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19/02/17_Upnodown hike

Narrow ridge top trails in the middle-to-later parts of the hike.

First the bad news: probably smokey air with restricted views, lots of uphill walking, some narrow trails above steep drops, some slippery leaf-strewn paths, leeches, car shuffling necessary pre- & post-hike, dusty roadworks on the drive in/out. Did I mention the uphill?

But the good news: cooler and less smokey (we hope) than at lower elevations, very little downhill walking (many knees will approve), mostly shady trails (after early open farmland) and quite varied local scenery – past mulberry farms and up onto ridge-top hunter’s trails.

Distance 8-9 kms, up 850m (but down only 300m total). About 4-5 hours, including lunch break, with 4 kms of constant uphill. We will stop the hike if there are any hill fires in the area. Many trail junctions, so please stay in sight of the hike leader at all times.

Lots and lots of up. Not so much down.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times.. No groups, please. No re-advertising online. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. 50-min drive each way between meeting point and hike start/end points. Some car ferrying will be necessary before and after the hike as this is not a loop. 

BTW, a gentle reminder to our regular hikers, that we would appreciate some more assistance with leading hikes. Let’s spread the load a little more and not take our leaders for granted.

Meeting point: In front of Susco petrol station at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure). (NB: the shop has closed down.)

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Please bring:

  • at least 1-2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • protection from sun, heat, smoky air, leeches.
  • energy snacks and picnic (first) lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers needing a lift, please bring 100 baht towards fuel and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.
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19/02/10_Thepsadet loop

The steep bit up to the peak.

A 10-km loop from the Thepsadet waterfall carpark, up/down about 700m to the high ridge above and the 1719m peak with great 360º views, in about 4-5 hours. Some steep stuff near the peak (see graph below) but all on clear trails. Option for fast hikers to add the extra 1+ km each way to see the Thepsadet falls while waiting for the rest of the group to return. Aftermath at the Pang Hai coffee shop.

All hikers are responsible for their own safety at all times.. No groups, please. No re-advertising online. Seats in cars cannot be guaranteed. 50-min drive each way between meeting point and hike start/end points. 

Meeting point: In front of Susco at 07.20 (for an 07.30 departure).

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Please bring:

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • protection from sun/heat, smoky air.
  • energy snacks and picnic (first) lunch
  • strong legs/knees, footwear with deep tread/good grip, trekking pole/stick
  • lots of energy, team spirit and good humour
  • passengers please bring 100 baht for your driver and a change of shirt/clothes for the drive home.

19/02/03_Around Wieng Kum Kam

This is an easy suburban ramble, along a loop route that will take us past (and through) many of the beautiful temples and picturesque ruins of Wieng Kum Kam.

It begins from a point south of where Mahidol Rd goes over the Ping river (see more exact directions below). Near the start point, we will cross the river on foot over the sluice gates into the Wieng Kum Kam area. It is all on the flat, so an easy hike. Probably about 7km walking distance, to be covered in 2-3 hours. Afterwards we may take refreshments at a riverside restaurant.

Hike leader: Michael M

Meeting Point: Outside the 7-Eleven store which is on the 4032 riverside road, slightly over one km south of the point where this road connects with the 1141 (Mahidol Rd, sometimes known as Airport Rd) and where the 1141 crosses the Ping River. Car-owners should park at the side of the building, or behind it, in order to avoid obstructing the regular store access: there is plenty of space there.

There is room for parking in front of the store, or in vacant ground at the side or behind the block where the store is.

Meeting time: 8:50am. We will start walking promptly at 09am.

If you want to join: Just turn up on time. There is no need to tell us you are coming. But we cannot absorb groups.

Bring:

  • Walking shoes. Trainers are okay for this hike. Boots not necessary.
  • Fairly civilized clothing, e.g. long pants. This is not a hike in the woods. We will be around temples and in people’s neighbourhoods much of the time.
  • Hat and sunblock may also be useful.
  • About one litre of water, or else be ready to buy water etc at shops en route. Same thing re snacks.
  • Team spirit, good humour as ever.

19/01/27_Sakura Special

This Sunday we have our annual pilgrimage to see the Sakura or Wild Himalayan Cherry (Prunus cerasoides) blossom at Ban Hmong Khun Chang Khian and the University’s agricultural research gardens nearby, near the top of Doi Pui.

The gardens as they were on Tuesday 22nd. (Photo thanks to Sandra and Jip)

This hike has three variations, and we need participants to decide before the start if they are going to choose the first one, in which case to put down money (THB 200) for the return songthaew (red truck) transport.

In all three variations, we take car and/or songthaew transport from the meeting place (the Arboretum car-park on Huay Gaew Road, near the zoo) to the carpark/restaurant area at the foot of the steps of Wat Doi Suthep. From there we hike to the sakura area, which takes about three hours. Once there, hikers may disperse for up to an hour to enjoy life at leisure. The (temporary) food stalls and some of the best blossoms are to be found at the Agriculture Research Station about half a kilometer to the west of Ban Hmong Khun Chang Khian village, and it is this location that provides good views of the sakura trees. This area will be very popular! We therefore advise everyone to bring sandwiches, snacks and drink as a contingency. Also bring something warm to wear.

Variation 1 is to take a songthaew from the sakura area back to the Arboretum (via Wat Doi Suthep). We will need to book the songthaew in advance, which is why we need to know how many people will take this option. Cost depends on number of passengers in vehicle, but in past years, people have received some money back from their THB 200 deposits. We would meet the songthaew at 1pm, and arrive back at the Arboretum about 2.30pm.

Variation 2 is simply to hike back along the path from the sakura area to the Wat Doi Suthep carpark area (10km in about two-and-a-half hours), from where you can catch a public songthaew (THB 40) or ride in shared car back to the Arboretum, arriving about 4pm.

Variation 3 is a relatively strenuous hike from the village all the way to the Arboretum. It is only 8km horizontally, but 1km vertically. The continuous fairly steep descent makes it tiring. Return to the Arboretum may be after 4pm.

Hike initiators:  Michael M and Pachyderm

Meeting Place

Meet at 07:45 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

  • Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
  • The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
  • The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.

See the maps below (click to enlarge them).

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

The location of arboretum from the moat of the old city

Advice

As per the normal advice (see tabs at top of page), except:

  • Money for transport: THB 200 for downhill songthaew if you are choosing Variation 1; THB 50 to offer your driver if you are sharing a car to and from to Wat Doi Suthep, THB 40 one-way for songthaew to/from Wat Doi Suthep.
  • Something warm to wear in case it is cold at the top of Doi Pui.

2019/01/13_Wat Pong Noi to Buphing Palace

A reasonable level of physical fitness is required for the 8 km and 1,000m climb up to Buphing Palace.

Starting at the trail-head behind Wat Pong Noi we will climb up through unbroken forest, to the “Forester’s Camp” an old camp and picnic site (hardly recognisable as such these days) which is located next to the main Doi Suthep Road about halfway between Wat Doi Suthep and Buphing Palace. From there we will follow a clear trail parallel to the road which will come out onto the road just before the Palace. The current intention is to finish the final section to the Palace along the road. There used to be a trail that continued directly to the Palace, which is now badly overgrown. If an experienced GPS-equipped individual is available, braving the spikey bamboo may be an alternative to braving the weekend drivers. Once having reached the Palace we will visit the Viewpoint, for what should be a marvellous view. Thereafter there are options.

The trip organiser plans on wining and dining in one of the nice Buphing restaurants, before making a return in blissful contentment down the same trail to Wat Pong Noi. Other hikers are welcome to join him, but for anyone eschewing refreshment and/or feeling weary, silors (songthaews/redtrucks) should be available at Buphing Palace to take you back down the mountain for a small fee.

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The “Forester’s Camp”. We do not anticipate these conditions in January!

The hike up to Buphing Palace should take around 2 1/2 hours.

Participants should bring along enough food and drink to sustain themselves.

Hike Organiser: 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 08.00 sharp.

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). The meeting point is only about 1 kilometer from the hike start point. We will cram as many people as possible into as few vehicles as possible in order to be able to fit into the limited parking space available at the trail-head.

Meeting point Sunday

 

Items to bring:

  • At least 2 liters of water or re-hydration drink.
  • Enough nourishment to keep you going.
  • 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.

 

2019/01/06_Pha Nok Kok Ridge

A forested ridge walk with sweeping views. This hike starts from the Hmong village of Ban Pha Nok Kok, high up on on the southern slopes of the Mae Sa Valley. After a fairly easy climb up onto the ridge, we will follow an undulating trail along the top of the ridge for a distance of about 6 km, with short steep sections up and down but nothing overly strenuous.

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The far point of the hike will be the fire observation tower above yet another large Hmong village. Here we will stop for a snack/ early lunch. The adventurous, with a good head for heights, can climb to the top of the tower for a spectacular 360 degree view.

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We will then retrace the same route back to our starting point. Total distance 14 km, elevation gain 600 m, expected time 5 hours including break.

Following the hike there is an option to repair to the nearby Thermadoi Restaurant for good food, plentiful beverages and nice views over the Mae Sa Valley.

Hike Initiator: Richard

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. Seats in cars are usually available, but can not be guaranteed.

Meeting Point and Directions:

We will meet at the parking lot in front of  the 700-Year Sports Stadium on Canal (Chonpratan) Road (Highway 121) for a 07.30 departure. Please note this parking lot is located immediately adjacent to the highway and is OUTSIDE the main gate.

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Meeting Point in front of 700-Year Sports Stadium

The plan is to car share and travel in convoy all the way from the meeting point to the hike start point. Our route will be as follows:

Left along Canal Road to the junction with Highway 107 and turn left towards Mae Rim.

Take the short-cut that by-passes Mae Rim and then turn left on Highway 1096 along the Mae Sa Valley towards Samoeng.

Follow Highway 1096 until the small town of Pong Yaeng. Continue through the town until just past the built-up area, where we will fork left at the point that the Highway bends to the right and starts going uphill.

Follow this road directly (passing the Thermadoi Restaurant) to Ban Pha Nok Kok, a Hmong village on the hillside. We will park in the middle of the village.

Advice

Please bring:

  • At least 2 litres of water/ rehydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • For passengers: 100 Baht towards fuel costs and a change of clothes/ footwear.
  • Protection from sun, insects and rain.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and good humour.

 

2018/12/30 Op Khan Valley Loop

Please be aware, these hikes are not services and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. When swimming you are strongly advised to avoid strong currents near pool outlets.

This is a biannual hike and swim in Op Khan National Park. We will start from the Park headquarters and follow a path which meanders over a small hill (parts of the path are somewhat overgrown and may involve stepping over and around bamboo but nothing too serious) down to the Nam Mae Khan river, where the water is sufficient high enough to allow swimming in a small gorge (bring swimming costumes). On the return trip we will come back along the river, which will entail some clambering over rocks but nothing very strenuous. The hike is only 5-6kms and can be considered relatively easy. Combined with swim time it will take about three hours and afterwards we will go to the Phufinn restaurant (which has increased its choice of desserts) for lunch.

Hike leader: SRR

If you want to join just turn up at the meeting place on the day. No need to let us know you are coming. No groups please. No seats in cars guaranteed. We will then carshare out to the Ob Khan NP HQ, about an hour south of town.

Meeting Place:

We will meet at 8:15am for an 8:30 start at the open ground immediately after the first traffic lights S after Suthep market on the irrigation canal road (H.121), just after the PTT petrol station (which has toilets, 711 and fuel). Meeting place GPS co-ordinates: 18° 47.002′ N  98° 57.512′ E

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The drive to Op Khan should take about 25 minutes.

Hike start/end point: 18° 43.155′ N  98° 49.413′ E. Anyone driving independently to Op Khan please note; Due to highway construction the old turnoff from Road 3035 (across the small bridge) onto the road to Op Khan no longer exits. Drivers have to drive on until they come to a U-turn just past the PT Petrol station and then drive back to the Op Khan road turnoff.

Please bring:
* at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
* energy snacks and a picnic lunch
* sunhat, sunscreen, strong ankle-supporting footwear,
* long sleeves & pants recommended against sun and sharp spiky vegetation.
* plenty of energy, enthusiasm, good humour and team spirit
Please note: neither pets nor alcohol are allowed in this national park area, according to signs