3-Day Chiang Dao Mountain Trek

3-Day Chiang Dao Mountain Trek

Doi Chiang Dao mountain range lies to the North of Chiang Mai. The area is home to many ethnic hill-tribe villages, and down to the west of the mountain flows the Mae Tang river through scenic forest and valley. This adventurous and strenuous mountain will take participants off the beaten track across the mountain range, down to the Maetang River valley on trails regularly used by villagers. Trekkers will enjoy scenic views from the mountain as a significant part of the hike is on the mountain ridges.


Day 1: Pick up in the city. Drive North. Stop at market. Jungle trek to reach homestay for overnight.

Pass By: Active Thailand Day Trips, 54/5 Moo 2, Soi 14 Tha Sala, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand
Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Mai city (within the second ring road radius)

Pass By: Mae Taeng District Office, 193/1 107, Tambon San Mahaphon, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Pickup (8:30am) from your accommodation in Chiang Mai before driving north to escape the city and experience the beautiful Chiang Dao area. Along the way we will stop at a local market where your local guide can introduce the ingredients they will use for cooking delicious Thai meals over the next few days. Our next destination is a peaceful valley further north and the start of the trek. After a short briefing, we’ll set off on an hour’s trek and you will have your first close encounter with Northern Thailand’s natural environment. Next we make a lunch stop at a peaceful fruit orchard before continuing our hike, gaining altitude and a noticeable change of flora. We will cross a large tea plantation under the shade of tall mature trees and eventually arrive at a local homestay to spend the night. Your guides will cook a tasty Thai dinner for tonight, then you have the evening to relax and soak up your new surroundings.

Today’s hike is approximately 4 to 5 hours, mostly ascending.

Meals included:
• Lunch: Pack lunch or lunch at local restaurant
• Dinner: Thai food dinner prepared by your guides in the village
Accommodation included: Homestay in a private house overlooking the valley. Rustic rooms or tent. Basic toilet facilities. Bedding provided.

Day 2: Longest trekking day (approximately 6+ hour's hiking) through scenic landscape down the valley and up again.

Pass By: Mae Taeng District Office, 193/1 107, Tambon San Mahaphon, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Wake up to the mountain melodies and enjoy breakfast with locally grown tea or coffee from the surrounding plantation. Today you are in for a challenging day through a variety of jungle and criss-crossing trails. We will follow mountain ridges under the jungle canopy, with occasional clearings offering breathtaking panoramic views of the lower valley. Around noon, refuel with a packed lunch in a nice spot along the trail. The afternoon trek will bring more bamboo forest, shade under tall jungle trees and a refreshing river crossing. The last climb for the day will take us to our overnight destination, a tiny Lahu village where you can interact with local people and learn a bit about their way of life. Once again, your guide will prepare Thai cuisine for your dinner while you put your feet up after a long day! Tonight you will be staying in basic accommodation (dormitory house) and be able to get a feel for village life.

Today’s hike is approximately 5 to 6 hours, mountain trails with mix of ascents and descents.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast with eggs, bread, tea or fresh locally grown coffee
• Lunch: Basic pack lunch taken enroute
• Dinner: Thai set menu
Accommodation included: Stay in a Lahu village perched on the mountain top. Overnight in Tent. Shared toilet facilities.

Day 3: Morning trek 3 hours, waterfall splash, lunch, relax and drive back to Chiang Mai

Pass By: Mae Taeng District Office, 193/1 107, Tambon San Mahaphon, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Enjoy breakfast on the mountain before we start our final leg of the trek. Today is a three-hour descent to the Maetang River valley below where you will notice a change in scenery. Stop at the waterfall for a break. Lunch in a tranquil riverside setting. Drive back to Chiang Mai and drop off at your city accommodation.

Today’s hike is approximately 3 hours, mostly downhill.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast, Thai rice congee or toasts
• Lunch: Thai food lunch at local restaurant
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"Trek not suitable for children under 10 years old, unless they are used to multiple hours of hiking"
"Vegetarian and other dietary need can be organized, please advise at time of booking if required"
"Wear suitable outdoor clothing; hiking boots or runners; bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen"
"Limit your personal effects to fit in a 45L backpack, which you will need to carry. Travel light!"
"We can provide a suggested packing list, according to the season, on request"
"Participants should be able to hike 5 to 6 hours on undulating landscape"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers"

Start Time: 9:00 AM
Duration: 3 Days
Start location: Promenada Chiang Mai, 192-193 หมู่ที่ 2 Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd, Tambon Tha Sala, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels and guest-houses in Chiang Mai city. Pick-ups are limited to Chiang Mai inner second ring road. Pick-up at location outside the perimeter will be subject to additional transfer charges.

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • 2 nights basic, shared accommodation (home-stays or tent)
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Private transportation

Not Included

  • Beverages at local homestay, restaurants
  • Gratuities


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