Ban Jabo Thailand Hilltribe Trek

  • Thailand

Trek through bamboo and teak forests, Learn about bush food and medicinal plants, Experience a local Lahu massage, Help cook a traditional Lahu dinner

You can’t get a greater appreciation for the diverse culture and gorgeous scenery of Thailand than by trekking up into the mountains to meet its remote hilltribe communities. And that’s just what this five-day adventure delivers. Head out from wondrous Chiang Mai and through a national park to Lahu and Karen villages, spend time with a shaman, explore deep caves by bamboo raft, and marvel at the lush jungle scenery before arriving at the hilltop village of Ban Jabo and the warmest of welcomes. This is Thailand as it’s been for centuries. Come back in time with us.

was €2995 days from €259

(€51.80 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
Travel Style
Service Level
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 15, avg 5. Please note this trip runs often in order to provide maximum flexibility when choosing dates. It's possible your group size will be fairly small.
Open pickup truck, van, trekking, raft.
Hotels (1 nights), basic huts (3 nights, multi-share).
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • G Adventures for Good: Ban Pha Mon Homestay, Ban Pha Mon G Adventures for Good: Ban Muang Pam Homestay, Ban Muang Pam G Adventures for Good: Ban Jabo Homestay, Ban Jabo
  • Trek to remote hilltribe villages (3 days)
  • Lod Cave visit and bamboo rafting
  • View more
    • Prehistoric coffin cave visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Ban Jabo Thailand Hilltribe Trek itinerary
  • Day 1Chiang Mai

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


    Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

  • Day 2Chiang Mai / Ban Pha Mon

    Drive from Chiang Mai to the trailhead. Trek through farmland and bamboo and teak forests. Learn about bush food and medicinal plants. Enjoy lunch en route before continuing through rice fields and valleys to reach the first village of a Lahu tribe. Assist with food prep and cooking, learn about weaving and embroidery or check out a local Lahu massage.

    Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 1

    Trek through various terrain like farmland, bamboo forests, teak forests, mountain rice fields, valleys and creeks. Depending on the season you can help with communal rice planting or harvesting. On arrival, learn more about the life of your village hosts with food prep, weaving and embroidery, Lahu massage or rice farming in season.

    Hit the road early in the morning to head to the trailhead. Start the trek through forests and rugged terrain that winds itself around various hilltop villages. Trek from Huay Nam Dung National Park to Ban Pha Mon, a Lahu village.

    Ban Pha Mon Homestay

    These agricultural communities support themselves with farming and hunting but typically struggled to survive financially outside of growing seasons. To prevent families from leaving and the gradual loss of culture and history, we worked with a local NGO to help sustainably build tourism opportunities through a year-long training program, including this overnight stay.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

  • Day 3Ban Pha Mon / Ban Muang Pam

    Trek between villages, over farmlands and grasslands, and ascend to the ridge line. Learn about bush medicine and seasonal fruits as you make your way to the lunch stop. Go for a swim and help the local guides prepare lunch. Continue on to the Karen village and spend the night. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

    Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch.

    Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 2

    Trek to reach the lunch stop, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch before carrying on to the Karen village of Ban Muang Pam. Here, discover more about local life, help prepare dinner, learn about weaving or meet with a traditional shaman.

    Ban Muang Pam Homestay

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, trekking beside the Pam River through lush jungle. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. Following the cave visit and lunch travel to Ban Jabo, a Black Lahu village. Learn about the Lahu culture, try out some traditional activities, and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and cooking methods.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 3

    After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, trekking beside the Pam River through lush jungle. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Bamboo rafts are required to enter the cave and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience.

    Prehistoric Wooden Coffin Cave Visit

    See hundreds of log coffins, some as old as 2,000 years, buried in these remote, chilly caves with some tight passages. Locals believe spirits loom here, but do be on the watch for snakes.

    Ban Jabo Homestay

    Experience an unforgettable stay in this highland village. Connect with a Black Lahu family and learn about daily life for this hilltribe. Try your hand at bamboo weaving or playing a Lahu instrument, and help your host family prepare a traditional meal. Visit a nearby prehistoric coffin cave.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Following breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and return by private van to Chiang Mai, arriving at approximately 3pm. Tour ends on arrival.

    Departure Day (Activities)

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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