Virachey National Park Encounter Trek


Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

3 Days

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Number of Traveler 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax +
Price (Per Person in USD) $260 $159 $144 $120
Number of Traveler Price (Per Person in USD)
1pax $260
2pax $159
3pax $144
4pax + $120

Tour Snapshot

Follow Kachoch hill tribe ranger for a 3 day trek that will take you to encounter Kaoh Piek forest, the southern of Virakchey National Park in Ratanakiri. Starting on the dirt roads to Vun Sai, the banks of the Sesan and O’Lalai rivers, visit small settlements, stay overnight in the jungle, and submerge in a beautiful forest. Numerous small creeks, streams and a river meander through this beautiful area. This 3 day trek does not only focus on nature, but also engage with indigenous communities, learn about local farming and lifestyle. Different sceneries will be presented to you like beautiful panoramic views, mixed forest, secondary forest. Stay overnight in the jungle, and submerge in a beautiful forest.

Highlights

  • Friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • Learn about Kachoch hill-tribe and their way of life
  • Trek in Virachey National Park
  • Beautiful panoramic view in evergreen forest
  • Enjoy swimming in the creeks, streams and waterfall
  • Overnight camping in the middle of nowhere
  • Dive in to Kachoch hill tribe culture with optional homestay
  • Lush and dense forest engaging
  • Optional finishing with the crater lake of Yeak Loam refreshing

Schedule details

  • Duration:
    3 days / 2 nights
  • Pickup location:

    Pick-up from any centrally located hotels in Banlung.

  • Pickup time:
    8.30 AM
  • Drop off location:

    Drop-off at any centrally located hotels in Banlung.

  • Drop off time: 4.30 PM last day
  • Activities:
    Hiking Tours, Boat Trip
  • Trip code:
    KT3K
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Itinerary

Each tour begins with Evening briefing. At 4:30 PM, we will meet at your hotel in Ban Lung, Ratanakiri for a journey briefing. It is the first opportunity for everyone to meet the guide on their trip and to run over the final details so everyone knows what to expect.

Day 1: Approximately 4-6 hours trek
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30am and travel north to Kachon village approximately 90 minutes drive. From Kachon we take a scenic boat ride for about 50 minutes on Sesan river to a remote village of Kachoch ethnic minority. Upon arrival to the village, we meet our Kachoch ranger and start our trekking tour. At the beginning of the hike, we pass by many interesting rice fields and farm houses.
Lunch break at a farm house. Prepare and get changed to avoid getting cut from the jungle and beaten by insects as we are heading deeper.
Carry on the trek and hike passing through bamboo forest, rocky hills, streams, thick jungle stopping on a hilltop to enjoy beautiful scenery. After 4 hours we arrive to the waterfall. This three tier waterfall measures at least over forty meters and a beautiful clear river at its bottom is waiting for you rinse the sweat off your body and invigorate your muscles.
In the evening, your guide and ranger will set up a shelter, prepare the food, dinner at the camp-fire and overnight in hammock with mosquito net near the waterfall.
(Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached, meal: lunch, dinner)

Day 2: Approximately 4-6 hours trek
Early in the morning, you can enjoy hot coffee or tea. Breakfast will be prepared on wood fire. Start with steep but a rewarding climb as on the summit of the mountain is a magnificent view. Trek and hike through lush old jungle with chances to see the wildlife and birds. Once in a while we take a rest a little bit to enjoy the jungle surrounding and your guide will explain the natural resource as well as you will learn about your ranger’s way of life. After 3 hours of our trekking adventure, we will reach a stone field and there is a stream where we can take our main break for lunch. At this point our trek can be flexible as there you 2 options of where we’ll spend the night. Either you sleep in the jungle which we will keep trek and hike for another hour or two towards camp-site or homestay in one of the Kachoch hill tribe family which we will we trek and hike out of the jungle to a village and be welcomed to enjoy a little drink of indigenous homemade whisky.
(Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached, meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 3: Approximately 2-3 hours walk
Have a lie-in – you deserve it! The majority of your trekking has been completed by this point and so today is all about understanding the Kachock way of life. If you stayed with the village the night before you will already be a little familiar with this, but if not, a short walk to the local’s home starts the day after another nourishing breakfast.
Upon reaching the village, take the time to see how this ancient tribe spends their days, weaving baskets and collecting and processing the natural resources. Make sure you ask before taking photographs of the people as a sign of respect and courtesy, but if you do be sure to show them the images on your digital cameras to really bring the house down.
Next it’s off to the village cemetery, which may sound a little morbid, but if you do be further from the truth. The cemetery is a celebration of life and all around the spell-binding site are over 100 wooden constructs of crypts and effigies of animals that represent the lives of those indigenous people now passed on. Kaoh Piek is home to a traditional Kachoch burial ground complete with carved effigies of the deceased. Family groups are buried side by side and elaborate ceremonies held after a period of mourning. There are wooden men and women statues standing in front the tombs to guard and likeness of elephant tusks and beautiful decorated tombs. The stories of how these come about are fascinating and include sacrifice, reincarnation and bountiful offerings, but I’ll leave this to your guide to explain in full.
Lunch is a particular treat today. Sticky rice and locally-sourced produce give the food a distinctly regional flavor and if you’re feeling adventurous try some of chili and garlic dipping sauce – not for the fainted! Eating with the people is a rewarding and life-affirming experience not to be missed but unfortunately signals the end of your three-day adventure on Koh Perk. A quick walk back to the boat and you’re on your way back to a more recognizable civilization to Kachon village. Afterwards, we are picked up by car and travel back to Ban Lung. Then, it is time to enjoy the refreshing waters of the beautiful crater lake of Yeak Loam, set amid a pocket of lush jungle. Our Kachoch hill tribe adventure mountain trek has now come to an end with a drop off at your hotel.
(Meal: breakfast, lunch)

Additional information

During the trek: For overnight in the jungle, you will be staying in covered hammock with forest furniture to relax and eat our meals (each hammock has it’s own mosquito net attached). Sometime we even build roof tent above our hammocks depend on the weather. There are however no facilities to support camping in the forest so we organize an expedition from local villagers to take in our food and equipment. There will be also cooks, rangers and English speaking guide. These guys will cook and prepare hammock for you in the forests. Though everyone of the group will need to help carry some stuff like hammock and a bit of water. The toilet facilities are rudumentary and ‘back to nature’ in style and bathing is in the stream.

What food is provided during the trek?
All meals are provided with the trek as mentoned in the itinerary. Please note that there is no possibility of cooking different food for individuals. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are a vegetarian.

Is there Malaria?
Like much of rural Cambodia, the site has mosquitoes which may carry malaria.
Malaria can be potentially fatal if contracted and as such clients are advised to seek medical advice concerning malaria avoidance prior to visiting the site. Avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes is the most effective way to avoid malaria.
Many travelers to Cambodia also choose to take malarial prophylaxis, medication which prevents malaria in the case of infection. If you become ill after leaving the site, be aware that you may have malaria and need to seek immediate medical advice.

What happens in the case of bad weather?
Cambodia experiences a dry season and a green season. The dry season occurs each year from about November to June. The wet season comprises the remainder of the year, with rain and flooding occurring in varying degrees of intensity. Hence we will only be running treks for 8 months each year. During this period we plan to take back to back treks, however, at certain times it can be difficult to walk up and down the mountains. If the weather is particularly bad then there could be some blackout dates during this period. We will endeavor to take treks with limited interruptions.

What to bring
We recommend bringing with you the following:

  • A set of neutral – coloured cloths of natural fibers (cotton)
  • Long trousers
  • Long sleeved shirt x 2 (A clean set for the night)
  • Walking Boots
  • Walking Socks
  • A hat
  • Shorts
  • Fleece Jacket or sweater
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • A spare pair of socks
  • Some Personal toiletries
  • Sun scream
  • Sun glasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Swim Suit
  • Travel towel
  • Binoculars
  • Torch or headlamp
  • Personal first aid kit including any necessary medication such as anti-malarial pills.
  • A small day-pack to carry your camera etc…

This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. Cambodian Pride Tours works with the local people; we can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Drinking water during the trek

Transport

Transport by motor bike (2 persons), private 4WDR/minivan (3 persons and up), boat

Included activities

  • All programs according to the description
  • Fully guided trekking tour with an English speaking guide and an indigenous ranger

Exclusions

The price of the tour does not include

  • Your accommodation in town
  • Additional food and drink
  • Any personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for guides & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned

What our  Customers say

We were astounded by his knowledge of the ways of the jungle. Our guide Sophal went out of his way to make our trek and overnight stays the best: camping right by the waterfall, excellent cooking, catching fresh fish, and teaching us about medicinal vegetation and surviving in the jungle. His English is excellent. IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. If you’re planning a jungle trek, we would highly suggest CPT and Sophal, as he made the trek the unique experience it was. Our only extra tip would be to make sure you get back to the hill tribe BEFORE SUNDOWN as to experience more than the daily life of the village. (We made it only after dark). This was an unforgettable experience and we HIGHLY recommend.

Carmit – TripAdvisor

A fantastic Eco business from Banlung. I just spent 3 days and 2 nights trekking with Sophal as my expert guide. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural forests is second to none! He taught me many tricks along our trail for finding and catching food, preparing campsites and all necessary implements made just from Bamboo! Real bush style!! An ecofriendly trekk in the forests of Cambodia is a must before they all disappear. Sophal local knowledge into the destruction of the forests by the logging companies will open your eyes to one of Cambodia’s greatest plights; that of loosing their natural resources to big foreign companies. The passion behind this young guide determination to change the future for thier generation is energetic and refreshing. A fascinating trip and an equally fascinating guide. I can’t recommend Cambodian Pride Tours enough!

Jainie – TripAdvisor

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