Trekking Collective, Ethical Travel, Authentic Experiences Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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community & environment

Trekking Collective has been actively involved in many on – going sustainable environmental and Community Programs working along side the People since 1988.

  • Our pleasure to support clean water supplies to Lisu and Red Lahu villages on the Myanmar border.
  • Sponsoring School children annually for study materials in Chiang Rai province.
  • Emergency rice dried foods and clothing carried to a Karen Village in Wiang Pa Pao district after Homes, Rice Paddies and Lychee Orchards were devastated by flood.
  • Providing pack-ponies for sustainable transportation of crops.
  • Interest free loans and Trading with the Villagers
  • Providing basic health and hygiene medicines for All.
  • Successful since 2001. Native Tree species Re- Forestation program. Tree nurseries and classrooms built by the Villager’s with living’ fencing. On – going workshops for all interested Villagers.
  • 2010.We are happy to report that this is now a successful sustainable stand alone project with a herd of more than 20 cows, The Community ‘Cow and Piggy’ Bank which was generously co supported by our long time  guest and friend  Albert  Steevoorden, 
    a guest of Trekking Collective since 1992. New born Calves and Piglets are cared for and then donated to other villager’s and communities to establish new banks.
  • 2010 onwards 4 rice banks are in place addressing ‘food security’ in four communities.
  • 2012 January to celebrate National Children’s Day we delivered to the chief of the village new warm clothes to all  70 children at a Red Lahu Community, Wiang Haeng District on the Thai-Burma border.


 We are focusing this 2010 to 2015 on ‘ Rice Banks’ for village food security as the adverse effects from global warming play directly with the people’s lives much faster than scientists and computer models have anticipated. 30,000 Baht generously donated by staff and friends for snackbar Zeeduin, Netherlands as ‘seed money’ to establish elevated ‘rice storage barns’ Donations mean we can develop a rice bank ‘branch’ for each community, environmental awareness programs, permiculture workshops developing outreach projects to other villages in the area, marketing village organic products and provide building materials and transportation.

Majority decision making by the People and Low Technology sustainable solutions are the key elements to all projects. If you wish to directly help the best way is to join one of our trips and enjoy the villagers insightful company or you can become a sponsor contact

Trekking Collective would like to personally thank the many individuals and families, especially Mr. Albert Steenvoorden and Mr. Sheperd Mead; School groups especially Long Island Uni. USA; University of Washington faculty staff and students; Incentive groups CATHAY PACIFIC and non – governmental organisation(NGO’s) especially  C.M.U. that have given their generous support, energy and expertise to the People.

  • PLEASE Respect the People and their cultures during your visit.
  • PLEASE Ask permission from a person if you wish to take their photo.
  • PLEASE Dress modestly at all times. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for Temple visits, Trekking, to swim, bathe and shower.
  • PLEASE Always remove your shoes before entering Temples and homes.
  • PLEASE Never touch or remove any religious icons.
  • IF BRINGING Gifts please give something practical i.e. Hygiene & basic first aid medicines, mosquito nets, blankets, school equipment, shoes etc.
  • PLEASE Do not leave behind any plastics, bottles or cans in the forest.
  • PLEASE Take care not to remove plant or animal life.

Community Project Latest Update

We would like to thank Rachel, Par, Carl and Johan Troye from Norway they just returned from an Inspiring family adventure trek generously supporting Trekking Collective’s latest incentive the ‘ Rice Bank Community Project’. We would also like to say a big thank-you to Johan for the lovely card he drew on the trek for their guide.


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We encourage and support sustainable grassroots community programs, local and global  NGO initiatives. All products can be ordered and picked up at our offices in Chiang Mai or sent by post. Visit  the Ethical Trading Store


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