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131124_Trip report _Northern part of Op Khan NP

Starting out photo Chan

Starting out
photo Chan


32 hikers and two dogs met up on this sunny and cool Sunday morning.

A dear friend showed up, our senior hiker, Brian. He barely had time to land in Thailand, before he went out for a hike!

The group photo - Chan

The group
photo – Chan


From the starting point we wandered up on the same road as last Sunday. Today, the villagers were out and cleared the jungle from the road and filled up the potholes, from the last rainy season.

From the crest of the road, we hiked down to the next village. A quiet and tranquil village with mountain people. Just outside the village, we walked up to a pond, in fact a small lake.

In the village photo - Chan

In the village
photo – Chan


At the western end of the lake we found our path, a trail that follows a creek upstream. Now it started to get a little awkward. Anders had warned about this, but according to some hikers, he had expressed himself a little too optimisticly on the website.

The path was narrow and snaking, climbing up and down along the ravine. We crossed the creek on a numerous occasions, resulting a number of wet shoes. But the group was in a good mood and took it with equanimity.

Steep climb down photo - Chan

Steep climb down
photo – Chan

Beating back the bamboo photo - Janet

Beating back the bamboo
photo – Janet

One of the stream crossings photo - Janet

One of the stream crossings
photo – Janet


The reward came when the jungle opened up and we walked out into the wonderful valley with banana plantations. The group rested and puffed out. Pam took orders for the day’s lunch.
Rest stop

Rest stop photo – Janet


We were now halfway. The rest of the hike was a piece of cake. We walked up on a dirt road in a shady forest to the east. We eventually came out on the road which was our starting point. In good spirits we wandered down to the cars.
Along the way there were some beautiful flowers and a butterfly, worth stopping to look at.
Pink flowers photo - Janet

Pink flowers
photo – Janet

butterfly (or maybe a day moth) photo - Janet

butterfly (or maybe a day moth) photo – Janet


At the Idol Café was our lunch awaiting for us.

Resume:

A wonderful hike in varied environments. Distance covered was just over 8 km. and time was about 3 1/2 hrs. The only complaint was that Anders has to stop to being so optimistic when he describes the hike’s difficulty.

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