If there is recent or predicted heavy rain we may cancel the hike. Please check this page for updates after 05.40 on Sunday morning, before leaving for the meeting point.
This is a special day trip featuring a steep hike to the summit of Doi Nhog: a spectacular peak in Doi Luang National Park. Its name (sometimes written in Western script as “Doi Nork”) means “hump peak”. The trip demands more travel, time and expense than usual, but should be worth it. We are arranging this together with the village head and community organization of Ban Pong Tham, which is the gateway for access to the peak. It is our first time to do this as an open Sunday hike, although four of our stalwarts experienced it in June 2013 and have supplied the photos here (thanks Anders, Mike, Oliver and Kurt).
We will meet early, near Central Festival on Highway 118. At the outset we will make a list of the names of all participants (no other ID information is required), which the village organization wants for its records. They will use the list also to provide certificates to everyone who visits the peak. And they will offer a meal at the end of the hike based on the number of participants.
We will car-pool for a drive of about 90 minutes, on Highways 118 and 120 to Ban Pong Tham. There we will transfer to tractor-trailer transport provided by the local hosts, to hasten us through the cultivated lower slopes of the mountain range.
The tractor-drive takes about 50 minutes. Then we start the hike. It should take about two and a half hours to climb to the top. There we have a chance to eat our packed lunches while enjoying the views. On descending we may visit two caves and two waterfalls if we have time. The total hiking time will be about 5-6 hours. We then return by tractor to Ban Pong Tham, where we will take a meal and receive our certificates before driving back to Chiang Mai. Estimated time of return to Chiang Mai is 6pm to 7pm.
Hike leaders: Chan with village guides
If you want to join: Make sure you have read the general hiking advice on this website, and carefully read the particular details in this post. Note that you will need a good sense of balance and head for heights on the peak and that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on time. There is no need to inform us in advance, but we will register your name at the meeting place. No groups, please. Places in cars are usually available but cannot be absolutely guaranteed.
Meeting point: In front of Central Festival on Highway 118, opposite the Isuzu showroom, by 06.20.
- THB 150 contribution to your driver for fuel etc if you are sharing a car
- THB 100 for contribution to Ban Pong Tham village organizers
- THB 400 for tractor return trip (might be less if the number of hikers per tractor works out well)
- THB 100 for meal/drink in village (or more if you drink a lot!)
- 2-3 litres of water or electrolyte fluid
- packed lunch and snacks
- strong hiking footwear is essential
- hat, sunblock, long pants and sleeves (bearing in mind the peak is exposed)
- rainwear unless you are happy to be soaked
- team spirit and good humour
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