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17/12/03_Doi Lanka Noi three peaks special

Special for the spectacular views (weather permitting) and steep ascents and descents.


The first, longest, steep pitch ascends 300m in elevation up the bald ridge to peak 1  (1784m)

Distance: 7.5 kms
Elevation change: up 680m/down 1037m
Time: About 6 hours.

Doi Langka Luang from the steep descent down from peak 2

Warning: STEEP! This hike involves some pretty steep 100-300m pitches where some care must be taken (ropes are not necessary), especially when descending. Anyone who is easily given to vertigo or unsteady on their feet should consider opting for exploring an alternative local forest trail before walking down the very lightly used road (Hwy1252) from the start point to the end point in this, the most spectacular, part of the hills bounding Chiang Mai to the east.

Planned lunch location — Doi Langka Noi (peak 3) — peak 1 is mid frame

Hike leader: Oliver


Meeting Point 1:  7:30 am for a 7.45 departure  in front of Susco petrol station on H.118 (the road out to Doi Saket and Chiangrai, see map below) opposite Suzuki.


Meeting Point 2:  8:00 am for a 8:10 departure at Bangchak (green leaf logo) gas station on the northeast bound lane of Hwy 118  approx 200m past the turn off to Doi Saket District and market on Hwy 118. (Motorcyclists who do not wish to drive the full route via Thepsadet can leave bikes there).


We drive to Ban Ton Luang and leave some vehicles at the end point of the hike before driving approx 7kms to the start point at the pass where Hwy 1252 goes over into Lampang Province (elevation ±1485m).


Apart from steep ups and downs that will challenge those who are not reasonably fit, this high-elevation hike is fairly straightforward in that it follows a ridge. Unfortunately, part of the trail on the ridge is fairly overgrown, though the trail is still traceable. There is a possibility of leeches in these thick overgrown areas. If there are no delays and the weather is clement, lunch (or snack) will be on top of Doi Langka Noi, after which it remains but to descend to Ban Ton Luang. There may also be a few leeches near the stream in the final part of the hike.


Please bring:
  • at least 2-3 liters of water/rehydration drinks, snacks & picnic lunch
  • good footwear with deep tread, sunhat, rain wear, insect repellent and sun-block
  • trekking pole/stick to aid balance on steep sections
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour (and balance).
  • In case you are a passenger, please contribute to the costs of gasoline with THB 100 per person and bring a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.

4 Responses

  1. Am I totally misreading this, or is the Doi Lanka Noi hike on Saturday the 2nd of December? (That’s how I interpret 17/12/02.)

  2. Oliver, the date is incorrect. Sunday is 3rd December, not 2nd. Not sure if any editors are around at the moment to correct it. Andrew?

  3. Hi, we are 2 hikers from Canada with no car/motorcycle. Do you think we can join anyways?

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