A nice group of ten, including one newcomer to the group, met at CenFes® before 07.30 and shared 4 cars and a motorbike out through the hills and valleys to Ban Pok Pang Nai, starting hiking at about 09.05.
As always, some walked faster and some slower, especially on the first, 90-minute, uphill section but the small group size meant the range was not a problem and waiting times never long. In fact the main group had to wait briefly for the faster hikers to return from a mistaken trail just after the first peak was reached.
One hiker found the leader’s unopened peanuts packet that he lost on the same route 10 days earlier so it was a very successful hike for the Yorkshireman.
No cows were met en route but dried pats were in evidence on the high ridge between the cow gates. The shaded and comfortable, moss-covered, rocks were an excellent place for lunch, with a great view over most of the day’s ridge-top route. While air quality was far from perfect, it was much cooler, cleaner and clearer than at lower altitudes. Some burning was evident on a ridge further south.
Total hike time, including lunch break, approx. 4.5 hours, distance 9.5 kms, altitude gain 700m. Start altitude 1050m, highest point 1649m.
The whole group retired to the Teentok Royal Project restaurant on the way home for liquid refreshment and some Thai Cow Pat. Thanks very much to Chan for the photos.
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