On this Sunday morning 52 hikers met up at our meeting point. A big column of cars departed more or less on time, and after a 50 minutes’ drive, we reached our goal, Mon Jaem. A scenic mountain area north of Chiang Mai. It is a very popular in weekends among Thai people. And well known in Thailand.
At our start point, one of the campsites, 2 more hikers met up. Now it was a total number of 54 hikers. I think this must be our record for a Sunday hike.
The morning was chilly but sunny. We were a bit afraid about the hot sun. Because of the hike took place in an open landscape. But during the hike some clouds entered the scene and gave us shade. Thanks to nature!
After our record group picture, the hike started like a big freight train. I, Anders, was the locomotive in the front and Pam was the brake wagon in the end. And the hikers were like cargo cars in the middle. Pam used a big umbrella, a good marker for me, so I had good information about the situation.
We hiked on small farmer’s roads and trails down in the valley. The Mexican Sunflowers were blooming now and we passed many.
The farmers were very busy in harvesting the vegetables. Mostly they were harvesting the cabbage.
In spite of this huge group we manage to keep the hike train together more or less. Many regroup points. We hiked down from about 1300 m elevation in a slow tempo to 1045 m.
From here we started our way back at home. On our exploration hike a farmer showed us a local cave in the area. I brought a group of hikers up to the cave. Some of us had torches, so we continued after passing two big halls, up in the dark and narrow cave. I think we manage to access a distance of 150 m. The cave floor was steep and wet, and it was many big bats in the cave.
Pam waited with the rest of the group outside and, I suppose they had a snack break.
Together we continued uphill. We passed a big field with roses.
At this point Pam believed she found a shortcut uphill. I did not believe. 50% of the group believed Pam, the rest followed me.
But no big deal! We regrouped again after this small adventure. Now we were near the camping site, and the rest of the hike was a piece of a cake. At the campsites restaurant we had our lunch with a fantastic view of the area.
Distance 8.6 km
Time 3 h 44 m
Thanks all for a nice day in the mountain!
Anders & Pam
Pam, Ging and Matsu
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