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Conquer Northern Thailand’s most Remote and Challenging Trekking Routes; the Old Elephant Trail

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Northern Thailand is an adventurer’s paradise! Rugged mountains, dense jungles, meandering rivers and makes a trek up here intriguing! So, what’s keeping you from hiking up and down Northern Thailand? Join us for a scenic adventure that’ll surely impress even the most seasoned outdoorsmen and women. The trail here are quite challenging, so if you are looking to test your endurance and character (while also absorbing the scenery), our Old Elephant Trail Trek is the adventure tour for you.

The Old Elephant Trail was once a very busy trade route over the mountains between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai. It was established around 1831 but was abandoned when roads were built in the 1950s and is now one of the more remote trekking routes in Northern Thailand.

Welcome to Chiang Mai, the headquarters to everything Northern Thailand. Meet your guide here and head over to Hmong Village of Khun Mae Talaa, the starting point of your trek. Hike across ridge tops and through villages and awe-striking scenery before setting up camp within the grounds of a local school in a Blue Hmong Village.

Gear up for another day of trekking! The second leg takes you to a Karen village situated in a conifer forest. Have lunch with them and share your adventures. They are also more than happy to reveal their way of life to you. Continue this afternoon to Wat Chan, a small town located in the middle of the Old Elephant Trail where an overnight stay in a hotel awaits.

Your third day is an interesting trekking day. You’ll first hike along flat, easy to walk roads until you come across mountainous terrain, rice fields and green jungles. Make sure to admire the view from up there. It serves as great reward for your efforts. Late this afternoon reach Huai Pu Loei where camp is set up at the local school grounds and dinner is served in the tranquil surroundings.

Wake up, early bird! The sunrise over Huai Pu Loei valley is a sight not to be missed! Plus, a long and most difficult hiking day is ahead of you. Today’s trail is mostly uphill. If you’re looking for a challenge, then this is it! Work your way up and conquer Doi Yao Peak. And treat yourself with a one of a kind panoramic view of Northern Thailand’s beautiful terrain.

More trekking! This time, we have caves, streams and waterfalls to reward your efforts. It’s always nice to cool off in these natural wonders after a long and hardworking trek.

We’re not going easy on you just because it is your final day. Oh, no! This last day of hiking starts with an early morning climb up to Saam Fah mountain ridge for sweeping views across the valley to the Myanmar border. Bask in the scenery and raise your arms in the air celebratingyour six day triumph! Head down to the entrance of Mae Surin National Park where vehicles are waiting to escort you to your hotel.

You’re a true champion! You’ve just hiked 41 hours up and down hills, mountains, jungles and plains. You’ve mastered a truly challenging trek and you should be very proud of yourself. Looking for more? Then look no further than our Thailand adventures page.

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