Doi Inthanon


Doi Inthanon: A Quick and Easy Hike To Thailand’s Highest Peak

Doi Inthanon, Thailand
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Hiking Period
Rest Stops & Facilities
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Summary Doi Inthanon Thailand - Summary

Thailand’s highest peak is surprisingly easy to climb!

Boasting cooler temperatures throughout the year, Doi Inthanon has managed to attract crowds of both local and foreign trekkers. The national park isn’t just popular for this peak, but also the numerous waterfalls, sunrise & sunset viewpoints and the surrounding remote villages.

Climbing Doi Inthanon Thailand - Height and Distance

Natural Doi Inthanon Thailand - Natural Height

Summits Index:
4 / 10 (2,001m - 3,000m)

2,565m (8,415ft)

Natural Doi Inthanon Thailand - Hiking Period

Summits Index:
1 / 10 (2 - 5 hours)

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is the harder trail of the two easy options. The journey is about 2.5km (1.55 mi) long and takes 2-4 hours to do the entire hike depending on your pace.

Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail, the second option, should take you no longer than 30 minutes.

Difficulty Doi Inthanon Thailand - Hiking Difficulty

Difficulty Doi Inthanon Thailand - Terrain

Summits Index:
2 / 10 (Easy, groomed trail; gentle slope and / or built steps)

Doi Inthanon isn’t a very intimidating hike even for the most amateur hikers. For the most part, your set of wheels will be able to take you towards the top but the few hundred metres to the actual summit point from the parking lot can be hiked on foot. There is also a longer hiking option for those who prefer it.

The two options of trails that can be hiked on foot are below.

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail:

This hike leads trekkers through a winding path amidst thick forests and can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. However, if nature is what enticed you to take this trip in the first place, this is definitely the trail you’ll want to follow.

Once you’ve started on this particular trail, the first kilometre will take you through a forest of tall trees, enveloped in layers of moss.

The second kilometre opens up to breathtaking views of rolling hills in the distance, green valleys down below and clear blue skylines, as you trek along the mountain’s ridge.

Finally, the last half kilometre will take trekkers back into the thickness of the forest, lined with waterfalls and clear streams.

You’ll be able to catch a quick glimpse of the two chedis in the distance, during the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail. Paying an entrance fee can get you a closer look at the pagodas. The pagodas provide great sunset views.


Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail:

This trail is pretty straightforward and consists of about a 360m boardwalk. You’ll wind up at an elevation of approximately 2,500 m above sea level. The trail is surrounded by lush forest, creating a very mild and comfortable climate throughout the year. In terms of flora and fauna, you will come across many rhododendrons and moss.

Difficulty Doi Inthanon Thailand - Weather

Summits Index:
4 / 10 (Fluctuates greatly across seasons and/or between the base and summit or mildly unpleasant throughout the year)

Generally, this part of Thailand has three major seasons; the hot season runs from March through June, the monsoon from June through October, and the cool and dry season from November through February.

There is no one best time to climb Inthanon. With the peak’s high altitude, Doi Inthanon boasts a perpetually chilly climate all year round, with temperatures even dropping below freezing during the winter season.

An occasional unseasonal downpour is the only weather challenge that could mar your trip.

Though it will not be uncomfortably hot from March to June, the sun can still be harsh on your skin, so make sure you use sun protection in the form of sunscreen and sunglasses.

When planning your trip, you’ll have to keep in mind that during the rainy season from June until the 1st of November, this trail is closed down.

Difficulty Doi Inthanon Thailand - Equipment

Summits Index:
2 / 10 (Good hiking shoes)

No special equipment is needed for this hike, but you’ll probably want to stick to long socks to avoid possible leech attacks during the wetter seasons.

Facilities Doi Inthanon Thailand - Support Facilities

Facilities Doi Inthanon Thailand - Rest Stops & Facilities

Summits Index:
0 / 10 (N/A; for short or easy hikes)

At the trailhead, there is a registration kiosk, toilets/bathrooms, food, and potable water.

On the trail you’ll find built steps, publicly displayed trail maps, food, and potable water.

Facilities Doi Inthanon Thailand - Guides and Porters

Summits Index:
6 / 10 (Necessary; available but references advisable)

Guides are required. Hiring a Hmong tribesman as your trail guide is compulsory.

Porters are not required.

Accessibility Doi Inthanon Thailand - Accessibility and Safety

Accessibility Doi Inthanon Thailand - Location

Summits Index:
2 / 10 (Near major city; accessible any time)

Chiang Mai International Airport is the nearest airport. Your ride from Chiang Mai to the entrance of the national park should take you close to 2 hours by car.

The trip includes 57 km (35.4 mi) along Highway No. 108 towards Chom Thong and then a right turn onto Highway No. 1009, with approximately 30 km (18.6 mi) more to go before you arrive at the entrance of the park.

Whilst slightly tiresome, but completely manageable given the brisk weather conditions, it is advisable that you leave your vehicle behind at the parking lot and head straight to the nearest ranger station to get yourself a map and some detailed information on the park. You’ll need to obtain official permission from the Park Office at km 31 (mi 19.2).

If you haven’t got a car or bike, you can always hail a songthaew from the Chiang Mai streets. A common practice is to negotiate a fee for the day so the driver will take you to Doi Inthanon, wait whilst you explore the park and then bring you back to Chiang Mai.

Accessibility Doi Inthanon Thailand - Safety

Summits Index:
0 / 10 (No safety concerns; easy trail with many hikers every day)

Personal safety: Being a popular destination, it is very unlikely you will ever be completely alone or isolated on this trek so there is little to worry about in terms of personal safety. This trek has found much favour with solo women travellers.

Slippery surfaces:  Unexpected rain can slow your progress and make the trail slippery and treacherous at some points.

Insects:  As is typical with any wilderness, you are likely to encounter a few insects and mosquitos. Make sure to use insect repellent especially if you are planning on an overnight stay in the mountains.

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