Mae Hong Son Five Day Tour – Hard Trek – Pang Mapha

Mae Hong Son 5-day hike

Community Based Tourism hard trek. Many different indigenous tribes live together in harmony in Pang Mapha.

This trek will take you closer to 4 different indigenous cultures; Red Lahu, White Karen, Shan or Thai-Yai and Black Lahu.

With a total distance of approximately 35 kms. this hike will lead you through beautiful limestone mountains, local farming and traditional cultures. Experience local wisdom.

Tour Experiences:

Places we visit:

Tour Experiences:

Places we visit:


Meals included: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1 Trekking to Ban Pha Mon Village (L,D)

  • Morning transfer from your hotel in Mae Hong Son or Pai. Enjoy the beautiful journey through the mountains.
  • Stop over at Pang Mapha viewpoint for a short break.
  • Afterwards continue driving to “Pa Mai Daeng” or Redwood Forest where the trail head is.
  • Meet with local guide then kick-off for your 5 days trek.
  • Lunch: at local farmer hut (local Red Lahu dishes)
  • Afternoon: enjoy your trek through local farms and limestone mountains. Discover nature and waterfalls as we hike for around for 3 hours.
  • Late afternoon arrive at Ban Pha Mon a Red Lahu village. Check in homestay.
  • Free at leisure or observe and learn how local host family cooks your traditional Lahu meals.

Day 2 Trekking to Ban Muang Pam (B,L,D)

  • Morning: Breakfast at your homestay
  • Pack up and continue your day 2 trek to a White Karen village.
  • Today’s trek is about 5-6 hours. During the trek you will enjoy beautiful nature and wonderful scenery.
  • Lunch: Experience jungle cooking style by our local team.
  • Afternoon: continue you trek through beautiful forests. Along the way we will visit some local caves, rice paddy fields, and forests in a conservation area.
  • Late afternoon arrive at Ban Muang Pam. Expect a warm welcome by Ban Muang Pam Community Based Tourism club and then check in at Muang Pam Camp Park or homestay.
  • Free at leisure or observe and learn how local host family cooks your traditional Karen meals.

Day 3 trekking to a Shan Village (B,L,D)

  • Today will be your longest trek.
  • After your breakfast at your homestay, pack up and get onto a bamboo raft along the beautiful Lang River.
  • Continue your trek through the beautiful limestone mountains. Morning trek will take about 2 hours.
  • Lunch: Packed lunch in the forest or local farm.
  • Afternoon: Continue your trek for another 3.5-4 hours then cut down the steep path to the valley of rice-fields. Here a Shan village is located.
  • Upon arrival meet your host family,
  • Check in at your Shan homestay.
  • Free at leisure.
  • Evening: Enjoy your Shan dishes at your homestay. Goodnight

Day 4 Trekking to meet the Black Lahu (B,L,D)

  • Today you don’t have to wake up early. Breakfast at your homestay, then take a relaxing walk to experience the local traditional way of life.
  • Late morning pack up and say goodbye to your host family.
  • Leave for the morning short trek to Ban Jabo about 1 hour.
  • Upon arrival meet your host family.
  • Lunch: at your homestay enjoy Black Lahu foods
  • Afternoon: Continue your trek to observe a pre-historic ‘wood coffin’ cave located on the cliff. Wonder at the 2,000 -1,500 years old of Wooden coffins. You will be surprised at how they had been moved to the high mountain.
  • Late afternoon return to the village and visit a local school.
  • Return to your homestay.
  • Enjoy free time or join your host family to cook Lahu dishes.
  • Evening: Enjoy your Lahu dishes and relax.

Day 5 Lahu Experience (B,L)

  • Morning wake up and enjoy the morning panoramic view of the mountains.
  • Enjoy breakfast at your homestay.
  • Today you don’t have to trek. Instead, we will take a tour of the village to experience the Lahu traditional way of life. Learn bamboo weaving, learn how to play some Lahu instruments and learn Lahu sewing.
  • Lunch: at your homestay
  • Afternoon: pack up and say goodbye to your Black Lahu host family.
  • Drive back to Mae Hong Son or Pai. End of service.

What’s Included?

  • English speaking tour leader 1 pax
  • Transfer from Mae Hong Son to Trail head and return 4wd (6-7 pax per car)
  • Entrance fee to national park
  • 4 nights homestay with indigenous families (2-4 pax per family)mattress, pillow, warm blanket and mosquito net
  • Toilet (squat toilet) and shower usually outside (warm water not available)
  • Meals (B,L,D) total of  meals 13
  • Local guide from community
  • Tour activities; trekking to the summit of Doi Pui, visit rotational farming, observe local culture such as, Karen hand weaving cloth and natural color dye
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Vat

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