Trip report 28 September
A spectacular hike in Mae Taeng District, or shall we say an adventure hike…
Early in the morning 29 hikers met up. We shared cars out to the startpoint at Mae Tang River, up the river about 7 km west from the Elephant Camp. An area not so developed for tourism.
Our plan was to send our cars to the endpoint. But road constructions and mud allowed us only to use the group’s pickup cars. Mae Tang River gave us a hint what was coming. The river is normally rushing, but now really explosive rushing. Heavy rain had raised the level.
In good mood we started the hike and reached our stream we intended to follow. The stream was now not so soft, waterlevel about 50% up from our exploration hike. Now started the river jumping, no bridges just find a nice stone to jump to…
We followed the river on the elephant trail up in the valley. Up to now it was an easy hike (except from the river jumps). After about 1 h and 10 m we reached a lovely waterfall. Rested and cooled down. One hiker made a swim…
From here started the big challenge… Gain altitude from the fall ,652 M up to the village, 1022 M. Very steep uphill, but the farmers had made steps in the mud , so it was ok to hike, but hot! One hiker told me, he felt like a knob of butter in the sun. Halfway up we refueled energy at a farmers hut. From here up to the village it was an open area hike . A hard hike in the fry pan but everyone managed to reach the village and the local farmer shop.
We had our lunch and talked with the locals. The hard part of the hike was now finished.
From here we made a high altitude hike to the next village. Fantastic and stunning views over Mae Taeng Valley.
Near the next village one group used the opportunity to cool down in cold mountain water.
The first group had already arrived to the village and the second group soon joined them. We had a snack break here, before the hike downhill along the next river.
The trail followed a really rushing river with high sound from the water. One hiker had made his own hike, or you can say running. He met us near the first waterfall. He told us that the river was flooding, and very high water level. The trail was gone. The idea was now to make a detour to avoid this. But first some swimming in the waterfall.
Strange, when we continued the hike, we did not need to use the detour, the water level was normal again. But the high water during the last days had flush away the bridges and even the restaurant at the major waterfall.
We hiked down now among broken trees and rushing water. Forget about to keep your shoes dry!
Near the end we saw an elephant. No chain, just a cow bell. I asked him if he wanted a banana. He made some strange move with his proboscis and looked angry, so we said, “Sorry Sir” and went away quickly.
Without any incidents we reached our goal, the small restaurant at the endpoint. The first group was already there, and enjoyed the lunch/early dinner Mike had ordered for us.
Wow! A long hike 7 h 40 m. But a fantastic group!
Thanks to you all!!!
Credit to Rimma, Mike, Chan,Tom and Stan for lovely pictures
Anders& Mike (The dynamic duo)
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