The group seemed to enjoy Mr O’s steep slopes two weeks ago so here’s another for you, but this time in one long slog, not three short sections. The Sunday group has been to Doi Mot (1,655m) before, but never continued on up to the mysterious cloud forest of Doi Phi Pan-nam at 1,854m. But be ready for a looooong, steep uphill (and later downhill) section (500m up in 1.5 kms), and the strong possibility of heavy rain and mist – it’s not called cloud forest for no reason. We’ll climb about 900m over the 5 km route out, then descend the same 900m on the way back, so 10 kms total in probably about 7 hours including lunch break. Hands needed for balance occasionally, but no climbing skills needed.
Hike leaders: Mike, Vlad and Eunhwa
Possible options for… (1) mountain goats to continue round a full loop, climbing down, along and up an unsafe metal ridge-top fence and then sliding down a very long, steep, slippery descent of the next ridge to the NE. . About 9.5 kms, but in about 6 hours. Expect muddy bottoms. Or … (2) some people may want to stop at Doi Mot and return from there if not feeling strong enough for the full hike to DPP.
Meeting place: Meet in front of CenFes on the H.118 side (not the superhighway H.11 side), opposite the Isuzu showroom before 07.15. Or at Bangjak Doi Saket about 07.30. We’ll then car share out past Doi Saket to the village of Ban Khun Lao, about 50-60 kms along the Chiang Rai road. No groups and no inexperienced hikers this time, please.
- at least 2.5 or 3 litres of water and rehydration drink
- protection from sun/heat, rain/cold, insects, leeches and thorns
- energy snacks and lunch
- strong legs, footwear with deep tread, and trekking pole/stick for steep ups/downs
- lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
- passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes
Please note: we will need at least one volunteer leader next week (28th) as Mike, Anders, Pam, Janet, Richard all not available. Exploring help may be available mid-week. Thanks to all the recent new hike leaders.
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