Picture of Part of Chiang Dao Range from Main Peak "Doi Chiang Dao Luang"

Picture of Part of Chiang Dao Range from Main Peak "Doi Chiang Dao Luang"

Chiang Dao is one of the most scenic hiking areas in Thailand. Doi Chiang Dao Luang is the third highest peak in Thailand at approximately 2220 meters above sea level. Doi Chiang Dao is one peak of a limestone massif that has a number of peaks and ridges over 2000 metres in a horseshoe shape and has a series of forest types that change with altitude. The forest is almost untouched up here although there are a fair number of groups of hikers that go up here in season and camp near the peak.

A very good level of physical fitness is required, the climb up Chiang Dao is the steepest climb we do as a group and we will be walking on down to Den Ya Kot on the same day and walking on for a far distance on the second day to some hot springs. To take part in this trip you must book before November 30 we have limited places, so book soon if you want to come. We will be a small group of up to 10 people.

The plan :

  • We all provide Malee’s with the necessary documents and they will apply for permits for the national park before we come.
  • Stay the night on the 6th at Malee’s.
  • get up bright and early on the 7th.
    • walk up to the peak of Doi Chiang Dao from Pang Wua, have lunch up there. Malee’s will provide you with some sandwiches.
  • walk down to Den Ya Kot (DYK) after lunch.
  • Malee’s will drive camping gear up to DYK and we will have some food prepared in the Malee Nature Bungalow’s kitchen and then driven up to DYK to be reheated for dinner. There will be a vegetarian option for dinner.
    • We will set up our own tents in daylight on our desired location by ourselves.
    • stay the night at DYK, hopefully we can build a fire
    • the car will also have brought supplies for coffee, breakfast and a light lunch the next day
  • walk on to the hot springs. The hot springs are natural springs in the river where the hot water mixes with the river and we can bathe our tired limbs!
  • We have arranged a songthaew to come and pick us up at the hot springs.

Route Details

Screen Shot 1 of Route

Screen Shot 1 of Route

Screen Shot 2 of Route

Screen Shot 2 of Route

  • Day 1
    • Walk up from Pang Wua to Peak of Chiang Dao. This is the blue line on the screen shots above. This will be the most challenging part of the hike, the up hill bit. We will climb from an altitude of 1137 m to 2220 m in 7.42 km
    • Break for lunch
    • Walk down from the Peak of Chiang Dao to DYK walking mainly down hill for 8.43 km from 2220 m down to 1450m
  • Day 2
    • Walk down from DYK to Hot Springs down from 1450 m to 499 m in 13.8 km
    • Soak weary limbs in hot water
The altitude graph from Pang Wua to the Peak of Chiang Dao - morning of day 1

The altitude graph from Pang Wua to the Peak of Chiang Dao - morning of day 1

The altitude graph from DYK up to Peak of Chiang Dao   - on the afternoon of day 1, we will descend from the peak down to DYK, the opposite of what this graph shows

The altitude graph from DYK up to Peak of Chiang Dao - on the afternoon of day 1, we will descend from the peak down to DYK, the opposite of what this graph shows

The altitude graph from the hot springs to DYK - on day 2, we will descend from DYK down to the hot springs, again the opposite of what this graph shows

The altitude graph from the hot springs to DYK - on day 2, we will descend from DYK down to the hot springs, again the opposite of what this graph shows

GPS Files of Planned Route

Costs

If people have their own camping equipment, they get a reduction. Price will vary on the number of participants, we do not expect it to exceed 1500 B for renting camping gear, food, permit costs and transport. You must also pay for accomodation at Malee’s for one night, I attach details of their room rates which are very reasonable. Rooms start from 350 B for a room that can be shared by two.

Booking

Book with Malee’s with all the info below (please read it carefully). Please try to make the booking process as painless as possible for Malee’s, in previous years there has been a lot of booking and then cancelling, requests to change rooms, etc. etc. Try to be sure before you book. Here is their home page, Mobile phone : 66-081-9618387, Tel/Fax : 66 (053) 456426, 456508 and e-mail : maleenature@hotmail.com.

  • You must deposit 500 B with Malee’s when you book the balance for your room, food at the guest house and trip costs can be paid when you are there. The easiest way to pay your deposit is probably through an ATM, request their bank details on the phone or through email.
  • Details needed for permission to enter park :
    • Full Name
    • Home address
    • Occupation
    • Age
    • Nationality
    • Passport Number or Thai ID Card No.
    • If you are a foreign resident in Thailand you will need to get a copy of your Thai work permit or driver’s license to Malee’s in some way in order to qualify for a 180 B discount. You can email them scanned copies.
  • Whether you want to stay at Malee’s on the 6th, the night before.
  • Whether you will be bringing your own tent.
  • Will you eat vegetarian food?
  • Would you like to share the room with another person of the same sex and split the room rate?
  • Would you like to share the tent with another person of the same sex and split the rental fee?
  • Please provide a contact telephone number.

What you need to bring with you and carry yourself

  • Suitable footwear – hiking shoes or a good pair of sports shoes
  • back pack
  • around 3 liters of drinks and snacks
  • rain gear in case of rain might be a good idea, although rain is unlikely
  • mosquito repellant and sun cream
  • Warm clothing which you will sleep in, the sleeping bags provided will not be warm enough without it since it will be cold at this time of the year.
  • toiletries
  • a change of underwear and socks

Pics of A Previous Trip In January This Year

Last time we went on Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th of January we camped near the peak and finished at Den Ya Kot on day 2.

Pics of Our Departure from Malee’s in the Morning and the Start of Our Hike Up to the Peak

More Pics of Our Ascent and Our Camp

Pics of Our Trip to the Peak

More Pics of Our Camp in the Morning and Pics of Descent and Our Destination Den Ya Kot

Car Pooling to Malee’s in Chiang Dao On the 6th

I (Jamie) have 2 places in my car on the 6th. I will leave Chiang Mai at 6pm, should arrive in Chiang Dao by 7:30 pm. I can take a few people and I know of another car that is probably going from the Doi Saket area. Please email me at me@jamiep.org if you want a lift or you would like to offer places in your car.