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141005_ Trip report_Doi Pa Tueng hike in San Kamphaeng “Lake district”

Trip report Sunday 5th October.

The Hike

elevation profile
27 hikers met up at Promenada & headed out to Huay Lan reservoirs on the eastern side of Chiang Mai valley, where 3 hike leaders & 1 other were waiting for them.  After transferring a couple of pickup trucks to the finish point, we were on or way.

The first 2 km were easy going, making about 5 easy crossings of the Huay Lan stream, which was at a fairly low level.  Above us to our right were the cliffs of Doi Ton.

After a short rest for snacks, & to allow the hikers to regroup, we crossed the stream before making a steep ascent through bamboo forest.  Great views across the valley to Doi Ton on the other side.

After this initial steep ascent, we continued climbing through forest which gave welcome shade, as it was getting hot by now.  After 2 hours of hiking we broke clear of the forest and reached the ridge line.

Last steep bit before viewpoint

Last steep bit before viewpoint

One final short climb & we arrived at the view point at 720 m above sea level.

Lunchtime

Lunch time

Conifer trees provide shade for our lunch break.  At about this time it started to cloud over.

Doi Ton

Doi Ton

Doi Mae Thi in the distance

Doi Mae Thi in the distance

Doi Ton

Doi Ton

Fantastic views west to Doi Ton and the ridge line heading south & east to Doi Mae Thi (1000m elevation).

Rocky ridge

Rocky ridge

After lunch we continued north along the ridge towards Doi Pa Tueng.

Heading down

Then began the descent back down to the reservoir.  One hiker had a potentially nasty fall on the way down, but, luckily didn’t suffer any serious injury.

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Follow the leader…

 

Back down at the finish, all 31 hikers squeezed into the back of the 2 pickup trucks to return to the start point & the rest of the vehicles.

How many fitted into this truck?

How many fitted into this truck?

Out of the original 31 hikers, 20 headed for “refreshments” at a nearby resort.

Storm!!

Storm!!

Fortunately the storm that hit the area waited until we’d got off the mountain.

 

 

Facts

Hike 5 hrs

Distance 10.5 KM

Total ascent 560m

Total descent 518m (elevations approx)

Thanks for a great hike!!

Thanks for a great hike!!

 

One Response

  1. Thanks for a nice hike! Many thanks to the two young leaders and their senior sidekick!!!

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