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Friday 2nd of December 2011, Walk to Dtaat Mook Waterfall and Optional Swim in Huay Tung Thao Afterwards

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This will be a 6km round trip suitable for almost everyone, shady trail through the jungle mostly beside a stream with rapids and smaller waterfalls all the way up. A very pretty walk. Dtaat Mook waterfall is right at the top and very impressive at the moment.
Total trip will take about 2 1/2 hours, with a break for snacks at the main waterfall. (more…)

Wednesday November 30th, Circular Walk Up To Chang Kian Waterfall and Back Down Through Huay Kaeow Water Fall

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Picture of Chang Kian Waterfall

Picture of Chang Kian Waterfall


This will be a short 6 km walk at a relaxed pace suitable for nearly everyone, although there are quite taxing uphill parts of the walk. I expect we will walk for around 2 and a half hours and have a 30 minute break at the waterfall to eat snacks and admire the falls and optionally have a morning shower. Bring a swimming costume if you want to take a dip! (more…)

Wednesday 30th November, Hike to Top of Doi Ton, On Tai, San Kamphaeng

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Doi Ton is a 890m high peak on the eastern edge of the Chiang Mai valley, close to the Chiang Mai / Lampang / Lamphun boundary intersection.  We will drive about 30km from CM Railway Station & park at the east end of the southernmost dam at the Huay Lan Royal Project. A short level walk along a dirt road will bring us to the start of a steep climb of 400m following a pilgrim’s trail up to a shrine & stupa on top of a cliff overlooking the Chiang Mai valley. This path has steps cut into the hill in places & steel step ladders to climb up a gap in the cliffs.  If the visibility is clear, you can look across the valley to Doi Suthep.  After a short break, we will head south along the ridge to the peak at 890m.  We will stop for packed lunch somewhere along the ridge.  From the peak we will head east before a steep decent to the stream that runs into the Huay Lan reservoirs.  Once down, we will follow the stream.  This is a scramble over boulders for about 700m, before we hit a trail that will lead us back to the start/finish line.

A good level of physical fitness is required & hikers must be comfortable following narrow rocky trails with steep drop-offs.

Total length of the hike is about 9km.  Walking alone, I managed this hike in just under 4 hours, with only short stops for snacks.  I estimate we should complete it in 5 to 6 hours.

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Sunday 27th November, Hike to The Peak Of Doi Pui…. Twice! “Roller Coaster Hike 2”, in Pui Suthep National Park

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Sign at the summit of Doi Pui

Sign at the summit of Doi Pui

This hike will have many of the characteristics that I enjoy on our other ‘roller coaster hike’ the 3 peaks hike behind Doi Langka Luang. We will be walking along mountain ridges and enjoy some of the best views of the Pui Suthep National Park. It will also be a tough hike even for those who are quite fit. A good level of physical fitness is required. There is another easier hike on the same day.

My plan is to park at the foot of the path that runs up to the peak of Doi Pui from near Baan Khun Chang Kian, the Hmong Village. We will walk up the steep mountain ridge to the peak of Doi Pui and then back down the back of Doi Pui and on to the Buddha’s foot print ridge. We will stop here for some lunch or brunch. Then we will head back the way we have come, up the steep path at the back of Doi Pui and back down the front of Doi Pui back to our vehicles. (more…)

Sunday 27th November 2011, Family Friendly Hike Around Huay Lan Reservoir, On Tai, San Kamphaeng

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This will be an easy, family friendly hike around Huay Lan reservoir.   We shall park at the eastern side of the main reservoir. After crossing the dam, we will follow a fairly easy dirt road going along the west side of the lake, then an undulating trail that links to the southern dam, where we will stop for snacks / packed lunch.  Then walk back along the quiet road to the start / finish line. We will walk a total of about 7km.  Should be a nice new walk in an area that the group has seldom visited. There is another considerably tougher hike on the same day. (more…)

Friday 25th of November 2011, Walk to Dtaat Mook Waterfall and Optional Swim in Huay Tung Thao Afterwards

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This will be a 6km round trip suitable for almost everyone, shady trail through the jungle mostly beside a stream with rapids and smaller waterfalls all the way up. A very pretty walk. Dtaat Mook waterfall is right at the top and very impressive at the moment.
Total trip will take about 2 1/2 hours, with a break for snacks at the main waterfall. (more…)

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011, Circular hike in Ob Khan National Park with Optional Swim

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Ob Khan in Feb 2009

Ob Khan in Feb 2009

This is a relatively short unhurried circular hike of 4.5 to 6 km through beautiful forest and alongside the Nam Mae Khan. We start at an altitude of 340 metres and rise to a maximum of 475 metres. There are many up and downs and along the trails there are some short difficult sections where the trail has been destroyed by landslips or deteriorated over time or little bridges have become unusable. A short part of the trail is along a stream bed but no need to get wet feet. Another part involves climbing over some big boulders alongside the river. Besides hiking on two legs some of us might prefer to scramble up on all fours or slide down on our bums!
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Tuesday 22nd November 2011, Hike Up The Pilgrims’ Trail To Wat Doi Suthep and (Optionally) Back Down

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This is the classic pilgrims’ trail from the foot of Doi Suthep all the way to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. This is a nice trail to know, it is easily accessible from town and fairly easy to follow. We will meet at the western end of the Suthep Road where there is plenty of parking space. The initial phase to Wat Phalad is easy hiking but thereafter it gets a little more steep so a reasonable level of personal fitness is required. (more…)

Sunday 20th November 2011, Galare Restaurant Circular Hike

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This is an about 6.5 km circular walk starting from Galae restaurant parking lot. We will be walking for around 3-4 hours pending on group speed and length of our breaks. Even though we would judge this hike as not difficult, the uphill part of the first third of the hike requires a certain fitness level. (more…)

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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