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17/11/19 Trip report Huay Tung Thao Ridge Loop

There was a degree of confusion at the start of the hike, as a correction to the hike description was posted the previous day when it became known that a marathon run was to take place along the north-bound lane of the canal road, first thing Sunday morning. Half the hikers had already noted the pre-correction start time of 8am, and, having noted it, did not feel the need to revisit the website late Saturday. So Peter D led ten hikers from the Golden Buddha statue at just gone 8am. Peter G-B however, stayed behind to wait for those hikers planning to turn up for the 9am start.

Peter D account: The weather was forecast to be el scorchio, with a maximum of 36°C, and sky-high humidity, and so it proved to be. Climbing up, up and away from Huay Tung Thao lake our group initially jumped athletically (well the boys did anyway) across a concrete water-bearing culvert, up alongside and finally across a rocky stream, through grass, scrub and bamboo, and onto a fairly steep dirt-track road that wended its way inexorably up the mountain. Mostly wooded surroundings suddenly gave way to orchard basking in hot sunshine – several of the group took fruit hanging from an orange tree shading a convenient stopping point at a hut with a bench. Cynthia was about to sit on the bench at the precise point where mum and babe scorpion just happened to be minding there own business. Jenny took a few photos of these Arachnidae.

The path continued on through more orchards alternating with diverse tropical rain-forest containing fabulous towering Dipterocarpus alatus trees; a grove of Eucalyptus was espied above the first of the orchard areas. Butterflies were also prominent either nectaring or salt-sipping on damp rock surfaces, especially in the orchard areas. Species were numerous and included: Yam Fly, Neptis species, Dragontail, Common Imperial plus other Lycaenid species.

Further uphill sections took us eventually to our own private summit, and lunch. Here it was a touch cooler than the broiling soup kitchen below. From this point it was all downhill – a little too downhill for some – on reasonable forest trails through mainly invasive bamboo. Care had to be taken, with the length of the descent taking its toll on the legs of many within the group. Lower down, we reached a more flat and open grass-festooned ridge section which provided a smidgeon of respite, before dipping down once more through forest to rejoin the path close to our staring point, and eventually back to our cars and bikes.

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Peter G-B’s account:  A group of 10, including three Newbies, set off at the later time and followed in the tracks of the earlier group and good progress was made up the hill to the turn off point.  After a short water break we continued along the dirt road, on a much  more gentle gradient, through light forest and farmland taking a pause every now and then to take in the scenery.  Upon coming to a junction, where we stopped for a snack break, we were left with two choices, option 1 was to follow in the footsteps of the earlier group, which entailed another 300mtrs ascent and about 2.5kms distance, or take a short cut and miss that section out.  By a large majority it was decided to take the short cut.

With snacks eaten we set off once again and, after a few hundred metres, left the dirt road and went back into the forest and the start of the descent.  We were not as lucky as the first group with regard to wildlife although some of us did get a fleeting glimpse of a snake as it sped past us, we thing it was either a Copperhead Racer or a Red Mountain Rat snake, whatever it was it was in a hurry and did not wait to be photographed.  Our route back was different to that of the earlier group and we did not have to negotiate the bamboo but otherwise, we met the same challenges and the group became a bit spread out for the  last kilometre.  All was well, nobody got lost and we arrived back at the cars/bikes with the same number that set out and from there it was a quick change and off to the restaurant for the usual post-hike refreshments and to wait for the other group.

The 2P’s would like to thank all who turned up, for both hikes, it was great to see everyone and special thanks to Cynthia (who was on the 0800 hike) for the photos.

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17/11/05_Trip report_Ban Doi Pui to Buddha Footprint

Blue sky, ridgelines, haze trapped by an inversion: Doi Inthanon visible from Buddha Footprint area on Doi Pui

It was a great day for it: blue sky, cool breeze. 15 hikers arrived in Ban Doi Pui by 08:45, by a light truck, a saloon car and five motorcycles. Sweet kids in their Hmong Sunday best brought us our parking tickets. The handicraft shops were full of attractive produce, and the pleasure garden was looking very pretty as we set out on the path northwestwards out of town. Our three juveniles galloped ahead and managed to draw six of the adults down the wrong path. They retraced and caught up with the rest of us later on.

The pleasure garden at Ban Doi Pui

A gateway of wooden knives or giant teeth had been set across the way

The morning breeze really was quite chilly up there for several of us, caught off-guard by what seems like a sudden change from wet to cool season. But the air was great above the valley haze, and gave us long wide views. We paused at the rocky viewpoint for a snack and group photo, and lingered again at the metal viewing platforms. As usual, nobody could really identify the Buddha Footprint on the outcropped rock where it is supposed to be, and nobody knew why the “Doi Pa Klong Legend” is called that.

We went a little further along the ridge and then sharp left onto the path that loops back at a lower level. Long grasses on either side made it hard to see where our feet were going, but we made it back to the main path without mishap, and returned briskly and cheerfully to the village. Most of us took refreshment in a market restaurant, some shopped, one paid for a go at shooting papaya with a toy crossbow, all agreed it had been a lovely hike.

Report and hike catalysis by Michael. Photos by Tam and Michael.

Group photo near the Buddha Footprint

17/10/15_Huay Tung Tao Circular Hike (a new one)

Today’s hike is on.

You are responsible for your own safety at all times. Please read the full hike description/requirements section and consider your preparedness.

Due to the Dark Age navigational techniques employed on the reconnaissance hike – no GPS, no compass and not even a map – the parameters for this hike are a little less precise than one has come to expect. However, having duly taken into account the position of moss growing on the trees and the conjunction of Mercury with Venus we are able to assert that the hike is no longer than 15 km (probably a little less) with about 500 meters of vertical elevation gain. Expected hike time between 5 and 6 hours including a snack break.

Apart from being a little longer than average there are no particular difficulties and a reasonable level of physical fitness should suffice. The hike is on dirt roads and well-marked trails throughout and there are no unduly steep sections. There are 4 significant stream crossings, so wet feet will be a given.

The hike passes through a mix of forest and agricultural area, with some nice views to the north in places.

At the end of the hike there will be an option to take lunch/refreshments in one of the restaurants surrounding the lake.

Hike leaders: Richard and Stephen

Meeting Place: 07.30 at Huay Tung Tao. At the far end of the reservoir. After entering through the barrier, turn right and continue along the reservoir to the far end where there is an extensive flat area opposite a large tree. The hike will start and end at this point.

Note that this hike will NOT start from the Standing Buddha. The map below is intended only as a guide for those not familiar with Huay Tung Tao. Once you reach  the reservoir please follow the directions given above.

There is an entry fee for non-Thais of TB 50 per person payable at the booth. The fee for Thai citizens is TB 20 per person.

If you want to join, just turn up at the meeting place on time. No need to let us know. No groups please and no unprepared hikers.

 

Map showing route out to standing Buddha from the moat

Please bring/prepare:

  • At least 2 liters of water/ rehydration drink.
  • A snack.
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, long sleeves/ pants, rainwear recommended.
  • Strong footwear with good grip and ankle support.
  • Plenty of energy, enthusiasm, team spirit and good humour.

17/10/01_Trip Report_White Buddha Skyline Hike

Report by Keir

On the trip to Mae On we left one car at the White Buddha while 4 other cars went to the start point 10 km away to the north to begin the hike. The trek went from a corner on a road, along a ridge and back to the White Buddha. It was great fun except for the hornets, bees and cow manure.

There were some great views from high cliffs, and some thought it was the edge of the world…

… but some thought it was the end of the world.

[Insert photo of Michael surrounded by angry hornets – ed.]

There were 20 hikers in all and everyone had fun. Unfortunately I was the only kid and being the youngest, I was picked on to write this report but lucky for me, my dad helped me.

[Thanks very much, Keir and Keith! – ed.]

 

Stat from Chan:  Distance covered: 8.75 km.

Further photos:

 

 

17/09/10_Mok Fa Waterfall Mystery Hike

This Sunday we will try a mystery hike on a trail in the Mok Fa Waterfall area that the group has not tried yet. The last time the group visited Mok Fa Waterfall our ranger suggested a hike involving two mountains in the area, so we have taken the ranger up on his offer to try out this hike. We are not sure how many kilometers the hike will be, but it should not be too phyiscally demanding as there are not any extremely high mountains in the area. However, the trail could be overgrown a bit and there could be some water crossings, so please be mentally prepared for bit of bush/water. Hopefully it will be a nice opportunity to explore a new area that not many people visit.

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There should be some swimming in the waterfall after the hike if the weather conditions are good, so bring a towel and/or swimming clothes if you plan to swim (however, conditions may not be favourable if there is rain). We will have lunch at a restaurant near the park entrance.

 

We will post an update regarding the weather if necessary at around 6:50 on Sunday.

 

Hike Leader: William & Bussakorn &Waka

If you want to join

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

We cannot accommodate groups.

Meeting Place

The meeting time and place for the Sunday hike will be 7:30 am outside the 700-Year Stadium ( see map below), for a departure at 7:40. We will share/pool cars and motorbikes and will drive to our starting point, Mok Fa Waterfall.

To get to the meeting place at the 700-Year Stadium, head straight out from the North West corner of the moat 2 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road (H.1004).

Turn right onto the Canal Road H.121

After 4.5 km you will see the traffic lights (don’t go into the Stadium area.)

when you are at traffic lights of 700 years stadium you will see the big parking area on canal road in front of 700 years stadium there we will meet.

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Advice

Bring :

  • around 1.5-2 liters of water or more, snacks
  • good footwear etc. hat, rain wear, insect repellent, sun-block, towel and/or swim gear
  • energy, team spirit, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
  • 100 baht entrance fee for foreigners, 20 baht for Thais
  • Tip of about 50 baht per person for the park ranger

17/09/03_Trip report_White Buddha Hike

Fifteen hikers gathered in front of Promenada and the convoy set off toward the “White Buddha” which is goal point of this hike. A motorcyclist joined us at the White Buddha, making sixteen. Then we all moved on to the starting point in Ban Mae Tha Krai.

We started the hike at 8:40 and made for the 3-way junction, taking rests about every 30 minutes. Perfect blue sky welcomed the hikers even though it is rainy season currently.

After taking a short break, we started the hike again and turned southwards to the goal point, the White Buddha. Before getting there, we had a lunch break at the rock garden, whose amazing view we could enjoy to the full on this fine day.

All the hikers reached the goal poin at 12:20. Five hikers went to the starting point to pick their cars up, and then twelve of us lingered for meals and drinks at a local restaurant. After that, five hikers went to San Kampaeng hot springs to enjoy bathing.

The distance of the hike was 7.8km and it took 3 hours 40 minutes. Thanks to everybody who cooperated in making the hike.

Hike leadership by Chan and Monjiro. Report by Monjiro. The photos are from hikers.


17/08/20_Trip Report_MonCham loop hike report

 

Despite the heavy overnight rain and overcast sky ten hikers turned up at the start point. Fortunately the rain held off and the going was only mildly soft, with occasional puddles on the road to be negotiated. Unfortunately the side path to Anders’ cave is now completely grown over so we had to double back and down through a small forest to the bottom of the valley, skipping the cave. Given the mild temperature the ascent up the hill was relatively easy and indeed as we reached the top the sun came out, if only briefly. We then doubled back down the hill to the car park to complete the walk in under three hours. Afterwards eight hikers retired to the Thermadoi restaurant for an enjoyable lunch.

Hike leadership and report by Stephen