Please be aware, these hikes are volunteer led and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. If car-sharing, please bring a change of shirt/clothes and Bt.100 to contribute to your driver’s fuel costs. Seats in cars not guaranteed.
This is a relatively short, unhurried circular hike of 5 – 6 km through forest and then alongside the Nam Mae Khan river. Probably about 3 hours plus lunch, swim & rest stops. We start at an elevation of 340m and rise to a maximum of 475m (less than 300m total elevation gain/loss). There are many up and downs along the trails and possibly some short difficult sections where the trail has been destroyed by landslips, covered by fallen bamboo (common cobra habitat), or little bridges have become unusable. Part of the trail is along a stream bed but no need to get wet feet. Another part involves climbing over big boulders alongside the river. Besides hiking on two legs some of us might prefer to scramble up on all fours or slide down on our bums occasionally! Some narrow trails above steep drops. The return section can be very hot in the rocky river valley around lunchtime. The river is not so deep at the moment but swimming is possible in many places, so bring your cozzie.
Hike leaders: Janet and Jenny
If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please. No seats in cars guaranteed. We will then carshare out to the Ob Khan NP HQ, about an hour south of town.
We will meet at 07:45 hours for an 8am start at the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights S after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N 98° 57.512′ E (Click map to enlarge.)
Hike start/end point: 18° 43.155′ N 98° 49.413′ E
- at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- sunhat, sunscreen, strong ankle-supporting footwear,
- long sleeves & pants recommended against sun and sharp spiky vegetation.
- plenty of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and team spirit
Please note: neither pets nor alcohol are allowed in this national park area, according to signs.
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