Ascent of Doi Inthanon on 2019-08-04

Climber: Eric Gilbertson

Date:Sunday, August 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Doi Inthanon
    Elevation:8415 ft / 2564 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had just finished a 3 week expedition climbing Noshaq, the Afghanistan highpoint, and after 2 days rest in Dushanbe, Tajikistan I flew out to Thailand. Katie was already there for a bat conference so we planned to meet up and travel around southeast Asia. The priority, of course, was hitting the high points of a bunch of countries.

I connected in Kazakhstan then arrived in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand on August 3. We met up and took a taxi into town for the night.

Katie arranged for a driver to take us to Doi Inthanon, the highpoint, the next morning. It was about the same price as renting a car but meant we didn’t have to worry about accidents and insurance.

We left the hotel at 7am in a light rain which got more intense as we got farther into the mountains. Typhoon Wipha was hitting southeast Asia and we were just within the affected zone.

After 90 minutes we entered the national patk, each paid 300 baht entrance fee ($10) and proceeded to the trailhead. The rain was torrential and wind about 40mph. Some poor motorcyclists had braved th e storm and looked miserable.

We put on our jackets and jumped out as the driver waited. It was a short maybe 2 minute walk up some concrete steps into the woods, past a shrine, then along a wooden walkway to the summit.

Somehow the summit sign lists the elevation to the nearest nanometer but I’m pretty sure it is not known with that precision.

We quickly snapped pictures then continued running down the walkway to a small sheltered museum area at the end.

We did another nearby nature hike, saw a few waterfalls, and ate lunch at the nearby hmong market before driving back to town to dry off and warm up.

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