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17/12/17 Ban Mae Sapok (Mae Win) Waterfall Loop

This Sunday’s hike takes us twenty kilometres to the south of Chiang Mai, and then west for a further thirty kilometres, via Mae Win, to the start point. The trail will commence from a parking area immediately outside a meditation temple at Ban Mae Sapok, a few kilometres west of the “spicy” waterfall hike which the group does regularly in Mae Win. So this will be a brand new route for Sunday hikers.

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The whole trek will be a clockwise loop of some 14 kilometers with 700 meters of ascent, passing through varied landscapes: rice-fields, arable, new access roads, villages, jungle camps, elephant paddocks plus elephants, deciduous forest, bamboo scrub, and water courses which occasionally need to be crossed via wobbly bamboo bridges and moist stepping stones. There is a reasonably steep climb of several hundred metres near the start, but apart from this, the terrain is more undulating than strenuous. There will be 0.5 kilometre stretch of concrete access road we will have to walk along at the half-way point, from which we will descend through forest all the way down to the river complex.

There is a splendid waterfall section in the latter stages of this hike, and downstream a ‘beach’ location where it is possible to dip your toes in and more. Care will be needed immediately adjacent to the river where the trail is at times narrow and rocky, with precipitous ten metre plus drops down to the river below. The hike should take about five hours, but that will be contingent on how long the group spends enjoying the waterfall section.

 

In addition to strong boots, etc., insect repellent is recommended, sun blocker too as the hike is across open land in some places.

No pets on this hike please.

Hike leaders:  PD & PGB

If you want to join:

Read the general advice on this website as well as the specific details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Passenger places are usually available in car-pooling but cannot be guaranteed.  If you are a passenger, please contribute 100Bht to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start at the open area, just past the PTT gas station, when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.

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Please bring: In addition to “Things to bring”

  • at least 2-3 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • energy snacks/picnic lunch
  • protection from sun, rain, insects, spiky/itchy vegetation
  • swimming togs plus towel for potential dip
  • for passengers:100 baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes, footwear
  • bags of energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour
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