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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:

 

17/03/12 _Ban Pha Nok Kok loop

This post corrects an earlier one which had the wrong date and post-hike details. Contrary to the earlier post, the hike will take place on the Sunday, as usual. The hike is about 5 hours and after the hike we will be going to a nice restaurant not far from the starting point.

We will be hiking mainly along farmers trails through agricultural land with some lovely views, seasonal conditions permitting.  The hike is at a relatively high altitude, starting at 1000m rising to about 1500m (a total altitude gain of around 700m) and a total distance of about 13km.  Although there is a fair amount of shade hats and sunblock are a must and do consider additional fluids too.

Hike leader: Tom

Meeting Place:
We will meet at 07.30 am for an 07.40 start, in front of the 700-year stadium (see map), just beside the 121 irrigation canal road (not inside the stadium), then carpool to the hike start point.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring :

  • at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink
  • snacks
  • 100Bht for your driver if sharing their car.
  • sunhat, sunblock, rain protection.
  • energy, enthusiasm, and good humour.
  • spare fresh T-shirt, frock or tux you can change into at the end, especially if you are going to be traveling home with others in a car.

 

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
facts

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Credit photos:
Our hikers
Report:Anders

17/03/05_Nam Mae Lai Noi watershed hike

It’s two years since we hiked this, under the name of Cow Pat Ridge hike. On that occasion, no cows or cow pats were found, although khao pat was among the refreshments in the local restaurant afterwards.

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Up one shady ridge, along a second and down a third. Nothing too steep or strenuous and most regular hikers should have little difficulty, though the first 3.5 kms is all uphill and will probably take us about 90 minutes. A few narrow sections above steep drops, and some spiky undergrowth, tripable roots, slippery leaf fall and dried cow pats. Cows and nasty biting black flies may be encountered. There may be some burning up there at this time of year, as everywhere.

Up, along and down again.

Up, along and down again.

A high level ‘escape the heat, smoke and dust’ (we hope) hike, starting at just under 1100m and climbing up to 1649m, on the east side of the Chiangmai valley. Great ridge top views, pine smells, and relatively cool breezes (probably about 10 degrees cooler than in town). 9-10 kms, up (and later down) almost 700m. Around 4-5 hours hiking, including lunch on the rocks.

Lunch on the rocks

 

Hike leader: Anders

Meeting time: 07:30 for 07:40 convoy departure

Meeting point: <18°48’48.69″ N  99°01’52.92″ E>

The Susco petrol/gas station, opposite Suzuki showroom.  From the city centre, head NE along Kaew Nawarat Rd towards CenFes (Central Festival shopping mall), past H.11 superhighway, then middle ring road and Sansai Noi (Sam Yaek) market traffic lights, and continue 400m straight on the CM-Doi Saket-Rd, H.118 towards Chiang Rai. It’s on the left.

Fuel, toilets and convenience store available.  If leaving a vehicle here, please park considerately, away from the store front.  Click on map/streetview image to enlarge.

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If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed.  Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

Please bring:
• at least 2 litres of water/rehydration drink, energy snacks and lunch.
• sun protection, strong footwear, long sleeves/trousers to stop stings, bites and thorns.
• plenty of energy, enthusiasm and good humour.
• 100 baht for your driver if you are a passenger. Change of clothes recommended too.

17/02/26_Trip Report – Loop above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir

The big group up on the ridge

The big group up on the ridge

30 hikers started their challenge to hike up to Doi Pha Tang, (881 m altitude) from a small village named Ban Phu Din. A climb of 460 metres in 3 km.

Up here we have to go!

Up here we have to go!

Some parts of the trail was quite steep and filled with loose pebbles and dried leaves, so feet and hands were in good use.

Up we go!

Up we go!

view down to the valley

View down to the valley

The lake with its floating resorts

The lake with its floating resorts

The group soon split up, but reunited at the summit area for lunch.
The burning season made itself felt, farmers had been up here and burned the vegetation. And a bit smog reduced the visibility to the valley and the lake.

Farmers burning ,ashes  still hot

Farmers burning ,ashes still hot

Next generation hike leaders

Next generation hike leaders

After the lunch break, we continued on the ridge back down to village area. Unfortunately we had some minor accidents on the way down. But not too serious. These pebbles!!
Down at the valley, the group split up again, and the fast hikers advanced quickly back to our start point.

Back in the village.  Wow! we walk up here!

Back in the village.
Wow! we walked up there!

After the hike, most of us drove up to the lake and had a nice lunch at the lake view restaurant.

view from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

Facts:
5 hours 19 minutes (slow group)
Distance 12.2 km (slow group made a short cut! )
Photos:
Andrew
Janet
Waka

Report: Anders

17/02/26_Loop above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir

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A hike above the Mae Ngat Somboon Chon reservoir, the big water supply for Chiang Mai, about  50 km north of the town.

Another new fresh hike for our repertoire.

We will hike up to the ridge that is above the lake. On our way up to the peak of Doi Pha Tang (890 m) we will get some spectacular views in the surroundings, the lake with its floating resorts and the valley with the farmers. We will follow the ridge, and later hike back down to our start point. A medium strength hike. A loop about 5 hours, with good shelter from the sun. Hopefully no smog this day! Notice this is a rocky area, so please use good footwear!

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Afterwards we wil have lunch at Si Lanna National Park headquarters. Stunning views over the lake. Driving time (car-sharing) from the meeting point to the hike is about one hour each way.

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Hike leader: Anders

Meeting time: 07:30

Meeting point: Outside McDonalds, Meechok Plaza, on the 1001 road, just past the intersection with the 3029.

Location of Meechok Plaza

Location of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

Street view of Meechok Plaza

If you’re thinking of joining…

Please carefully read the general advice and warnings on this website as well as this specific hike description. If you still think the hike is for you, just turn up at the meeting-place on time: there is no need to tell us you are coming. Lifts in the cars of other hikers are usually available but cannot be guaranteed. If getting a lift, please have a mutual understanding with your driver about post-hike priorities (e.g. whether having a meal with the group) and where they can drop you on return to town. Please bring a change of shirt for in-car pleasantness on the return journey. And please contribute THB 100 per person towards the fuel etc.

You should bring…

As per the general advice under the “Things to Bring” tab at the top of the page, except…

  • Special need for solid hiking footwear, due to rocky terrain

 

Trip Report_17/02/19 – Buddha Footprint – Easy Alternate Hike

We were all surprised when 12 hikers showed up for this shorter hike, all eager to go! There were enough cars too, so we set off on good time for the drive up to Baan Doi Pui. When the parking attendant at the upper parking lot saw our hiking gear, it was obvious to him that we that we would be gone a long while, so we were relegated to the school lot below. After regathering at the upper lot, we counted noses, welcomed the 2-3 new hikers to the group, and set off.

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

Group at the garden entrance, minus the leader

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

On the trail, photo by Sharon so leader could be in it

We never reached any record high speeds, though a few faster walkers managed to create a gap between us. About 1/2 way we took an enforced break for water, and then forged on to the ridge, reaching it about 2 1/2 hours after we set out. The view was “dusty”, but at least we were not enveloped in fog, and the temperature was very pleasant.

Snack break on the ridge

Snack break on the ridge

 

After a longish snack break, we went to see the Buddha Footprint. I think I remember there was a time when it did look like a footprint, but one would need a good imagination to see one now. Some of the hikers continued a bit farther to look for a better footprint, and came back having to admit that the one we had seen was it.
From here we kicked up great clouds of dust as we “raced” back to the village in 1 1/2 hours and crowded around the table in our favorite khawsoy restaurant. What a surprise to have Peter, in the midst of a much longer hike, appear and join us for lunch!