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17/02/19_Trip Report – Roller Coaster Ridge Hike To Doi Pha Ngom

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Summit photo

23 hikers drove the 50 km to the microwave tower on the Chiang Rai border, to find the gates locked and very limited room to turn around at the end of a narrow road.  Fortunately it wasn’t far for those at the back of the convoy to reverse back to the new car parking area for hikers that convoy leader had missed noticing, expecting the gates to the microwave tower to be open.

At a starting altitude of around 1400m, temperatures were cool, & a very refreshing breeze was blowing.  The trail along the ridge to our peak of Doi Pha Ngom was in great condition & easy to follow.  This trail is marked with yellow metal tags nailed to trees all along the route that continues to Doi Langka Luang.  The trail is shady most of the way, and the cool breeze was present for most of the hike.

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It wsn’t long before we were climbing our first summit, with clear views back towards Doi Phi Pannam.

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Arriving at our first peak, a snack break was taken to allow the hikers to regroup.  From here we could see the rocky outcrop of Doi Pha Ngom with the higher summit of Doi Langka Luang on the horizon.

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Doi Pha Ngom

 

Steep ascent

Steep ascent

 

The climb to the summit was very steep & looked more of a problem to descend, but that would be later…

On the summit

On the summit

 

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Time to head back

 

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Steep, slippery descent

 

The descent was quite a struggle for some, and the group separated into 3 groups, with the first group of fast hikers having quite a wait back at the cars for the last to arrive.

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View back to our summit & Doi Langka Luang

 

Hike stats :  Length 10km, climb 950m, duration 6 hours (quicker for some).

 

Thanks for joining.  Twas a great hike 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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