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18/02/18_Two Waterfalls Loop

This is a fairly easy hike, suitable for most people. It should take about 3-4 hours, depending on how long we take for breaks. We will meet at the Arboretum at 7:30, starting and ending there, so no need for car sharing.

The hike begins following a path off the main road up to Huay Kaew waterfall and continuing up to Wang Bua Ban, crossing the road and continuing up to the right hand fork which leads to Chang Khian waterfall. There we will stop as long as necessary to enjoy the water and have a snack break. I don’t know how much water there will be, but come prepared to get wet if you enjoy that. Afterward we will work our way back down to the road near the Boy Scout Camp and stop for refreshments at the NeoCafe along that road before turning right and continuing back to the main road, exiting via the Seismic Center and walking back down to the arboretum.

Bring a snack, money for refreshments, and a bathing costume if you want to go in the water. As always, bring energy and humor.

 

Hike Leader: Janet

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.

No groups, but dogs are welcome.

Meeting Place

This time we will meet at 07:30 in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park). There is no need to let us know you are coming.

  • 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

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

A more detailed map of the location of the arboretum

 

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18/02/04_Doi Pui Summit Loop

This Sunday we are planning a high altitude trek to the summit of Doi Pui which hopefully will include cool breezes and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The hike begins at Ban Hmong Doi Pui, a popular tourist destination at about 1200 meters elevation. From the village we proceed on a gradually rising trail through a highland forest for about two kilometers until reaching a saddle with a large valley opening to the north. At the saddle we turn right and climb a steep ridge through a more open pine forest with impressive views into the valley below. At about 1500 meters we reach the paved road that leads to the summit.

We plan to initially bypass the summit and instead descend to a viewpoint on the ridge leading north.

At the viewpoint we’ll take a break, rehydrate and indulge in snacks or sandwiches. Having refreshed ourselves, we’ll turn around and ascend the ridge to the summit of Doi Pui (1685 meters), where pictures can be taken with the summit sign in the background (Alas, there are no views at the summit).

Descending the nature trail from the summit we soon return to the paved road leading down the mountain. After a short time we turn right and complete the loop by descending steeply though the forest, then through a monastery and temple grounds, and finally down a steep set of steps back into the village. At the village we can enjoy a delicious lunch and liquid refreshments at any of several small restaurants.

This hike will be about 10 kilometers in length with about 600 meters of total elevation gain. Most of the hike is under the forest canopy and it should be relatively cool at this high elevation. The total hike including the lunch stop in the village should take about five hours. Allow another hour and a half for the drive from the arboretum to the village and back.

NOTE: There are several places along this route where you could get lost if you are not familiar with the trails. To avoid getting lost, please consult with one of the leaders before separating from the group.

Hike Initiators: Michael G, Janet and Michael M

 

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).

 

 

Advice:

We’ll arrange car pools at the arboretum for the drive to the village, but there are no guarantees there will be room for everyone. However, it’s possible to arrange songthaew transport to and from the village if we do not have enough vehicles for everyone.

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

  • Something warm to wear in case it is cold at the top of Doi Pui.
  • At least two liters of water and snacks or a light lunch.
  • 100 baht for your driver if you are carpooling.
  • Plenty of smiles and a positive attitude.

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18/01/28 Op Khan River Valley Loop

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Please be aware, these hikes are volunteer led and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. If car-sharing, please bring a change of shirt/clothes and Bt.100 to contribute to your driver’s fuel costs. Seats in cars not guaranteed.

This is a relatively short, unhurried circular hike of 5 – 6 km through forest and then alongside the Nam Mae Khan river. Probably about 3 hours plus lunch, swim & rest stops. We start at an elevation of 340m and rise to a maximum of 475m (less than 300m total elevation gain/loss). There are many up and downs along the trails and possibly some short difficult sections where the trail has been destroyed by landslips, covered by fallen bamboo (common cobra habitat), or little bridges have become unusable. Part of the trail is along a stream bed but no need to get wet feet. Another part involves climbing over big boulders alongside the river and negotiating short-distance rock clambering. Besides hiking on two legs some of us might prefer to scramble up on all fours or slide down on our bums occasionally!  Some narrow trails above steep drops. The return section can be very hot in the rocky river valley around lunchtime. The river is not so deep at the moment but swimming is possible in several places, so bring your cozzie.

There will be an option to eat and drink at the Phufinn restaurant following the hike. This is situated close to and to the west of the Grand Canyon water park.

Hike initiators: Peter D and Jume S
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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Hike start/end point: 18° 43.155′ N  98° 49.413′ E

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

18/01/21_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. A very recent reconnoitre on Monday found the blooms already out, plus the usual colourful swarms of selfie-ists attracted to them. The forecast is for a splendid sunny day this Sunday (famous last words!).

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 (about 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 should be less than THB 250. We would meet the songthaew at 1pm, and arrive back at the Arboretum about 2pm.

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, Jume S and Peter D

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.
  • Extra water (3-4 litres total) if choosing options 3 or 4.
  • Camera!

18/01/14_McKean Island hike – Sign up by Friday!

I’m hoping for some companions in a gentle hike on flat terrain at the edge of the city. McKean island (no longer exactly an island) is nowadays a sanctuary for elderly and other vulnerable people, a pleasant and interesting riverside area for walking. The island was once a corral for elephants. Later it was given to missionaries under Dr. James W. McKean, to establish a leper colony with a hospital. Since the arrival of multi-drug therapy in the 1980s, the treatment of leprosy (now more correctly known as Hansen’s disease) has become possible in people’s home areas, so the McKean island community has changed, but it is still based on a hospital and rehabilitation center. Nearby is the beautiful Wat Ko Klang next to a little bridge over the river.

Starting at 9am, we will hike to the island, and around it, partly on riverside paths and partly on quiet suburban roads. The total walking distance will be about seven km, and we will take it as a gentle ramble over about three hours. At the end I hope you will join me in refreshments at Ms Y’s local restaurant.

Hike initator: Michael M

If you would like to come with me, please email me BEFORE THE END OF FRIDAY at michaelm.cmh@gmail.com, giving your name (and that of up to one other adult, plus any children coming along). There will be some clambering over low walls and rocks on the river shore. Several parts of the route seem unsuitable for bringing dogs. If more than about 15 people are interested, I may regretfully leave some off the list, in order to have a nice group size. So on Saturday morning I’ll email replies with either apologies or the details of our starting point (which will be about 5km from the city centre).

Equipment:

  • 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 hills. We will be around temples and in people’s neighbourhoods much of the time.
  • Hat and sunblock may be useful.
  • About one litre of water.
  • Team spirit, good humour.

18/01/07_Sakura preview loop hike

This is a less arduous and day-consuming alternative to the Doi Phi Panam hike posted below. We are billing it as a “sakura preview” hike because it goes to the sakura blossom area near the top of Doi Pui, but the sakura have not yet reached their full glory. Another hike on a similar route will probably be held after two more weeks.

We will meet at the Arboretum at 7:30am, and share cars/bikes up to Wang Bua Baan (a point below Wat Doi Suthep) where we will cross the road and continue up that trail to 5-way junction and then to Baan Khun Chang Khian. After eating a pack snack or lunch we would return to 5-way junction and then return on the trail to Wat Doi Suthep where most of us will probably have a meal at the parking-lot restaurant and take a songtao back down to Wang Bua Baan.

The main group will take this hike at a gentle pace. If you cannot contain your energy and you want to gallop ahead, please be clear about how you know the way. (And if you know the way, why don’t you initiate a hike next time?). Expect five hours walk time, an hour or more eating/idling time, and up to an hour of transport time.

 

Hike initiator: Janet

If you want to join,  please make sure you have read the general advice and conditions on this website, as well as this particular post. Then just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. No groups, please.

Meeting Place

Meet at 07:30 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:

Bring money for transport and meal. If you are sharing someone’s car to (and from) Wang Bua Baan, please offer your driver THB 50. Songthaew travel down from Wat Doi Suthep is about THB 40.

17/12/31_Ridge Walk from Ban Pha Nok Kok

Each hiker is responsible for his or her actions and well-being at all times. Please read the recommendations below and elsewhere on this site and come appropriately prepared.

We will close out this Lion of a hiking year with a Pussy-cat of a hike. Those looking for a good workout before the New Year celebrations should be aware that this will be a relatively sedate hike, but very pleasant for all that.

The starting point will be the Hmong village of Ban Pha Nok Kok, high in the hills along the south side of the Mae Sa Valley above the small town of Pong Yaeng. From the village we will be climbing up on to a ridge and heading westwards in the direction of Samoeng. There are only two options for this hike, to return the same way or to organise a long car shuttle. This time we will be re-tracing our footsteps along the ridge to return to the same place from whence we started out.

It is a modest climb of only 300 meters or so from the village onto the ridge. From there the ridge undulates up and down as ridges do, with some steep sections but no protracted ups and downs. There are several local peaks around 1,300 meters elevation. Most of the hike is through canopy forest. Our objective will be to reach the cleared area on the western end of the ridge where we will choose a suitable site to enjoy a snack and what, weather permitting. should be beautiful views to the south and west.

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View under ideal conditions

Total distance out and back is about 12 kilometers and anticipated time including snack break should be about 4 1/2 hours.

For those hikers not impatient to rush back to the Big Smoke for the hedonistic delights of the New Year, there is the alternative (New Year crowds permitting) of a leisurely late lunch at the Thermador Restaurant, enjoying the stupendous views and gastronomic satisfaction that this establishment has to offer.

Hike Leader: 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.

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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 turn left at the point that the Highway takes a right bend and goes steeply uphill. The junction is unmarked, but our route is a good surfaced road.

Follow this road directly to Ban Pha Nok Kok, a Hmong village on the hillside.

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/ footware.
  • Protection from sun, insects and (for pessimists) rain.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and good humour.