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Thailand Photos: Climbing Khao Luang (Nakhon Si Thammarat), and Ranong : 11 - 16 April 2005

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First night camp Mountain stream - the place of first night camping. This mountain brook flowed into the almost empty river filled with stones. We pitched our tents, and prepared to cook dinner. Our guides catched some fish and frogs to cook. The place was good for a small group of up to about 10 campers. In the heavy rainy months the water could overflow and thus hikers should select a higher ground for pitching the tents.

As the night fell we could hear only the sounds of forest: insects, calls of lonely birds, branches swinging at the wind, and the flow of water over the stones. Unlike the popular trails in the other national parks, there was no basic facilities here. Campers must be responsible for all their garbage, and dig holes in proper place for excrete disposal. Camp at night

A view to outside Second day of the trek. After the morning business and a bath in the river we had a good breakfast of hot drink and bread and then rice and soup. Today trek was mostly constant climbing along the hill sides and on the ridge toward the peak. At a couple of places we got view to the outside world.

The ascent was quite steep at places, however there were trees and plants everywhere to hold on. Knowing the place to get water was very important especially in the dry season. For a three days trek people need a lot of water for drinking and cleaning, and nobody could carry enough water on their backs.

A view of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Gulf of Thailand. This opening near a stream offered a view to the south and south-east. We saw a bit of the town, but in this photo you would not see anything except the hills and the sky. View to the south - toward Nakhon Si Thammarat

A lone bird over the mountains A lone bird on an evening flight over the hills.

We reached the peak at about 3:30 p.m. after climbing about 6.5 hours. We still needed to climb the trees to get a view to the north. There was a fire place used by the campers. The peak area was good for about 10 people camping. The nearest water source was about 5 minutes steep descent from the peak.

The colours of sunset over the hills  Sunset over Khao Luang
The colours of sunset over the hills.
Views from the peak while the sun was setting. We did not clearly see the sun due to the mists and clouds.

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