2 Days Virachey’s Mountain Trek in Kachock Area

Highlights: Beautiful panoramic views – boat trip on the Sesan River, engage indigenous people. Numerous creeks and small streams – enjoy a swim, jungle camping at a waterfall.

North of Banlung in the buffer zone of the Virachey National Park in Ratanakiri province is a beautiful natural jungle area. This nature reserve is home to the indigenous Kachock people. This trek is a “must” if you want to get a good impression of natural native jungle. You get to spend a night in the jungle and enjoy food prepared on a campfire.

Trip duration: 2 days / 1 night
Trip length
: approx. 25km
Difficulty
: Easy – Medium

Day 1

You assemble at our office at 8.10am. After some last minute preparations you’ll leave at 8:30 by moto or pick-up for Kachon village, which is about a 50 minutes drive. In Kachon, you board a small boat and head up stream on the mighty Sesan River. During this trip, you can see some beautiful scenery – when the weather is clear, you can see the mountains of the Virachey National Park. After 45 minutes, you’ll arrive in Koah Piek – a village of the indigenous Kachah people. In Koah Piek, you’ll meet our indigenous ranger who will lead you on the trek.

The first part of the trek leads you through agriculture fields dotted with farm houses. Soon after, you enter the outskirts of the primary jungle. Sometime near midday, you’ll stop to have lunch. You then continue north where the terrain gets a little hilly. On one of the hill slopes, you can enjoy beautiful panoramic scenery.

You can see the Sesan River as a greenish silver ribbon flowing through the landscape. You trek through the primary jungle until you reach the campsite at the waterfall around 4:00pm. Here you make camp. You can swim and cool off underneath the waterfall. After swimming you can join the guide and ranger in preparing and cooking dinner by using bamboo tube. After a pleasant dinner with campfire and candle light you stay for overnight at this wonderful waterfall* . “Optional” if you would like to go for a short night trek to experience the jungle and search for seeing wildlife you can let our guide and ranger know as they are always ready for that. The night walk is more impressive, exciting and it’s likely you on your own hunting experience, even though, we aim just to look for seeing nocturnal species and enjoy the atmosphere at night time.

Day 2

After a nice sleep and breakfast at a jungle waterfall, you start with steep but an extremely rewarding climb as on the summit of the mountain is a spectacular view. Hike and trek through lush old jungle, with a chance to see wildlife and birds, our knowledgeable guide and ranger will explain the natural resources. After approximately 2hours trekking, you change direction southern in a loop to Koah Piek. The primary jungle gradually changes into secondary jungle. Early noon, you’ll reach the outskirts of Koah Piek village. Small farm houses dot the farm fields. You can choose one of the farm houses to have lunch at. After lunch, you continue further south until you get to the Sesan River. Here you leave your back packs and visit the sacred cemetery of the indigenous Kachah people. The sacred cemetery has remarkable wooden statues. Most of these statues resemble the deceased. Your guide can tell you all about the animist beliefs of the indigenous people. After visiting the sacred cemetery, you’ll continue by boat back to Kachon. From here, you take the pick-up back to Banlung. Approximate arrival time in Banlung is 4:30pm.

Sacred cemetery

View the Community Forest on Google Maps

Price Includes: Price Excludes:
Transportation by moto or 4x4WD (1-3 people by moto, 4 or more by car or 4x4WD)
Good English speaking guide
Indigenous ranger / expert tracker
Meals: B,L,D, water, coffee and tea
Boat trip
All camping gears: hammock, mosquito net, blanket and tent
All entrance fees
Personal expenses,
Snacks,
insurance,
breakfast before the trek,
dinner after the trek

 

The Price per day: Things to bring:
1 person – 65$
2 people – 40$ per person
3-4 people – 36$ per person
5-7 people – 32$ per person
8-10 people – 29$ per person
During the actual trek: long trousers, T-shirt,
bathing suit, closed shoes, sun cream,
insect repellent, sun glasses, camera,
small first aid kit, toileteries.
During the night: a set of clothes for the night,
sandals or flip flops, towel.
From November till half February nights can be cold.
Please note: Besides your personal belongings you will
need to carry extra stuff such as hammock, three
bottle of water + meals for day one.

 

*Please Note:
If you are an individual, we will try and pair you up with another group. If this is not possible and you still wish to do the trek then we will have to charge you a single supplement price according to the price list. For a private trek please ask for the price and let us know in advance that you don’t want to join with other individuals/groups. Treks run throughout the year, in both wet and dry seasons.

***Important note:
This itinerary is written based on our research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary.
Parrot Tours Adventure Trekking Ratanakiri, Cambodia has the right to change parts, or divert the route of the trek due to extreme weather and terrain conditions for your safety and /or in order to follow guidelines of the indigenous rangers without any prior notice.

* In the late of dry season from 15th March until 1st of June the creeks and waterfall can be small size !