Sunday, December 29: The final hike for the year 2013?
39 eager hikers met up at the starting point, The Huay Tung Tao Lake, also called The Chiang Mai Beach. The weather was cold and perfect for a Sunday hike!
As planned, we split up in two groups to accommodate both hikers who prefer to walk in a relaxed way as well as hikers who favor a more dynamic adventure. The starting- and destination point was the same. Hiking time was about 3 hours 40 minutes.
For Group two it was intended to take a detour to the beautiful Dtaat Mook Waterfall .
Group 1. Leader Pam. Participants: 16
Group 2. Leader, Anders. Participants: 23
Group 2 split fairly soon up in an even more rapid subgroup , but by regular regrouping the leader could keep the group together.
Richard heard rumors about a King Cobra nest along the path. Therefore, he brought his big heavy camera for this occasion.
We did not want to disappoint him, so a small brave band of hikers took a detour and followed Richard for the snake hunting enterprise. Unfortunately, the snake had taken a Christmas holiday, so the nest was empty.
With mission unaccomplished, the snake hunters reunited with the main group.
Back to the lake, at the forest ranger station, the group continued up to the waterfall.
Up at the gorgeous waterfall we met a group of local people having fish and vegetable barbecue, wrapped in palm leaves.
We had a discussion about the height of the waterfall with estimations ranging from 20 to 100 meters.
On the way back we crossed the creek and walked back on the south side. Stunning views over Chiang Mai Beach.
Back at the starting point we met the group 1. Completely fantastic timing.
Group 1 had a more relaxed walk, but enjoyed the surrounding nature very much.
Together we headed to the restaurant No. 2. After some confusion we found the right one.
Summary: Once again a wonderful hike with two well concerted sub-groups.
Hiking 13.9 Km. Altitude at the start point 347 M. Maximum altitude, at the waterfall 544 M.
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