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MK5/4 Mae Teng River Descent

A linear journey down the Mae Teng River. Great for DOE/NYAA training combined with a residential program.

Nong Bua Wild Lodge

Our Nong Bua lodge is on the west side of the valley overlooking the paddies and the Mae Teng river. In the MK-Location-Mapdistance is the Chiang Dao range and Doi Bee. This location forms our base camp for programs within the Muang Khong Valley and is 2 1/2 hours from Chiang Mai. The lodge has a main 2 level Thai style sala with full kitchen kitchen and  first aid facilities with O2 and SW radio. The lodge has male and female shower and toilet blocks. Accommodation here is either in our safari style tents or 3 person expedition tents. Full range cell coverage is available with all providers. Our CSR coffee project is situated on the hill  behind the camp

Muang Khut Wild Lodge :Camping

The students will camp during the expedition using 3 man dome tents, in addition smaller single tents are provided for teaching staff. Toilets are available with basic cold-water showers all days. It is also possible to bathe in the river that runs alongside the camp areas.

pakohlamPak Koh Lam :Hill tribe village longhouses

Students spend one night in the Karen village of Pak Koh Lam. They will stay in dormitory style longhouses split between boys and girls.  Toilets are available with basic cold-water showers all days. It is also possible to bathe in the river that runs alongside the camp areas.

Meals @ camp

Food will be Thai/western buffet style; dietary concerns (vegetarian etc) can be catered to with prior arrangement. Water & hot drinks will be provided with meals. Water will also be provided during the expedition allowing students to regularly fill their personal water bottles. Students will prepare meals for themselves during one evening and following morning. This will be using standard expedition stoves from equipment and provisions given to students. Full briefings will be given.

Activities within the program

Activities within this program include: 2 day descent of Mae Teng River w/whitewater, survival and expediton skills, MTB and Lake kayaking. Optional cultural/community service visits

NOTE: Some activities are  dependent on weather and may require changes on the day according to site conditions & dynamic Risk Assessment

The adventure groups will all be encouraged to develop a group identity and work together as a team during the program. The groups can be chosen at random or follow class or house structure. We will liaise with teaching staff on this.

Our challenge-by-choice approach enables each student to achieve their own successful adventure in the context of their own aspirations free from peer or instructors pressure. We have found during adventure activities, the greatest achievements are never in terms of the distance leapt or the height climbed and that in all our adventure activities everyone has a role to play.

The Program

Notes:

This itinerary is a flexible outline and can be tailored to fit the needs of the group or program. Community service options or cultural visits can be added to the program easily. Train option is listed in itinerary but flight is also available. ( reduces length of program DOE/IYAA skills can be incorporated for part or all of the group.

DAY 1 ( departure for O/N train)

Depart Hua Lum Pong station approx 18.45, 2nd class A/C sleeper train upper & lower bunks.

DAY 2

* Arrive Chiang Mai station. You will be met by Wild Planet representatives and led into a/c minibuses
Transfer to Nong Bua camp: Muang Khong
12.00 arrive, lunch and approach trek to camp
13.30 Expedition training session with students in groups rotating though sessions. [ Lunch at 12.00]
* Raft Training
* Orienteering & route planning
* Camp Cooking & Provisioning
* Shelter building and survival skills
* Basic rafting skills
18.00 Dinner
19.30 Briefing "expectations and being part of a team"
20.30 Campfire
22.00 Lights out.
* flexible schedule according to exact train arrival

DAY 3

07.00 Breakfast
07.30 Pack support vehicles and prepare rafts
*** Raft with lunch and snacks en route***
16.45 Arrive Pak Koh Lam, Long house briefing and move into houses
17.30 Distribution of provision boxes
18.00 Dinner [ Prepared by students, under supervision of WP & teaching staff]
19.00 Staff dinner [prepared by WP]
19.45 Campfire.
21.00 Lights out.

DAY 4

07.30 Students prepare breakfast
08.30 Pack support vehicle and prepare rafts
09.00 River brief and warm up
*** raft descent with lunch and snacks en route***
16.45 Arrive Muang Khut, recover gear from support vehicles
17.30 Move into tents
18.00 Dinner [prepared by WP]
19.00 Debriefing and reflection/games
19.45 Campfire.
21.00 Lights out.

DAY 5

06.00 Morning call
06.30 Breakfast
08.15 Activities briefing and preparation.
MTB and Kayaking
Lunch at Mae Ngat Dam restaurant.
15.00 Depart for Chiang Mai Station.
16.00 Arrive at station for return train to Bangkok

DAY 6 ( Arrival of O/N train)

06.30 Arrive Bangkok

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