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15/11/15 Trip report – Ob Khan

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.

Group by the Khan river

Group 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.

Bridge crossing

Bridge crossing

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.

Lunch

Lunch

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.

Deep gorge

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!

 

2 Responses

  1. Very nice trip report and pictures. I plan to stay in Chiang Mai for the first 2-3 weeks of Dec. to explore the possibility of wintering here in the future since my partner Ed is 60 y.o. but we are very active hikers in our local meetups in Canada. On this trip, I have no intention to hike so will not bring my boots.

    I would like to add Chiang Mai Facebook friends who are hikers or travelers so we could have better idea of the trails or attractions off-the-beaten-path for tourists. If you are interested and have pictures of your hikes and travel on your FB, let’s connect on FB 🙂

    https://www.facebook.com/susan.wong.714049?viewas=100000686899395&returnto=profile&privacy_source=privacy_lite

    Thanks

  2. Hi Susan, you’ll be welcome on hikes when you’re ready to join us but we mainly use this website for one-way communication.

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