Could be sunny – less shade than on some hikes (so come prepared) – and perhaps wet &/or breezy, but great views all around: N across the 118 to Dois Mot, Phi Pannam and Pha Leuang, all behind Doi Chang; then S to Jenny’s Lahu ridge, SW to Lanka Luang and the roller coaster ridge. And an almost birdseye view down on to H. 118 from a couple of points.
One-way hike, with car shuffling, about 11 kms, up 900m, down over 1,000m. First 4.2 kms (up 380m) along a neglected dirt road, then an undulating ridge-top walk with some steep slippery sections and many sections on narrow paths above steep drops. About 5-6 hours including lunch stop. And maybe a bit of extra time to cross the final obstacle of the day…
*Not that Doi Mae Tho (alternative name for: Doi Lanka Luang and Doi Pha Ngorm on the roller coaster and Doi Mot/Phi Pannam, according to different maps). Don’t load the wrong GPX file, as some explorers did recently, missing almost the whole trail.
Hike leaders: Mike & Richard
Meeting point: <18° 48.328′ N 99° 1.211′ E> in front of Central Festival mall on H.118 (not H.11 superhighway), opposite Isuzu at 07.20 for an 07.30 start. No groups. No need to let us know you are coming; just turn up in good time, after reading the ‘dangers’, ‘what to do’ and ‘things to bring’ tabs above. No seats in vehicles guaranteed. 50-min drive to the trailhead, all on surfaced roads. Considerate smokers only, please – beware of discomforting other hikers.
- at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- protection from sun (hat, cream), rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
- stick/trekking pole(s) and boots with good grip to aid on the steep, slippery descents
- for passengers: 100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of shirt/clothes for the return journey
- lots of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour
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