Sign pointing to CMU agricultural research center

Sign pointing to CMU agricultural research center

This is one of the longest hikes that the group does it requires a high level of physical fitness as we will be maintaining a fast pace and only people who enjoy a fast pace with few rest breaks should come. There is also a more moderately paced hike on the same day. We will be walking along mountain ridges at 1300 m or more above sea level, so it should be cool.

We will meet at 7 am. We expect to walk 18 km.

  • We will meet at 7 am at the arboretum this time.
  • We will drive by songthaew up to an intersection near Baan Khun Chang Kian.
  • We will start walking from near the Hmong Village Baan Khun Chang Kian
  • Climb up the ridge from there to the peak of Doi Pui
  • Go Down the Back of Doi Pui, along an easy well shaded path towards Doi Pa Kha / Doi Pa Klong
  • We will walk along the ridge of Doi Pa Kha which reachs 1550m with wonderful views from either side. We will stop up here for brunch / lunch.
  • There is a ‘Buddha’s foot print’ near the peak here which we will pass.
  • We will walk down from the other side of the ridge along an off road car track through fields and Lychee plantations for about 3 kms.
  • We will walk back along a well shaded path through the forest on a level track below the Doi Pui and Doi Pa Kha / Doi Pa Klong peaks for around 6 km back to the CMU agricultural research center.
  • We will walk another 2km on an off road car track back to our start point.

Pics from another time we did a hike in this area

Previous Trip

On previous visits to this area we started at Baan Doi Pui and didn’t climb to the peak of Doi Pui and then had a songtaew pick us up at the CMU agricultural research center. This time we will make this a circular hike by climbing up the ridge of Doi Pui and then walking around the back of the mountain along the Buddha footprint ridge and then back to our starting point.

Quote from the trip report from another time we did this trail :

This was a fabulous although tiring hike. We walked for a total of 7 hours, at a rather sedate pace and covered 18.6 km. This is the furthest as far as I am aware that the group has ever walked. Our song thaew driver could not make it to the pick up point because of muddy roads and so we had to walk another 3km more than the expected 15km.

Here is the track for our previous hike as a file that will work in Google Earth (kmz) and (kml) and here is a GPX file that can be used in Google Earth or other GPS software.

screen shot of buddhas foot print trail as shown in Google Earth

screen shot of buddhas foot print trail as shown in Google Earth

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 7 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 4 liters of water or more, snacks and lunch
  • Good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellant, sunblock and rain gear