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120610 Sunday Doi Pa Kha 2 loop

A quite strenuous hike, with around 800m of constant steep altitude gain over the first 2.5 hours, about 3-4 kms, but then mostly gently descending, with some steeper sections, for about 4-5 kms, a total distance of around 8-9 kms. A reasonable level of fitness is required, and we will need to ford two shallow streams. We will walk at a moderate-to-slow pace, given the high humidity, probably taking around 5-6 hrs in total, including snack break. (NB: this is not the ‘other’ Doi Pa Kha on the West side of Doi Pui, with the Buddha Footprint.)

There is another less strenuous hike on Sunday 10th June.

Doi Pa Kha trail – Eastern route – The red “breadcrumbs” show our trail


We will :

  • meet at 07.50 am at the car park by the dam behind the 700-year stadium (c.350m altitude).
  • set off at 8 am, straight up, West, for about 40 mins to the ‘small’ waterfall (see map), aka porcupine falls (c.550m).
  • cross the stream and continue on uphill for a further 90+ mins to the Doi Pa Kha peak (c.1,135m).
  • continue for 5 minutes past the peak to a vehicle track junction, where we turn left/south.
  • follow the track (marked on map) South, through orchards, downhill for about 30 mins.
  • turn off the track onto an Easterly trail, later north-easterly, mostly downhill, back to porcupine falls, 60 mins .
  • stop for a snack somewhere on this section of the hike .
  • follow the outward trail in reverse back to the car park/meeting point.

Hike Leader

Mike B.

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming.

Meeting Place

We will meet at 07.50 am at the car park by the dam behind the 700-year stadium.

  • Head out of town, North, along the Irrigation Canal Road (route 121).
  • Turn left at the first gate into the 700-year stadium sports complex.
  • Continue straight along the road, NOT bearing right at the fork.
  • Smile nicely at the guards when passing through the security gate into the irrigation office compound.
  • Drive straight on up the hill to the car park on the bend just before the dam.

See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

Getting to 700 years stadium

Advice

Please bring :

  • at least 2-3 litres of water, and energy snacks/lunch
  • strong, enclosed boots/footwear, hat, raingear and sunblock
  • trekking pole or stick recommended for the steep climb and occasionally slippery descent
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour

If it rains

If it is raining heavily in the morning we will probably cancel the hike. But in the case of lighter rain if it looks like the weather might clear up we will probably go ahead with the hike and brave the rain which will at least cool us down.

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