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This hike is based on Nick Hope‘s Wikiloc trail. We walked it the other way around in two days. Please compare with his excellent trail description and waypoints. Mine misses some of the essential waypoints such as the last water source at the waterfall. (Thought I wouldn‘t upload it but changed my mind since this might help those walking the other way around.)
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 experienced but they did it in three days.
I very much recommend to walk 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 bot to miss the small path leading straight up after the first intersection. (More info in my waypoints) Another reason to walk this way around is the hazardous ascend to Doi Langka Noi. Walking this down can be seriously dangerous in my opinion at leadt with too much load and no security rope. It is very steep with drop offs at the side any a lot of rocks that seem sturdy but are actually loose! Walking up is much saver and easier.
In any way, we really enjoyed this hike! Who looks for a challenging but not too 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 6l and ran out towards the end cooking with it and not using it with enough care. 2. I highly recommend to take wooden stick at the beginning or better bring yours. It keeps you from slipping on steep hills. 3. Try to avoid to 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, just started and had no problem with it. We are on a trip including non hiking bits and our backpacks weight about 13kg and 10kg without water.
Our campsite with a hammock slightly off track. It gets very humid in the early hours at this hight. (Higher up is colder but less humid.) If you don’t bring a proper knife/saw there are too many sharp freshly cut branches for a tent here.
This is just 50-100 meter from our camp site. We took the left steep ascending path. Sticks to walk up were left prepared in the ground on the left. We got here taking the smaller path to the right where the path split from the main one briefly before. (Compare with Nick Hope‘s trail.)
It goes up quite steep but you also get to see a great view after just a few minutes of hiking.
Our choice for breakfast and changing cloth after a cold night.
Watch your step here. Steep to the left.
Follow these signs the entire way.
Nice place for a hammock. A little uneven but flat enough for a small tent too.
This is where the hazardous bit begins. Watch your step. Stones are often loose even if they look big.
The Nakprok statue on the summit
This is on the official trail. There is more of you walk on Nick Hope‘s version on the other side.
Good place to camp. Our sleeping bags are bad quality so we decided for this rather protected warmer bit. There is some trees on the summit to hammock camp and space for tents too.
Trees a bit far. But there are other options.
Make sure you take the path behind the right yellow sign. There is apparently one further to the left. Its hazardous and takes much longer, however there is supposed to be water somewhere.
Not that hazardous. Just watch your steps. It goes down steep at the side.
No trees here to hammock camp.Next two summits to hike are on the right side.
Camping possible but unprotected and likely windy.
Path splits. Took the right one.
Steep hill with a lot of leaves which make it slippery. Walking up the way we do is easier I would say. The walk down was ok.
Lunch stop in the shadow with view to Doi Langka Luang.
If you go the other way make sure not to go where it says be careful danger but to the left.
Challenging descent. Nothing to worry about but good to have sticks as help.
Better protected as the next one.
Follow the arrow down to the right but continue following the yellow marks.
After you follow the arrow to the right downhill walk on the right side (north) of the hill. Follow yellow signs.
Still about 1 hour walk to the main road.