Trip Report – The Many Peaks of Doi Ton, and Into The Heart of Huay Lan
A grand total of 4 hikers met up outside Promenada mall & drove to the start point where hike leader & 2 young deputies were waiting. After a short walk we crossed the Huay Lan stream and commenced the pilgrim’s trail up to the base of the cliffs. Going was steep, hot & humid, although we benefited from the early start & the sun was hidden by the hills. The steep trail was hard going for our youngest member (6 years old), especially the high steps cut into the clay soil. The step ladders were a piece of cake compared to the hike to reach them.
We then continued to the stupa overlooking the cliffs facing the Chiang Mai valley. Unfortunately, low cloud obscured our view.
The view did clear a little, and we continued south along the ridge to the highest peak of Doi Ton at 909 m.
After lunch we turned east & the weather started to worsen. As we began the descent, we could hear rain on the tree canopy below us in the valley.
The heavens opened & the rain was quite heavy. We continued our steep descent until we reached the Huay Lan valley floor, but still with 200 m to descend to our starting elevation. On the way, hike leader & youngest deputy were stung by wasps hiding in bamboo on the trail. We finally reached the tribrutary of Huay Lan stream & followed this along it’s bed to the main stream. From here it was easy 2 km hike along the valley back to the start point. Glorious blue skies & sunshine back at the start.
Distance hiked, 11 km. Elevation gained 700 m. Time taken, just under 7 hours.
Thanks for joining us on an eventful and memorable hike!
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