This hike starts with a 3-hour uphill climb, from about 800 m elevation up to the 1,500 m, previously-unnamed, Dragon’s Peak. We’ll take the first, steepest, section, quite slowly but it is quite a long high climb. Parts of the subsequent 2-hour post-lunch downhill section are quite steep and slippery too, but the views through the shady ridge-top trees are worth the effort. Overall hiking distance only about 9 kms, but there’s over 900 m of total elevation gain. Many junctions on the way up, so please stay together with leaders – a faster and a slower group may possibly be formed, if desired.
Probably 6 hours, including lunch stop. Aprés hike ‘second lunch’ in good, cheap restaurant in Ban Pang Hai village &/or a swim/dip in nearby Mae Wong waterfall ‘pool’.
This is a volunteer-led hike and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements and consider your preparedness.
Hike leaders: Mike and Peter
Meeting point: <18° 48.328′ N 99° 1.211′ E> 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 share vehicles for a 45 mins drive, out along H.118, past Doi Saket, turn right onto H.3005 past the hot springs, and then left following the Mae Lai stream to our hike starting point <18° 55.489′ N 99° 18.731′ E> near Ban Mae Wong, dropping most hikers there but then taking some vehicles about 3 kms further along the road to the end point of the hike <approx. 18° 55.521′ N 99° 20.277′ E> or the restaurant, depending on numbers.
If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. Seats in cars not guaranteed. No groups please and no unprepared hikers.
- at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink, energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- strong legs & lungs for the climb up; sticks recommended for steep downhill
- sunhat, suncreen, insect repellant and long sleeves/pants recommended
- strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
- 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes, if car-sharing
- plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour
* A new zip wire operator, called Dragon Flight, is now operating in the area. No dragons were actually encountered on the exploration hike, though we did meet this relative:
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