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17/11/19 Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop (old one)

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Just been informed (thanks JP) that the Lana Marathon is taking place tomorrow along Canal Road, Huay Tung Thao and the 107 to Mae Rim (starts at 0330 and finishes at 1000).  The lake should be clear of runners but the other roads will still have runners on them.  From memory 1 lane in each direction is blocked off for the runners, minor roads on to Canal Road are blocked off and the major intersections are controlled by the police so, it should not be too much of a problem.  To be on the safe side the start time will now be 0900. 

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 with some nice views on the way.  The descent is on good trails, but quite rocky in places especially the last 1km, back to Huay Tung Thao where those who want to can sample the delights of one of the traditional style lakeside restaurants and/or go for a swim (don’t forget to bring swimwear and towel).
The route is the same as the hike on 16th July and is about 14kms with an ascent of 800mtrs and expected to take 5-6 hours.  It is very much an up-then-down hike so a reasonable fitness level is required and it is not a beginners hike.

Leaders:  Same as last week

Meeting Point & Time.
We will meet at 0745 for an 0800 start 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 (Thais 20Bht everyone else 50 baht).  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 20/50 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.

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.  No groups please.

Items to 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, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • long sleeves/pants recommended
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour
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2 Responses

  1. There is going to be a marathon running round Huay Tung Thao tomorrow. Hope this doesn’t cause difficulties to get in to meet at the Golden Buddha. The 21km and 42 km routes go round the lake.

    http://teelakow.com/en/event/lanna-marathon

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