On this Sunday, two different hikes were offered, one lead by Janet and one lead by Anders. 14 hikers chose Janet’s group and 7 the group of Anders.
It was very foggy and dark and we had to put on the car lights for the last part of our ride, but because of the rain and thunderstorm the night before , the air was pure and clean.
The station is located on an elevation of 1413 m, and here began the hike down to Ban Mong Doi Pui. We passed through the village and continued on the path leading towards the Buddha Footprint. Due to the risk of fire in the area we had to sign the rangers book.
The path is now completely cleaned of dead leaves. We turned down south to the ridge which leads to the valley below the village. Here the rangers have burned off parts of the western side of the ridge. Luckily for us, the fog and moisture bound the ashes to the ground. Once down in the valley, the sun came through and the fog disappeared with comfortable temperatures.
We walked down to the waterfall on the dirt road, turned off to the shortcut, and climbed over the rickety bridge.
Once down we had our lunch and took the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim before the tough hike up to the final destination.
Interestingly, now in the dry season revealed a small cave behind the large waterfall.
Until now, it had been a pleasant hike mostly downward with the hard section still ahead of us . Now waiting 4 km ascended, with a rise from 659 m, the waterfall, to the forest ranger station at 1413 m.
We wandered up to the dirt road again and turned shortly on a new trail, which follows a ridge up to the top. It was easy to hike in spite of the pitch, because the trail is also a firebreak.
Halfway up, the nature changed and pine trees took over.
Once up we puffed out, and agreed that it was great hike.
We then drove down to Doi Suthep Temle parking area, and took the usual hiker beer. By the way, the same restaurant as Janet’s group.
Distance 17.1 km
Time 5 H 18 M
The lowest point, the waterfall, 659 M
Highest point, the Sala at the foot of the Buddha Footprint, 1441 M
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