We started off from 700 Year stadium with a convoy of 9 cars and one motorbike. At the Pong Yang muster point we were still 9 cars and one motorbike. At the starting point we were also 9 cars and one motorbike, but unfortunately Andrew had driven directly to the starting point and one of the convoy cars had missed the turn-off from Samoeng Road. The four missing hikers made their own hike at Huay Tung Thao and their report follows below. Apologies to the 4 people concerned.
30 people set off at just after 09.00 Am we were accompanied by the same dog guide who had joined the two recent hikes, along with his friend. All went well along the forest trail until the trip leader, having taken a slightly different trail to avoid some mild bushwhacking, became disorientated and headed off down a much longer and steeper slope than the one advertised in the pre-trip description. Apologies to the hikers who followed him down and congratulations to those (including the dogs) who were waiting on the top.
Back on the correct trail, the intended “steep slope” was a pale imitation of the first one. We then took a break at the abandoned resort, which was a very pleasant place for a snack. From there we passed another viewpoint, with yet more stunning views, and descended through a very pleasant forest trail to a sala. From the sala there followed a long downhill section through partially cleared forest to Pong Khrai village.
From the village back to the starting point our trail included a mix of hard-top and packed dirt roads. Anders and his GPS allowed us to short-cut the road junction into the village, saving around 0.5km and lots of down and up.
We had originally estimated the hike to be 4km through the forest and 6km along the road. Anders’s GPS measured almost 6 km through the forest and 7km along the roads, for a total 13km.
When it became obvious that a solemn pledge to deliver some individuals back to Chiang Mai well before 3pm could not be met at the current rate of progress, Richard went ahead of the group to collect his car and drive back to pick up those concerned. Anders kindly brought the rest of the group back to the starting point, arriving around 2pm after a hiking time of almost 5 hours. Very positive reports have been received regarding post-hike refreshments at the Phu Mork Dao Resort.
The temperature of the hike along the road was rather warm, providing a reminder that the season for exposed walks in the middle of the day is rapidly coming to an end. Foggy Sea View is a lovely area and well worth re-visiting, probably best when the mists are swirling again around the viewpoint.
Thanks to Chan for photos of the trip.
The Missing Hikers Trip Report
When we started driving back down after the long climb up and realized we hadn’t seen the car in front of us in a while (or Janet who was behind us), we turned around. There was no mobile phone signal to call. The two guys in our truck were brothers of a couple that was with your group. They wanted to hike so we took them to HTT.
We hiked to Dtaat Mook Waterfall and then up to the helipad and back down to the mats for a relaxing lunch. The two visitors to Chiang Mai were glad to have a hike and eat Thai style lakeside food. Total distance was about 7 km and highest elevation about 775 meters.
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