Take a magical boat ride along the Sesan river enjoying panoramic views as you sail into the primal Koh Pong community forest. Enjoy swimming, jungle camping, and walking the largely undiscovered lush and dense forest. Engage with ethnic minority communities; their customs and conditions. Visit the sacred burial ground of the indigenous Kachak People.
Whilst trekking your accommodation will be spectacular jungle camping. The night before your trek begins you are offered a free bed at DutchCo’s Shangri-La. A comfortable dormitory, which includes beautiful gardens and a small cafe offering Asian and Western dishes.
Day 1: You assemble at the DutchCo's meeting point/depot at 08.00 am. At 08.30 am you will leave by car, minivan or truck in the northern direction of Voensai. In Kachon you will board a narrow long boat that takes you up the Sesan river for about one hour. A current of excitement will run through you with every new bend in the river, every boulder, every pool, and every panoramic view of the high jungle covered mountains of the Virachey National Park. Once you arrive at Leng Auw village, you need to register at the village Chief's house and pay an entrance fee of $2.50 p.p. (Not included in the package price). Here you will meet with the local indigenous ranger and start your trek. You will start walking through a variety of landscapes. Patches of forests alternate with rice paddy fields. Soon you will leave civilisation behind and trek through the jungle forests. After a 20-minute walk you will cross the O’ Plong river. The further north you go, the denser the forest will become. When we arrive at the high lands, you can have a break and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the jungles canopy to the horizon. During the trek you can take regular breaks to enjoy the surrounding and to rest. You will arrive at the campsite near a waterfall between 3.30 and 4 pm, you can swim and refresh in the waterfall whilst your guide begins preparing coffee and the campsite. You will enjoy a nice dinner by the campfire.
Day 2: Today you will walk up stream. You will spend the whole day walking through primary forest. We take regular breaks to take pictures and be taught about the forest. At days end you will reach a campsite close to a small stream. You can take a refreshing bath and relax a little while you cool off. Equipped with a flash light, you can explore the jungle at night. You are looking for small nocturnal animals. On quite some occasions we've spotted some Lorys Pigmy's (a very small primate) and some Civets (small jungle cats). You can find them in all layers of the trees canopy. If you are unlucky not to see any wild life, then simply soak up the atmosphere of the jungle at night.
Day 3: Today you will truly be an explorer, discovering your own paths, you can expect dense vegetation were a path is often cut with a machete. Around midday, you will stop for a one-hour lunch break near a small river. You will be stepping into an ecological wonderland. At some point you might see the evidence of the Asian black bear or try to get some insects out of a big tree. You will continue south-west, back towards civilisation, depending on water levels you will cross to Koh Pong island with lots of sandy beaches. Here you will spend the night. Food will be prepared while you can have a swim and relax on the sandy beaches.
Day 4: Today you leave Koh Pong island for the last part of your four day trek. You take a boat down the Sesan river until you reach the Out Post. Here you can learn how Cambodian local farmers grow fruit and vegetables. You now walk along the Sesan river to Koh Piek village where you visit the sacred Kachak cemetery. You will learn about the animist beliefs of the indigenous people and how they bury their deceased with great ceremony. When finished at the burial site, you will take the boat back to Kachon. In Kachon transport is waiting for you to take you back to Banlung on a 45-minute trip. Approximate arrival time in Banlung around 4pm.