This will be a little more than 9 km walk, with one very steep but short climb to the peak of Doi Pui and also a steep descent. This is a fairly tough hike which requires good physical fitness.

  • We will start at Baan Doi Pui which is a Hmong village selling goods to tourists that visit.
  • We will walk a long a shaded forest path.
  • Then we will climb up the back of the Doi Pui peak.
  • After visiting the peak of Doi Pui we will follow the ridge of the mountain down towards Baan Khun Chang Kian.
  • Then back on the road we will walk back to the Chiang Mai University coffee shop.

Baan Doi Pui to Coffee Shop

Baan Doi Pui to Coffee Shop

Here is the trail we will follow in a format suitable for viewing in Google Earth (kmz) and in other gps software such as Garmin’s MapSource (gpx).

Altitude graph

The graph below shows the toughest part of this hike will be doing the very steep climb up from 1330 m to 1650 m above sea level in 1.64 km. People who have done this will tell you it is a very steep but quite short climb of 340m. Here are some other climbs to compare this climb with.

  • This trail up the back of the peak of Doi Pui – 340 m altitude gain over 1.64 km. Max slope 35.7 %, average slope 20.5 %.
  • The Palaad Trail from the start of the Palaad Nature Trail (which is near the radio antenna) to Wat Palaad – 278 m altitude gain over 2.4 km. Max slope 26.3 %, average slope 12.8 %.
  • Start of the Galare Loop up from the Galare Restaurant to the sala on the road to Doi Suthep where there is a view point, and some times a coffee van – 342 m altitude gain over 2.14 km. Max slope 33.3%, average slope 16.9%.
  • Start of the Chiang Kian Waterfall Loop – 223 m altitude gain over 2.01 km. Max slope 27.8 %, average slope 11.3%.

If you want to join

Just turn up at the meeting place on the day. There is no need to let us know you are coming unless you are coming in a big group.

Meeting Place

This time we will meet at 8 a.m in the car park of the Huay Kaeow Arboretum (also known as the exercise park).

  • Head straight out from the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Huay Kaeow Road.
  • The arboretum is on the left after the front entrance to Chiang Mai University and just before the entrance to the Zoo.
  • The car park of the arboretum is at the end of the park near the zoo.

See the maps below (click to enlarge them).


  • Bring around 1.5-2 liters of water or more and snacks
  • Good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellant, sunblock and rain gear

If by chance it is raining heavily we will probably cancel the hike. But in the case of lighter rain if it looks like the weather might clear up we will probably go ahead with the hike and brave the rain which will at least cool us down.