As we will have a longer hike and share cars together, please bring a towel and a second shirt with you.
In case you are a passenger, please contribute to the costs of gasoline with THB 100 per person.
This is a moderate hike with a total vertical climb of 700 meters (500 meters up to the ridge and a further 200 meters of up-and-down undulations) and a length of 12 kilometres. A reasonable level of physical fitness will be required.
This is a beautiful ridge hike offering spectacular views to both the north and south. It appears as an electronic ghost in the group’s GPS files but has been lost in the collective memory of current active hikers and should be new to all participants.
From the meeting point we will drive in convoy south along Canal Road turning right at the Night Safari junction and thus via the short-cut to the Samoeng Road. From the Night Safari traffic circle it is a distance of 30 kilometres (about 30 minutes driving time) to the starting point in a Government project.
Initially the trail meanders through a pleasant wooded area, but soon starts to climb steeply and continues rising to the western end of the ridge, for an elevation gain of 500 meters over a distance of about 2 kilometres.
The western end of the ridge is a cultivated area with spectacular views,
following which the trail proceeds through open forest for the remainder of the hike. The trail is well-marked for the most part and underfoot conditions are generally good. We will take lunch at a suitable location along the ridge and the expected total elapsed time including lunch break is expected to be 5 – 6 hours, depending on the group.
Although the trail is shaded for the most part there are areas with little or no cover and it is strongly recommended that hikers wear a hat and use sunscreen.
The only significant drawback with this hike is the challenging logistics. The end point is 21 kilometres by road and 30 minutes driving time from the start. For this reason we will park a pick-up truck at the end-point to ferry drivers back to their vehicles. For non-drivers this will mean a wait of at least one hour at the end point. Facilities in the hill-tribe village at the end point are very limited, but beer is available from the village shop. Those abstemious ones among us may choose to bring along a good book (or a tablet) to while away the time!
Given the distance involved, non-drivers are requested to contribute 100 Baht towards fuel costs.
Hike Leader: Richard, with support from Anders, Mike, Deuan and Brian.
If you want to join just turn up on time at the meeting point.
We can not accommodate groups.
Meeting Point & Time:
We will meet at 07.20 for a 07.30 start.
We will meet at the large open area on the left hand side of Canal Road (travelling south), 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection and only 50 meters past a well-signed PTT gas station. The open area is immediately adjacent to the first set of traffic lights south of Suthep Road.
We will share/pool cars and motorbikes and proceed in convoy to the meeting point.
- Bring at least 1.5 – 2 liters of water, snacks and picnic lunch.
- Strong footwear, hat, rainwear, insect repellent and sunscreen.
- Energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
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