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131229_Trip report_Huay Tung Tao Circular Hike.

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.
Facts:
Hiking 13.9 Km. Altitude at the start point 347 M. Maximum altitude, at the waterfall 544 M.

Crossing the river at the ranger station on our way up to the waterfall

Crossing the river at the ranger station.Now we are going up to the waterfall. Photo Chan

Regrouping on the way up to the waterfall

Regrouping on the way up to the waterfall. Where is Anders.. Photo Chan

How high is the waterfall...20 meter or 100.... Photo Chan

How high is the waterfall…20 meter or 100… Photo Chan

A lovely baby bat.

A lovely baby bat.

relaxed groups

relaxed groups

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A nice lunch break.

A nice lunch break.

 

 

 

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