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17/10/29_Trip Report_Nam Mae Kwong Circular

The convoy of vehicles carrying prospective happy hikers set out on time from the Meeting Point. The final 1 km of the access route is a dirt road that has become badly washed out by the monsoon rains, so low-clearance cars were parked up on the shoulder of the paved road and the occupants transferred to the rear of the pick-ups for the final section. At the parking spot we met up with several other hikers who had travelled direct.

First job to ascertain the number of hikers, which was easier said than done. Like an African election the results were different each time, until the Returning Officer decided on 33 (plus one canine) and so it remained.

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The fauna encountered included one unrequited leech and the small scorpion featured below. The 60 kg pigs rumoured to frequent the area remained elusive.

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Ouch!

Most of the hike passes through open forest with nice views in places, as shown in the following photos. The group quickly split into fast and slow teams, but thanks to some route-finding confusion, the snails ended up passing the hares by following an unintended short-cut. Ultimately the entire group came back together prior to reaching the high point and then descended the steep slope back down to the valley floor in one straggling column. The steepest section didn’t seem as fearsome as it has done in the past and this is probably due to the greater “give” in the ground due to the recent rains. The numerous small stones are prone to roll more underfoot on the hard-packed soils of summer, making this section more of an adventure.

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The hikers took just under 4 1/2 hours to cover 10 km of horizontal distance and 650 meters of vertical. Though this would classify as quite an easy hike, at least one of our number tanked when they reached the post-hike watering hole, which was a new (for the group) restaurant located immediate opposite the turn-off for the Doi Saket Hot Springs that offers good food and plentiful supplies of beverages.

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I think I’ve earned a bone

Thanks to Chan for his photographs.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, you’ve now got a beagle, not your run-of-the-mill Thai dog! I’ll bet you that dog comes along for Stephen’s tuna fish sandwiches!

    • It was a well fed dog, receiving dog treats, a Parma ham and other assorted sandwiches.

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