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131110_Trip report_Op Khan

The first really large number of hikers for the cold season, 31 and two dogs participated in the Sunday hike. Actually, we could have been 5 more, but unfortunately we did not have transportation for them all to the national park.
Janet and Pam were unable to be there so could not lead the hike as planned.  Anders stepped in at short notice as a reserve leader. He believed himself to know the track. Unfortunately it was not quite true.

Up at the park several chefs began to boil the hiking soup, Anders, Ulf and Chan, which led to following an alternative to Janet’s instructions for the hike. 

The big group gathers at Op Khan headquarters

The big group gathers at Op Khan headquarters

Instead of hiking up through the jungle according to plan, we chose to follow the river upstream. The river was now filled with water and  was very strong through the gorge. At the upper lagoon, it was thought that we would find the path up into the jungle, the supposed trail back to the visitor center and our cars. Unfortunately, we wandered too far upstream, and missed the trail. Instead, we climbed up on a hill which we thought would lead us to our planned path. It was very steep, but the group did it splendidly. On top Ulf and Peter went in advance to find a trail.  After wandering around on some buffalo trails for a while, we gave up and decided to try to get back to the river. Now we had to get down the steep slopes, but the group was in good spirits so we managed it gallantly.

At the gorge

At the gorge

Tired and sweaty we reached the lagoon. Jungle problems were soon forgotten. We ate our lunch, and most of the group enjoyed a swim in the cool, clean water.

In the water

In the water

The leaders

The leaders

After an invigorating session in the water, we continued downstream, back to our cars.

The statistics recorded by Chan for the hike were a distance of 7.59 km. covered with an altitude gain of 462 meters, completed in 4 hrs.

10 hikers decided to take their lunch and cold beer at the beautiful restaurant named “Canyon View Restaurant” in Hang Dong.

Summary
Op Khan National Park is a wonderful area. The hike was a little awkward for a while, but thanks to the group’s good mood, all worked out for the best.

All’s well that ends well!

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