Trek through Khmu villages for a glimpse of the culture in these mountains. Keep your eyes open to spot a variety of species of mammals and abundance of birdlife. This more rustic hiking and camping experience is a great addition to any Cambodia tour for those wanting to truly adventure into the great wilds of South East Asia.
Day 1 : Travel to Chi Phat Day 2 : Trek to Antong Prang Day 3 : Preak Ta Veal Day 4 : Return Phnom Penh
Trek the wild Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia
Encounter rural Khmu mountain villages
Spot wildlife and prolific birdlife in this stretch of wild rainforest
This morning you are picked up from Phnom Penh and travel by bus for three and a half hours to Andong Tuek, a small settlement along the Stoeng Prat River. Meet your local guide and board a local boat for a two hour cruise to Chi Phat. Along the way keep your eyes open for the birdlife that lives along the river. Upon your arrival, leave your luggage and set out to cycle through the village as your guide shows you the way to your accommodations.
This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely 2 km walk to the Chhay Chrey rapids. Be refreshed by a swim or relax along the river. Return by motorbike taxi to Chi Phat and overnight in a community bungalow this evening.
Travelers are afforded the opportunity to experience Chi Phat as a result of the Wildlife Alliance. This organization is dedicated to providing a fair livelihood to the local villagers, as well as protecting the surrounding forest. All of the Chi Phat guides are native to the community and are experts of the area.
Rise early this morning to enjoy a spectacular sunrise on a boat overlooking the Stoeng Prat River. Enjoy a picnic breakfast on the water as the region awakes. The peaceful ride on a row boat allows you to enjoy the nature and wildlife in silent tranquility.
Arrive to Domnak Khos, a wildlife observation post and the starting point for your trek. For this first day of trekking, an English speaking forest ranger educates travelers about the region, as well as points out wildlife. This region is known for having the largest population of wild Asian elephants as well as leopards, sun bears, and gibbons. Keep your eyes open as you trek and you may get lucky enough to spot one! These forests are also the habitat for over 450 species of birds - four which are endemic to these mountains. Trek to Chonleas Pran and take a break for lunch. Continue on to the Antong Prang campsite where you spend the night. Visit Preak Ta Veal, a clearing in the forest with a large pond where wildlife typically gather at dusk and dawn. Enjoy today's sunset in this spot before walking back to your campsite. Overnight tonight in hammocks at Antong Prang.
Hiking Distance: 8.6 miles / 14 km, Moderate with some rolling ascents and descents.
Rise early again today to walk back to Preak Ta Veal before sunrise to observe the wildlife activity this morning. Trek back to the campsite for breakfast. Your journey continues on the trail to the O'Kay community in time for lunch. Trek on to Chi Phat village mid-afternoon where you can leisurely explore the village or take a swim at the Chhay Thourain waterfall. Overnight in a community bungalow again this evening. Enjoy a simple dinner of fried chicken, steamed fish, rice or noodle stir fry at the guesthouse or other community restaurant.
Hiking Distance: 11 miles / 17-18 km. Moderate. Mostly gradual ascents/descents
Day 4 Return Phnom Penh
Say goodbye to your hosts and start back toward Phnom Penh today or continue on to Sihanoukville, if you prefer.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.