Nick Hope
263 6 92

Coordinates 1436

Uploaded January 22, 2016

Recorded January 2016

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6,564 f
4,262 f
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2.9
5.8
11.66 mi

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near Ban Pang Nam Thu, เชียงใหม่ (ไทย)

Hike from "Doi Radar" near the Khun Chae national park headquarters over Doi Phaa Ngom to Doi Langka Luang (also known as Doi Mae Tho) to Doi Langka Noi, finishing down at Baan Mae Dtoon Luang. This is in north Thailand near Chiang Mai.

We did this hike independently in 2 days, camping right at the summit of Doi Langka Luang. It could probably also be arranged through the Khun Chae national park headquarters or commercial trekking companies with a guide/porter, possibly taking longer and using the main campsite marked on my trail.

We stayed the night before at Baan Kon Meuang Doi in the village of Baan Mae Dtoon Luang, and finished there too. A little information here: https://www.facebook.com/AtMaetonluang/posts/1513715638931394

Open my YouTube video of the trip from the "View more" link below.

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Waypoint

Probable GPS errors

Probable GPS errors here. The path probably continues straight through.
Waypoint

Shorter ascent possibly following edge of tall trees

Waypoint

Shorter ascent possibly continuing at 170 degrees

Refuge

End of trek. Baan Kon Meuang Doi

End of the trail at the Baan Kon Meuang Doi homestay.
Photo

Reservoir

Small reservoir feeding the village of Baan Mae Dtoon Luang below
Intersection

Path branches from main track

A path branches from the main track
Intersection

Trail branches to south east alternative

Trail branches to an alternative descent to the south-east
Intersection

Intersection

Intersection of paths
Photo

View to Doi Langka Noi

View to Doi Langka Noi
Risk

Steep

Very steep rocky climb down from Doi Langka Noi. Hazardous in a couple of places.
Summit

Doi Langka Noi summit

Doi Langka Noi summit with a satup and Nakprok statue (Buddhist monuments)
Photo

Approaching Doi Langka Noi

Approaching Doi Langka Noi
Camping

Camp with toilets

Camp with toilets
Intersection

Branch to waterfall camp

The path to the waterfall camp branches about here and it not obvious
Waterfall

Campsite near waterfall

Campsite near a very-welcome waterfall. We drank this water without filtering or sterilizing and it was fine.
Photo

View to Doi Langka Noi

View to Doi Langka Noi
Information

Sign to Doi Langka Luang

Sign to Doi Langka Luang
Waypoint

New route

The obvious path follows a route along the provincial border. Others seem to have typically taken a more westerly route, missing the waterfall camp.
Camping

Camping possible

Camping possible here
Information

Sign to Doi Langka Noi

Sign to Doi Langka Noi
Summit

Doi Langka Luang summit and our camp

Doi Langka Luang (Doi Mae Tho) summit (2013 metres altitude). We camped on top.
Photo

Final ascent

Final ascent to the summit of Doi Langka Luang
Intersection

Intersection (overgrown path)

Intersection (overgrown path) but low risk of getting lost
Waypoint

Buddha statue

Buddha statue at the edge of the main campsite
Intersection

Intersection and MAIN CAMPSITE

The main high-altitude campsite below the summit, at the intersection of the paths. The path towards Doi Pha Ngum (and then Doi Radar) is difficult to spot in the corner of the campsite.
Waypoint

Accidental detour?

We followed the obvious path which leads to the main campsite, but may have missed a more direct route to the summit by either following the edge of the trees in the background of this picture, or continuing on a bearing of about 170 degrees.
Photo

Forest

Forest
Camping

Camping possible

Camping possible here
Waypoint

Lunch stop

Lunch stop below Doi Phaa Ngom
Summit

Doi Phaa Ngom summit

Summit of Doi Phaa Ngom. 1700 metres altitude.
Risk

Steep up

Very steep uphill climb to Doi Phaa Nguum. Slippery, loose dirt in the dry and probably much worse if wet. Had to use hands and feet at times. Would be a very challenging descent.
Camping

Camping possible

Camping possible here. On Wikiloc this photo is misplaced, and should be on the path. Hoping for a day when it will be possible to move and add photos and waymarks on Wikiloc!
Information

Near camp spot

Information near camping spot. Sign to Doi Pha Ngom (150m) and campsite (50m).
Photo

View to Doi Phaa Ngom

View ahead to Doi Phaa Ngom
Camping

Camping possible

Camping possible here.
Waypoint

Steep downhill

Steep downhill from 1st peak.
Intersection

Intersection

Intersection of paths. Yellow squares on trees mark the way. Hiker points out the other path.
Photo

1st peak

1st peak on the trail, with view back to Doi Radar.
Photo

View to Doi Radar

View back to the trail start at Doi Radar
Photo

Steep

Steep climb
Photo

Gps had trouble

Trail may be slightly wrong here due to GPS problems, but is easy to follow.
Parking

Doi Radar

"Doi Radar". Radar station at the start of the Doi Langka Luang nature trail. Drop-off point. Parking may be possible.

1 comment

  • Photo of wake_the_wild

    wake_the_wild Feb 12, 2018

    Note that many do this hike in more than two days. We met a German couple that had heavy backpacks and a Thai group, both did it in three days.

    I very much recommend to walk the other way around from Ban Mae Ton Luang like we did. The first ascent is quite steep but this is when you start and was totally fine. Watch out for the small path leading straight up. (More info in my trail/waypoints) I wish I could edit them. Another reason is the hazardous ascend to Doi Langka Noi. Walking this down can be seriously dangerous with too much load and no security rope. Very steep with a lot of rocks that seem sturdy but are loose! Walking up is much saver and easier.

    In any way, we really enjoyed this hike! Who looks for a challenging but not crazy hard hike, including steep summit hikes, amazing views, dense jungle and open downhill bits and ever changing flora and fauna is exactly right with this one.

    Be aware! 1. Last water stop is the waterfall (blue pipe in Nick Hope‘s trail). We took only 6l and ran out towards the end. 2. I highly recommend to take wooden sticks at the beginning or better bring yours. It keeps you from slipping on steep hills. 3. Make sure you don‘t walk this trail with rain. Some bits will put you into trouble. 4. I am a moderate experienced hiker. Did some thru hikes but my partner is not at all and had no problems. We are on a trip including non hiking bits and our backpacks weight 13kg and 10kg without water.

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