After quite a few longer hikes away from town, it’s time for a much shorter, nearer one this Sunday.
Meet at 07.45 at the end of Suthep Rd, on the right hand side, just before the crossroads (where straight on goes uphill to the Galare restaurant and the right turn goes to Wat Fai Hin and the start of the Pilgrim’s Trail; we used to park next to the restaurant but they don’t like lots of vehicles parking there.)
We will walk up into the government compound, cross the Galare Dam and then hike quite steeply uphill for an hour to the viewpoint on the main road (H.1004) to Wat Doi Suthep. After a brief rest at the sala at the viewpoint (ice cream, coffee, cold drinks and other snacks usually available there), we will walk about 1.4 kms down the main road (toilets available at the fire prevention centre half way) and then over the crash barrier, down to Wat Palad (another short break) and then the lower half of the Pilgrim’s Trail, on down past Wat Fai Hin and back along the road to our vehicles. Probably only 2-3 hours, 7-8 kms, up/down about 400m, and back before lunch.
Those who would like a bit more exercise, or would prefer to visit three temples instead of only two, could make a detour up the top half of the Pilgrim’s Trail to the ‘Big Bend’ or all the way to Wat Doi Suthep, adding another 3-4 kms (return), up/down 450m, and an hour or so.
- at least 1 litre of water/rehydration drink
- snacks or money for the stalls at the viewpoint
- sun protection
- energy, enthusiasm and plenty of team spirit
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