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130318-19 Trip Report_Khun Tan Overnight

After many last minute changes, there were exactly 10 who went to Khun Tan this time. Because of the late train time we decided to drive the 72 km. there, giving us more flexibility about the time to return. We had 2 cars, and arrived at the park headquarters about 8:30 and at the parking area at Y. 1 about 9:15. The porters picked up our “carry ups” there (charge is 8 bht./kg) while we enjoyed a leisurely walk up to Y. 3, making a few stops on the way.

Group at view point Y. 2

Group at view point Y. 2

Our official photographers

Our official photographers


We arrived at noon to eat the lunches we had brought with us, rested and got settled in.
Y. 3 relaxing after arrival

Y. 3 relaxing after arrival

Cabin at Yaw 3 - photo: David & Angela

Cabin at Yaw 3 – photo: David & Angela


Later we walked up to “tip-top”, Y. 4, where we found a pleasant breeze, and the same hazy view of things below that we had at the cabins.
1st to reach the top

1st to reach the top

Janet admires the view freom the summit of Doi Khun Tan - photo: Brian

Janet admires the view freom the summit of Doi Khun Tan – photo: Brian

On the summit of Doi Khun Tan - photo: David & Angela

On the summit of Doi Khun Tan – photo: David & Angela

 rat snake

rat snake


On the way back to the cabins we encountered a rather large snake which didn’t want to leave its spot in the middle of the trail. To be safe, Pam removed it with a long stick. Later we were able to identify it in a book as a non-poisonous common rat snake.
After dinner, prepared by a co-operative effort, we enjoyed a bonfire even though the temperature remained moderate.
campfire

campfire


Lights went out shortly after 10pm, and we were tucked safely in by then as the wind blew and temperatures dropped towards morning.
morning light

morning light


Breakfast time was as each chose, and we were ready to start down shortly before 11am.
Group at gate

Group at gate


We stopped for a while at Y. 2 to have a tour of M.R Khrykrit’s vacation spot and his grave site which meant lunch at the park headquarters was a bit late.

Lunch stop at Khun Tan Park HQ - photo: Brian

Lunch stop at Khun Tan Park HQ – photo: Brian


A jolly time was had by all in a place we would recommend visiting again. The waterfall trail from above the headquarters to above Y. 2 has been cleared by the Park and is ready for a hike sometime. Janet

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