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17/03/26_Trip report_Huay Tung Tao loop and swim

Nearly back to the lake. Photo by Michael

Group photo with four landmark trees in the background. Photo by Jenny

We were a group of 14 setting out at 8:10 from the Standing Buddha at Huay Teung Tao.  We walked steadily uphill for the first 8.5km – through dry forest, past the landmark four big trees and several lychee orchards – to a maximum height of 1083m before starting back down the mountain.  After a brief rerouting onto the correct trail we began to go quite steeply downhill, passing some blackened patches which had burned recently, until at last reaching the lake at Huay Teung Tao.  We walked 13.5km over 5:40 hours with a total elevation gain of 1052m.  The swim, beer and food were the perfect ending to a longish, hot hike.

Hike leadership and report by Jenny.

Leafy path. Photo by Nong

Valley view. Photo by Nong

White flowers. Photo by Nong

Exquisite blooms. Photo by Nong

Strong spider. Photo by Jenny

Snack and rest. Photo by Michael

Nearly back to the lake. Photo by Michael

Lakeside meal. Photo by Michael

Lakeside meal. Photo by Michael

Trip Report: 17/03/19_Adventure Hike at Op Khan National Park

21 hikers met up this Sunday for a hike in the valley of a river named “Nam Mae Khanin”, in Op Khan National Park. A quite spectacular river, because the locals use a part of this shallow river as a motorbike connection between two villages, “Ban Huai Kwang” in the north and Ban Mae Khanin Tai, in the south.

River hikers


The hike started in the south village with walking on a small dirt road up in the narrow valley. Soon we had to start crossing the river. In front of us we had to do 21! Some of us changed our boots to more water convenient footwear.

One of the 21 river crossings

Crossing nr? …hmm


The man in the tree. What do you want !?


Next moment for the hike was climbing up on the hills and hike high above the valley. A changing of footwear again. The area was recently burned by the farmers, and the ash covered the ground.
Now the hike continued downhill, and soon we got connection with the river again.

On our way back down to the river, a hike in a dry and hot landscape


Change footwear! Now we started to hike on the motorbike trail in the river.



Sleeping time at the lunch stop


A wading experience back south for 4 km in the shallow cold water. Today, as often, young guys ride motor cross bikes for fun in the river.

Young guys on their bikes


Afterward we hiked back on the morning road, and repeated the 21 river crossings. On our way back home we had a nice aftermath at the Canyon View Restaurant.

Happy hikers

“The Canyon”. An old gravel pit, now a fun park

Some facts:


Trip report: Anders
Pictures: Our fellow hikers

17/03/19_Adventure Hike at Op Khan National Park

Reprise of a favourite hike pioneered by Pam and Anders a little over two years ago.

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We will hike in a beautiful valley, along a  small river named Nam Mae Khanin in Op Khan National Park. Crystal clear cold water from the mountains, but probably not too much because of the season.  The hike can be classified as easy . We will have some steep sections, but not more than for around 30 minutes in total.  For the most part it is a hike along the narrow river valley. Hiking time including breaks and lunch is 4 hours and 30 minutes, up to 5 hours, depending on the group. The little specialty that makes this  an adventure hike is that we will cross the river numerous times and for one hour we will  hike in the stream. But please do not worry, the river is wide  and the water level is about 10 centimeters or less only. Soft and sandy ground to walk on and delightfully cool mountain water. In order to be able to get the full benefits of this hike, it is very important that you bring two pairs of shoes with you. A couple for the river wading and a couple for the regular hiking. You can say that this hike is a bit magic ……. Option after the hike: Nice lunch at the spectacular Canyon Restaurant.

Hike Leader: Anders, assisted by Tom

If you want to join: You should have read the general advice on this website as well as the specific details in this post. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time. We cannot accommodate groups. Passenger places are usually available in car-pooling, but cannot be guaranteed. If you are a passenger, please contribute THB 100 to your driver for fuel etc.

Meeting Point & Time.

This time we will meet at 07:20 for 07:30 start. We will meet at the open area just past the PTT gas station when driving southwards on Canal Road from the Suthep Road junction.  (Please click on map to enlarge)

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Advice:

Equipment needed is as usual (see the “Things to bring” tab, above) except :

  • bring amphibious footwear or two pairs, for walking both in the stream and on dry land. Also a plastic bag for transporting wet footwear in the car.

Trip Report: 17/03/12 Ban Khun Chang Khian loop

We had 11 hikers who chose this shorter hike. Other than the starting point, not much else matched the hike description. All 11 of us squeezed into 2 cars for the hour long drive up to the village. The road was a bit worse for wear, but what a beautiful location the village has! The air was cool and clear with a constant fresh breeze. We chose to have coffee and tea there, and found exactly 11 seats in one coffee shop. Then we started out down the road, and passed a big new coffee shop with a view on the left.  Because we were a partly “elderly” group with 4 in the range of 70-80 plus, we didn’t take the steep, slippery short cut, and we kept a leisurely pace with stops to let stragglers catch up. Only 2 young and energetic hikers kept in the lead. And so we continued down the dirt track, keeping a watch for the well remembered narrow trail on the left, but never found it. The leader explored one which seemed to be in the right place and headed the right way, but didn’t look familiar, and which continued down “forever” into deep forest rather than into an orchard.)  After more than an hour into the  hike, we reluctantly turned back and retraced our steps to the village. (Hmmm…obviously the leader should have checked the hike route before). It was noon when we got back, and we were hungry enough. The new coffee shop turned out to have food also, 3 good enough choices (but no beer). We liked the view over a flower garden and strawberry fields, which had to compensate for the lack of beer. We also learned that the village is growing strawberries organically, and that the Hmong New Year celebration in Jan. ’18 will be held in this village.

And so we didn’t hike a loop, only hiked 5 km., and didn’t return to the temple parking lot for lunch, but returned happy hikers.

Here are some photos to share:

Villagers grinding corn for their chickens

In the midst of the hike

One of several villagers we watched doing cross-stitch

Having lunch at the new coffee shop

Trip report_17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

Nice view

11 hikers met up at the meeting point. In the village we met one more. So we were 12 hikers in total.

Group picture

We set off from the village and followed the road/farmers track which climbed, fairly gently, up the hillside into the farmland.

At the farmers’ trail

We continued upwards and after 1:20 hour we turned left in the light forest and then to a big banana farm and back to the farmers track.

The light forest

The banana farm

We reached the Lychee farm area where we had a snack break. After we climbed up to the summit there had a very good view and a refreshing breeze. We stopped for lunch and turn back to the village.

Very nice view

Nice view

Way back from the summit

After we finished the hike we went to a new Restaurant for refreshments.

A great day; thanks to all who joined!

Facts: 13km, 4 hours 30 minutes.

Nice restaurant

The view from the restaurant

Photos by Anders, Bussakorn and Tom.

Hike leadership and report by Tom.

17/03/12 Baan Khun Chang Khian loop – alternate, shorter hike

This is a shorter alternative hike. For the longer out-of-town hike, scroll down!

We will meet at the arboretum at 8am (see maps below), car pool up to the village, about 45 min., and walk at a leisurely pace around a loop. This is at high elevation, shady, nothing difficult, and it should take us about 3 hours. There is a possibility of having coffee before the hike at the CMU or village coffee shop. Afterward we will stop for lunch at a restaurant at Prathat Doi Suthep parking lot.
Bring at least 2 liters water, good shoes, snacks, insect repellent, energy and good humor, plus money for coffee and lunch and 100 baht for your driver. Leader, Janet

Maps showing Arboretum meeting point:

 

17/03/05_ Trip Report – Nam Mae Lai Noi watershed hike

12 hikers met up at the meeting point in the early Sunday morning. The smog was very heavy and the visibility toward our mountains was more or less zero. But at our starting point, Ban Pok Pang Nai (1082 m altitude), it was like coming to an another world, clear blue sky, and a nice cool temperature! Everyone was so happy to escape the heat and the air pollutions in Chiang Mai.
The only ”if’ about the hike was that no one in the hiking group had check some parts of the area the last 2 years. But surprisingly, the trails were in better condition than ever. An extra plus for us, no burnings up on the ridges this year (yet).

The stairs up to the temple

The stairs up to the temple


We started the hike with walking up to the new built temple, and continued on a ”coffee road” that follows a creek up in the valley. Near the end of the valley we had to attack a very steep hill in our efforts to reach the first ridge. But no sad faces, the group managed this climb in a good mood.
Up we go. The sky is the limit!

Up we go. The sky is the limit!


Very steep, but still smiling

Very steep, but still smiling


Upon the first ridge we got our first reward, fantastic views of the mountains in the area.
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Ok... where we go now? Last time 2 years ago..

Ok… where we go now?
Last time 2 years ago..


Now the rest of the hike was a ridge hike.
Up on the second ridge

Up on the second ridge


Snack stop at 1500 m altitude, on the third ridge after 1 hour and 40 minutes hike

Snack stop at 1500 m altitude, on the third ridge after 1 hour and 40 minutes hike


On the way to our lunch spot, some high grass, but no big deal..

On the way to our lunch spot, some high grass, but no big deal..


View towards the " bald man",  a strange peak at altitude of 1719 m. South/east have no vegetation

View towards the ” bald man”, a strange peak at an altitude of 1719 m. South/east have no vegetation


lunch on the rocks at the fourth ridge

Lunch on the rocks at the fourth ridge


A relaxing hiker at the lunch stop

A relaxing hiker at the lunch stop


View from the "rocky lunch" Morning ridge in the distance

View from the “rocky lunch” Morning ridge in the distance


After our lunch “on the rocks” we started our descent back to the village.
To avoid the afternoon heat on a local dirt road, we took our chances on a short cut on a hunters trail. The trail was better than expected, but some parts covered with dry leaves made you come down like an alpine skier.
Thai skiing

Thai skiing


Back in the village, some of us went for a cold beer at the new zip line company
New resort with zip line

New resort with zip line

Question, When beer taste best?  Answer, after a hike!

Question, When beer taste best?
Answer, after a hike!

Some facts
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Credit photos:
Our hikers
Report:Anders