Phnom Veal Thom Wilderness Trek
Extended wilderness trek to a natural, montane grassland with an indigenous guide, village homestay.
Trip Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Maximum Group Size: 8 people
Day 1: Purchase food in the Banlung market with your park ranger guide; depart Banlung at approximately 9.30am by motor bike or car (as who offer); arrive Taveng district at 11.00am and proceed by boat down the Se San river to a Brau village (Phum Phayang /Tompourn Rieng Touch / Sieng Say); spend the afternoon and night in the village and enjoy a jar of local rice wine with your homestay family.
Timings: Banlung to Taveng district town by moto takes approx. 1.5hrs; Taveng to the Brau village by river boat approx. 30 minutes plus time to organize the boat.
Day 2 - 8: Depart the village in the morning with your park ranger guide, indigenous guide and porters to Phnom Veal Thom, natural montane grassland deep in the park. Trek for 2-3 days to reach the grassland. Spend 1-2 nights on the grassland, depending on progress made. Look out for wildlife in the early mornings and evenings - sambar deer, gibbons, Douc Langurs, wild pig, Great Hornbills, muntjacdeer and bear species inhabit this area. Lucky visitors may glimpse a Gaur - an endangered wild cattle species. Return from the grassland on the same trek and spend the seventh night in the Brau village of Phum Ko Pong on the banks of the SeSan River or in the forest as dependent on progress made. On day 8 return by boat up the Se San river to Taveng. Have lunch in Taveng and return to Banlung by motorbike or car, arriving in the afternoon.
This trek ascends gradually through relatively undisturbed, semi evergreen forest for about 500m, up river valleys and over small mountains to reach the grassland. It requires a relatively high level of fitness.
Timings: 2-3 days to the grassland and 2-3 days return to the village; approx. 30 min by boat to
the first Brau village and 3-4hrs return boat journey from Phum Ko Pong at the end of the trip.
Note: For small parties or when the boat is unavailable it is possible to travel by motorbike to Phum Phayang or Phum Sieng Say from Taveng and return by motorbike from the same village at the end of the trek. The trip takes approx. 30min one way.
If visitor are good trekker! The five days / four nights also available.