Steep. At least two peaks (and possibly three, if we add the optional Doi Lanka Noi). Long grass to push through (and tickle your nose and poke your eye). Narrow paths above steep drops. Some slippery steep terrain. Long, open sunny sections. And did we mention steep?
But great views over the Doi Lanka area. This is a repeat of the first two (or optionally all three) of Oliver’s Three Peaks Doi Lanka Noi hike from June 2015. 15/06/07_Trip Report:_Doi Langka Noi three peaks special. But we’ve found another way back down to the village which avoids some (but not all) of the steepest ups and downs. Short version 6 kms, up 500m, down much more. 4-5 hours.
If any hikers opt for the full three peaks, there are at least three very steep uphill sections and two down, including sections which require hands as well as feet, at least for balance and occasionally for support. (8.5 kms, +750m, 6 hrs)
Hike leader: Mike
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. Seats in vehicles not guaranteed. 50-min drive to the end-point carpark (limited parking space), all on surfaced roads, then a squeeze into the smallest number of vehicles for the short drive to the trailhead.
- at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
- energy snacks and a picnic lunch
- protection from sun (hat, cream), insects, spiky/itchy/sharp vegetation (gloves recommended)
- 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 (and sense of balance)
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