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17/01/29_ The Many Peaks of Doi Ton, & Into The Heart of Huay Lan…

Doi Ton

Doi Ton

Sunday 29 January.   The Many Peaks of Doi Ton, & Into The Heart of Huay Lan, San Kamphaeng.

This is a volunteer-led hike and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements and consider your preparedness.  

Thick soled shoes (preferably boots) are a must on the rocky paths.  Trekking poles highly recommended, especially for the steep descent on slippery (loose stones) paths.  

We will descend to a steep sided ravine, with dense, low overhanging bamboo.  In places it is necessary to bend over double to get through the bamboo “tunnels”.  Lot’s of mosquitoes down there, so good repellent is necessary.  Recommend long sleeves & long trousers.  

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This is not a hike along a national park nature trail.  In places it is hard to make out a trail!

This is a moderate to tough hike.  The total ascent is about 700 m , about 400 m of that is the steep climb of Doi Ton, including a section of steel steps up a gap in the vertical cliffs.  The rocky path up is easy to follow (but steep).  Once on top it is easy to get lost & follow the wrong trail into a steep sided ravine.  The group must keep together & stay behind the leader.  Anyone heading off on their own ahead of hike leader may have a long day ahead of them.    Once we have descended, we will be following a rocky stream bed, where a fair amount of “boulder hopping” will be required.  Bring plenty of mosquito repellent.

Paths on this hike are narrow & rocky.  In places there are steep drop offs.  In places we may lose the trail & hike across rocky forest floor until we find the trail again.  Good footwear  is a must.   If you have trekking sticks, bring them.

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We will meet on hwy 1317, 1.8 km after 3rd set of traffic lights, & car pool to the Huay Lan Reservoirs in San Kamphaeng district.  Please don’t be late.  Any delays will mean more heat on our steep climb.  We carpool for a ride of about 30 minutes. We will park our vehicles next to the dam of southernmost reservoir (GPS 18.685658, 99.204303).   From here we will hike along Huay Lan stream for about 700 m,  before climbing steeply  to the base of the cliffs below the summit of Doi Ton.  Here there is a section of step ladders to lead us to the top of the cliffs.  These ladders are not vertical, and have a handrail.

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From the top of the ladders we will hike to a stupa & viewpoint at the top of the cliffs overlooking Chiang Mai valley.  On a clear day there are views to Doi Suthep & Doi Inthanon.  From the stupa, we will continue south along an undulating,  rocky ridge.  After the summit of Doi Ton we’ll have a lunch break, before descending into the heart of the Huay Lan catchment, and back along the stream bed to our starting point.

Total time is about 6 hours.  Hike length about 11 km.

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Hike leader will be Andrew.

If you want to join
Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.
We cannot accommodate groups
Meeting Point & Time.
This time we will meet at 07:30 for 07:45 start. At  7-11 on Hwy1317.  Co-ords 18.739141, 99.083244.  If coming from Superhighway 11, continue past Promenada shopping mall, go straight on through 3 sets of traffic lights.  1.8 km after the 3rd set of traffic lights (hwy1014) is  shopping / market area on left hand side.  Meet outside 7-11.
( Please don’t be late as we leave on time )

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Advice

Bring :

  • around 2 liters of water or more, snacks&picnic lunch
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
  • energy,team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • In case you are a passenger, please contribute to the costs of gasoline with THB 100 per person.
  • Bring extra shirt  for return journey, if car sharing.
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4 Responses

  1. Hi Andrew, sounds somewhat challenging. Would your advice be to give this one a miss or will there be an ‘abridged version’?

    • There wont be an abridged version. Trails are rougher than usual. There is a bit of a scramble through an overgrown area (20m), some low hanging bamboo to get under, and the stream bed to negotiate. Not too difficult, really, but I just wanted the hike description to be clear that this isn’t an easy hike, or I’d get complaints. My boys will be coming along.

  2. OK, thanks.

  3. We just found this page and tomorrow hike sounds great! We are staying in Old Town (bamboo 99)… anyone coming from that direction that could grab us on the way… that 711 is a bit far. Thanks in advance!

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