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Published on Jun 7, 2017
Sunrise on Doi Pha Hom Pok (ดอยผ้าห่มปก), Thailand's 2nd highest mountain.
Standing at 2,285m above sea level, this is the tallest peak in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park in north Thailand. It is in Chiang Mai province, near the town of Fang and the Myanmar border, and is part of the Daen Lao range (ทิวเขาแดนลาว). The mountain is also sometimes known as Doi Fah Hom Pok.
Before the hike, we camped at Kiew Lom (กิ่ลม), Thailand's highest campsite at 1,924m. We left in the dark at 5am to be on the summit for the sunrise at 6:30am. Most hikers leave earlier than that. There were about 15 people on the summit when we arrived. From the summit there are nice views to the west over the mountains of Myanmar, and over north Thailand to the east.
Having failed to find an alternative route down to the north, we descended the same way, walking the Doi Pha Hom Pok Nature Trail in reverse. The trail is marked by 8 information boards: 1. Orchids, 2. Rhcophoridae, 3. Han Chang Rong, 4. Big Trees, 5. View Point, 6. Hill Evergreen Forest, 7. Tain Kum, 8. Chomphu Pimjai. We saw some interesting flora that is shown in the video but little fauna.
The whole walk could be done comfortably in around 4 hours including summit time. It would also make a good afternoon/evening hike, with sunset on the summit, and a descent in the dark.
The Kiew Lom campsite is good. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is needed for the drive up to there. The westerly checkpoint near Fang would not let us in with our rented Nissan X-Trail, saying it was too low, and that we should buy a trip in their pickup taxi, however the easterly checkpoint near Mae Sao let us in. There is a 2nd fine campsite nearby called หน่วยพิทักษ์อุทยานแห่งชาติที่ ดป.4 (Little House on the Prairie Project) that you can find in Google Earth.