Vista 121 veces, descargada 2 veces
preto de Kampung Tepi Parit, Pahang (မလေးရှား)
Members: 33 hikers
Guides: 3 guides
Route: Kuala Juram - Tahan - Kuala Juram
It was a 4D3N trip. The initial point is Kuala Juram and the last point is the peak of Tahan.
Two major campsites to stay overnight i.e. Kem Kor and Kem Botak while other campsites were just for quick stops.
Day 1. Kuala Juram to Kem Kor (7.8 km)
8:00 am. All hikers declared their belongings to the Perhilitan Department officers at their Sungai Relau Office. Cars were left in their premise. It is a safe place to leave our cars there.
10:30 am. Hikers and the guides were brought to the initial point by 4WD trucks, Kuala Juram. Briefing by our guides, short doa, ready ourselves for the hike up.
11:30 am. Departed from Kuala Juram initial point.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Hikers reached at Kem Kor. Time of arrival to the Kem Kor varies from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, depends on individual hikers. Setup tents. Own activities.
Kem Kor is just beside a small river. Water should not be an issue. Climate at night was cold but bearable.
Day 2. Kem Kor to Kem Botak (9.7 km)
6:00 am. Woke up. Pack things. Certain things could be left at Kem Kor to minimize weight of the individual load such as meals for the following day, because on the tomorrow night we would be back to camp at Kem Kor.
8:00 am. Hiked up further to Kem Botak. Reached Kem Botak at dawn. Put up tent at Kem Botak.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Hikers reached at Kem Botak. Time of arrival to Kem Botak varies from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, depends on individual hiker. Setup tents. Own activities.
Journey from Kem Kor to Kem Botak is a lot tougher in comparison to that of day 1. The reason for this is because:
1. we were elevating ourselves from 750 m of altitude to 1900 m of altitude,
2. long distance (about 12 km),
3. the second day hike requires about 8 hours of hike in average,
4. one small water point is only available in the middle of the journey. See pictures in the map.
Only one very small water point is available at the altitude of 1427 m i.e. before reaching Punchak V. Hikers are expected to arrive at this water point at about noon time or later. The water point is too small. It may take about 5 minutes to 10 minutes to refill the 1.5 liter bottle. Waiting for the turn to refill the water was really a time consuming for us. Just imagine if there were 30 bottles to be refilled???
Several suitable stops in between Kem Kor to Kem Botak:
1. Permatang (Permatang is a peak of a ridge)
2. Kem Kubang (Celcom and Maxis networks are available here)
3. Berlumut (Moss)
4. Water point
5. Punchak V
6. Punchak Bonsai
7. Kem Solar (Less than 10 minutes to Kem Botak)
At the altitude of 1400 m and above, we started to see the moss, wet soil trail though during the dry season. This wet trail gets more serious we moved higher until the Punchak Bonsai.
After the Punchak Bonsai lesser mossie, where the altitude is of about 1700 m and above, we started to enjoy the very great and amazing view of Bonsais. MasyaAllah, most part of the peak of Tahan is convered by Bonsai and rocks.
Kem Botak has two small water points. One, just nearby the kem, is dedicated for bathing or cleaning dishes. The other one which is at the upper part, about 100 m of distance from the kem, is dedicated for drinking purpose.
Climate at Kem Botak at night is very cold, I guess the temperature should be less than 10 °C. I was shivering though in tent. Sleeping bag and thick jacket are a must!
Day 3. Kem Botak to Peak (1 km)
Early morning, about 6:00 am hiked up to the peak from the Kem Botak to catch the sunrise at the peak. Finished recording the trail with Wikiloc at the peak.
NO MORE DATA RECORDING WITH WIKILOC WHEN I WAS ON THE WAY DOWN FROM PEAK TO BASE.
About 8:00 am, moved down back to Kem Botak from the peak for breakfast, packed all things and started to travel back down to Kem Kor.
Over night again at Kem Kor on Day 3.
Packed things and moved down to the base Kuala Juram at 9:30 am. Arrived the base at about 12:30 pm.
Generally, moving down is faster than going up.
All hikers managed to reach the peak and arrived back to the base safely. No major injuries except the common muscle cramp in the legs in certain hikers. Alhamdulillah.
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