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15/01/04_Happy New Hike

Two hikes are advertised here and a third, much easier one, is also being offered by Janet this Sunday – see nearby post. TR5 Quite a long drive, but a wonderful ridge walk on the northern slopes of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain (2,580m), with 100-km views to N, E and W, if clear. We will hike from near Ban Khun Wang village to Prathat Khun Wang, a stupa on a rocky outcrop which is on the ridge to the peak of Doi Inthanon.  Nothing very steep but a total of around 850m of steady altitude gain (from 1,500m up to 2,260m) over the 5.7-km one-way route (11+ kms total distance, over about 6 hrs). Quite chilly up there at this time of year: 14ºC at midday. TR6 There is also an option to continue on to the peak of Doi Inthanon for strong hikers with a good head for heights who are ready to scramble up some rocky cliffs and then walk nearly 7 kms more, with a total altitude gain of 1,374m, through a dense, and occasionally storm-damaged, rhododendron forest. Total hike time 8-9 hours. Anyone wishing to join this peak group must email Mike, or reply to this post, before noon on Friday 2nd January so we can make separate arrangements to leave town at 6am. Back in town after dark.

TR4

The longer option involves some simple climbing and a good head for heights.

Possibility of Sakura blossom in the area. TR7 Hike Leaders: Mike, Anders, Andrew, Oliver. New Year Honours to JP, KK, MG, OH, AW, AG, TS and D for services to exploration in this area. Meet: On the irrigation canal road (H.121) on the open land just south of the first PTT petrol/gas station, by the first traffic lights south of Suthep market/Rd, at 07.00. We have met there many times recently, but this time we must leave on time and drive at a good speed (slower vehicles/drivers may wish to car share with others) for this full-day trip and there will be no stops for fuel/toilets/shopping, so please fill up/empty before 07.00. We will drive for about two hours, first south along the canal road, then east on H.1013 through Mae Wang and finally south west on H.1284 to Ban Khun Wang and up onto the ridge.  A further two-hour drive back home later, of course. No groups please. We cannot guarantee a seat in a car: places seem to be very limited.  Click on the maps below to enlarge: map3_resize1map_resize1   Please bring:

  • at least 2-3 litres of water or rehydration drink (3-4 for the peak group).
  • energy snacks and a picnic lunch (extra snacks for the peak group).
  • sun, cold, wind/rain, insect protection.
  • lots of energy, good humour and team spirit (and a good sense of balance for the peak group).
  • If car-sharing, please bring a change of clothes and 150 baht contribution to fuel costs.

15 Responses

  1. Okay, Mike, I’m up for the Doi Inthanon PEAK (Fitness?) hike, 0600 is fine. If you’re planning on staying overnight, I will bring my tent, pad, and down mummy bag (on it’s last leg—I hope it survives): I imagine there’s always someplace to pitch a tent.

  2. Hi!
    my name is Albin, i’m a french guy of 26 years. I really want join with guy for this hiking..how can i contact you for more information..do you have a phone number?
    cheers!

    • Albin may not be familiar with the meeting spot. Thanon Huai Kaeo is the road that runs straight up the mountain passing the Zoo to the Temple. The last major traffic light heading West on Huai Kaeo is the junction with the “Canal” Road (Route 121). From Huai Kaeo, turn left and head to the third traffic light. 100 meters before the traffic light on the left side is a petrol station (PTT) and the start point is just 30 meters south of the traffic light on the left. Keep in mind that if you’re coming by red taxi (pick-up truck), they often don’t want to go south of the intersection with Thanon Suthep (the second traffic light), so make sure you leave in enough time just in case you find yourself walking! I believe the following are the GPS coordinates for the meeting place: 18.783653, 98.958588.

      • This is true, but from the centre of town it would be much easier to go up Suthep Rd than Huay Kaew Rd. The way we go, there will not be a park entrance fee, which actually is due to increase to Bt.300 on Friday.

    • One more note: there may be a Bt200 Park entrance fee.

  3. when do you do this hike?please can you call me if it’s possible at this number: 0973510096
    Thanks a lot

  4. Hi Albin. You’re welcome to join us, but all the information is already on this page if you want to join the main “stupa” group. If you’d like to join the “peak” group of stronger hikers on their longer, higher hike, just meet at the same place at 6am.

  5. Hello, My name is Emma and I’m 17 years old. I am wondering if I can join the hike with you, I wouldn’t want to stay over night anywhere but hiking all day sounds nice. Would it be possible for me to join?

    • Hi Emma, everyone is welcome, if they are fit/strong enough to hike all day (and if their parents/guardians give permission) half uphill, half down. I hope someone can offer you a lift.

  6. I’m staying near the US consulate on the other side of the river. Is anyone else coming from this area that would want to go to the meeting place with me at 7 am? Please email me.

  7. I would also love to go for the longer hike but would not be able to stay overnight. Does anyone have any room in a vehicle that is returning to Chiang Mai on Sunday?

    • Hi Ben, there’ll be room in a vehicle if you can make it to the meeting point for 6am. Nobody overnighting. You fit enough for this strenuous hike? Needs some rock climbing too.

  8. Hi, Mike.
    I will join your hike on this Sunday.
    See you at the meeting point.

    Happy new year.
    Mint :p

  9. Hi Mike. I did hike this stupa trail last Sunday. I discovered this trail on dirt bike and didn’t realize it is possible to do all the way to the summit. Could you please give exact meeting point and time in Ban Khun Wang. I live in San Pa Tong so doesn’t make sense for me to drive to the town for general meeting point, will meet you on site.

    • Hi Serg, we’ll park just before where the road goes over the top of the ridge, about 100-200m before your dirt bike trail starts, at the right turn to a viewpoint. About 8am, I hope.

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