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16/08/21 Trip report Pilgrims’ Trail hike

When hikers are given options one never knows what will happen! Here are the 10 of us who started the hike from the end of Suthep Rd., enjoying a beautiful day with no rain, fair views, and some sunshine.

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When we reached Wat Palat 2 more hikers, who had arrived late, caught up, so briefly we were 12. Then 4 of the hikers, including the youngest 3 boys and their aunt, returned to their car on Suthep Rd. and drove up to the temple parking lot, arriving just after the 5 of us who hiked up had arrived at the restaurant for a cup of coffee.  The other 3 who hiked up with us had gone on ahead to visit Wat Doi Suthep and auntie with the 3 younger boys went up to join them, so we never saw any of them again.

Selfie of core group hikers taking refreshment at Doi Suthep - by William M.

Selfie of core group hikers taking refreshment at Doi Suthep – by William M.

So now our group consisted of 5 hikers dedicated to the original plan, but then 3 opted to take a song tao back down and find their way from the arboretum back to their cars at the end of Suthep Rd. That left just 2 of us, but we did not abandon “the plan”. We hiked down to Wat Palat, where we took a few photos,

and then took a path off the Wat Palat trail, heading for Galare restaurant. At least that is where we expected to end up.  Instead we followed a very circuitous route and came out just around the corner from the starting point of the Pilgrims’ Trail, so had a bit farther to go before arriving at the restaurant. Our time for the hike for the 2 of us was about 4 1/2 hours. We didn’t have a GPS, so have no record of the distance covered nor the elevation gain, but realize that the Pilgrim’s trail is probably overall the steepest trail up to the temple, perhaps a 900 meter elevation gain. Our lunch was well deserved.

Janet at Galare. Photo by Mike

Janet at Galare. Photo by Mike

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