Trip Report : 22nd of May 2011, Hike Around Huay Tung Thao Loop
There were 14 of us on this new 18 km circular hike, plus two delightful Labradors, Banana and Monkey. The initial uphill stretch was indeed quite challenging and sadly, one of the group decided to drop out after the first half an hour or so. But fortunately there had been no rain for two days so the ground was fairly dry and the hiking was good.
We climbed some 750 metres in 2.25 hours and were rewarded with the most amazing views over Huay Tung Thao. Harry, our leader, was a veritable mine of information, and at each rest stop he explained the wider context of how the many paths have developed in this area.
The path back down was a wide dirt track, taking us initially through some beautiful valleys and then through lychee orchards where the fruit was ripening nicely, and proved to be irresistible to some of the group! By this time our canine companions had discovered some muddy play areas and Banana was no longer quite so yellow……
We stopped for a breakfast break in a farmer’s shelter and then began the final descent back to Huay Tung Thao, enjoying the views over the reservoir all the while. An excellent 5.5 hour hike that is now recorded on the group GPS!