A leader in responsible tourism since 1988, organising authentic, ethical explorations of culture and nature in northern Thailand with expertise and energy. Special interest tours, craft workshops, and so much more…
What can you experience?
“You will learn about the ecology, history, traditional medicines, forest skills, folklore and local wisdom that has seen these proud people through generations of plentiful times and hardships”
Trekking Collective is an independent ethical tour operator, and co-owners Chaiyan and Caroline welcome you in experiencing indigenous hill tribe life and the stunning landscapes of the ancient Lanna Kingdom.
Custom trekking and cultural experiences that respect local people and the environment can be crafted based on your specific interests and schedule. Solo travellers, small group family trips, couples, honeymooners, student educational field trips and special interest tours are all invited to draw on Trekking Collective’s thirty years of expertise and undiminished dedication.
Trek programmes vary from one to ten days. Special interest and educational programmes are catered for through ethno-cultural ‘Local Wisdom’ trips, endemic orchid, montane birds and nocturnal animal watching trips as well as cultural experiences with indigenous hill tribe people, ecological treks on remote mountain trails to spot rare flora and fauna, and adventure rafting.
Workshops include ‘Local Wisdom’ skills, traditional and contemporary jewellery, weaving and natural dyes, wood and bamboo crafts, silver, ceramics, organic farming, Thai massage, courses in Thai, northern Thai and indigenous hill tribe languages.
Trekking Collective encourage physically and mentally challenged visitors to join their trips and if necessary bring along their caregivers. All guests are treated as equals when it comes to abilities!
How does it help?
This local operator is one of our Mekong champions, the range of their activities towards local communities is too long to be entirely described here. IMPRESSIVE!
Local communities are often treated merely as a ‘tourism resource’ by trekking tour operators. Villagers have little role, and enjoy few benefits from welcoming guests.
For Trekking Collective, ethical travel is not just a policy, it is a way of life, based on respect and a holistic approach which values local traditions, solidarity and education for sustainability.
The company employs local staff, including hilltribe guides and nurtures high levels of trust and continuity between indigenous and Lanna communities, tour guides and guests.
Their initiatives include planting watershed forest in vulnerable mountain environments in the 1990s; providing clean water to villages; interest-free loans to villagers whose homes and fields were destroyed by mud slides and floods; introduction of hydrogen fuel cells to vehicles in 2008 promoting a low carbon society, and offering an organic locally-sourced seasonal menu to guests.
They initiated the now self sustainable ‘Cow and Piggy Bank’ project which has grown into a herd of more than 20 cows, traded and bartered for essential goods and health emergencies, with second-born piglets and calves used to start new banks in neighbouring villages.
Community projects are initiated only when a series of community meetings have taken place involving men and women, and when a majority decision is in place.
The current projects (2010 to 2014) focus on the creation of ‘Rice Banks’ branches for village food security, as well as environmental awareness programmes, permaculture workshops, marketing organic farmers’ products, providing building materials and transportation, etc…
3/5 Soi 1, Loy Kroh Road, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100.
Phone +66 0 53 208340 – Fax. +66 0 53 208341
Mobile +66 083 1523621 – +66 081 7842731
Skype: alttreks or lilewadee
[view recent articles, community events, projects and incentives] http://authenticchiangmai.blogspot.com/