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15/07/05_Trip report_700p to Doi Pa Kha loop

21 hikers arrived at the meeting point on time and another joined us just as we started hiking at about 07.45.

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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.

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Celebrating the clouds’ arrival

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.

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Not the most spectacular peak in the north of Thailand

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.

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A small praying mantis joined us for lunch.

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A couple of primates swinging from the lower branches

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Not seen a yellow spider before.

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Another group of hikers exploring the hills

About 10 kms, up/down 800m, in about 5 hrs 30 minutes. (All stats approximate)

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Spot the special (non-hiking) guest at second lunch

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5 Responses

  1. Good hike, great pictures.

  2. Thanks for let me meet my nice hiking friends at your lunch.
    “Broken knee” will be back soon.

  3. Thank you! :XD

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