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17/04/16_ Back To Doi Lanka

Doi Lanka Noi in the distance

This Sunday, we will return to one of our favorite hiking areas, Doi Lanka. About a 50 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai city. The main peak, Doi Lanka (2004m) is not our goal this time, but her little sister, Doi Lanka Noi (1756 m), a cliff that stands out in the nature.
The hike will start at the temple in a village named Mae Ton Luang (1046 m). We will walk through the village and follow a “coffee road” that leads us to the foot of the ridge to Doi Lanka Noi. From here it is a steep climb about 2 km, but on a good trail. The next challenge is to climb up on the cliff. Two options are offered, the “goat trail” or the “chicken trail”, both will lead us up to the top. Here we will have our lunch, and if the weather gods will permit, fantastic views, we promise!
After the break we will hike down on a parallel ridge. One section can be a bit tricky; we have to walk on a goat trail, sneaking along a cliff. Afterward it will be easy, a good zigzag trail down to a narrow valley. From here a “coffee trail” that follows a creek. We have to cross this one 13 times, but with some ballerina skills, no problems. The end of the hike is in a different village, Pang Kamphaeng Hins, so we need to do some minor car arrangements.
Where warranted:
This hike will have duration of about 6 hours. (The over aged leaders did this one in 5 hours).The trails are in good conditions, but accept this, steep uphill and steep downhill. Some narrow passages with steep precipice. So, good hiking boots and hiking poles are nice accessories. Finally, about the goat trail up to the top, this one is not for people with vertigo. (But do not worry about that, there is a safe route up as an option)
So, from all of us to all of you, welcome to a fantastic day in the Thai mountains!

Anders & Matsu

Meeting time: 07:30 for 07:40 convoy departure

Meeting point:

The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Suzuki showroom. From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.

Fuel, toilets and convenience store available. If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front. Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.


If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring:
• at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch.
• sun protection, strong footwear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites and thorns.
• plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
• 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger. Change of clothes recommended too.

One Response

  1. Hi Anders – the map/photo don’t enlarge when clicked. Wanna recommend change of footwear for stream crossings if it’s been raining in that area the past few days?

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