Jungle Trek 2018

Visit Thailand’s most beautiful mountains and landscape: January 2018

These mountain forests are inhabited by the Karen hilltribes who have a long and interesting history in this remote part of the world. Covering a distance averaging 12 kilometres a day for 7 days, you will be spending some nights sleeping deep in the forest under canvas, and a few nights sleeping in Karen villages. You will climb high mountains and walk through streams and along forest paths close to the Thai-Burmese border. This is largely untouched forest, and this is not a commercial trekking route. You will experience the hospitality of the Karen, see their traditional crafts, visit their schools and enjoy the local food. You will learn about the work of the Karen Hilltribes Trust, and see water projects in action.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take part?

The trek will be challenging, but suitable for people of reasonable fitness. Our group will be made of people of all ages and background, with up to 15 trekkers taking part. You will need travel and medical insurance.

What will the trekking be like?

We will be covering an average of 12 kilometres per day, across varied terrain, sometimes following rivers and streams. Most of the route is shaded under the canopy, but the route also takes in some open hillside with incredible views over towards Myanmar (Burma).  We will stop and visit Karen villages on route, and see the work of the Charity.  During the trek the Karen will tell us about the local flora and fauna, and the way of life of the Karen.  There are great opportunities for bird watching during the trek and at the campsites.

What will the weather be like?

The climate is tropical, but rarely gets above 30°C.  It will be cool, bordering on cold, at night but warm in the day.

Who will lead the expedition and do I get any assistance?

The group will be led by an experienced guide from the Karen Hilltribes, and a British trustee and ex-volunteer.  There will always be several Karen accompanying us, and they will carry extra water and can help with some day luggage if necessary.  Tents and luggage will generally be taken from campsite to campsite and you will not need to carry them throughout the trek.

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How much does it cost to take part?

The fundraising target for each participant is £2,000 (Gift Aided) for the charity.  This can also be made in monthly donations as long as the target is reached before departure, plus a further £500 to cover the cost of trek.  This £500 will be paid as a non-refundable deposit.

What is included in the cost?

The £500 cost will cover your travel to and from villages, food and hotel accommodation during the period of the trek. Please note this does not include the cost of flights getting to Chiang Mai, travel insurance and spending money.

How can I raise the money?

Reaching your fundraising target need not be daunting. If you plan in advance and think carefully about how you are going to reach your goal, you will be able to do it. Circulating information about the cause can generate sponsorship, but if you need any help we are very happy to give personal advice.

Please contact us if you are interested!