This was a stunning 10.6km walk along a beautiful ridge. It could be cut short by going down to Baan Buak Jan just below the end of the ridge. We decided to continue on down from the ridge on a rather over grown track down to a forest rangers station.

Below you will find pics of our walk, a gps trail and the hike description.

All photos above courtesy of Johan.

Here is a screenshot of the view of the track in Google Earth.

Here is a screenshot of the view of the track in Google Earth.

Pah Nok Kok Ridge Walk shown in Google Earth with my custom military map overlay

Pah Nok Kok Ridge Walk shown in Google Earth with my custom military map overlay

Here is the track for use in your gps software – a GPX track file and here it is as a Google KML file.

Original post describing the proposed hike.

only mountains and greenery as far as you can see

View from near Doi Pha Nok Kok peak - only mountains and greenery as far as you can see

This will be a 12 km hike and will take around 4+ hours of walking. There will be some climbing of fairly easy slopes. The path will be slippery in places. We expect to be back in town around 3-4 pm.

We will meet in the car park at the far end of the arboretum before Chiang Mai Zoo on Huay Kaeow Rd at 8 AM. See map below.

We will take a Songthaew around past Queen Sirikit botanical gardens on the Samoeng Rd and then up from Pong Yaeng to above Baan Pha Nok Kok. It will take us a little more than an hour to arrive here.

“Dancing Mushroom”, “Veiled lady” or “Stinkhorn Mushroom”.

We may be able to see here at the beginning of the trail a mushroom known variously as “Dancing Mushroom”, “Veiled lady” or “Stinkhorn Mushroom”. Among other interesting properties “The smell of this mushroom can produce spontaneous orgasms in human females” – according to an article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. We spotted one a couple of weeks ago when exploring this trail which another hiking member was able to identify from the photograph.

From there we will head up to the ridge that runs parallel with the Samoeng Loop Rd. The ridge rises from a height of 1100 m up to around 1300 m with spectacular views to on both sides into the valleys on either side. We will see Baan Kong Hae below on the right and continue along the ridge to Baan Buak Chan.

Our Songthaew driver will pick us up at Baan Buak Chan.

Advice:

  • Good footwear etc. hat, plenty of mozzie repellant as there seem to be a lot of mozzies in this part of the mountain and rain gear
  • Bring water, food and snacks
  • Bring enough money for the return trip by songtaow. The songthaew for the day will be around 1,200 – 1,400 B split between 4-8 people, it will be 150 – 350 B depending on how many people turn up.

Please do not reply, just turn up on the day – if the weather looks bad use your own judgement!

Guide: Jamie

the location of the arboretum

the arboretum is marked with a big white arrow - click for a bigger picture