The weather forecast had warned about a hot day with temperatures up to 36 C. This meant that only three hikers met up at the starting point, the standing Buddha at Huay Thong Tao lake.
At seven-thirty, it was still cool, and our hope was that the day would continue so.
In a good mood the hike started uphill.
Up in the first valley, we met a farmer who gave us a taste of freshly harvested delicious strawberries.
We were now on a 725 m elevation and the temperature was still very pleasant. We walked up in the valley and eventually came into the next, the one which is located directly below Doi Pui. We walked westward, and finally came to the valley’s end. Here winds the gravel road up to the Buddha Footprint, located at 1520 meters above sea level.
Once up there, we took a much needed lunch break. The hike was up to now 18 km, but we were still in a good mood. After the lunch we wandered down the ridge and thereafter headed up to Doi Pui. We had lost height, and were now forced to climb up 325 meters during two kilometers. It started to feel in the legs now …
Once up there, on 1655 m, at the Princess Sala, we took a much needed break. Now, it was decided that a cold beer would be nice. Morris promised a round.
Down at Ban Mong Khun Chang Khian, in a small coffee shop, the promise been fulfilled. We had now hiked 23.8 kilometers.
Now we were on tail end of the hike. It remained now to get back down to the lake. The idea was to follow an old GPS trail from a previous hike, done by a fellow. Unfortunately, the concordance was poor with our GPS and the recorded track. After a number of error navigations, we decided to cancel. It was now quite late in the afternoon and we began to getting tired. For security reasons, we chose to hike back on a known dirt road.
Distance: 37.6 Km
Time: 10 hours and 32 minutes
Elevation at start point: 334 M
Elevation at Pricess Sala: 1655 M
A tough hike in varied terrains. But shady trees, and hiking at high altitude, made the day pleasant.
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