Kachoch Hill-tribe Jungle Trek


Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

2 Days

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Number of Traveler 1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax +
Price (Per Person in USD) $190 $120 $110 $100
Number of Traveler Price (Per Person in USD)
1pax $190
2pax $120
3pax $110
4pax + $100

Tour Snapshot

Follow Kachoch Hill-tribe ranger for a 2 day jungle trek to submerge in the semi evergreen dry forest in Kaoh Piek, the southern of Virakchey National Park. 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. This 2 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. Sleep may not be the same without the fire flies speaking across the night sky, but at least you’ll always have the memories and dreams of your time.

Highlights

  • Friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • Learn about Kachoch hill-tribe and their way of life
  • Trek through Kachoch forest of Kaoh Piek
  • Beautiful panoramic view in evergreen forest
  • Enjoy swimming in the creeks, streams and waterfall
  • Overnight camping in the middle of nowhere
  • Lush and dense forest engaging

Schedule details

  • Duration:
    2 days / 1 night
  • 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 following day
  • Activities:
    Hiking Tours, Camping, Boat Trip
  • Trip code:
    TK2K
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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. Today trek is on a loop back to Kaoh Piek village and the primary forest changes in to the secondary. 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 the trek we reach the outskirt of Kaoh Piek and a small farm house where we can take our main break for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue further south to Kachoch village of Kaoh Piek where we’ll visit the sacred cemetery of Kachoch indigenous group. 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. You will learn about the animist belief of Kachoch hill tribe from you guide. Afterwards we walk to Sesan River and continue by boat back to Kachon village. Our our Kachoch hill tribe adventure mountain trek has now come to an end and we are picked up by car and travel back to Ban Lung arriving at approximately 4.00 PM.
(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

  • 1 breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Drinking water during the trek

Transport

Transport by motor bike (3 persons), private 4WDR/minivan (4 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

My girlfriend and I did the two day, one night tour and loved it. It was hard work but great fun. Sophal is an excellent guide who always has something to show you or a detail of the jungle to point out that you would never have spotted. We had an amazing feast of a dinner when we camped at the waterfall – lots of which was foraged along the way. Our ranger, Prang was also very helpful in getting the booking setup. We had been worried about the possibility of torrential rain for the whole two days and Prang had let us have until the morning of the trip to confirm. Really friendly and flexible. Thank you Cambodian Pride Tours for Great experience! Truly authentic. Amazing landscapes.

AFM1979 – TripAdvisor

We did a 2 days / 1 night jungle tour with Cambodian Pride Tours. Sophal was our guide. And it was intense and perfect! We started our trip with a 4 hour hike to our campsite. During the hike Sophal and the 2 local rangers made sure we got the full jungle experience. We had some plants to eat, sat on a true jungle-swing and even saw a Tarantula! Our campsite was near a waterfall, so after the hike we could have a nice swim. Sophal and the rangers prepared a dinner for us. We even got to trie some fried bugs… At night, we slept in hammocks with integrated musquito nets, which was perfect with all the insects around. The second day we hiked for around 5 hours, through very differing surrounding (hills, flat, thick jungle, more open forest, etc.). At the end of the day we visited a minority village and cementry, which was a nice add-on to our experience!
To summarize: if you want to experience the jungle with some very nice people, go to Cambodian Pride Tours! They will take good care of you for sure.

AnneliesB – TripAdvisor

About  deforestation in Ratanakiri

The logging is the most upsetting aspect of this trip - it is something you hear about but never usually experience first hand, you can see the distress that it causes the people at the research center and you know that they are doing what they can to help protect the area and its wildlife by raising awareness - I only hope this happens before it is too late..

Shelapy – TripAdvisor

… the only disturbing aspect of the trip was the illegal logging that seems to occur at night. I hope that all who visit can do all they can to raise awareness about this problem.

Jonathan_Wheatley – TripAdvisor

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