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17/02/26_Loop above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir

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A hike above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir, the big water supply for Chiang Mai, about  50 km north of the town.

Another new fresh hike for our repertoire.

We will hike up to the ridge that is above the lake. On our way up to the peak of Doi Pha Tang (890 m) we will get some spectacular views in the surroundings, the lake with its floating resorts and the valley with the farmers. We will follow the ridge, and later hike back down to our start point. A medium strength hike. A loop about 5 hours, with good shelter from the sun. Hopefully no smog this day! Notice this is a rocky area, so please use good footwear!

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Afterwards we wil have lunch at Si Lanna National Park headquarters. Stunning views over the lake. Driving time (car-sharing) from the meeting point to the hike is about one hour each way.

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Hike leader: Anders

Meeting time: 07:30

Meeting point: Outside McDonalds, Meechok Plaza, on the 1001 road, just past the intersection with the 3029.

Location of Meechok Plaza

Location of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

You should bring…

As per the general advice under the “Things to Bring” tab at the top of the page, except…

  • Special need for solid hiking footwear, due to rocky terrain

 

Trip Report_17/02/19 – Buddha Footprint – Easy Alternate Hike

We were all surprised when 12 hikers showed up for this shorter hike, all eager to go! There were enough cars too, so we set off on good time for the drive up to Baan Doi Pui. When the parking attendant at the upper parking lot saw our hiking gear, it was obvious to him that we that we would be gone a long while, so we were relegated to the school lot below. After regathering at the upper lot, we counted noses, welcomed the 2-3 new hikers to the group, and set off.

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

We never reached any record high speeds, though a few faster walkers managed to create a gap between us. About 1/2 way we took an enforced break for water, and then forged on to the ridge, reaching it about 2 1/2 hours after we set out. The view was “dusty”, but at least we were not enveloped in fog, and the temperature was very pleasant.

Snack break on the ridge

Snack break on the ridge

 

After a longish snack break, we went to see the Buddha Footprint. I think I remember there was a time when it did look like a footprint, but one would need a good imagination to see one now. Some of the hikers continued a bit farther to look for a better footprint, and came back having to admit that the one we had seen was it.
From here we kicked up great clouds of dust as we “raced” back to the village in 1 1/2 hours and crowded around the table in our favorite khawsoy restaurant. What a surprise to have Peter, in the midst of a much longer hike, appear and join us for lunch!

17/02/19_Trip Report – Roller Coaster Ridge Hike To Doi Pha Ngom

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Summit photo

23 hikers drove the 50 km to the microwave tower on the Chiang Rai border, to find the gates locked and very limited room to turn around at the end of a narrow road.  Fortunately it wasn’t far for those at the back of the convoy to reverse back to the new car parking area for hikers that convoy leader had missed noticing, expecting the gates to the microwave tower to be open.

At a starting altitude of around 1400m, temperatures were cool, & a very refreshing breeze was blowing.  The trail along the ridge to our peak of Doi Pha Ngom was in great condition & easy to follow.  This trail is marked with yellow metal tags nailed to trees all along the route that continues to Doi Langka Luang.  The trail is shady most of the way, and the cool breeze was present for most of the hike.

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It wsn’t long before we were climbing our first summit, with clear views back towards Doi Phi Pannam.

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Arriving at our first peak, a snack break was taken to allow the hikers to regroup.  From here we could see the rocky outcrop of Doi Pha Ngom with the higher summit of Doi Langka Luang on the horizon.

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Doi Pha Ngom

 

Steep ascent

Steep ascent

 

The climb to the summit was very steep & looked more of a problem to descend, but that would be later…

On the summit

On the summit

 

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Time to head back

 

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Steep, slippery descent

 

The descent was quite a struggle for some, and the group separated into 3 groups, with the first group of fast hikers having quite a wait back at the cars for the last to arrive.

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View back to our summit & Doi Langka Luang

 

Hike stats :  Length 10km, climb 950m, duration 6 hours (quicker for some).

 

Thanks for joining.  Twas a great hike 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17/02/19 Buddha Footprint: easier, alternate hike

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For those who want an easier, shorter hike, this one will take about 4 hours. It still has enough uphill to give us a workout. (For the more strenuous main hike, scroll down to the next post.)

We will meet at the arboretum at 7:30 to leave at 7:40, and car pool up the Baan Doi Pui. The first part takes us through the village and their flower garden and then onto a well maintained trail which leads to a ridge with views over a valley on one side and Doi Pui on the other side. Hopefully there will be clearer views than the one you see in the photo. We will rest here and eat our snacks, then continue along the ridge to see the Buddah footprint  before starting back.   Once back at Baan Doi Pui we can feast on lunch. Our usual choice is Khao Soy, but you are free to chose another venue if you prefer.

Things to bring: good walking shoes, poles if you have any, insect repellent, at least 1 1/2 liters water, snacks, 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger plus money for lunch, energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor.

Hike leader: Janet.

Meeting point:

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

 

 

 

17/02/19_Roller Coaster Ridge Hike To Doi Pha Ngom

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This is a rather strenuous hike taking about 6 hours or more, and includes some narrow paths.  From the meet point, we will drive for about 50 km  towards Chiang Rai.  We start high, at an elevation of 1400 meters and continue uphill to our first peak at 1700 meters , and then up and down following the ridge to our final peak, Doi Pha Ngom at 1767 meters.. There are many great views, including to Doi Langka Luang .  The trail is mostly shady. We will stop on the way for a snack break and later a picnic lunch at the summit of Doi Pha Ngom.

Hike length about 10 km with 900m elevation gain.  Hopefully some nice cool breezes up there 🙂

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Hike leader: Andrew

Meeting time: 07:30

Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N  99°01’52.92″ E>

The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Mrs Suzuki’s car showroom.  From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.

Fuel, toilets and convenience store available.  If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front.  Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.  Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

 

 

Bring :

  • around 2 liters of water or more, snacks&picnic lunch
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
  • energy,team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • In case you are a passenger, please contribute to the costs of gasoline with THB 100 per person.
  • Bring extra shirt  for return journey, if car sharing.

 

17/02/12_Nam Mae Kwong Loop: Trip Report

The Leader was as good as his word and the assembled group left the meeting point at Susco sharp on 07.30. Susco has proved itself as a good place to meet, with all mod cons and within easy reach of downtown both out and on the way back (there is a proper bus stop on the other side of the highway with regular silor service to central Chiang Mai).

29 Hikers assembled in front of the resort barrier

29 Hikers assembled in front of the resort barrier

The start point was in front of the guard post of a resort set alongside the scenic Mae Kwong River. No motorised vehicles shall pass, but the somewhat bemused guard is used to hikers by now and greeted us as we all trooped by. This part of the hike is a surreal experience as one trudges through what were obviously beautifully manicured grounds dotted with huge stylish chalets, which have now been left to the decay of time and climate, but are still fully-furnished as if awaiting new guests. An analogy with The Shining occurred to more than one person.

The resort behind us, we began a slow steady climb onto a low ridge line, which would have afforded good views to the south under less hazy conditions. There is still a good leaf cover for sun protection, but dead leaves are starting to shower down and early warning signs of the hot and dry season to come are well evident.

Down into that valley, up the other side, and it's all easy really

Down into that valley, up the other side, and it’s all easy really

Our Leader assembling his flock

Our Leader assembling his flock

There is a decent trail along the ridge line, around the head of a small valley and then on to a higher ridge line heading back along the other side of the valley for the return trip, and once on the ridge line there was a persistent cool breeze. Good (but hazy) views to the north and south, shady trees and nothing too steep added up to very pleasant hiking conditions.

Just before the high point, we stopped for refreshments and resuscitation. From here it was an easy stroll to the high point and the deceptively broad initial descent. On previous reconnaissance trips Anders had explored the obvious ways on from this point, expending much time and effort with little reward. So by the time us late-comers arrived on the scene there was really only one option left – the intimidating-looking slope leading directly down to the valley below – and sure enough there is a distinct trail heading steeply downhill. This trail, sporadically marked by human trace fossils, descends by way of a subsidiary ridge to safely deposit the careful hiker back into the resort. Congratulations to Anders for finding a new, attractive and (relatively!) easy hike within comfortable reach of Chiang Mai.

Our Leader received final vindication when he was able to point out the promised large group of natural mowing machines, which would have made a Swiss farmer proud.

Our Leader with a group of natural mowing machines

Our Leader with a group of natural mowing machines

Post-hike refreshments were taken at the Pong Din Hot Springs, or would have been if they had been open. There was a large Poy Luang ceremony at the village wat and all owners and staff of the bathing cubicles and small restaurants had downed tools to dance and make merit. Fortunately we found one restaurant next door that was able to provide adequate foodstuffs and plentiful beverages to the hiking hordes.

17/02/12 Chang Khian waterfall easy alternative hike

This is an alternative to the Nam Mae Kwong hike (posted beneath) for those who want or need a shorter outing and even easier hike. We will meet at the arboretum at 7:45 for an 8:00 start, carpooling up to the starting point just short of the Boy Scout Camp. The actual hike includes a loop and takes only about 1 hour round trip, but we can spend some time at the waterfall, which has a much diminished flow this time of year, but is still a pretty spot.

Chang Kian Waterfall

Chang Kian Waterfall

Wear good shoes, bring hiking poles if you have them, and at least a liter of water and snacks to enjoy by the waterfall, energy and a sense of humor. After the hike we may want to enjoy an ice cream at the dairy across from the arboretum. Your leader is Janet

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