The 2 Alpine Summits

Thailand Mountain Trail has spent several years to investigate the most remote mountain trails in Northern Thailand before creating TGR1, the first Thai Great Route and long footpath of the country (LINK). Thanks to our extensive knowledge of those areas and long relationship with local people, our organization is the only one to bring runners and trekkers in those mountains.

This 2-day trip will lead us to the last part of TGR1 up to the summit of the highest mountain range of Thailand. We will discover Chiang Dao a mysterious and fascinating mountain barely unknown from the tourists. It will be a privilege to be there alone running in such a wonderful area.

Characteristics of the Trip

6,950 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
2 Days
DISTANCE
46K
ELEVATION GAIN
3,150M+
DIFFICULTY
Trail Tour
TRIP TYPE
Run & Discover

For intermediate/advanced level runners
90% single-track trail / 10% double-track trail
Jungle and high mountains
Stations in local villages
1 night accommodation in a Lisu village
Start: Na Lao Mai (1h30 transfer)
Finish: Na Lao Mai (1h30 transfer back)
Duration: 6-8 hours a day (intermediate level)
Including accommodation, drinks, meals, transfers, guide
Additional night in Chiang Mai on request
Available all year round
Meeting point: TMT office (Chiang Mai)

1st Day: At the Summit of the Precious Doi Luang 22K & 1’500M+

The 1st day of the trip leads us to the summit of Doi Chiang Dao. Standing out against the sky, mysterious and fascinating, Chiang Dao is the only alpine mountain range in Thailand. Of all the high mountains of the country it is also the most imposing and the most inaccessible. From the start at the foothills of the massif there begins a long climb through rocks and tropical forest in a majestic alpine décor.

There are 10 kilometers to cross inside this tooth-shaped massif, and a gain of 1500-metre elevation to negotiate up to the summit. We have many opportunities to enjoy the several 2000m-high peaks around us before reaching the highest one at 2225m.

At the summit the scenery is wonderful. It’s a long view on a series of steep peaks and high hills all round. It looks like we are at the center of Thailand and we can observe the whole country. After a long break to enjoy this moment, we run back a different route on a long technical way down until the valley. We have the opportunity to observe the whole mountain range from another side (west side).

After 1500m elevation loss, we cross a first Lisu village, and then we reach the village of Na Lao Mai, our overnight place. This traditional Lisu village offers a privileged view on the whole mountain range of Chiang Dao. TMT has developed strong links with locals. Food is excellent and atmosphere is great; the night will be sweet at the foothills of the mountains in traditional bamboo houses.

2nd Day: The Sleeping Lady Mountain 24K & 1’650M+

In the morning of the 2nd day we continue our trip by entering the large valley of Nong Khatae. Down in the valley we are surrounded by 3 big and imposing mountains: Doi Chiang Dao in the back, Doi Nong Khatae on the left and Doi Nang Non, the sleeping lady mountain and our objective, in the front. It’s one of the best places we know to observe the high mountains of Thailand and no other tourists have never heard of it.

After a wonderful way up in the jungle across large rocky boulders, we enter deeply in the valley of Nong Khatae and say good bye to the Doi Chiang Dao massif that offers us its best side. We reach a very remote and poor Lisu village at the foothill of Doi Nang Non, our next objective.

The way up to Doi Nang Non is steep and narrow and offers at the top a great view on the valley and the small Lahu village. We pass on areas near the summit that were famous previously for poppies crops before tackling a long way down until the Thai village of Ban Tham, our final point.

Accommodation in a Lisu village

Na Lao Mai is a small Lisu village that benefits from its unique location at the foothill of the mountain range of Chiang Dao. The view from the village on the mountains and the atmosphere of the place are unique. The weather in Na Lao Mai is also much colder than in the rest of the country. We will stay in bamboo huts owned by local Lisu families and will enjoy dinner and breakfast at their home with a magnificent view on the mountains.

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