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15/04/26_ Trip report_To Buddha Footprint and the ridge beyond_ The longer hike

Trip Report Sunday 26 April. The long hike.
A hike in the rain with leeches, lizards, toads and centipedes.
At the gathering in Ban Hmong Doi Pui , we were divided into two groups. The shorter hike with 29 hikers and the longer one with 8 hikers.
We walked up through the village and passed the beautiful village garden.
After 1 hour and 20 minutes we reached “Buddha Footprint”. Unfortunately we had to imagine the fantastic views, because the rain hung in the air and a fog swept over the mountains.

In the fog

In the fog


Buddha Footprint

Buddha Footprint

We continued, and soon we hiked up on the next ridge, the ridge on the opposite side of Doi Pui. Here we could see the impressive mountain trough the mist.

Doi Pui in the mist

Doi Pui in the mist


We walked on a wide fire breaker with huge pine trees, to the end of the ridge. Now started the rain….for the moment just a light one. We hiked down on a very steep fire breaker, down to a dirt road in a farmer area.

The pine tree ridge

The pine tree ridge

Steep downhill to the road

Steep downhill to the road


Luckily for us, we found a good shelter for our lunch break, because soon started the heavy rain. But after 10 minutes it stopped, and we were able to continue.
Lunch in the rain

Lunch in the rain


The rain had brought out the wildlife, and we saw some beautiful lizards and a lot of big toads.
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Suddenly the sky cleared up and we had fantastic views on our walk back up to Buddha Footprint.
Up here Mr. S. did some risky berry picking….

Risky berry picking at the abyss

Risky berry picking at the abyss


The idea was to bypass Buddha Footprint on a trail a bit lower down, but all the leeches stopped us from that plan.
Soon we were back in the village, but not a glimpse of the other group. We assumed that they had already gone home. After our lunch and some beers we closed the case and also went back home.
Despite the rain we’re all happy with the hike. The rain brought out some animals we usually do not see on a hike.
Guidance for the hikers from the authorities

Guidance for the hikers from the authorities


Some facts:
Distance: 17.3 km
Time: 5 h 28 m
Elevation:
Lowest point the lunch break 1246 m
Highest point Buddha Foot Print 1528 m
Ascent/descent: 837m/824m
Photos: Jenny, Anders , Minni

2 Responses

  1. Arrived home after the hike to find an unwanted suprise of two engorged leeches inside my left sock.

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