Two hikes are advertised here and a third, much easier one, is also being offered by Janet this Sunday – see nearby post. 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. 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.
Possibility of Sakura blossom in the area. 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: 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.
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