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16/07/24 Wat Matchimaram Loop, Mae Wang

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This was taken in March, its a lot greener now!

 

Please check the website at 07:00 on Sunday morning before leaving for the meeting point. It might be cancelled if there is heavy rain. 

This Sunday’s hike is in the Mae Wang area, on the opposite side of the road to Huai Hoi Waterfall, and has a bit of everything.  The hike starts in a little Soi 4km from Wat Matchimaram where we will follow a small river for a short while and then pass through some farmland and start the upward trek in the forest eventually coming to a ridge trail which will take us to a 1049mtr. peak where we will stop for lunch.  From here on it is pretty much down hill, on a good trail with some nice views, until we come to a short section where the trail is not too clear and there is also some bamboo to negotiate.  Once clear of this we will be back in farmland and on a dirt road that will lead us back to Wat Matchimaram, passing an elephant camp on the way.

The hike is 17km long with a total ascent of 800mtrs and expected to take 6-7hrs so, reasonable fitness and stamina is required.  Good boots a must.

We will need to shuttle the group from the Wat to the start of the hike.

The post hike refreshments will be at a little restaurant directly across the road from the Wat.

With travelling, hiking and socializing expect to be back in Chiang Mai around 17:00.

Hike Leaders: Peter & Tom

If you want to join: Make sure you have read the general hiking advice on this website as well as the details in this particular post. Then if you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know.  We can not accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start  (Note: places in cars are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. Passengers please contribute 100 Baht to their driver for fuel etc there and back.)

The meeting point is at the open area 50 metres past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 0.5 km south of Suthep Road please see map below).

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Items to bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink
  • energy snacks and/or a picnic lunch
  • strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
  • sticks recommended for steep downhill
  • sunhat, suncreen, insect repellant
  • long sleeves/pants recommended
  • rainwear, unless you are happy to be soaked
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour

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