On the Top of Chiang Mai

Thailand Mountain Trail has spent several years to investigate the most beautiful and the most interesting mountain trails of Northern Thailand. Thanks to our extensive knowledge of areas and people, we are the only agency in Chiang Mai to bring runners on those trails.

This route at the doorsteps of the city was discovered three years ago and is one of our favorite. It has everything to please good trail runners: a long way up to the highest summit of Chiang Mai, some great running parts in jungle and open views on the valleys and mountains.

Characteristics of the Trip

1,950 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
1 Day
DISTANCE
25K
ELEVATION GAIN
1,850M+
DIFFICULTY
Trail Tour
TRIP TYPE
Run & Discover

For intermediate level runners
90% single-track trail
Jungle, tropical forest, pine forest
Stations in Hmong villages
Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Ban Doi Pui (1-hour transfer back)
Duration: 6-8 hours (intermediate level)
Including drinks, snacks, meals, transfers, NP fee, guide
Additional day available on request
Available all year round
Meeting point: TMT office (Chiang Mai)

Details of the Day 25K & 1’850M+

The trip leaves Chiang Mai on a trail alongside a beautiful stream.

After enjoying a nice view on the city at the sunrise, we climb straight up into the forest on a wild trail. The muscles are still a bit cold when the path goes steeper. For 7k and 1’100m+ it’s a regular climb in the forest and the jungle until we reach the Hmong village of Chang Khian.

After a short break to refill water and get a local coffee, we enjoy a great way down in a bamboo jungle. The undulating path is dense and technical on some parts. In many places it is punctuated by cut or fallen bamboo tree trunks.

As we emerge from the jungle, we can see the mountain ridge in a tooth shape surrounding us. At its top stands the summit of Doi Pa Klong, the objective of the day.

After a new climb and a run alongside the ridge, finally we reach the summit at 1650m high. On the east side the view over the valley of Chiang Mai is panoramic and imposing. On the west side as far as we can see, it is an ocean of green mountains. We will make a break here at the top of Chiang Mai to enjoy some food and rest before the last drop.

The last part of the route leads us down to the end through a beautiful tropical forest. After having climbed 1’850m elevation gain, we let our legs recover slowly from the effort on this comfortable part. We enjoy a very nice run down to Ban Doi Pui the final Hmong village.