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2021/07/11_Mae Wan Valley


Forecasts are for heavy rain towards the weekend. The upswing in Covid cases means new public restrictions may be imposed which might also cause the hike to be cancelled. Please check this site before leaving home on Sunday morning to confirm the hike is on.

This is a shortish hike at 10km, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in height, with a total elevation gain of 800m. Our starting point is by the side of Highway 118 about 20km north-east of Doi Saket. Initially the trail climbs steadily up-hill to the crest of the ridge-line south of the highway. From here we descend southwards into the valley of the Mae Wan stream and follow for 2km downstream, with multiple stream crossings. Eventually we leave the stream on an abandoned motorcycle trail and climb back up to the ridge-line. After 1km or so of ridge walking we complete the loop and return downhill to the vehicles.

The ascents and descents are steep in places, but on graded motorcycle trails and firm footing. They should be of no concern for strained ankles, knees or any other part of the anatomy.

The first two stream crossings will be on bridges, the second of which is a somewhat rickety bamboo construction. For anyone preferring to wade in the stream, you will get wet about half-way to the knee. Below the second bridge we will be boulder-hopping to-and-fro across the stream. The agile may stay dry, most are likely to get wet feet.

We will stay together until the last stream crossing and the start of the climb back up to the ridge. The pace up this last climb will be comfortable for all hikers. Anyone finding the pace too sedate can burn off at this point for an early bath.

Estimated hiking time 4 1/2 hours including snack break. There are excellent options for a late lunch on the drive home.

N.B: On the way home you will pass through a Covid check-point just before Doi Saket. Normal practice is for vehicles with Chiang Mai plates to be waved through after the occupants have been temperature-tested. Vehicles with out-of-province plates may be pulled over for more detailed examination. As a matter of courtesy, wear a mask as you approach the check-point.

Hike Organiser: Richard.

If you would like to attend: Please read the general information on this site, as well as this particular post. If you still think this hike is for you, then just turn up at the meeting place on the day and time. We will drive in convoy from the meeting place to the hike start point. Be aware that during this active phase of the Covid-19 epidemic drivers may be unwilling to share vehicles with strangers.

Meeting Point: in front of the SUSCO filling station on Highway 118 at 07.20 for a 07.30 departure.

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Please bring:

  • Face mask.
  • At least 2 liters of drinking water/ rehydration drink.
  • Protection from rain and sun.
  • An energy snack.
  • Strong footwear with a good tread.
  • Good humour and team spirit,
  • Passengers please bring TB100 as a contribution to driver’s expenses and a change of shirt/ clothes.

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