Grand Trekking Tour de Chi Phat

Additional Info

  • Tour Code: GTCH-7D

This 7-day trekking tour offers you a similar experience as the Veal Ta Prak & O'Key Village Trekking Tour through the Cardamom Mountains. However, the additional two days give you the chance to hike to the mysterious ancient burial jar and coffin site and you can enjoy even more waterfalls!

Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains are one of the last places in South East Asia with large expanses of intact lowland rainforest, where contiguous forest connects mountaintops to the ocean, pristine rivers cascade to the sea, and wildlife is still in relative abundance.

Asia Adventures, in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, offers a series of multi-day treks and mountain bike tours into the unspoiled, forested Cardamom Mountains. You can find various natural and cultural sites in the forest such as waterfalls, ancient burial jars, bat caves, and wildlife animals like elephants, hornbills or flying squirrels. These multi-day tours lead you deep into the forest and include sleeping under the stars.

Grand Trekking Tour de Chi Phat 7D6N

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh to Chi Pat
Start early as you leave Phnom Penh and drive 190km (118 miles, 5 hours) to the riverside community of Andoung Teuk. Board the Chi Phat Community boat for a 2 hour upstream journey along the Preak Piphot River. During this ride, be on the lookout for birds and mammals coming to the water's edge to drink. Upon arrival in the small, remote community of Chi Phat you meet the eco-tourism staff and get a short introduction regarding their hard work within the community. Afterwards have lunch and discuss the activities for the following days. Then check-in to your home-stay, a traditional Khmer home with basic facilities such as mosquito net, fan, toilet, bathing area, and meet your host family. Walk to the nearby Chhay Chrey rapids with a local guide (about 2 kilometers, 1 mile) where you can relax in the cool refreshing waters. On return to the village you will have dinner after which it is an early night to be prepared for an early start the following day.

Meals included: L, D

Day 2: Trek to Veal Ta Prak
Get introduced to your trekking guide and forest cook who will be accompanying you. You leave Chi Pat on a long-tail slow motor boat up the Steung Pruit River to the South West Elephant Corridor Protected Forest. Stop at the Vong Krouch rest area for breakfast. After which you leave the motor boat behind and continue upriver in a traditional rowing boat, this silence really allows you to appreciate the sights and sounds of the jungle. You may even want to ask your boat driver if you can have a go at rowing! On arrival at Domnak Kom you will bid farewell to your boatman as your trekking through the Cardamom Mountains begins. As you walk through the forest your guide will point out animal tracks and offer you delicious leaves and fruits that he finds on the way. Stop for lunch next to a river where the forest cook will quickly rustle up a hot, filling meal. In the afternoon you arrive at the carefully and sensitively constructed eco-campsite where you are free to relax whilst your hammocks are prepared. Later on you will take a short walk to the Veal Ta Prak watering hole to spot wild animals coming to drink such as Sambar Deers, wild pigs or Great Hornbills.

Meals included: B, L, D
Trekking Distance: 10km (6 miles)

Day 3: Trek from Veal Ta Prak to O'Kay
After waking up to the early morning sounds of the forest you will once again visit the Veal Ta Prak watering hole to spot wildlife. Back at the camp you can enjoy a tasty breakfast before continuing your trekking. Today you head towards the small mountain community of O'Kay. Learn more about the villager's lifestyles and have lunch. Afterwards you will visit O'Malu waterfall where you can relax and swim. You overnight at the O'Malu campsite and have another enjoyable dinner in the jungle.

Meals included: B, L, D
Trekking Distance: 10km (6 miles)

Day 4: Trek from O'Malu to O'Peam Krovanh
Continue trekking through the foothills and jungles of the Cardamom Mountains crossing various rivers, you will stop to relax at one of these rivers and have lunch. Once you reach the riverside camping location of O'Peam Krovanh you are free to relax in the refreshing waters whilst your cook prepares a delicious jungle dinner. Once more you will spend the night in your hammock under the stars.

Meals included: B, L, D
Trekking Distance: 11km (7 miles)

Day 5: Trek from O'Peam Krovanh to O'Ampov via the Burial Jars
After breakfast and a refreshing morning dip in the river you continue trekking heading for the enigmatic 'hidden' burial jar location. Before reaching the jar site you have lunch next to the scenic O'Peam Pika river. After lunch and a short steep climb you arrive at a rock outcrop where you discover the mystical ancient burial jars, and small wooden coffins. After pondering the history and taking in the expansive views you hike to your camping site, O'Ampov. Once again your cook will prepare dinner as you sit back and relax. Enjoy your final night out in the openness of the Cardamom Mountains and take in the incredibly starry night.

Meals included: B, L, D
Trekking Distance: 10km (6 miles)

Day 6: Trek from O'Ampov via Waterfalls to Chi Pat
An early start today as you trek back towards Chi Pat. Trekking along old logging trails which pass open landscapes you have beautiful views of the Cardamom Mountains and take a well-earned rest at the impressive Tuk Vet waterfall. Further on, stop for lunch at the 'hidden' waterfall of O'Spot which you can walk behind and explore the 'bat cave'. This waterfall is perfect for taking a refreshing shower and jumping into its plunge pool! As you get closer to Chi Pat you walk through banana plantations and vegetables patches. Just before reaching the village you cross the wide Steung Chhay Chrey River, a great opportunity for a late afternoon swim. After checking-in to your home-stay accommodation and freshening up, a tasty dinner will be served at the Community Restaurant. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to wander around the village and experience rural community night life.

Meals included: B, L, D
Trekking Distance: 18km (11 miles)

Day 7: Chi Pat to Phnom Penh
You may wish to rise early this morning in order to walk down to the river and watch the magical sunrise and the villagers slowly waking up. After breakfast bid farewell to Chi Pat as you board the boat for your downstream trip back to Andoung Teuk. On arrival at Andoung Teuk your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Phnom Penh where you will be dropped off at the location of your choice. On the journey back to Phnom Penh you will be able to reflect on the wonderful and unique trekking experiences you have enjoyed in the Cardamom Mountains, and taking away very fond memories.

Meals included: B


Inclusions:
• Accommodation in Chi Pat (Basic no a/c)
• Community boat Andoung Tuk / Chi Pat
• Local guides in Chi Pat
• All necessary entrance fees
• All necessary boat trips
• Bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Chi Phat
• Bus ticket from Chi Phat to Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville
• Hammocks for sleeping in the forest
• Backpacks
• Daily drinking water
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

Exclusions:
• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• Travel to tour start location (Phnom Penh)
• Cambodian Visa fees
• Drinks with included meals
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

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