At The Summit Of Doi Luang
The main target about creating TGR1 was to find a route from Chiang Mai to the highest mountain range of Thailand, Chiang Dao. Standing out against the sky, on the 1st time we discovered this mountain where rock and jungle meet and blend, we were fascinated. With several summits at 2,000 meters high and a profusion of lesser peaks and ridges, this mountain barely known from tourists is definitely the most beautiful one in Thailand.
This trip is available 5 months a year from November to March when the Park is open to the public. It will lead us to the highest summit of Chiang Dao, 2225m above the sea level. We will hike up to the top on the 1st day and sleep in a tent at the foothill of the summit. The second day we will go down back to the starting point. This trip is not very challenging but demands to be able to hike more than 1000m elevation gain in one day.
Characteristics of the Trip
8,450 THBAll-inclusive price
After driving one hour and a half, we enter the National Park of Chiang Dao. From the road, we can already observe the spectacular mountain range that overlooks us 2000m higher. As we come closer, we are pleased by the high cliffs and various peaks that make this mountain so special. It’s a unique opportunity to go trekking there.
The beginning of the route is steep and technical until we reach a pass. This is the unique way to go inside the mountain range. Crossing the pass, the trail flows on a plateau inside a beautiful tropical forest. When we turn on the left, we can see in the distance the summit of Chiang Dao that that stands up majestically. Until the top, it is a gain of 1000-metre elevation to negotiate inside the massif in a majestic alpine décor.
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 go down to settle for the night at the foothills of the summit.
At 2000m even in Thailand, the nights can be cold. Hopefully our porters have planned everything to allow us to sleep comfortably. We decide to wake up before sunrise and hike up again to the summit to enjoy a unique setting. Lights and shadows play hide and seek with the peaks; the luminosity of the sunrise floods irresistibly inside the whole massif.
Finally we have to go down on the same route back to our starting point. It will give the opportunity to enjoy the view from another side in a more comfortable way than on the way up. The last descent will be the only difficult part of the day. It’s steep and slippery. We will be careful about our foot steps to avoid falling. Happy (much) and tired (a little bit) we arrive to our taxi that drive us back to Chiang Mai.