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18/02/04_Doi Pui Summit Loop

This Sunday we are planning a high altitude trek to the summit of Doi Pui which hopefully will include cool breezes and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The hike begins at Ban Hmong Doi Pui, a popular tourist destination at about 1200 meters elevation. From the village we proceed on a gradually rising trail through a highland forest for about two kilometers until reaching a saddle with a large valley opening to the north. At the saddle we turn right and climb a steep ridge through a more open pine forest with impressive views into the valley below. At about 1500 meters we reach the paved road that leads to the summit.

We plan to initially bypass the summit and instead descend to a viewpoint on the ridge leading north.

At the viewpoint we’ll take a break, rehydrate and indulge in snacks or sandwiches. Having refreshed ourselves, we’ll turn around and ascend the ridge to the summit of Doi Pui (1685 meters), where pictures can be taken with the summit sign in the background (Alas, there are no views at the summit).

Descending the nature trail from the summit we soon return to the paved road leading down the mountain. After a short time we turn right and complete the loop by descending steeply though the forest, then through a monastery and temple grounds, and finally down a steep set of steps back into the village. At the village we can enjoy a delicious lunch and liquid refreshments at any of several small restaurants.

This hike will be about 10 kilometers in length with about 600 meters of total elevation gain. Most of the hike is under the forest canopy and it should be relatively cool at this high elevation. The total hike including the lunch stop in the village should take about five hours. Allow another hour and a half for the drive from the arboretum to the village and back.

NOTE: There are several places along this route where you could get lost if you are not familiar with the trails. To avoid getting lost, please consult with one of the leaders before separating from the group.

Hike Initiators: Michael G, Janet and Michael M


Meeting Place:

Meet at 07:45 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.
See the maps below (click to enlarge them).




We’ll arrange car pools at the arboretum for the drive to the village, but there are no guarantees there will be room for everyone. However, it’s possible to arrange songthaew transport to and from the village if we do not have enough vehicles for everyone.

As per the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), except:

  • Something warm to wear in case it is cold at the top of Doi Pui.
  • At least two liters of water and snacks or a light lunch.
  • 100 baht for your driver if you are carpooling.
  • Plenty of smiles and a positive attitude.


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