3-Day Virachey National Park Encounter Trek
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.
3 Days / 2 Nights
Evening brief: Each tour begins with an 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 (-/L/D)
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30am and travel north to Kachon village approximately 90-minute 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 at 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 farmhouses.
Lunch break at a farmhouse. 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 a bamboo forest, rocky hills, streams, thick jungle stopping on a hilltop to enjoy the beautiful scenery. After 4 hours we arrive at 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 the hammock with mosquito net near the waterfall.
+ Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached
Day 2: Approximately 4-6 hours trek (B/L/D)
Early in the morning, you can enjoy hot coffee or tea. Breakfast will be prepared on the 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 whiskey.
+ Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached
Day 3: Approximately 2-3 hours walk (B/L/-)
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 of the tombs to guard and likeness of elephant tusks and beautifully 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. Afterward, 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.
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. As we care about your safety and always want to increase customer’s experience, Cambodian Pride’s team can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests. If the program is changed upon customer’s request, possible additional costs will be charged directly to customers.
During the trek:
For overnight in the jungle, you will be staying in a covered hammock with forest furniture to relax and eat our meals (each hammock has its own mosquito net attached). Sometimes we even build a roof tent above our hammocks depends 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 a hammock and a bit of water. The toilet facilities are rudimentary 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 mentioned 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 that 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 malaria prophylaxis, a 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
- Fleece Jacket or sweater
- Sandals or flip flops
- A spare pair of socks
- Some Personal toiletries
- Sun scream
- Insect repellent
- Swim Suit
- Travel towel
- 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…
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
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