Climbing The Pass Of Hmong Ngo

Thailand Mountain Trail has spent several years in contact of the hill tribes to investigate the trails in the mountains of the North. In 2015 we revived many routes previously used for communicating between mountain villages and create TGR1. The 1st Thai Great Route is the longest hiking footpath of Thailand; it links Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao.

In the middle of TGR1, the objective of the trip is to reach the beautiful summit and the Hmong village of Mong Ngo located 1450m above the sea level. It’s a perfect area to discover the high mountains of Chiang Mai. The 1st day is dedicated to climb up to the top of the mountain where we will stay for one night; on the 2nd day we will cross the pass of Mong Ngo and reach a new valley.

Characteristics of the Trip

6,050 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
2 Days
DISTANCE
22K
ELEVATION GAIN
900M+
DIFFICULTY
1 Peak
TRIP TYPE
Trek & Discover

70% single-track trail, 30% double-track trail
Jungle and mountains
Highlights: Hmong villages, Mong Ngo mountain pass, Gorges of Kio Bua Ha
1 Night accommodation in a Hmong village
Start: Huay Nam Sai (1-hour transfer)
Finish: Ban Kai Noi (1h30 transfer back)
Duration: 5-6 hours a day
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: Up To The Summit Of Doi Mong Ngo 11K & 800M+

We start the 1st day by tackling a remarkable, dense bamboo jungle, acting as a natural frontier between Karen country and Hmong country. While the former live in the valley, the latter live in the high country. It seems Hmong people were quieter at the foothills of the summits to grow different varieties of crops.

After a long slow climb in a beautiful bamboo jungle, soon we leave the depths of the forest and the horizon opens widely. We can observe the hills all around and further up the path that leads us to Mong Ngo. This Hmong village is located on a pass at 1250m above sea level. We will discover in the distance with its bamboo houses nestling against the mountainside. Finally we hike up to the summit of Mong Ngo 200m higher than the village.

At the top we are surrounded by an ocean of greenery. The view all around is imposing, far and wide. We observe precisely the next mountains of the TGR1 footpath. In the foreground the green hills pave the way to Chiang Dao, highest mountain range of Thailand that appears clearly in the back. We will stay here for dinner and the overnight. Filled with a delightful setting and a great meal, we will spend a night the head in the stars.

2nd Day: Down The Valley To The Gorges Of Kio Bua Ha 11K & 100M+

In the morning of the 2nd day, we will enjoy again the scenery while having breakfast. Fortunately this setting will accompany us a few kilometers further on the dirt road we take down. When we plunge suddenly in the tropical forest, it’s a charming and wild trail that leads us to the village of Kio Bua Ha. We will stop there for lunch on a bamboo platform overlooking the small village.

After lunch we must tackle with a difficult part alongside a river inside small gorges. The best solution to move forward is to walk down directly in the river. It requires vigilance and tires the body. The atmosphere is humid and closed; vegetation is dense. We have to rest at some points but we appreciate the sense of adventure brought by this part of the route. When we finally leave the gorges, we arrive to the final village of Kai Noi.