A clear sky and short hike attracted 27 hikers, and by 8am we were off in a convoy of 7 cars and several motor bikes for a 45 min. drive to the starting point. Before heading off we took a group picture by the Khan River.
At 9 we were off on the upper trail, at a moderate pace, aiming to reach our goal of lunch by the river gorge. As anticipated there was a lot of bamboo down over the trail. One bridge crossing still had the handrail intact we had put up long ago.
We noticed a few changes in the trail, especially as we neared the gorge we did not have to navigate the last tricky crossing but instead climbed down steeply to the gorge, coming out before our usual entry point. A short walk along the stony banks brought us to the same lovely, shady area we remember from previous hike there. Even though it was only 10:30, most of us had an appetite and finished off our lunches. The river was quite full and muddy looking so didn’t attract bathers, but we managed to spend an hour there enjoying the roar and coolness of the water and the beautiful views.
After an hour we were ready to start back following the river, clamoring over and around the large rocks which line the gorge. For a short distance we needed to leave the river where the gorge becomes too narrow to pass through, but even here there was an amazing of the river and the deep gorge.
This route was much shorter, for we were back in 45 minutes and it was only 12:15. Some of the hikers then headed for The Canyon restaurant for further refreshment.
Thanks to the good group of fit and well behaved hikers for a pleasant day!
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