Discover the jungles, mountains and hill tribes around Chiang Mai on a hill tribe trek.
One of the main draws to Northern Thailand is the trekking in Chiang Mai province and the surrounding areas. Discover the jungles, mountains and hill tribes around Chiang Mai on a hill tribe trek. Whether it is a single or multi day trek we have something to suit everybody. We feture treks from the leading and best rated operators in all categories whether you want a trekking only trip or combine your trek with other activities such as elephant care and rafting you will find something below to suit all trekking tastes.
It is possible to enjoy trekking all year round in Chiang Mai, you would just have to take into account the different areas and which area is better for each season. Local trekking guides are experts in these matters and so you can rest assured that whatever time of year you are travelling to Thailand, you can get a good hike in!
In general, Northern Thailand has three seasons: dry and cool season, wet season and hot season. It is possible to go hiking in Chiang Mai in every season, but each one has different considerations.
The dry season in Northern Thailand begins around October and lasts until March. This is the best time of year to go trekking as the temperatures are not too high and the weather not too humid. There is a gentle breeze which can be pleasant whilst trekking, meaning you don’t sweat too much! However, during this time of year it can be very cold at night in the mountainous areas, particularly Doi Inthanon, which has been hailed as the coldest place in Thailand. It even snowed once in 1955!
The hot season begins in April and last until around June. At this time of year temperatures soar to around 40 degrees and even the lightest treks can become a very strenuous activity! During the hot season, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight and find shady forests to hike in. Higher altitudes can be cooler and trekking earlier in the morning is a good idea to avoid the hottest time of day.
The wet season (or monsoon season) begins in June and last until around September. The monsoon brings heavy downpours all across Northern Thailand and most of the rest of the country. It can be the trickiest time to plan a trekking adventure, but it’s not impossible! The rains tend to fall mostly in the afternoons so the trick is to get up super early and make the most of the day before the clouds set in.
Some trails may be impassable so it’s good to chat with a local guide who will be able to help you pick the best places to trek during the rainy season. This time of year is regarded by some as the most beautiful time of year in Thailand as the rice fields appear green and lush, there are less crowds and plants and animals flourish.
The burning season (also known as the ‘smoky season’ or ‘the haze’) occurs in Chiang Mai every year around late February / early March. It is due to farmers intentionally burning their fields to make way for a new crop. This ‘slash and burn’ farming method has been going on for years, but nowadays, coupled with the pollution from traffic and factories, the air quality reaches dangerous levels. Depending on rains, the burning season starts and ends at a different time each year, and it’s best to check when the season is in full flow and avoid it if possible. (You can check the Air Quality Index here.) Trekking with poor air quality is not fun!
Always taking into consideration the season that you will be trekking in, you will need to wear/bring:
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