Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings

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Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings

We have been offering Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings for many years. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekkings have become more and more popular over the years. In the cold 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 was 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 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 Angka Luang. They renamed the mountain Doi Inthanon after King Inthawichayanon, the 7th ruler of Chiang Mai.

King Inthawichayanon 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 Angka 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.

Shrine in the mossy forest Doi Inthanon
Shrine for King Inthawichayanon near the summit Doi Inthanon. Picture by Frans Betgem

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 splendour. We had camped at the height of about two thousand meters with a minimum temperature of 7,9 degrees Celsius. 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 Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen“. Giving names to mountains and other places was normal in colonial days.

Doi Inthanon tree with Ferns and mosses
Doi Inthanon Ferns and forest. Picture by Frans Betgem

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, freezing. They could not sleep for a moment despite several great fires we made around the camp.” The minimum temperature was close to zero.

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