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15/01/04_Trip Report_Doi Inthanon peak

After about 75 emails and a possible record number of blog comments (15 published so far, but many trashed) we finally got nine hikers together at the meeting point and then met up with our tenth member at the start point (1,550m) at 08.00, after dropping one car off near the Agricultural Research station on the way. The weather wasn’t quite as clear as we’d hoped but the local views were still spectacular. IMG_1260 We reached the base of the stupa outcrop after 2 hours, took a further hour to climb down, and then up, the steep, narrow trail around the cliffs, and then a final hour and a half through the sometimes indistinct, dense rhododendron- and fern-forest, trails to the peak (2,565m), where the welcome facilities of so-called civilisation (toilets, coffee shop, picnic tables, rubbish bins) were tempered by the camera-clicking hordes and their cars. Quite a contrast with the silence and majesty of the surrounding (and mostly ignored) cloud forest.

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Hikers from 17 to 68 took Doi Inthanon in their stride.

After lunch we started back into the welcoming arms of the trees. The group attempted to split at one promising-looking junction but the new trail soon petered out and we re-joined forces for the steep semi-circumnavigation return past the stupa peak. IMG_3187 Most of us then took the short detour up to view the stupa and the vapour clouds swirling up and around it, while a few hikers opted to rest weary limbs at the base instead, before the steep short-cut descent through dark and cool forest back to the dropped-off pickup (and a bit of shopping in the local-produce market). Tired, but still smiling, after 15.5 kms, up 1,315m, down 1,400m in 9 hrs 13 mins. Doi Inthanon altitude graph Thanks to all for photos and special thanks to our drivers (on both hikes) for their long day and to the pre-hike explorers for several long days. The only sign of the other, stupa, group was a few dropped strawberries. If anybody has lost a Canon camera viewfinder cover in the area, get in touch.

5 Responses

  1. Fantastic images! Please post some more…

    • Hi Junglerider, you could probably get your mountain bike all the way to the stupa. (One hiker went almost there by dirt bike last week.) But not past the cliffs.

      • Hi, do you have the gps tracks for this trail ? I hiked this 2 weeks ago and saw at least 2 trails off to the side (going east) that looked promising. I’m wondering if you took one of these to get up on the ridge.

      • Hi JP, yes we have checked out two trails down to the east off the ridge, both between the ridge road and the stupa. One other between the stupa and the peak soon disappeared. Have emailed a gpx file for Sunday’s hike.

      • Hi Mike, thanks for that, much appreciated, I’ll have a look at the trails.

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