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140420_ Trip report_ Doi Suthep circular hike

Hiking Report April 20
22 hikers defied the current heat downtown for the possibility of a refreshing day in the hills around Doi Suthep Temple. The little special with today’s hike was that it contained a variety of crossroads, and it was a high risk that our avid hikers would rush ahead and get lost. But we managed to keep the group intact, except for one hiker, Mr. P.,who just missed the last nice part of the hike.

Gathering at the parking lot

Gathering at the parking lot

We started at the parking lot just below the temple at 990 m altitude, and the temperature was pleasant to the circumstances. And the higher up we got, the cooler it got.
On a shady path behind the temple, we walked north. After 30 minutes we turned westward and now began the uphill section.

Hikers at the first crossroad

Hikers at the first crossroad


Arriving at the one, which we believe, an abandoned small resort, we had a short lunch break. We were now up to 1300 m. Good for us there was a tap with cold mountain water here, and most of us took the opportunity for some coolness.
Lunch at the old resort

Lunch at the old resort


The next goal was now to reach a research station as one university from Japan has up here.
We hiked down to a small stream below the resort, crossed it and walked on up to the station.
The tricky trail down to the creek

The tricky trail down to the creek


The last bit there was no trail so we had to walk along a dry river bed through a banana plantation. But there were no sad faces for that.
The banana plantage

The banana plantage


Once up at the station we met a group of students who were preparing a new test. It was something about the water quality.

The students prepair the new test

The students prepair the new test

From here we now walked downhill south on a shaded forest road, folded after a while on a trail west, towards the fence that surrounds the Royal Palace.
A shady forest road

A shady forest road


We walked up to the main road and crossed it. We hiked on eastward downhill along the fire breakers, that leading back to the parking lot and the temple. Near the end we tried a new path, a shortcut back home. Luckily we had our rope with us, because it was extremely steep.
The rope hike

The rope hike


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Once back, lunch and refreshments as usual at our restaurant.
Summary
Distance 11.6 km
Time 4 hours 47 minutes
Elevation at start 990 m
Elevation at the research station 1347 m
Despite the current warm period ,was the hike to the circumstances very pleasant. Even a slight breeze on the heights. The group managed to stay together all the time, because we regrouped at every crossroads.

Thanks everyone, see you next time!

Thanks everyone, see you next time!

2 Responses

  1. Sorry for leaving you chaps, got bored so ran off on my own.
    Ran to Wat Doi Suthep, then ran down the Pilgrim’s trail. Total 17.5Km for my trip taking 5hrs 30mins.

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