Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Nuang Peak via Janda Baik

Trekking to Gunung Nuang peak via Janda Baik with fellow RHB colleagues and friends on Saturday, 18 July 2015 (Day-2 of Hari Raya holidays) … I could not remember when was the last time I trekked on this trail. For serious training, one would prefer to start from the Pangsoon of Hulu Langat side. Just like the south face and north face of Mount Everest, there are two ways that one can arrive at the peak of Gunung Nuang. After referring to my blogsite, I last went there on 8 March 2011 ... almost 4.5 years ago.

There are a few changes; the most noticeable ones are as follows:

a. there is a proper parking facility at the trailhead complete with basic toilet and bathing capability;

b. there were a few Orang Asli huts being built along the trail at the farming area;

c. there are more land being cleared for cultivation of crops;

d. the trails are wide and clear due to many trekkers and trail runners who are using this trail to the Nuang Peak;

e. fallen bamboo areas – more bamboos that have fallen and blocked the trail. There was one area that spanned for about 10 feet in length; one has to crawl to get pass those areas.

Overall, it was a great trekking trip with all the good trekking buddies together.

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A group photo just before the start of the trekking

Fine Weather and Leeches – We must be luck that day: the weather was fine, and most parts of the trail were dry. The next best thing was that there was no leech. There was no complaint from the members having been attacked by leeches. At around 2:30 p.m. when we descended at the waterfall area, we saw the sky was covered with dark clouds and we could hear thunder above. After a while, it started to drizzle – for less than one minute – and the sky became clear again. Later on, when we further descended the mountain, we realised that it was raining near the farm areas but not in the mountains.

Trans Nuang – After passing by waterfall and before reaching the peak, we saw two trail runners who came from Pangsoon, Hulu Langat side. Usually, they would ascend to Nuang Peak, connect to this Janda Baik trail. They would then run back to the peak and descend to the carpark at Pangsoon – a round trip that would take about 12 hours. 
Crossing the first stream

Packed Restaurants – After descended from the mountain and having taken our bath, we were excited for the next activity: to savour the good food at the many restaurant in Kampung Bukit Tinggi. There were a few choices but we decided to go to the restaurant which is directly opposite the coffee shop that we have our breakfast. When we passed by the produce shopping area, we were surprised to see that all the restaurants were packed with people. In the designated restaurant, a few of the members even stood next to those potentially about to finish having their meals. After a few futile wait, we decided to try other restaurants. After going to a few other restaurants, we concluded that all the restaurants in Kumpung Bukit Tinggi were fully packed on a long weekend. So we did not have the opportunity to have a good meal together.

Looping Trail – I recognized the looping trail area; previously, a lady trekker who was too tired during the descent (at around 5:00 p.m. when the sky was almost dark), she went back up to the peak again by following the paper trail. Do click here to read ...

Passing through the farm areas
Arriving at Nuang Peak between 3 to 4 hours
 The yow yeng ladies … Lana, June and Ivy
ChongYF’s highland cafeteria that attract the crowds
 Relaxing at the waterfall … Lana and Elissa 
At the waterfall 
Proper parking facility just opposite the trailhead complete with basic toilet and bathing capability; fee per entry for each car is RM 7.

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Posted by KC Leong

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