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17/07/16 Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop

0635:  The hike is on 

As we are now in the rainy season I will post an update on the hike status by 0645 on Sunday   

This hike starts from the Golden Buddha at Huay Tung Thao and from there we climb up the mountain onto the ridge above the lake, going first through woodland and then on dirt roads past upland farms and orchards. We may get a nice view from up there, get wet or both. Then we will descend on good trails, but quite rocky in places, back to Huay Tung Thao where those who want to can sample the delights of one of the traditional-style lakeside restaurants and those who want to can go for a swim (don’t forget to bring swimwear and towel).
The route is almost the same as the March hike (slight variation on the descent route)although the weather and vegetation will be different. We will cover about 14kms in 5-6 hours and it is very much an up-then-down hike with about 700mtrs ascent so reasonable fitness level is required. .

Leader: pgb

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 0745 next to the Golden Buddha on the west shore of Huay Tung Thao (See map for directions). You will need to buy a ticket to enter the lake area, 50 baht per person. Huay Tung Thao is 12 km out of town from the north west corner of the moat.

Driving around the outside of the moat turn left onto Huay Kaeow Road after the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. This is the road running out from the NW corner of the moat.
You will pass Central Kad Suan Kaeow after about 100 m on the left.
Drive on through the Amari Rincomb intersection, to the Phucombe intersection. The Phucombe intersection is the second major 4 way, traffic lighted, intersection, it is 2 km from the moat.
Turn right onto the Canal Road and keep going for 6.8 km.
You will see a sign for the turn off for the Huay Tung Thao lake on the left. Turn left.
Continue for 2.2 km to the lake. Pay 50 Baht per person at the toll booth.
When you get to the lake turn left and go around the lake for another 1.1 km.
You will see the large standing Buddha. We will meet near there.
After getting ready we will aim to set off at 0800

If you want to join, make sure you have read the general hiking advice on this website as well as the details in this particular post. Then if you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know.
Please bring/prepare:
at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink
energy snacks and/or a picnic brunch
strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
sticks recommended for steep downhill
sunhat, suncreen, insect repellant
long sleeves/pants recommended
rainwear unless you are happy to be soaked
plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour

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