This was a late replacement hike with the exact routing pretty much decided on the day. In the event we ended up hiking a familiar route through the village garden, up a long and steep climb to the top of Dui Pui and thence down past the barrier, a short distance of road and the Wat grounds back to the village. A more energetic option of visiting Chiang Khian village was rejected by democratic vote.
The turn-out of 26 men, women and (one) babe was surprisingly large considering the pre-hike uncertainty. The first challenge was to convey the assembled host from Arboretum up to Doi Pui village, given the poor representation of drivers. In scenes reminiscent of the Tokyo subway this was successfully achieved. A thank you to the drivers who coaxed their various well-loaded vehicles up the steep climb to the village.
The number of vehicles already parked by the roadside at Doi Suthep Temple and Buping Palace was unprecedented and Doi Pui Village itself was teeming with people and various forms of transport. The village had decided to benefit from the rush by introducing a 30 Baht parking charge and the car park itself was almost full. Any leaders contemplating a Sunday hike in this area over the next few weeks should factor this tsunami of humanity into their plans.
On leaving the village we entered into a blissfully peaceful environment which was sustained until we returned to the chaos in the village 4 hours later. It was a very nice and leisurely hike with the highpoints being:
A snack stop in the picnic area near the summit of Doi Pui ……..
Beautiful views to the west from the viewpoint below the picnic stop …..
Scaling the mighty summit of Doi Pui ….
And chilling out in the temple grounds before descending the steps to the village …..
A number of hikers were carrying GPS of one kind or another, which registered anywhere between 9 and 15 km. We decided that most likely we had covered 10/11 km in 4 hours.
Thanks to Tom and Peter for their valuable support in keeping the group together.
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