Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings
We have been offering Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings for many years. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand. Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings have become more and more popular over the years. In the cool season especially hordes of local tourists drive up to the summit of the mountain. Who was the first western visitor to explore the “Roof of Thailand”? The first report of a foreigner trekking to the summit of Doi Inthanon dates back to 1906. It was the German botanist Dr. Carl Curt Hosseus (1878 – 1950) who visited North Thailand in the years 1904-1906. It is described as the first botanical exploration of Northern Thailand.
“The plan was to ascent Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain of Siam. The officials had, according to what they themselves said, neither a good map of the region, nor did they even know the name of the mountain”. The mountain was known to local people as Doi Luang which translates as highest mountain in northern Thai language. They renamed the mountain Doi Inthanon after King Inthawichayanon, the 7th ruler of Chiang Mai.
This king was concerned about the preservation of the mountain forests in the north. Before he died he ordered that his remains be kept at Doi Luang, the highest mountain of the Thanon Thong Chai Range. The King died in 1897 so it should not have been that surprising that local people didn’t know the name of the mountain in 1906.
Hosseus’ expedition was composed of twenty-two Laotian porters with one local leader, one chief, two Shan men, two policemen, an interpreter, cook and a boy. In total there were 32 people. To describe the expedition goes a bit too far. Just read the book. He describes passing through the villages of Sanpatong and Mae Wang. There were already Karen villages on the slopes of Doi Inthanon.
“Before sunrise we started breaking up the camp, so that we could start marching with the sun coming up in yellow splendor. We had camped at a height of about two thousand meters with a minimum temperature of 7,9 degrees C.. After a few hours marching, we approached the spurs of the summit. A delightful view of the Mae Ping, the hazy plain and the northeastern mountains opened through the trees.”
Hosseus was determined to camp on the highest point. “To find it was not a small undertaking. The entire Doi Anka Luang is covered with dense jungle and orientation is very difficult,….”. Finally he found the summit which he named the “Richthofen Peak” after a man called Ferninand Freiherr von Richthofen“. Giving names to mountains and other places was normal in colonial days.
Hosseus wanted to stay a few more days on the summit but decided against it. The lack of potable water was a problem for the members of the expedition. “Besides, the nights were, at least for my people, really cold. They could not sleep for a moment despite a number of great fires we made around the camp.” The minimum temperature was close to zero.
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