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Sunday 24th April, Hike from Huay Tung Tao Weir to Waterfall & Back

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Waterfall at Huay Tueng Tao

Waterfall at Huay Tueng Tao


We shall follow the stream at huay tung tao from the car park by the weir upto the waterfall which is very pretty. This will be a sedate and fairly short ‘there and back’ hike. There is an alternative longer tougher hike. This easier hike will take around three and a half hours hours, climbing steadily through shaded woodland until we reach the waterfall where we will spend time for our traditional breakffast/lunch stop before returning to the carpark. This will present the opportunity for anyone who wishes to continue onto the lake for a swim and/or further refreshments at their favorite haunt. (more…)

Trip Report: 17th April 2011 Riverside walk in Ob Khan National Park

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16 of us set off from the Arboretum on a beautiful sunny morning, among them several new faces. One more group member joined us en route on Highway 121 so a total of 17 hikers arrived at Ob Khan National Park. There was no entry fee to pay and on arrival we could already see stall holders setting up for the very last day of the Songkran festivities.

We set off from the visitor centre following the park Nature Trail which mainly follows the course of the Mae Nam Khan upstream. The river is passing through a series of gorges with quite spectacular rock formations. The walking was fun and quite varied, from well marked paths, ambling across riverside boulders to scrambling along the hillside. Lunch was had in a shady spot and several hikers decided to have a refreshing swim – one taking his wallet & mobile phone along too. (more…)

Sunday 17th of April 2011 – Riverside Walk in Ob Khan National Park

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We shall follow the Ob Khan Nature Trail which is very picturesque: a ‘there and back’ walk along the valley and gorge with some sections not shaded, partly through forest, by a river. It is a nice walk on a nice day (something we cannot promise) with a possibility to get a closer look at all the rock formations created by the river. (more…)

Trip Report: 10.04.2011 Pre-Songkran Madness, Hike from CMU Coffee shop near Baan Khun Chiang Kian to Monthaton Waterfall

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Fourteen hikers, including some new faces, managed to squeeze into the songtao at the Arboretum and one elected to drive up on his motorcycle. Having enjoyed our customary coffee and biscuits at the CMU Coffee Shop, we set off in high spirits.

Most of the hike was on the downward gradient and fortunately the overnight rain had not left the ground excessively wet. We stopped at the Five Way point for our mid morning break and our motorcyclist began the climb back the way we had come, to retrieve his motorcycle and return home.

At the Monthaton turnoff the descent became steeper and a little more challenging in terms of fallen trees and debris across the path but the weather was excellent, and we were rewarded by the sight of the waterfall and the opportunity to soak hot feet in the cool water.

Arriving back at the entrance to the National Park, some of our more energetic members decided to continue the walk down to the Arboretum whilst the rest flagged down a songtao. What better way to celebrate the Pre-Songkran Madness?

Original Hike Description

Here you can find the post that described this hike.

GPS Tracks

Here is the GPS trail for this ‘Coffee Shop Monthaton Walk’.

Pics of Our Walk

Trip Report : Sunday 13th March 2011 Circular hike from the Camp Site to the summit of Doi Pui via the Coffee Shop

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We had a wonderful group of 18 hikers, including some new faces, and there was much good conversation and laughter along the way.

Our first stop was the coffee shop – always a popular start to any hike – and thus fortified we continued on. By majority vote, we bypassed the village (Ban Khun Chang Khian) and began the upward climb. As we approached the ridge the upward gradient did become quite challenging but the views over the valley were breathtaking (no pun intended!). It was generally agreed that the climb up was probably a lot safer than attempting to climb down because the pine needles can be quite treacherous.

We ate a leisurely picnic lunch in the same spot as last week before beginning on the gently downward path back to the camp site. Having reached our transport, it was clear that no one was in a hurry to get home and the conversation continued until, with some reluctance, we bade each other farewell. We had hiked 7.82 km and recorded an elapsed time of 4h 15m.

Here is a gpx track of the trail we followed. and here is the original hike description describing the route in more detail.

Pics From This Hike

Sketch of Hikers on this Doi Pui Hike - thanks to Amy

Trip Report: Sunday 6th March 2011 – Circular Hike from Ban Doi Pui to summit of Doi Pui

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Sketch of Hikers on this Doi Pui Hike - thanks to Amy

Sketch of Hikers on this Doi Pui Hike - thanks to Amy

There were 20 of us on this hike. We walked 10.7 kms in around five and a half hours (including pit stops) and it was gratifying for the hike leaders to receive some very positive feedback at the end.

There is no doubt that hiking at a higher altitude is more pleasant at this time of the year and for most of this circular hike we walked in very pleasant, shady conditions. There were a couple of challenging upward gradients but everyone agreed that it was good for the cardiovascular!

We enjoyed our lunch at the picnic spot, reputedly built for His Majesty, the King of Thailand, before starting our descent. A brief ice cream stop at the viewpoint afforded us an excellent view across the mountains, before the final descent back to the village car park.

Report by Co-Leader Dorothy

Brian logged a gpx track of the route that was taken.

Trip Report: Sunday 20th February 2011, Hike from 700 Year Stadium to Huay Tung Thao

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This hike was a variation on a theme: a 14 km hike round HTT but with a difference!

Brian and Dorothy were co-leaders for a group of 13 hikers. We started from the usual parking spot next to the dam in the 700 Year Stadium but immediately took a gently climbing path behind the picnic area which subsequently afforded us excellent views of the city but sadly, also of the excavation and building works currently taking place north of the dam.

The path varied from gentle ascent to flat and the occasional downward stretch so there was plenty of time to catch our breath and enjoy the autumnal feel of crunching through the big teak leaves on the ground.

We stopped for a brief break at the waterfall – a bit of a misnomer at this time of the year because the water was really just a trickle – before walking with extreme care, across the water course. Mossy rocks can be treacherous, even in the dry season!

The descent back down to the main path from the stadium to the lake also had to be tackled with some caution on account of the loose stones and scree but we all arrived safely and proceeded to have an excellent lunch by the lake.

The walk back to the parking area comprised a new route that had been previously mapped by Brian. Unfortunately the excavation and building works referred to above, have intruded upon the original paths so this was a brand new experience. The new route was often quite exposed and very hot but we finished the hike with a beautiful view of the water as we walked back across the dam.

Here is a gpx file showing the route the group took.

Sunday 27th February, Trek Following Ridge Around Huay Lan Watershed, On Tai, San Kamphaeng

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This will be a very grueling hike about 15km in length. We must keep up a brisk pace with only short stops for refreshments. A good level of physical fitness is required & hikers must be comfortable following narrow rocky trails with steep drop-offs. In places the track is not easy to find & we will be walking across rocky forest floors until we relocate it. Good boots with ankle support recommended. About halfway round the hike, we ascend a very steep rocky scramble to the highest peak at about 1000m. If it is too hot at this stage, we can decide whether to continue the walk along the ridge or drop down through the forest to the dry stream bed & back to the start point. (more…)

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Thursday 16th of December, Hike Up Doi Langka Noi

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This will be a steep hike ascending from 1177m to 1737m, a total ascent of 560m in 3.12 km. The path is quite narrow at times with a steep drop off to one side and there is tall grass and plants crowding the path. There is also a quite scary very steep last 100 m of the path before the peak that switches back and forth up the side of the mountain between rocks we will have to be very careful here and this section of the trail makes this hike unsuitable for anyone with vertigo or balance problems. A good level of fitness is also required for this hike.

The peak of Doi Langka Noi and the view from it are spectacular as is the walk up to the peak up a ridge of the mountain. We will walk up to the peak and then come back down the same way a total distance of more than 6km. I expect it will take us around 3 hours to get up there and 2.5 hours down and we will hang out on the plateau at the top, have a nice lunch and explore for around an hour. So this will be a 6.5 hour trip.

I really love this area which I have been exploring a lot over the last few weeks since I discovered it. We will be able to see in the distance 2044 m Doi Langka Luang, the big daddy of Doi Langka Noi which is around the 6th highest peak in Thailand. (more…)

Trip Report : 2 Day Trip Across Doi Langka Luang Mountain Range

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Two of us, me (Jamie) and Bob, walked 17.7 km across the Doi Langka Luang mountain range. We had another friend Roger join us on the first day. We were all really amazed at this trail which follows ridges which form the boundaries of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang provinces.

You may have seen my other trip reports on this area :

This time we went up from the back side of this mountain range, the Chiang Rai side and followed the trail up to the peak of Doi Langka Luang. We took some army hammocks with built in mosquito nets and tarps for shelter from any rain.

Day 1

We guessed were the trail started from. We stopped off on the way at the nearest village and found we were right about where the trail started. We then traveled up to Doi San Yao which has various telephone masts on top of it and a road all the way up to the top, a height of 1415 m.

Finding the way to the trail head and up to the first unnamed peak

Up to the second peak Doi Pa Ngom / Doi Mae Tho

The second peak on the trail it seems has two names. The military map marks it as Doi Mae Tho but the sign on top says Doi Pa Ngom.

Morning Pics of Our Camp

We camped before Doi Langka Luang.

Our hammocks worked great. It was colder than we expected at night though. This is apparently the coldest winter for years in Thailand. I had a thin sleeping bag and I wore two layers of warm clothes underneath and was snug as a bug. Sleeping in a hammock though took some getting used to. Bob had not taken a sleeping bag and the two sets of warm clothes he wore were not enough to keep him warm.

Day 2

These pics are all taken at the false peak before Doi Langka Luang. We didn’t actually go up to the peak of Doi Langka Luang as it was 2 km out of our way and we needed to get down to the other side of the mountain range. We reached the false peak which was half way across the mountain range at around 10 am after having breakfast and leaving camp at 8:30 am.

We had to scramble to get back down from the mountain range before dark. With our heavy packs it took us 7.5 hours to get down from the false peak. We got back to the car which we had parked back in Ban Mae Dtoon Luang at around 5:30 pm.

Strayed off the main trail

We think that we missed the main trail for part of our journey down on the 2nd day. Along most of the trail there were yellow tin squares about an inch square on the trees marking the trail. For a good 5-6 km we saw no squares. We think that lost our way part way through the wood on the way down and that there is another shorter and more picturesque trail going down. Both on the way up on my last trip and on the way down on this trip we missed this trail that goes along the ridge. We are planning to go back again, for a day trip up just one side of the mountain to try to find the trail.

Party Going Up As We Went Down with Porters and Guides

There was a party of around 30 people from Bangkok heading up to the first peak as we went down. They were planning to do the same route that we had done in 4 days. They had porters and guides and even a park protection guy with a shot gun with them. Guides and porters can be arranged by contacting the Khun Chae National Park officials on 0843665213 (Thai only) or 0898535640 (some English – Khun Meow). We were told they could not arrange food or tents. Prices are as follows for a 3 / 4 day trip :

  • 1800 B per guide. One guide needed per 7 people.
  • 1600 B per porter. Each porter can carry 20 kg. Your baggage is weighed at the park HQ nearby to the trail head.
  • 1900 B per vehicle to both drop you off and pick you up from the trail head and trail end. Each vehicle carries up to 6 people.

There is also a small charge for insurance for each person and permission to enter the park.

GPS Trails

Attached is the GPX and Google Earth KML trail showing our track across the mountain range.

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