The South East Asia Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with.
Why we chose Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails
Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails are a small family-run tour operator, based in Chiang Mai, focused on ethical tourism and sustainability.
The company was created after Kischa from South Africa (co-founder) met and fell in love with Thai trekking guide from the Karen ethnic minority, Mit, (co-founder) on a jungle trek in Chiang Mai.
Together, they founded Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails to give people the chance to get off the beaten track outside of Chiang Mai and experience the amazing hiking opportunities in the local hilltribe villages in the area.
At the same time, they wanted to protect the indigenous communities from so-called ‘zoo-like’ tourism that can damage communities and takes away much more than it gives. They have seen first-hand how education and training local communities in sustainable tourism can lift people out of poverty. When done correctly, it can be beneficial to all.
- Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails offer authentic hiking trails that immerse you with the local ethnic hilltribe cultures of Northern Thailand. They work with local hilltribe guides and families in Doi Inthanon, Huai Nam Dang National Park, Doi Luang and Chiang Dao National Park.
- They offer different types of treks from one to three-day trails that are suitable for young and old. They can also arrange private treks or other activities such as visits to an ethical elephant sanctuary, bamboo rafting and caving.
- On all of their tours, they use only local hilltribe guides who have a wealth of knowledge about the fauna and flora of the rain-forest which they share with the guests.
- Their tours are also very interactive, for example along the way, you’ll pick fruit from the trees and make your own plate from banana leaves for lunch!
- They have different trails for different seasons and trails that suit everyone from avid hikers to families.
- Above all, they are hoping to steer travellers in the direction of responsible tourism, one that benefits and empowers local communities as well as family run business, which are the forefront of an economy.
- They teach skills development in Farmstay management, building and guide training to help empower ethnic minorities by giving them opportunities to make an income without having to leave for the cities.