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121125_Wat Kampaeng Hin to Doi Lanka Noi loop


An easier hike is planned by Janet & Pam for the same date.

This is quite a tough hike, with beautiful ridge views, around 11 kms roundtrip, but with about 900m of often VERY steep altitude gain and then similar very steep descent. A very good level of fitness and agility is required, along with a good head for heights. We will take it at a moderate pace, with probably around 6-7 hours walking, plus lunch break, plus over an hour’s drive each way. All must keep up with the group to ensure a return well before sunset.
A couple of minor updates: firstly, you could consider bringing a head torch/flashlight just in case, though we’re VERY unlikely to be back so late. Secondly, there will actually be a couple of dogs on this hike, but they can be put on a lead at any point when they might disturb anyone. Weather forecast is looking good! See you Sunday.

wk hin to dl noi blue loop

The views along the ridge, and towards Doi Lanka Luang (2022m, 6th highest peak in Thailand) on this hike are marvellous (if clear), but be warned that the first couple of kilometres involve fording Huai Mae Ton stream 14 times (!) and the second half of the uphill is very steep (+33%), partly on a very narrow path skirting steep cliffs, and needs a very good level of fitness and balance. The initial descent from the peak is even steeper (-50%) and requires hands to steady oneself (though no rock climbing). Anyone without a good head for heights should not join. Slips are quite common on the way down and the path can be quite overgrown in places. Thanks to HB for discovering the start of this route.

Driving Route

We will :

  • meet at the Doi Saket Bangjak petrol/gas station before 07.00 am and car-share about 40 kms to Wat Kampaeng Hin, at an altitude of around 1,000m.
  • hike 3 kms gently uphill (+250m, average +7%), fording a stream 14 times.
  • hike another 3 kms steeply up (+511m, av.+33%) to and along a ridge to Doi Lanka Noi peak, at 1,750m.
  • have lunch and explore the broad plateau and golden stupa (or rest) ;-).
  • descend carefully down the very steep ‘goat track’ from the peak (av.-50%).
  • hike 1 km along a gently undulating ridge with beautiful views .
  • descend steeply (-35% for first 1km) down for 2 kms to Ban Mae Dton Luang village.
  • if time/desired, have a coffee/drink in the village corner shop.
  • walk the final 2 kms along the very quiet 1252 road back to the cars.

Hike Leaders

Mike B & Hein.

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. If you need a lift to the meeting place, make a request below, suggesting a convenient meeting place. Drivers, please look out for hitching hikers (not hitchhikers?) along the 118 opposite the Isuzu showroom (see photo) just after the superhighway (route 11) junction, about 06.30.
Groups and dogs cannot be accommodated.

Meeting Place

We will meet before 07.00 am at the Doi Saket Bangjak petrol station (see map and google streetview photo), on the 118 just after the Doi Saket 1007 junction and leave there promptly at 07.00, then…

  • Car-share in convoy past Doi Saket on the 118 road towards Chiangrai.
  • Turn right onto the 3005 rural road towards Mae Kampong/Flight of the Gibbon.
  • Turn left onto the 1252 road towards Ban Mae Dton Luang.
  • Turn left again at the Ban Mae Dton Luang junction and park two kms along the 1252, near Wat Kamphaeng Hin.
  • Start hiking by 08.00 am.

Please see the images below (click to enlarge them).

Meeting Map

Pick uppoint

bangjak petrol doi saket 118


Please bring :

  • at least 3-4 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch
  • appropriate footwear (sandals for stream fording, boots for ascent/descent?)
  • sunhat, sunblock, and anti-leech measures
  • trekking pole(s) or stick recommended for steep uphills and descents
  • driving licence and up-to-date tax disc on vehicle – we were stopped at a checkpoint recently
  • lots of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and a sense of balance

8 Responses

  1. Trying to find contact details for the group. We are new to Chiang Mai , staying at Hillside 4 for a year, but with no transport.
    Is there ever any car sharing to the starting point of walks as some seem to be a long way out of Chiang Mai centre?
    A contact would be useful initially to find out more about the organised walks.
    Angela Crossland

  2. I would like to join 121125_Wat Kampaeng Hin to Doi Lanka Noi loop hike, I live at NW corner of the moat, would like a ride from anywhere within a 15 min bike ride from there (maybe on Kaeo Narrawat rd)


    • re ride to meeting place, my cell # 0828926473

  3. Hi Angela, I’ve sent you a PM. If anyone needs a lift, either wait at the suggested pick-up point above (opposite Isuzu showroom at beginning of 118) or write a comment here saying how many of you there are and where you are staying or could get to on the way out of town towards Doi Saket. Likewise, if anyone has space in their vehicle, perhaps offer a place to pick people up, or at least look out for hitching hikers opposite Isuzu. Hope to see some fit (in the hiking sense, of course) newbies on the hike.

    • Hello there, we are a couple who would also appreciate a lift to the starting point of the hike (the easy one as a start with Janet and Pam). We are at the “V” residence and could easily meet you at the Isuzu showroom if we can find where exactly it is since we are “new kids on the block” freshly arrived! Thanks in advance for your help! Louise

  4. Hi Louise, I’m afraid you’ve posted your lift request on the wrong hike page and the Isuzu showroom is in a completely different direction. Not sure if people will know the V residence either; I don’t. Maybe try again on the other page and state how many of you there are too.

  5. A couple of minor updates: firstly, you could consider bringing a head torch/flashlight just in case, though we’re VERY unlikely to be back so late. Secondly, there will actually be a couple of dogs on this hike, but they can be put on a lead at any point when they might disturb anyone. Weather forecast is looking good! See you Sunday.

  6. If it rains all night, we’ll cancel. But the forecast suggests a low chance of rain for daytime Sunday. Remember we’ll get wet feet anyway. Maybe bring a change of clothes for the drive back in case we get caught in a shower.

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