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18/05/20_Trip Report_Doi Inthanon Ridge

The first Fatal Flaw in our meticulous planning was to have 2 meeting points. Of course, all the car drivers went to one meeting point and all non-car drivers looking for a lift went to the other meeting point!!!

After a couple of frantic phone calls, everybody ended up at the same departure point and 8 hikers set off in two cars for the start point, arriving at the trailhead around 09:00 where another lost soul had arrived by motor bike and was waiting very patiently.

 

Everybody was fit and eager and it was great to catch up with a couple of faces from the past.

A few clouds appeared on the horizon but did not spoil the views. Also, they did keep the sun at bay which made the temperature very comfortable for walking. Look at the vista in the photo below, towards the East!

Having reached the top of the ridge and our final destination, the Stupa, the views were rather contrasting with the view to the East as above and the view to the West as below.

This is better illustrated by the photo below of one hiker having lunch, turning his back to the East and enjoying the views to the West!!!

 

One intrepid explorer returning to the fold, not content with seeing the Stupa from the top of the ridge decided that the views would be better from underneath the drop off. (That is a lot steeper than it looks in the photograph.)

The length of hike from the starting point to the ridge top was around 5.5 km and was done in 2.5 hours but then having switched off the GPS for our lunch stop, forgot to switch the unit back on, but estimate the length of the hike to be around 11 km. The starting time was just a few minutes past 09:00 and we got back to the cars at 14:00.

Well-deserved refreshments were enjoyed at the new Zip wire establishment adjacent to Wat Wimut Tikaram where there are a number of shops selling the usual refreshments, very gooood coffee and excellent ablutions facilities.

Hike initiation and reporting by J&J

 

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