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17/01/15_Trip Report Of Thepsadet Waterfall & Ridge Hike

33 hikers made it to the start point close to Thepsadet Waterfall, on a beautiful, cool, clear day.  13 Celsius when we began the hike to the waterfall.

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After visiting the waterfall, we returned to the starting point to commence the hike to the ridge line on Chiang Mai / Lampang border.  Unfortunately, we had to advise one hiker to stay at the start point as we felt the hike would be too tough.  The hike was described as “relatively easy”, but that was relative to the other hikes we do.  An initial ascent took us to a lower ridge with a view down to Thepsadet waterfall.  Then we hiked through the village of Ban Tat Moei, passing a forest bee hive “factory”. before climbing through coffee plantations to the ridge at about 1550m in elevation.  Sakura trees in bloom were observed along the climb.

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Blooming Sakura

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Up on the ridge, the group rested before splitting into 3 groups.  One group ascended to a nearby peak with an elevation of 1719m  This involved a steep climb on an overgrown “trail”.  The views from the top were superb! Even Doi Inthanon summit could be seen peeking out from above the clouds.

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Doi Chiang Dao visible in the distance

 

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Our ascent was nearly as steep as this!

 

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Steep descent inevitable, after steep ascent!

 

 

A second , smaller group of hikers in need of a longer, more adventurous hike (ie unsure of state of trail) set off southwest along the ridge to hike all the way back to the village of Ban Pang Hai, where everybody would meet up for post-hike refreshments.

 

The remaining hikers (the majority) had an extended lunch break on the ridge, awaiting the return of the summiteers.  After an hour, the summiteers descended back to the main group to find a small number had continued on with the hike with 2 experienced hikers who knew the trails well.

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After about 4 hours of hiking from the start point (excluding visiting the waterfall), most of the group were relaxing at Pang Hai Coffee Shop on Route 4076.  About one large bottle of Chang later, the 6 hikers in the breakaway group trooped in, looking like they’d had an adventure….

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Hike stats for the summiteers :  12.8km, 850m elevation gain.

Photos by Andrew, Chan & Oliver.

 

A great day, thanks for joining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. look great, Sad I could not join you!!

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