21 hikers arrived at the meeting point on time and another joined us just as we started hiking at about 07.45.
Despite the hike leader’s best efforts – organising a good lower-altitude wet-season hike on a hot, humid, cloudless day – we only lost five hikers during the first quarter of the hike, mostly suffering from the heat, but one with a leg problem and one who realised he hadn’t brought enough water. Sorry about the early-morning weather, guys.
Soon after the last pair left us, clouds rolled over and the temperature became much more bearable for the rest of the hike, with even a few light breezes as we rose higher, first into shadier forest and later along little-used 4WD vehicle tracks through the lychee orchards/cornfields. We made frequent stops to drink, to admire the clear views right across the CM valley, and also to let two mountain bike groups pass by, but still reached the day’s objective and highest point (Doi Pa Kha 1,135m) after about 3 hours, where a number of hikers decided they could wait no longer for first lunch.
Refuelled, and in the knowledge that it was all downhill from there, the group made very good progress back down the other side of the watershed, now pausing more to marvel at the fauna we met, but also spurred on by a small forest fire at one point.
About 10 kms, up/down 800m, in about 5 hrs 30 minutes. (All stats approximate)
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