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18/10/07 Trip report Wat Doi Suthep to Ban Khun Chang Khian and back

A total of seventeen hikers and one K9 turned out on what was a rather misty/smoky morning down at the arboretum.  Higher up, at the start point, the air was clearer but Chinag Mai was completely obscured which was a bit of a disappointment for 2 of the group who were on a short visit to the city.  That aside, the group set off and once into the forest we were met with a number of fallen trees and other storm damage which made progress a little interesting at times but did not slow down the group too much.  Regular stops were made to regroup and take on water and a longer snack break was taken at 5-way-junction, which is now missing its large conifer tree, another victim to this seasons storms.  From here it was a relatively easy hike along the dirt road and up into the village where refreshments were had at the café/restaurant but, still no views!

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Snack break at 5-ways

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Café at the village

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One of two resident café cockerels

The group split into two for the return leg, 5 hikers taking an alternative route, which went directly back to the arboretum, while the remaining 12 + K9 elected to retrace its earlier steps.  Whilst there was not much to see in the way of vistas the forest, as ever, had plenty to offer.  We did not encounter the wasps mentioned in the comments of the previous post but it has been over 4 months since they were encountered and have, obviously, found somewhere else to live!

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The 12+K9 group made it back to the start point for a total hike time of about 5hrs and retired to a restaurant for the post-hike refreshments and the Alternative group arrived at the arboretum for a total time of about the same.

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Stats for those interested; the there-and-back group 19kms, 800mtrs and for the alternative group no info available but probably a few kms more and 600mtrs more descent (but we don’t count that!).

Thanks to all who turned up and making it another great day, special thanks to Busakorn for the photos and MM for the initial post and in-hike assistance.

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