Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gunung Berembun

Gunung Berembun is located at Cameron Highlands.  Peaked at 1,836m above sea level, it normally takes about three hours to reach the summit. We used the trail labeled as Jungle Walk No. 6 located right behind Kem Sungai Pauh.  The mountain is quite high but why doesn't it take long to reach the summit?   The answer is Cameron Highlands itself is an elevated land that is 1,500 meters above sea-level.  If that was true, we only climbed for about 300 meters?  Yup!  The next question; but then if it was only 300 meters why did it take so long to reach the summit?  The answer to that is the height doesn't matter much but the distance to reach the summit that matters.  The first CheckPoint; Persinggahan LBT is about 2 km from the campsite!   

I had a good sleep after popping in panadol and piriton due to sneezing.  The dusty tent must have caused me to sneeze incessantly.  I never got the time to clean the tent, after using it, I folded it and put it in my backpack and it stayed there until the next camping trip!  The temperature must have dropped to 15 ˚C that night , it was cold and the sleeping bag helped me a lot to stay warm! It was a sunny day when we started hiking at 8.30am.  The signboard at the entrance stated that the journey to reach the peak was 3 hours.  We were ready for that with enough snacks and water. And we left after a breakfast of burnt pancake!  
After going through muddy traps at the beginning of Jungle Walk no. 6, we were welcomed by breath taking view of the forest.  It was unlike any other forest area that we have been, we had the feel of being in high country with cool climate.  Any of our pictures may not be able to depict the beauty of the forest area.  We felt as though somebody had laid out carpet for us to walk on as the ground was covered with dry pine leaves.  However, the same feeling was gone when we came down as the dry leaves can be slippery!
This picture was taken at Persinggahan LBT, the first Check Point, about 2 km from the campsite.  It was also the end of Jungle Walk No. 6.  We didn't know that Persinggahan LBT was a Check Point with good facilities to rest, about 10 minutes before that we took our first 'take five' that lasted about 10 minutes.  On the way back, we stopped here again and we met a Caucasian couple.  They were already thinking of going back using Jungle Walk No. 6 (to Mardi) but we convinced them to go up the peak of Gunung Berembun.  When it rained upon reaching the campsite I wondered how they were like trekking in the rain!

Yes, it was only 3 hours but the trails were challenging too.  When we saw this window of light, we were excited as we thought the summit was just around the corner! Our excitement was short-lived as the summit was no where in sight and it was just a false peak!
When we reached this area, again, we thought that the summit was just around the corner.  And this time, we were right, the summit was just about 5 minutes away.
We reached the summit in 2 hours including a 10 minutes 'take five' in between.  Yes, another mountain conquered and a lot more to go!  From here we had a good view of Cameron Highlands (not sure which side though) and the temperature was slightly cooler even though it was already bright and sunny.  We rested for about 30 minutes by having snacks and taking a lot of pictures! As usual, going back was faster and we completed the journey in less than 4 hours. 
At the peak I saw this trail, it seemed heading to another mountain that I had no idea what it was! And I wasn't ready to explore either as we had other plans at the campsite!   
As a summary, if someone were to ask me, how difficult it is to climb Gunung Berembun?  It wasn't a walk in the park but it was close, perhaps slightly more challenging.  And I don't mind to come here again with my colleagues!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent write-ups. Regards from a fellow hiker & fellow fan of the Arcade Fire.

Anonymous said...

Nice pics. I like two of ur pics tht have the ray of sunlight in it!

Small Hiker said...

Anon - thank you

Al said...

gmbr last tu sgt menarik, mcm laluan ke alam kayangan..kan..

Small Hiker said...

AI - bagus description tu... Ye, memang cantik...

JHaZKiTaRo said...

salam.. jemput2 la ke my blog (Aku Sebutir Pasir) kalau berminat nak baca my travel experiences ke 46 buah negara.. :)

Small Hiker said...

JhazKitaro - yes, sure!

funzool said...

nak follow la any hiking trip nanti. bole?

Small Hiker said...

funzool - boleh je! Tapi tak free, macam mana tu?

Anonymous said...

ape yg mencabar sgt naik gunung berembun? sy akan naik g.berembun minggu depan? curam x?

Small Hiker said...

Anon - Mencabar ke tak G Berembun? Biasa je, tak sampai 4 jam, turun dan naik. Macam naik G Angsi melalui Bukit Putus. Dalam perjalanan, kawasan hutannya amat cantik!

cimOt said...

yeahhhhh..mmg terbaik laaaaa gunung berembun..tak puas ritu naek..nak try sekali lg kottt kalo ade peluang..

Anonymous said...

assalam..
..so simple yet great words..one of my reference to learn English =] hehe..

sir, the trail that you saw at the peak was trail no7 which heading to MARDI..overall it takes only 40 minutes - 1hour and half [depends on your stamina..normally i did in 1 hour] if you hike-up..it will be less then that when you back-track..but be careful cause its steeps and slippery especially when it rains or in monsoon season..when you walk down about 15-20 meters after the peak, you may see there's a junction at your left side which will brings you to the waterfall..never been there yet cause its far..also have the signboard there to tell you the length..just walking forward and be cautious..the steeps track begin.. =] hope you dont mind my poor english..huhu

sincerely, LaiTer Biru [fb accnt]