Just back from this rather tough hike up to Phuping Palace. After around 3/4 km of walking to find the start of the trail we eventually found a trail we had seen marked on Google Earth that took us from behind the Ratchapreuk Gardens right up to Phuping Palace.

As you can see from the altitude graph shown below this was a hike of 7.89 km during which we ascended from 355 m to 1450 m above sea level. Three of us went and one of my dogs. Aunda my girlfriend, who has been afraid of coming out for hikes with the group as she thought she would hold others up, was leading the way most of the way and even ran the last 50 meters. Me and David and even my dog were really pushed to our limits even though we are probably two of the more fit members of the hiking group. Was really exhilarating and one I would like to do again to push my fitness level a bit.

Here is a screen shot of the trail in Google Earth (path we took is green, red paths are roads) :

Trail from Baan Mae Hia Nai (Behind Ratchapreuk Gardens) to Phuping Palace

Trail from Baan Mae Hia Nai (Behind Ratchapreuk Gardens) to Phuping Palace

Here is the altitude graph of the hike again from Google Earth :

Altitude Graph

Altitude Graph

And here are GPS track files kml and gpx

Was a picturesque walk with some great views along the way. It took us 4 hours and 33 minutes to climb it today including some diversions. This is not including the hour it took us to find the start of the trail. It starts along a path that has a letter box at the beginning of it and really looks like the entrance to someones house. The trail finishes up just about 40 meters down towards Baan Doi Pui if you turn left down to Baan Doi Pui from the road that runs between Phuping Palace and the Doi Pui camping area.

Hope that David can provide some photos which I will add to this post soon.

I would like to do this hike again soon. Please leave a comment below if you would like to do this quite tough ascent. If enough people are interested maybe we could even do it as a Sunday hike. I think going up would be very tough for some members of the group and going down would also be difficult as it would be slippery in wet conditions. But if we bill it as a tough hike then perhaps we would have enough people interested or maybe we could do it another day as an extra hike just for those interested.