Following our very successful WALK home we are now sponsoring four very lucky rescued elephants who are living in the beautiful conservation forest surrounding the village of Huay Pakoot in northern Thailand. We are also offering guests the opportunity to vist and spend time with the elephants. Having the opportunity to camp in the forest and to stay with a Karen Hill Tribe family, where you can experience their ancient and fascinating culture. Mahouts Elephant Foundation are thrilled to be offering the unique opportunity to be welcomed into a Karen Hill Tribe home. Residing in a ‘home stay’, you can see for yourself how your hosts live and work; sharing stories, foraging for vegetables and cooking and eating together. Villagers are also happy to demonstrate skills such as weaving brightly coloured cloth and basket making. Of course the highlight will be spending time with the four elephants our programme currently sponsors who were rescued from a life of work in a trekking camp.
Mahouts Elephant Foundation are providing financial support to the Karen Hill Tribe mahouts to enable them to remain in the village to look after their elephants, who live in the forest around the village. We are keen to keep the elephants as deep in this beautiful forest as possible. The elephants are left to forage and wander freely through the forest while their mahouts will trek out every day to check on them and ensure they don’t wander too far from their forest home.
The trek to the camp site is very beautiful with lots of wildlife, and different fauna and flora to be seen on the way, whilst the camp itself is idyllically located next to a river. The mahouts are of course very experienced at living and camping in the forest and they take good care of their guests. It is fascinating to watch the mahouts at home in the forest and using its resources to live off the land, like making cups and other useful items from bamboo.
The Karen Hill Tribe are generous, friendly and hospitable, but we will still have English‑speaking guides with us throughout the trip.
Camping in the forest for one or two nights allows you to have the best experience possible on the trek. However, if camping is a concern then day trips from the village can be arranged; although this would reduce the time spent with the elephants.