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15/06/07_Doi Lanka Noi three peaks special

Special for the spectacular views (weather permitting) and steep ascents and descents. Please note: If it looks like prolonged heavy rain early on Sunday morning, we will cancel the hike. Please check the website again around 06.30 on Sunday to see if the hike has been cancelled.

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The first, longest, steep pitch ascends 300m in elevation up the bald ridge to peak 1  (1784m)

Distance: 7.5 kms
Elevation change: up 680m/down 1037m
Time: About 6 hours but could be 7 or more if sheltering due to rain.
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Doi Langka Luang from the steep descent down from peak 2

Warning: STEEP! This hike involves some pretty steep 100-300m pitches where some care must be taken (ropes are not necessary), especially when descending. Anyone who is easily given to vertigo or unsteady on their feet should consider opting for exploring an alternative local forest trail before walking down the very lightly used road (Hwy1252) from the start point to the end point in this, the most spectacular, part of the hills bounding Chiang Mai to the east.
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Planned lunch location — Doi Langka Noi (peak 3) — peak 1 is mid frame

Weather is very changeable—when reconnoitering this hike on Wednesday, we endured two rain storms that lasted 20-30 minutes each as well as blue sky and bright, hot sunlight. If you don’t want to get either soaked or sunburnt, bring rain protection and sunscreen.
Hike leader: Oliver
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Meeting Point 1:  7:00 am at bus shelter just past Central Festival outbound lane on Hwy 118 (not Superhighway side, Hwy 11), opposite the Isuzu showroom. Pam and Stephen will organise shared transport.
Meeting Point 2:  7:30 am at Bangchak (green leaf logo) gas station on the northeast bound lane of Hwy 118  approx 200m past the turn off to Doi Saket District and market on Hwy 118. Hike leader Oliver will be waiting there with a pickup that can take extra hikers (motorcyclists who do not wish to drive the full route via Thepsadet can leave bikes there).
We drive to Ban Ton Luang and leave some vehicles at the end point of the hike before driving approx 7kms to the start point at the pass where Hwy 1252 goes over into Lampang Province (elevation ±1485m).
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Apart from steep ups and downs, this high-elevation hike itself is straightforward. If there are no delays and the weather is clement, lunch will be on top of Doi Langka Noi, after which it remains but to descend to Ban Ton Luang. There may be a few leeches near the stream in the final part of the hike.
Please bring:
  • at least 2-3 liters of water/rehydration drinks, snacks & picnic lunch
  • good footwear with deep tread, sunhat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
  • trekking pole/stick to aid balance on steep sections
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour (and balance).
  • In case you are a passenger, please contribute to the costs of gasoline with THB 100 per person and bring a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.
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If it does rain, some spectacular waterfalls might appear.

3 Responses

  1. Hello. My husband and I are staying in Chiang Mai for a few days and were interested in joining this hike. We both do a lot of hiking back home, so the elevation won’t be a problem. Are we able to just show up at one of the meeting points to join in?
    Thanks,
    Orla

    • Hi Orla, Yes, all welcome at either meeting point, if you’re sure the 50+% slopes won’t put you off. Hands occasionally needed for balance.

      • Hi Mike, Sounds right up our alley. We’re looking forward to it! We will attempt to get ourselves to meeting point #1 – we don’t have our own transport but are happy to chip in to fuel costs if we can share a ride.

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