Looking good for a dry start, at least. Let’s go for it. Saturday update: Daddy bear (longer, faster) option removed as one leader sick.
A nice ridge walk on the E side of the CM valley: not too high or too long or too far out of town*, but with good views of the surrounding peaks, valleys and ridges. (Sorry, no guarantee it won’t be too hot/cold, wet/dry or soft/hard for our wide range of Goldilocks hikers 😉 The first 750m of the hike is rather steep, climbing up 200m in elevation from the Mae Takhrai NP HQ to the top of the ridge (see start of blue line on the right hand side of the image below), but we will take this section slowly, and then we hike along ridge-top mushroom-picker trails (some narrow stony trails above steep drops), which undulate gently up and down (mostly up!) until we reach our maximum elevation of 907m and then drop back down to the road. No leeches likely (too dry) but we’ll need to beware afternoon thunderstorms on the exposed ridge.
About 10 kms, up 650m (down a little less) in probably about 5 hours, depending on group speed and weather conditions.
*about 35 kms (30 mins drive), much nearer town (and much lower elevation) than our Doi Lanka, Roller Coaster and Doi Mot/Phi Pannam hikes, which are over 50 kms away.
Hike Leaders: Mike, Jenny
If you want to join:
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. There is no need to let us know you are coming. We cannot accommodate groups. Don’t be late as we leave the meeting point on time.
We will meet at 07.20 am in front of CenFes on H.118 (the road out to Doi Saket and Chiangrai, see map below) opposite the Isuzu showroom (not on the Superhighway H.11 side) for an 07.30 am start. We will then share vehicles out along H.118 for about 30 minutes to our hike starting point at the Mae Takhrai National Park HQ, dropping most hikers there but then taking some vehicles about 5 kms further along the road to the end point of the hike.
- at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink.
- strong, comfortable footwear with good grip in the mud.
- protection from heat/sun, cold/rain, insects. Trekking pole(s)/stick(s) also recommended.
- a change of clothes and Bt.100 for your driver if you’d like to get a lift with someone.
- picnic lunch and energy snacks.
- lots of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and a sense of humour.
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