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2019/01/20_Mae Win Huai Hoi Waterfall Big Loop

It is imperative the group stays together at all times to avoid mishap and inconvenience. There are numerous trails and the obvious trail is usually the wrong trail. The pace of the hike will be the pace of the slowest person, so please be comfortable with your ability to keep up.

This will be a new hike for many. It was last done nearly 4 years ago and has not been attempted since, partly because the original explorers of this area have moved on and partly because trail finding is notoriously difficult. We did this as an exploration hike last week and had forgotten what an interesting and beautiful hike this is. Tom and his GPS will guide us safely through the intricacies of the route, but anyone deviating from the route runs the risk of being punished by a protracted spell in the jungle.

Something of the variety of the scenery can be seen from the photographs below.

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The hike will start and finish at the parking area in front of Wat Machimaram (on the right-hand side of Highway 1013 just before Mae Win). Distance is about 17 km and total elevation gain close to 1,000m. Expected duration 7 hours depending on the group.

The hike commences with a steep climb from the valley floor up to the ridge line. However, after that there are no more protracted steep climbs or other specific difficulties. It should be fine for anyone with experience of hiking in this kind of environment, but is NOT for starter hikers.

We will stop for a snack lunch during the hike and there is an option for after-hike food and beverages in a nearby restaurant on the bank of the Mae Wang river.

Hike Organisers: Tom and Richard

If you want to join:

Make sure you have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific hike details in this post. If you still think this hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day, on time. No need to inform us in advance. But we cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Point & Time:

We will leave the meeting place at 07.15 sharp. Note the earlier than usual time, this is to accommodate relatively long travel and hike times.

We will meet at the open area 50 meters past the PTT gas station on Canal Road (about 500 meters south of the Suthep Road intersection (see map below – click on map to enlarge). This is the same meeting place as for last week’s hike.

Meeting point Sunday

 

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • A picnic lunch.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Long sleeves/ pants recommended.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

 

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