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

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Group photo at the stupa on top of the cliffs

11 adventurous hikers met up at our new meeting point on hwy 1317 for the drive to Huay Lan reservoirs in San Kamphaeng.  There we were joined by 2 hikers arriving by motorbike.

It was nice & cool as we started our steep ascent.

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When we arrived at the base of the cliffs we found an amazing sight – wild bee honey combs attached to the cliff face.

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No sign of any bees.  At least one comb, lower down had been removed by local forest gatherers.

After a short rest we proceeded to the steel step ladders for the ascent to the top of the cliffs.

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We then made our way to the Stupa for a snack break, & a chance to enjoy the views.  Unfortunately it wasn’t as clear as a few days earlier when hike leader checked the trails.  We could still see Doi Suthep & Chiang Mai cross the valley, & the ridgeline above Mae Kamphong to the north.

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We then continued south along our ridge to the summit of Doi Ton at 900m.  Lunch break was taken at a rocky viewpoint on the descent into the heart of the Huay Lan catchment area.  We eventually reached a deep, narrow, mainly dry ravine with dense bamboo.  As we followed the trail along the rocky stream bed, we were halted by what sounded like a rockfall ahead & higher up the ravine side.  I think it was actually a stand of the very thick bamboo collapsing on the near vertical side of the ravine.  Negotiating the low hanging bamboo tunnels was tricky for the taller members of the group, but our youngest member hardly needed to duck his head.

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Eventually we emerged in to the sunlight of the main Huay Lan valley, & enjoyed an easy hike back to our start point at the southern most dam.

A few of us stopped off for some refreshments at a village shop to the north of the dams.

Total hike time about 5 hrs 30 mins, distance covered 11 km & about 700m ascent.

 

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Thanks to those who joined us.  It was a grand day out 🙂

 

 

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One Response

  1. Always great photos when Oliver’s along!

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