It has been a while since I have written about my hiking explorations. I have already covered on this web site most of the hikes that stand out for me within an hours drive of Chiang Mai. But I am beginning now to travel further afield and am finding exciting new areas again. One such recent trip I made was out to a beautiful long ridge that starts about 2 hours drive NE of Chiang Mai toward Chiang Rai.
Doi Nohk (Hump Mountain)
If you head out of Chiang Mai on highway 118 towards Chiang Rai and turn off towards Phayao on highway 120 before you reach Phayao you will cross a ridge of mountains running North to South. The highest point on this ridge is Doi Nohk which is 1686 m above sea level. Doi Nohk (ดอยหนอก) seems to take it’s name from it’s shape. Nohk in Thai means a hump (as in camel hump) so the name can be translated as Hump Mountain. It is quite a sharp hump that sticks out above the ridge.
I had heard about Doi Nohk from a friend who hiked up there with Trekker Hut a group of mainly Thai hikers from Bangkok who travel all over. There is a hike to climb Doi Nohk that you can just about do on a long day trip from Chiang Mai. Below you can see a screen shot from Google Earth showing the trail going up the mountain. You might be able to make your way up to the peak without a GPS but the trail is not obvious, you can find a GPS trail for this route in the collection of tracks below.
We did a new variation of one of the most challenging one day hikes around Chiang Mai last Wednesday. We had found a new trail down from Doi Langka Luang. We decided to try hiking up to the summit of Doi Langka Luang via the beautiful roller coaster ridge, across Doi Pah Ngom and on up to the peak of Doi Langka Luang. Then we would head through the jungle near the top of Doi Langka Luang in a saddle between peaks and head down our slightly less steep alternative to heading down via Doi Langka Noi.
We took some video of the route which should give you an idea of the beauty of the views from the ridges we hiked along and of the expanse of untouched forest on this side of town.
We found another very interesting trail the other day along the Chiang Mai Chiang Rai prefectural border out past Doi Saket off the 118.
Despite typhoon vincente having come to town and there having been heavy rain all the previous day we did not cancel our planned exploratory trip. We were expecting rain all day but we figured we would see how far we could get in the rain. It turned out that though it rained as we were on the way out to the hike from the time we started hiking till late afternoon when we finished we remained bone dry, except for some sweat generated from the tough climb. (more…)
20 kilometers directly east of Chiang Mai’s Old City is a crescent-shaped group of hills and mountains. None of the mountains are exceedingly tall with the highest being 750 meters high, but I live nearby and told myself I would hike that area eventually. I decided to break my excursions into thirds and for this hike I would start in the middle section. (more…)
Trip Report : 5/5/2555, Stroll Along Ridge Forming Chiang Mai Lampang Border, from Vicinity of Baan Mae Dtoon Luang to Flight of the Gibbons Area1
On a very auspicious day, 5/5/2555, ie. the 5th of May 2012 we went out to explore a new trail that we had spotted on a previous expeditionary trip.
I had spotted a rather steep trail heading down from the peak I had been up previously which is just South of the highest point on route 1252, 6 km on from the turning down to Baan Mae Dtoon Luang. I figured that this trail probably continued along the Chiang Mai Lampang border, along the ridge on top of this wonderful range of mountains running from North South to the East of Chiang Mai. (more…)
Trip Report : 11th and 14th of April, Explorations Along the Mountain Ridge Dividing Lampang and Chiang Mai Provinces1
Recently I have been out exploring out of town past Doi Saket and the area where “Jungle Flight” has it’s zip lines. Out 5-6 km along the 1252, from the road down to Mae Dtoon Luang the starting point for previous hikes up Doi Langka Noi we reach the highest point on the 1252 which is the top of the ridge which forms the boundary between the two provinces Lampang and Chiang Mai. This is around 60 km from the centre of Chiang Mai and it is a quite pleasant drive out there. By the time you get to the ridge line you will have been driving through forest and small villages for some time. As I have said before the forest on this side of town is a lot better preserved than the forest in the more popular Doi Pui Suthep National Park.
Bare Foot Holy Hikers
I first went up to a stupa about half way up a ridge on the back of Doi Inthanon with a group of monks and locals from the Mae Win area on New Year’s day 2011. We met at a temple known for it’s vipasana meditation teaching at 6 am on New Years Day. About 200 lay people joined most of the monks from the temple and a few dogs for a New Year’s day pilgrimage that the monks do every year to a small stupa that they have built on a ridge about half way up Doi Inthanon. The temple had prepared a feast of food for us to eat to give us energy for the climb.
The monks walked bare foot up to the stupa. We cut through the forest, getting lost a couple of times and came out on a spectacular ridge on the back of Doi Inthanon. We made extremely slow going as many of the locals from around Mae Win were not overly fit. I was amazed that so many people from around Mae Win turned out to do this hike up a mountain. Mae Win is a very small country town, most of the community had turned up to scale the back of this mountain. After we had got out of the forest and onto the ridge, the views were spectacular. This ridge we were on was on the North side of Doi Inthanon which I have called the back of Doi Inthanon because as we all know there is a road that goes up Doi Inthanon, it is on the South side of the mountain. We all walked around 5 km that day up the mountain.
Beyond the Stupa
Transforming this web site into a site for independent hikers and also other outdoor activity enthusiasts0
We have decided to stop listing group hikes on this web site. Hikes are already being listed at the original group hiking web site http://chiangmaihiking.wordpress.com. It is felt that this old web site may better meet the needs of the hiking group at this time. The old web site is easier to maintain! And it seems this new web site is a little too effective at getting the word out about hikes. It is great that more people are coming out with us but we are worried that the easier hikes may not continue to be feasible with the currently ever increasing numbers on these hikes which are near to overwhelming the few people stepping forward as hike leaders!
I will be transforming this web site http://cmhike.com into a source of information for independent hikers, listing trails, giving tips on where to buy equipment and Thailand related GPS info, etc and also will have articles on other outdoor activities around Chiang Mai, such as kayaking, open water swimming etc.
For those who want to unsubscribe from emails from this web site you are reminded that there is a link to do so in all the emails you receive. The original web site will not be able to offer email subscription unfortunately, you will have to check the site periodically for info about hikes.
I hope that many people continue to step forward to lead hikes and to help to maintain the group hiking web site.
Friday 23rd December 2011, Walk to Dtaat Mook Waterfall Up To Heli Pad and Optional Swim in Huay Tung Thao Afterwards0
This will be a 7km round trip suitable for almost everyone, shady trail through the jungle mostly beside a stream with rapids and smaller waterfalls all the way up. A very pretty walk. Dtaat Mook waterfall is right at the top and very impressive at the moment. We will walk on up to the heli pad after going to Dtaat Mook, this involves a steep uphill stretch of around 500 m and adds an extra km to the normal Dtaat Mook walk.
Total trip will take about 3 hours, with a break for snacks at the main waterfall. (more…)
Wednesday December 21st, Walk up Pilgrim’s Trail to Wat Palaad and Then Back Down Through Huay Kaeow Waterfall0
A hike suitable for all levels of walkers with a good path nearly all the way, although the Pilgrims Trail is a little steep. The only iffy part is the top 200m of Huay Kaeow trail, where it is a bit slippery. (more…)