A classic local hike, up one of the highest, cloud-forested, peaks (1,854m) in the region, but long, steep climbs, both up and down, with about 1,000m elevation gain/loss over a 10 km loop. Great views over the CM-Chiang Rai border ranges (if clear), but some very narrow trails above very steep drops on the full loop, along with one of the longest, steepest, slipperiest descents in our repertoire. Please read the whole hike description and consider your abilities and experience. Remember that you are responsible for your own safety at all times.
Options to return the same way from Doi Mot (1,655m), the first peak (1 above), or from a good viewpoint a little further on, for hikers who wish to avoid the very steepest parts and who do not wish to climb down an occasionally almost vertical rickety old fence at one point, along the razor-sharp ridge (see first photo above) between the twin peaks of Doi Phi Pannam (2, 3 in graph above). Estimated 6hrs walking, plus stops, for both groups.
Hike leaders: Mike (DPP loop) and Andrew (Doi Mot out & back). Possible faster full loop option with mystery guest leader.
Meeting point: <18° 48.328′ N 99° 1.211′ E> Meet in front of CenFes on the H.118 side (not the superhighway H.11 side), opposite the Isuzu showroom at 07.20. We’ll then car share (taking the minimum number of vehicles due to limited parking in the narrow village) out past Doi Saket to the pretty village of Ban Khun Lao (elevation 1,000m), about 50-60 kms along the Chiang Rai road. No groups and no inexperienced hikers on the full loop, please. There is no need to let us know you are coming. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed.
- at least 2.5-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
- protection from sun/heat, rain/cold (it’s a cloud forest!), insects, leeches and thorns
- energy snacks and lunch (& ice cream money for end!)
- strong legs, footwear with deep tread/good grip, and trekking pole/stick for steep ups/downs
- lots of energy, team spirit, good humour (and a good head for heights for full loop)
- passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.
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