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140427_3-in-1 Coffee hike

Starting beside the multi-level Mae Kamphong waterfall, along the upper stream through the coffee plantations, then on up to the ranger station, viewpoint, forester trails and back along the other side of the stream. Starting high (1100m) and going higher (1700-1830m) for cooling breezes, pine smells and, if clear, great views.

MK wf higher level

Reaching the higher levels of the falls

Three strengths available: extra strong coffee for the tough guys (of any gender), sugar for the main group, and milk for those who like the easy way down.  Coffee: 9 kms, up/down 800m;  sugar: 8 kms, up/down 670m;  milk: 3-6 kms, up (& maybe down) 430m.  Coffee (with Anders) and sugar (with Mike, Andrew & family) both expected to take 4-5 hours, milk much less.  

up the ladder

Quite a lot of steep uphill from the start, including this ladder

A lot of steep uphill and downhill, including ladders with handrails, narrow trails above steep drops, slippery leaves/green rocks, fallen trees and bamboo. High humidity. Some prickly plants, overgrown trails and even a leech (and baby snake, butterflies and eagle) on Wednesday.  But all worthwhile…

viewpoint

The viewpoint will feature on all three routes

small carpark

Limited parking at the falls carpark/ford

Meet:

In front of Central Festival Mall (on Doi Saket-Chiang Rai 118 Rd side) before 07.30. We will then car share (limited car parking available at the trailhead) in convoy out past Doi Saket for just under an hour (50 kms) past the village of Mae Kamphong to the roadside waterfall, where the hike starts/ends. Some low gear hills to negotiate near the trailhead but all on surfaced roads.

Central Festival meeting point

Aftermath perhaps again at the restaurant at the Teentok Royal Project on the Mae Khamphong road, where they also serve coffee. Check your bill carefully though.

Hike leaders: Alexander, Peter and Andrew; Anders & Mike

Please bring:

  • at least 2.5 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks (and lunch if you can’t wait for the restaurant).
  • sun & rain protection, strong footwear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites, leeches and thorns.
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
  • 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger.
  • a change of clothes for the drive home; swimsuit/towel for possible hike-end dip at waterfall.
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7 Responses

  1. Option after the hike, swimming in the waterfall lagoons

  2. Sounds great. Is it possible to drive on my scooter to the starting point? .. Following the cars..

    • Hi Kenn,
      May be OK if you’re comfortable at around 80 km/h on the flat and then negotiating narrow steep roads with sharp bends in low gears. With loose chippings on the inside of corners and potholes in inconvenient places. Otherwise grab a lift with someone and leave the scooter at CenFes?

  3. Will you guys be waiting roadside below the Central Festival sign? I am in town a few days and would love to join you Sunday.

    • Not sure exactly which sign you mean. Not on the Superhighway (route 11) but round the corner on the 118 to Doi Saket & Chiangrai. Opposite the Isuzu showroom.

      • Thanks for the reply Mike. I’ll be there well before 7:30. Do I need to bring my hiking stick & gloves? Rain gear advisable also?

      • Could do. Though some rain would be lovely and cooling, and wash away the sweat!

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