The day offered a temporary escape from the city’s air pollution and heat. A hike at high altitude with clear and cool air.
17 hikers met up at the car park Huay Kaeow Arboretum for carpooling up to Ban Mong Doi Pui, at 1245 meters above sea level. An extra hiker caught up with us in the jungle.
The plan was to have two groups, one led by Anders and one by Chan. The first group should do an extra turn up to the Buddha Footprint and the second hike up directly up to Doi Pui summit. Planned Hiking time were the same for both groups. At the foot of the Buddha Footprint and Doi Pui we separated the groups. 9 hikers continued up to the Buddha Footprint. The rest began the climb up to Doi Pui- 1685 meters above sea level.
Currently, walking in the area the whole area is quite easy. The authorities have cleared up for firebreaks, so the trails are free from undergrowth.
Report from group 1
Up at the Buddha Footprint, we took a short break and then walked back down to the foot of Doi Pui.
Two hikers chose to walk back on the path to the village. On the way back they managed to catch these on camera. Anyone know the name of the species?
The mystery of the missing hiker.
During a water break on the way down from the Buddha Footprint, it was discovered that a hiker was missing, Mr. M. We waited for 10 minutes, no M in sight. Mr. S volunteered for a rescue expedition. Breathlessly, he eventually returned. No trace of M.
We made the decision to walk on, and climbed up the ridge leading up to Doi Pui.
Who we meet where the path meets the road? Yes, Mr. M. He had lost his sunglasses, and had gone to look for these. Mr. S was not so happy, but brightened up when M promised an extra beer at the end of the walk.
The plan was to catch up with the first group. By now we were about 20 minutes behind schedule, so there was no time for a lunch break up at the Princess’s Sala. We wandered down to the checkpoint Doi Pui and hiked down on the shortcut to the village.
Once down in the village it was found that our preselected restaurant was closed. Shortly afterwards however, we met the first group in a different restaurant. They arrived about 10 minutes before us. Unfortunately this restaurant only offered non-alcoholic beverages to the food, which was not appreciated by group 1, so they chose to go to another place.
Report from group 2
At the point where a trail leads off the Baan Doi Pui – Buddha footprint trail, 8 hikers led by Chan left the larger group and headed straight up toward Doi Pui summit. We moved along just fast enough, and took lots of rest stops, spending the time to take many photos of ourselves. At one point we looked out across the valley at the Buddha Footprint summit, but couldn’t yet see the other half of the hiking group. The air was so much cleaner than down in the city and the smell of pine needles delicious!
We were sad to see one of the really large, old pines had been cut deeply by those harvesting the oil.
When we reached the top of Doi Pui we stopped only long enough to take a group picture and then continued without stop until we came to the temple above Ban Doi Pui, where we paused to admire the flower gardens.
We then walked down the long flight of 397 steps into the village, where the other 9 hikers soon joined us.
I doubt any of us regretted having chosen to do the shorter hike.
A wonderful day in the mountains in shaded terrain with clear cool air.
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