The Tour of Doi Suthep Mountain
This ‘Run & Relax’ trip is designed to guarantee the best conditions for running and after running. We will trail run around 6 hours a day and will be back at the hotel around 4pm. It will give runners plenty of time to recover and relax. Refreshing in the swimming pool of the hotel, having a traditional Thai massage, eating great Thai food, walking in the old town, they will appreciate a deserved and relaxed time after running.
For this 2-day trip, we will run 2 different routes at the doorsteps of Chiang Mai. It’s dedicated to runners with an intermediate level. It’s a perfect opportunity to run in 2 days in the special atmosphere of the jungle, to discover the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai, the highest mountains and the hill-tribe villages then to relax in the city after running.
Characteristics of the Trip
3,950 THBAll-inclusive price
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 kilometres further on the course crosses the site of Wat Doi Suthep, one of the most holy temples in Thailand. The view over the valley of Chiang Mai is panoramic and imposing.
The route runs down the dizzyingly steep staircase from the temple of Doi Suthep, 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, the first Hmong village. 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 stands out in the distance. If we can see it, our feet can take us there!
After the summit, the last 5k will lead us through the jungle again on a nice trail down to the final Hmong village where we will eat a great Thai food before going back to Chiang Mai by local taxi. It’s time for relaxing in the city.
After a deserved recovery and a relax time in Chiang Mai on the evening before, the 2nd day of the trip leaves Chiang Mai on a trail alongside a beautiful stream. We will enjoy a nice view on the city at the sunrise, then 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.