Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Baling Jerai Penang Hills Hike

Hiking Gunung Baling, Gunung Jerai and Penang Hill from 20 to 23 January 2018 ... the Main Plan:

Day 1 (20 Jan 2018, Saturday) – travel from KL to Sungai Pertani; hike Gunung Baling, stay in Sungai Pertani.
Day 2 (21 Jan, Sunday) – hike Gunung Jerai, stay in Regency Jerai Hill Resort;
Day 3 (22 Jan, Monday) – hike Penang Hill via Bats Trail, stay in Tanjung Bunga area;
Day 4 (23 Jan, Tuesday) – return to Kuala Lumpur.

Gunung Baling was fairly easy to hike with the ascent journey that took 1 hr 30 min. During the descent, it rained for 30 minutes at 4pm, and the dark-brown earth was very slippery. Many of the team members slipped and fell even though there is railing to assist in the descent. 

On Day 2, we hiked Gunung Jerai via Merbok Trail with a distance of 12 km that required 6 hours. It rained quite heavily at 4pm for one hour while we were still in the trail; the drizzle continued until at night. 

On Day 3, with the sunny weather, we hiked up Penang Hill via Bats Trail. One way journey to the peak took 2 hr 30 minutes. This trial eventually joins with the Heritage Trail to reach the peak. 

Special thanks to ChewSC for leading the group for Gunung Baling and Gunung Jerai hike, and Ms SK for the Bats Trail.

Do CLICK HERE to view 190 photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).

 At the trail head of Gunung Baling, Kedah
 The rocky peak of Gunung Baling with a view of the surrounding
 At Regency Jerai Hill Resorts, Kedah
 Getting ready to hike Gunung Jerai 
 At the Merbok trail head of Gunung Jerai; on way ascent journey is 6 hours.
 Dawn at Regency Jerai Hill Resort
 Walking around at the beautiful environment of Regency Jerai Hill Resort
 Hike up Penang Hill via Bats Trail ... passing by the the many mini stupa 
 Enjoying the night view at the peak of Penang Hill
 View of Penang from the hill above with the two bridges linking the mainland
On Day 4 before returning to Kuala Lumpur ... the group put up a night near to Tanjung Bunga beach, Penang

Do CLICK HERE to view photos of the previous Gunung Jerai and Penang Hill hike from 3-5 June 2017.

Posted by KC Leong

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