Rock the Gibbon
At A Glance...
|Includes||Round-trip transportation from CMRCA to Crazy Horse Buttress, transportation from Crazy Horse Buttress to Mae Kampong Village, equipment, 4 meals, 1 night accommodation, 1 hour Thai massage, rock climbing instruction, zipline and hiking guide, insurance, coupon for 20% off anything at the CMRCA adventure store, one day bouldering gym pass, and discount on additional courses.|
|What to bring||Light supplies for one night, sports shoes, and comfortable clothing that you can move in!|
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***NOTE: Your booking date will be the first day of your two day program. The order of your activities will be determined by availability.
Escape into the mountains above Chiang Mai, Thailand for two days of rock climbing, rappelling, caving, zipline canopy tours, and splashing in waterfalls. Relax for the night in a sleepy hill tribe village homestay with authentic home-cooked Thai food and stunning jungle scenery.
Sound good? It did to us, so we have partnered with Flight of the Gibbon to bring you this special two-day tour.
In the morning, meet your guides, collect your gear, and head about 45 minutes out of town into Mae On Valley. Crazy Horse Buttress is our local limestone climbing area, and is littered with cliffs and caves of every type.We will spend the morning teaching you the basics of rock climbing – amidst the lush bamboo forest you will learn all the skills taught in our Introduction to Rock Climbing course, including climbing technique, safe belaying practices, and how to have an amazing time scaling cliffs up to 25 meters tall. We always get a kick out of watching people of all abilities – athletic or not – challenge themselves on rock, conquering their fear of heights, and coming down with a huge smile after doing what they thought they would never do. We have around 180 routes to choose from so we can always find something suitable for your abilities.
After eating a Thai boxed lunch from the local restaurant, we trek up towards the summit of Crazy Horse and rappel down 55 meters into the vast cave chamber inside the mountain. Whether or not you have rappelled before, this exciting drop is something you will never forget. We love that this abseil is perceived as dangerous and exciting to everyone who sees it, but that it is actually incredibly safe under the supervision of our experienced guides. This means big time adventure with no risk. A quick walk through this fantastic cave brings us outside and back to our truck.
In Thailand, the word Sa-ma-kee translates roughly to community and sharing. It is the idea that we must work together to achieve a larger goal. The town of of Mae Kompong seems to exemplify this. Rather than cut down the old-growth jungle in their mountain valley, they opted to preserve it and invite people to come up and stay in their village to live the quiet life. And quiet it is. Upon arriving, you may be tempted to get your cell phone out and call all your friends back home to brag about where you are, but you can’t because your cell phone probably won’t work up here. So you will have no choice but to stroll around the town and perhaps follow a path or two amongst the giant trees and winding vines.
Mae Kompong has opted into the homestay model of tourism, where families have opened up their homes for visitors to stay in a private room. Choose the bungalow, lodge, or house of your liking with a range of accommodations from authentic Thai to more familiar western style. You will be cooked dinner and breakfast and experience a slice of village life. With temperatures 5-10 degrees Celsius (10-20 Fahrenheit) cooler than Chiang Mai, you may find yourself pulling up the blankets tight for a cozy night.
Ever wonder what it feels like to be a ape high up in the canopy of the trees? Now you get to find out. The morning of the second day is spent with The Flight of the Gibbon, flying from tree to tree on ziplines with trained guides. The downhill tour takes you through platforms, cables, sky bridges, and drops for nearly 2 adventurous kilometers ending high up in one of the most spectacular stands of old growth trees in the Chiang Mai area. You will be surprised at how relaxed you will feel 35 meters from the ground, seeing things not meant for human eyes. The biodiversity will astound you about as much as the long zips from tree to tree.
Close your eyes and picture a tropical waterfall plunging through seven tiers of vines and granite cliffs. Go ahead and do it. Feels good, doesn’t it? This is where we go after lunch for a little splashing and reflection before heading back into Chiang Mai, where we drop you off for the next stage of your vacation.
TestimonialsHear from our past adventurers
Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience
I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!
CMRCA is the best!
I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!
Safe, professional and fun
Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.
Intro to Caving was great!
My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!
“fun adventure, great company”
My caving trip with CMRCA was the best thing I did in Chiang Mai! The trip was well- organized, and allows you to see some incredible sights deep in the earth. Cannot say enough about the staff; the trip is led warm, knowledgable and safety oriented instructors who are passionate about the sport. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially those who concerned with spending their money with companies who are socially and environmentally responsible- as this is a far departure from your regular tourist operation. Definitely worth checking out!!