Thirteen people met at ‘CenFes’, after the final one drove over from Promenada (too many shopping malls in CM?) and three more met us at the waterfall starting point. A few newbies, including a refugee from the 10,000 member Hong Kong Hiking Group, who can have over 100 people on a hike, and a graduate of the cool season’s evening mini-hikes.
The ‘coffee’ group, initially 9, set off strongly up the waterfalls in the cool morning air but one dropped back very soon to join the other ‘sweeties’ (sorry, ‘sugar’ group) and another waited for us at the ranger station. After the viewpoint one hike leader decided to take his dad down the ‘milk’ route road back to the vehicles, after leading him round the garden path. The heat and humidity slowed us down somewhat later in the morning, with the previous Wednesday’s cool breezes unfortunately absent but the air a little clearer for long-distance views.
Spurred on by their young leader, Coffee took under four hours to complete their 9+km, 900m ascent, of the 1,831m (unnamed on the map) peak and return to base. The sugar group took about 4 hrs 45 mins to complete their slightly shorter, 8.2 km, up 670m, route, despite the slow descent of some steep, leaf-covered sections on the way back down. The milk was finished (went off?) earlier.
Local villagers were seen tending the coffee and meang (chewing leaf) bushes, pomelo trees and cows. On Wednesday we had seen an eagle with two young and also hunters BBQing squirrels (?) they had caught. A number of leeches had to be picked off and the biting flies common in this area were quite active, but otherwise all returned safely and re-grouped at the restaurant.
Service in the Teentok Royal Project restaurant was very poor and we will likely eat and drink elsewhere in future. It was great to bump into Kurt and Malee from Malee’s Guest House in Chiangdao there though. Hope to see Kurt (and Malee?) on a hike again soon. Thanks to Tom and Anders for photos, the baristas for their leadership, and all partakers for their enjoyable company.