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18/04/08_Thepsadet loop

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Starting high and staying high as long as possible is the main aim of this hike, in an attempt to stay cooler in clearer air. To help with this aim we hope we’ve managed to arrange a little rain on Saturday to cleanse and cool the air for Sunday.

Two hikes in one, same start (Thepsadet waterfall carpark), different finish point (Pang Hai coffee shop for the longer hike). The first (a long U) is illustrated below in an elevation graph: 12 kms, up 780m, down 1000m, in 5-6 hours including breaks. The second (a shorter loop) option starts the same until the half way point and then returns to the Thepsadet carpark (see brown arrow on graph) down a 2km dirt road: 8.2 kms, up/down 600m, in about 4 hours or so. (Faster hikers who don’t want to wait for the main group to reach the initial ridge-top may wish to add on a very steep, 1km roundtrip, detour to the local highest peak/viewpoint, 1719m.)

Pang Hai loop graph

The first 8 kms or so is briefly along a quiet surfaced road, then dirt motorbike tracks, then clear, wide, shady ridge-top trails/firebreaks with some nice views. Later parts are narrower, sometimes steeper and more overgrown with occasional indistinct paths and a short bush-whack where a little gardening may be necessary.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times. Burning forest and smoky air possible. No groups, please. No re-advertising online. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. 50-min drive each way between meeting point and hike start/end points. 

Meeting point: In front of Susco at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure). Please be ready to tell if you intend to hike the longer or shorter option so we can arrange transport.

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Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, 3 litres for longer hike
  • protection from sun/heat, rain
  • long pants/sleeves for insects (and thorns); repellent recommended
  • energy snacks and picnic lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.
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