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.
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.
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…
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.
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
- 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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