Seven hikers (one woman and six men) showed up today at the Arboretum and at 8:00 we started the hike, walking up via the Huay Kaew Waterfall. At the top of the waterfall we looked back for a view over Chiang Mai.
After crossing the road the trail took us uphill. As all hikers were fit walkers, we managed to walk on in a good pace. A few short stops were necessary to rest and drink some water, because especially in the beginning of the hike it was hot and humid. Soon we were all soaked in sweat. As we got higher up the mountain, the forest became more dense and after exactly 2 hours we reached the highest point of the hike.
Here, at an elevation of over 1000 meter, the weather was quite nice and we had a very pleasant walk through this evergreen forest area enjoying the sounds of birds. We found that in the past few weeks several trees had fallen over the tracks; the wind during the few rainstorms of the past weeks must have been very strong.
We didn’t see any snakes this time, but our lady hiker was attacked by the first leech of the season. At 11:30 we reached the road near Wat Doi Suthep. Hungry as we were we decided to have an early lunch at one of the food stalls and then we walked up the (more than 300) steps to the temple. The visit to the temple area concluded this hike.
We had walked a distance of about 10 km, of which the first 5 km were going up from an elevation of 350 m to 1075 m, and the remaining 5 km were more or less level at an elevation just over 1000 meter. Below are some photos of our visit to the temple. Thanks to all hikers for a very pleasant hike.
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