waterfall which is considered as the best waterfall of this region. Further 1 km down one can enjoy the sight of Tadmok Waterfall which is ideal for swimming. Further 1.6km down the stream bed its the beautiful Mae Taeng River ideal for water sports like rafting.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: November to February
  • 06Trek to Mountain Doi Inthanon

    The Doi Inathanon hike is one of the popular hiking trails for adventure lovers. It is the highest mountain peak at 2565 meters at about 100km south west of Chiang Mai. The hiking trail starts from road 1009 and covers a distance of 4.5kms which takes about 3-5 hours time depending on the hikers to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Immense natural beauty covers the trail with dark evergreen forest and sight of colourful birds. It is better to take a guide at the base of the trekking trail as they have good idea about the roads within the forests and they can share the knowledge about the area too. The guides are usually from the local villages and charges approximately 200 Baht for the trip. The park also charges a fee for its natural trail. It’s about 100 Baht for foreigners, 20 Baht for Thais and 30 Baht for the car.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 07Trek to Mae Tang

    One of the best trekking sites in Northern Thailand, jungle trek in Mae Tang area attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. Rich forested areas, beautiful nature, cascading waterfall and pleasant ambience is essence of this trekking trail. The trekking trip comprises of nature walk, forest explore, enjoying the sights of beautiful Mae Tang River and several entertainment activities like swimming, bamboo rafting, water rafting etc. The trip also comprises of a visit to Akha hill tribe village where its a pleasure to indulge and explore the traditional lifestyle and customs of the villagers. The trekking trip can be stretched from 1 day to 3 days depending upon preference.



    Difficulty Level
    : Easy

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 08Trek to Mae Wang

    Nature gets its best at Mae Wang in Chiang Mai and one can experience the best of nature through the several trekking trips offered in this part of Thailand. The trekking trip basically covers the natural wonders available at Mae Wang national Park which starts from the beautiful and traditional Shan village. One can opt for the services of travel guides who can explain the customs and rituals along with the lifestyle maintained by the villagers of this place. As the trek begins, one can explore the natural wonders of the countryside which leads to waterfalls and rain forest areas which are equally beautiful. On the trek one can visit other hill tribe villages like Karen village and know more about the life of the locals



    Difficulty Level
    : Easy

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 09Trek to Samoeng Area

    At a distance of about 45 km south west of Chiang Mai the Samoeng trek starts from Samoeng area and ends at Mae Wang area. One can experience immense natural wonders, dense vegetation and wide array of flora and fauna. The Samoeng area is usually not very crowded for its complex trails but the Mae Wang area remains full of tourists. Karen and Hmong tribes are the major inhabitants of this area and the visitors can visit the village to know more about them. The trekking trail is not a very easy one so a little knowledge about trekking and its rules is always preferable in this trip. It is usually a two day trip.



    Difficulty Level
    : Hard

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March
  • 10Rock Climbing

    Image Credit : Global Leadership Adventures
    There are many limestone caverns and rocks in the hills of Chiang Mai. This makes rock climbing one of the exciting adventure sports activities here. Thailand is becoming one of the hubs of rock climbing, thanks to Chiang Mai Island.



    Location: Crazy Horse Buttress is where this activity starts taking action. The place has 16 crags and 200 sports routes that offer unlimited entertainment to tourists coming here. Rock climbing is done all through the year at this place.

    Highlights: Ensure that you have all the safety gear and equipment necessary for rock climbing before you proceed. All gears are available for rent at famous rock climbing venues in Thailand on a piece by piece basis or as a full set. 

    Price: 
    Approximate price starts from 1875 THB to 3195 THB per person