There will be two hikes this Sunday, a longer/faster/higher one with Mike and a shorter/slower/lower one with Anders, with different start/end points, so please be ready to choose at the meeting point so we can organise transport. As with last week’s hike, the two groups may not meet up again after the hike, though some people may wish to go to the campsite restaurant up past Mon Jaem afterwards for a drink/food.
Mike’s hike will be linear (out and back), about 17 kms long, taking in three peaks (perhaps 1,200m up/down in total), and needing perhaps 7 hours in total, including breaks. More or less the red route in the map below. Highest point 1,450m. Quite a tough one, especially if there’s no cloud cover/rain; for fitter hikers only.
Anders‘ hike will be a 12-km loop, up/down around 600m, taking 5-6 hours, depending on the group. A combination of the purple and grey routes in the middle of the map below. Highest point 1,286m. A moderate hike for regular Sunday hikers, but the last part will be HOT (if not raining).
Both hikes begin at a fairly high (cooler) altitude (about 900m) and are mostly on shady trails/old vehicle tracks but be ready for hot sun and, possibly, cold rain. A few leeches were found near the end of Anders’ hike on Wednesday.
Meeting point: In front of the 700p sports stadium complex, at the side of the canal road (H.121) at 07.15 am, so we can get an early start before the day gets too hot. We will then car share out of town, driving for about 50 minutes, past Mae Rim, Mae Sa Valley, Dtad Mork waterfall and Hmong Lodge to the village of Ban Mae Khi, “behind Mon Jong”. No groups please.
- at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and lunch
- strong footwear, sunhat, rainwear and anti-leech measures
- 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger, and a change of shirt/clothes
- lots of energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour
Big thanks to Joe, Jenny, Richard, Tom and Karel for exploration assistance. More Wednesday explorers and Sunday hike leaders always welcome.
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