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Trip Report : Saturday and Sunday, 19th to the 20th November 2011, Hike and Overnight Stay in Khun Tan National Park

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There were 16 of us who arrived at the train station at 6:15am for the early train to Khun Tan.  The weather was clear and a bit warmer than anticipated, but just about perfect.  With the train on time, we arrived at the Khun Tan Station just after 8am, where we were met by one of the cabin area caretakers, and all of our baggage was transported by motorcycle up to the cabins (Yaw 3).

Some had managed to nap on the train and all were energetic for the walk up to the headquarters where we paid the admission fee and ordered a meal at the restaurant there to carry up. Having been alerted, there were 3 cooks on hand and a good choice of dishes.  The first half of the hike from there has some steep spots and we took it easy with frequent rest stops.  The second half is on a shady path with a gentle gradient. The whole hike, from train station to the cabins, has about a 700 meter gain in elevation and is about 8 km.  As we arrived just before noon, we were able eat our lunch before settling into the 2 cabins prepared for us.  After a short rest we then hiked up one more km. to the very top (Yaw 4) for the 360 degree view.  The air was cool enough that we enjoyed the sunshine, and some stretched out for another nap.

We were back in time for a cold shower before pitching in to help prepare a spaghetti dinner with a beautiful salad, followed by carrot cake.  In the meanwhile the lights came on as the generator started and then we watched the sky change colors as the sun set.  Some of the men gathered wood for a bonfire and a bit later we had a marsh-mellow roast, a new experience for all the the non-Americans.  We were all tired enough to turn in early, 9pm.

Sunday morning we had a leisurely breakfast, each one of us having brought his own, and at 9am started back to the train station to catch the 1:35pm train which came in just before 3pm., giving us plenty of time to buy our lunch there. And so we were back in Chiang Mai shortly after 4pm.

From the comments shared with me I believe everyone enjoyed the hike, the company, the cabins, the views, the food, etc.  We’ll plan to do it again.

Janet

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Saturday and Sunday 19th to the 20th November 2011, Hike and Overnight Stay in Khun Tan National Park

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We hike up Khun Tan Mountain and stay overnight in the mission cabins at Yaw 3. This is not a difficult hike, about 8 km. mostly on forested path with a few steep climbs, and should take no more 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. to reach the cabins. We will return on the afternoon train on Sunday which is scheduled to reach Khun Tan about 1:30pm, but is usually late, so don’t count on being back in Chiang Mai before 5pm, though it may be earlier.

An alternative route up to the cabins via a waterfall may be offered from the park headquarters if the trail is in good condition according to park officials.  This is a longer trail through bamboo forests, crossing several ravines on bridges, and after passing the waterfall a steep climb back up to the main trail. (There will be no coercion to choose this option.)

You must register with me, your hike leader, for this hike by Monday 14th November as I need to give Payap numbers: janetkgreenleaf@hotmail.com or call me at 087-1808040.
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Trip Report 24 July 2011 – Round trip, Check point, over Doi Pui, coffee shop

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This was a good, moderate hike done by 13 of us.  We took one car and a song tao up to the Khun Chang Khian check point, walked up the dirt road and on up the path to the top of Doi Pui, encountering a number of leeches on the way.  As we continued on down the north face of Doi Pui there were no leeches, something we have noticed each time we do this.  The view was all hidden by clouds, but there were beautiful yellow lilies in bloom and the air cool and comfortable.  All took the steep descent in good humor and the group stayed pretty close together.  We had a few short-timers who were glad for the opportunity to hike.  We stopped at Ban Khun Chang Khian for those who had not been there to have a look around and were still at the coffee shop in good time.  Some persimmons were beginning to ripen on the trees there, and should be ready to pick in mid-Aug.  After our lunch break with good mountain coffee, we continued back to the check point, completing the hike in just under 4 hours.

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Trip report 17 July 2011 Sri Sang Wan waterfall

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A large group of 17 showed up at the arboretum.  As there were not enough vehicles, we hired a red song tao to take us and pick us up at the starting point on Samoeng Rd. for 800 baht.

The weather was overcast, a boon for this exposed hard-dirt track, and it was even damp and easier under foot than usual.  But I don’t think I have ever seen the path down to the waterfall so slippery.  There was appropriately a sign posted “beware of slippery”. Thankfully no one was hurt climbing down.

A number of hikers went right into the water, and all enjoyed the sight and sound of the cascade.  We ate leisurely and left reluctantly, hoping to get back at the time we had given the driver, 1pm., but straggled in between 1:15 and 1:30.

This is a hike we all enjoyed and would recommend a repeat on an overcast day.

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Trip Report: 5 June 2011 CMU Coffee Shop to Monthatan Waterfall

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Ten of us, of 5 nationalities, met at the Arboretum and left promptly at 8:15, sharing a red songtao at 100 baht each all the way to CMU coffee shop.  The night before there had been a hard rain, and as we left our homes it had been raining lightly, so we all had rain gear in our packs, but the weather was good to us and the air cool.  After fueling up on a cup of the famous coffee, we headed out for Baan Khun Chang Khian and, using the GPS which always seemed to point in the opposite direction of where we knew we should be going, headed down to the 5-way junction.

The many stream crossings were all running with water deeper and wider than usual, so at times we had to wade through.  There was an abundance of flowers worthy of photos..

We did well at staying together, had our breakfast break about 10:45, and continued on to the Monthatan Water Fall turn off, but almost missed it as the sign and path entrance were covered with weeds.  A much larger sign there warned that entry was forbidden and a fine of at least 500 baht awaited trespassers.. After some discussion, we decided not to risk it, and so changed our plans and took the path on down to the temple on Doi Suthep.  Some of us stopped at the coffee shop in front of the jade factory before returning to the Arboretum by songthaew.  It was a pleasant, easy hike with good company.

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