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18/10/14_Dragon Peak loop

Dragon view

Dragon’s eye view

Let’s go dragon hunting in the Misty Mountains. (Or is it only misty at my house again?)

This is a volunteer-led hike and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements/dangers sections and consider your preparedness. Please don’t link/repost on social media. 

This hike starts with a 2+hour uphill climb, up to the 1,500 m ‘Dragon’s Peak’.  We’ll take the first, steepest, section, quite slowly but it is quite a long high climb.  Parts of the subsequent 1-2-hour downhill section are quite steep and slippery – there was one full somersault and one broken trekking stick last time – but the views through the shady ridge-top trees are usually worth the effort.  Overall hiking distance ‘only’ about 9 kms, but 700-800m of total elevation gain. Many junctions on the way up, so please stay together with the group.

Probably 4-5 hours, including snack stop. Aprés hike lunch in our regular cafe in the village.

Dragon's Den

Dragon’s Den*?

Meeting point:  We will meet at 07.20 am in front of Susco petrol station on H.118 (the road out to Doi Saket and Chiangrai, see map below) opposite Suzuki for an 07.30 am start to the trailhead.

We will share vehicles for a 45 mins drive, out along H.118, past Doi Saket, turn right onto H.3005 past the (now re-opened) Doi Saket hot springs, and then left to follow the Mae Lai stream to our hike starting point at our regular Pang-Has coffee shop/restaurant. We should minimise the number of vehicles we take and park considerately near the coffee shop.

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. Seats in cars not guaranteed. No groups please and no unprepared hikers.

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Please bring/prepare:

  • at least 2 litres of water or rehydration drink, and energy snacks/first lunch
  • strong legs & lungs for the climb up; sticks recommended for steep downhill
  • sunhat, suncreen, insect repellant, long sleeves/pants, rainwear recommended
  • strong footwear with good grip and ankle support
  • 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes, if car-sharing
  • plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour

* A zip wire operator, called Dragon Flight, operates in the area. No dragons were encountered on the exploration hike, though we did meet this relative:

Dragon baby

 

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