Sunday 18th September, Ban Khun Chang Khian checkpoint to the ‘giant picnic table’ area, descending the north face of Doi Pui to Wat Doi Suthep
This moderately hard and mainly downhill hike of some 13.5 kms starts at the Ban Khun Chang Khian checkpoint and climbs to the ‘giant picnic table’ area, near the peak of Doi Pui, before descending the north face of Doi Pui via the Five Way Junction and the Ban Khun Chang Khian village to Wat Doi Suthep.
This is a fairly long and moderately hard hike of about 13.5 kms and should take us about 5-5 1/2 hours. It will be mostly downhill with some ‘tough downs’; the tracks may be muddy and slippery; and the stream crossings wider and deeper than usual.
The starting point is the Ban Khun Chang Khian checkpoint, shortly before the camp ground. We will walk up the tarred road (and hopefully avoid leech territory) to the ‘giant picnic table area’ near the top of Doi Pui.
If the majority is in favour, we will then make a short detour to the ever popular coffee shop for a coffee and cookies, before proceeding to the Five Way Junction for our breakfast break. We will carry on down the north face of Doi Pui to the Hmong village of Ban Khun Chang Khian and then follow the dirt track to Wat Doi Suthep.
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 and 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.
Usual meeting point at Arboretum
8:00 am for an 8.15 am start
We will hire a red song thao to take us to the starting point. Depending on the number of hikers this can cost 70-100 THB each. At the end of the hike we will return to the arboretum from Wat Doi Suthep by public transport which costs 40 THB each.
Drink / Food
Bring enough water and food for a breakfast break in the middle of the hike.
Below you can see a screen shot in Google Earth of the trail we will follow. You can download a gpx file of this trail here which is usable in Google Earth or in other GPS software.