The Tour of the 3 Summits

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 the toughest one around Chiang Mai. It has everything to please good trail runners: a big elevation, the conquest of 3 summits, some great running parts in jungle, open views on the mountain ridges.

Characteristics of the Trip

2,050 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
1 Day
DISTANCE
35K
ELEVATION GAIN
2,050M+
DIFFICULTY
Ultra Tour
TRIP TYPE
Run & Discover

For advanced level runners
90% single-track trail
Jungle, tropical forest, pine forest
Stations in Hmong villages
Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Chiang Mai
Duration: 6-8 hours (advanced 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 35K & 2’050M+

In the early hours of the morning the run leaves Chiang Mai towards the North and climbs straight up into the forest on a track used by pilgrims.

Without transition we pass into rocky terrain which lasts until the almost fairy tale appearance of Wat Palaad, nestling on the bank of a river. A few kilometers further on the course reaches Doi Suthep and crosses the site of Wat Doi Suthep, one of the most holy temples in Thailand.

The route runs down the dizzyingly steep staircase from the temple, and then, without a break, plunges headlong into its first stretch of jungle. For many it comes as a shock. We have to find our bearings very quickly in these long green tunnels whose very density is impressive. The undulating paths are almost free of obstacles but in many places they are punctuated by fallen branches and tree trunks which we have to step over…

As we emerge from the jungle, the run starts to climb again, up to the village of Chang Khian. After a break to enjoy local Arabica coffee, the slope gets progressively harder and becomes so steep that we have to use our hands to help us at some points. When we reach a magnificent line of ridges edged in pine trees, Doi Pui (1625m) stands out in the distance.

Once we reach it, the run continues alongside the ridge until the next and last summit, Doi Pa Klong (1575m). This part affords a splendid view over the surrounding hills and mountains. We can observe the trail down the valley we will use to go back to the Hmong village where we made a 1st break.

Finally we have to plunge again in the wild forest and run for a long and technical downhill for 9kms before we are back, happy and tired, to Chiang Mai city.

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