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17/04/02_Ridge Walk from Ban Pha Nok Kok_ Trip Report

The day dawned with heavy rain showers, prompting a message of reassurance on the website. However, the rain had stopped by the time 20 brave souls assembled at the meeting point and held off during the drive to Ban Pha Nok Kok. The little mountain village was still enveloped in cloud when we took the pre-hike photograph.

Progress continued along the ridge with the ghostly shapes of the huge canopy trees looming through the mist. No rain, just the occasional drops of condensation falling from the foliage above.


Plenty of large vines were scattered through the forest useful for display, relaxation or even as a stage for graceful balletic moves.

In contrast to the din of insects and birds encountered during the sun-bathed reconnaissance hike, the misty forest was eerily quiet, with just the occasional tweet of a bird in the distance. The fine display of orchids, however, was still in evidence.

At the “viewpoint” brunch-stop the lovely views were still hidden behind a bank of low cloud. However, on the return journey the cloud began to disperse and glimpses of the hills and valleys gradually materialised.

About half-way back along the ridge a 3-man “shortcut” team elected to head off northwards, confident of getting back to the cars before the main group – poor deluded souls. The main group got back to the cars after hiking for 4 hours 45 minutes over a (GPS-measured) distance of 13 kilometers. No short-cut team. We changed, drove down to the Thermadoi Restaurant and ordered refreshments – still no short-cutters. Finally a small group of weary travellers appeared hiking UP the road from the valley below. What a short-cut!

At the restaurant we enjoyed excellent food and refreshments and all with the benefit of (by then) a wonderful view.

Head Short-cutter enjoying some much-needed medicine



2 Responses

  1. “short routes are delay-routes” (Sometimes)

  2. It’s all good fun

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