January 20, 2010

Conquering Gunung Nuang via Janda Baik

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We have trekked up Gunung Nuang, the highest mountain in Selangor (4,898ft) several times. It was always via the Hulu Langat (Pangsun) trail. From fellow trekkers, we found out that there is a trail up this mountain via Janda Baik in Pahang (this mountain actually borders 3 states … Selangor, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan). We then searched the internet for more information and drove to Janda Baik to find out exactly where the trail starts. We found it quite easily and decided that we will trek up Gunung Nuang via this trail the following week.

So, on 16 JAN 2010, six of us, Jean Soh, Lim Guan Toong, Lim Chin Keat, Edry Wong, Karvinn Teh and I set out at 6.00am. We met at Keat's house in Kinrara, Puchong (our regular meeting point) and after a quick breakfast at a mamak stall nearby, we headed to Janda Baik.

(For those who do not know how to get to this trail, here are the instructions. From Karak highway, head towards Janda Baik. After reaching Janda Baik, go directly to Kampung Janda Baik. It is fairly easy to find, straight drive all the way. Look for the UMNO training centre called ILMU. And when you find the UMNO training centre on your right, you are on the right track. After passing UMNO training centre, you have to drive straight in front for about 2km until you come to a junction. Here is where the tar road ends. You can park your car here. The trail to Gunung Nuang is the right trail. If in doubt, please ask the farmers around)

(UMNO Training Center "ILMU")

We reached the start of the trail at about 8.30am and started immediately to trek up Gunung Nuang. With Jean who trekked up this trail before, we are quite happy to have someone who can tell us what to expect along the way. At the first stretch of the trail, we passed some vegetable farms and crossed a small river (the first river).

Arrving at the trail

The trail on the right leading to the farms and up Gunung Nuang

Standing from left : Shiek Eng Meng, Edry Wong, Jean Soh, Lim Guan Toong & Lim Chin Keat
Karvinn Teh (Squatting)

Passion fruit farm

Crossing the first river

We saw more farms along the way and finally we reached the beginning of the jungle trail that leads straight up the mountain. Here the terrain is quite rough. We have to pass through some thick bushes, several fallen trees and thru a bamboo forest. A few times we practically have to “duck walked” underneath some massive fallen bamboo trunks.

Keep right at this junction

Going into the jungle trail

Fallen bamboo trunks along the way

Resting at second river

After walking for about an hour, we reached another river (the second river). The water is cool and fresh. Nearby there is also a small waterfall. A quick freshen up and we started to trek again. From here, the trail gets tougher and rougher. The terrain was wet and there were a lot of muddy and very slippery areas. Leeches are aplenty not to mention other creepy crawlies. Slowly and carefully we made our way up. We rested a few times and my salute to Jean Soh … I did not see her put down her back pack at all. She is one tough nut. Jean and I took lead while Keat acted as the sweeper. Along the way, we separated but kept within hearing distance of each other by shouting to each other every now and then to make sure that we all stayed within range.

Half way into the journey, Toong got muscle cramps and slowed down. This is the second time he is trying to peak Nuang, the first time unsuccessful via Hulu Langat also due to cramps. But this time, he is determined to reach the peak. Edry and Karvinn did well even though they did not have any sleep the previous night.

We continued to trek up the tough terrain. Along the way we were greeted with more muddy pits, fallen trees, slippery slopes as well as wet mossy shrubs. Finally after more than 3 hours we made it to the peak. Jean, Edry, Karvinn and I were the first to reach the peak on that day. It was a very cold day at the peak … strong chilly winds had us taking shelter underneath some bushes. Then we saw other trekkers reaching the peak. They came from the Hulu Langat trail.

Taking a short break along the way

As usual, Edry with his charming pose

A while later, we were glad to see Toong and Keat made it to the top. There were several groups at the peak of Gunung Nuang that day and we were the only group trekking up via Janda Baik. We had lunch at the peak and our food was especially tasty after carrying it up 4,898ft. It was a very chilly and misty day at the peak so we did not stay long. At about 2.00pm we started our journey down. Other groups going down to Hulu Langat base have already left as they have a longer journey to trek down. We have a much shorter trail and we knew that we should hit the base at Kampung Janda Baik in about 3 hours or slightly more.

The peak of Nuang at 4,898 feet above sea level

Group photo at the peak. Notice the arms folded? It was very cold windy at the peak

So we began our descent and we were extra cautious on the way down. Keat was leading the way along with Edry. Again we trekked through the rough terrain and crossed the various obstacles we encountered while coming up. Along the way we stopped to rest and at one of these stops, I must have angered a bee and it stung me on my left ear … nothing serious, just a bit swollen with an uncomfortable itch. Then Karvinn got a slight pain on one of his knees. He put too much stress on the knee ligament going against gravity while descending. He has to slow down with Toong accompanying him just in case. Slowly but surely we all reached the river inside the jungle. After a quick rest we continued to trek out of the jungle. From here it was quite an easy walk out to the farms.

Keat and Edry were the first to reach the base and by the time the rest of us made it out to the base, they have refreshed and changed. It was good that they drove the car nearer into the farms to meet us (the car was parked outside the farms earlier) so that we don’t have to walk another kilometre or so. We went to the nearby river to freshen up and change. In the meantime our stomachs were already growling. And not too far away (at Bukit Tinggi) our food is waiting to be ordered. We took a short drive to Bukit Tinggi, found a decent restaurant and reward ourselves with a good meal. Full and happy we headed back to Puchong with two sleeping soundly at the back of the car, while the other 4 of us were chatting non-stop about our conquest. Though very tired and sore, we were all very satisfied with this new experience of trekking up Gunung Nuang via the Janda Baik trail.


Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Joey. I've enjoyed reading your blog :)

I recently attempted Nuang through Janda Baik after getting some directions from your experience. Thanks for that :)

However, we failed to reach the peak as we were lost at the second river. We saw some trail marker leading us to the waterfall. But we stopped thereafter as we couldn't identify a possible trail from the waterfall.

Do you think you rmber how to go on from the waterfall, as we wanna give it another try sometime in early April.

Hope you can help. Thanks a lot and long live adventures!

Shiek Eng Meng said...

Hi Joey ... the trail is marked out quite clearly after the second river ... DO NOT head to the waterfall ... just cross the river and the trail is on the left. There are red/white markers (ribbons) along the way. The trail is quite straight forward (with markings) from the second river. However there is still a long wav to go from the second river.

I hope this will help. I wish you have a successful attempt the next time.

Ching Neng Bin said...

Dear Eng Meng,
I treasure your report on your trek via Janda Baik. Many thanks for the information. I shall be trekking with friends on 8th Oct. and hope not to get lost after the 2nd river.

Stone Shiek said...

Hi Ching ... I am glad the info is useful for your coming trek up Gunung Nuang ... this trail is seldom used so please trek carefully. All the best to you and your group ... I wish you guys will have a successful and enjoyable trek to the peak :)

Uncle George said...

Hi I m George Seet from Singapore been to Gunung Nuang for 6 times always going up from hulu langat , heard my friend did join your group on Sep , i m interested to going back again , can you please let me know how to get there, my e-mail is u.george8847@hotmail.com appreciate if you can help me Thank you .

Best Regards

George Seet

Stone Shiek said...

Hi George ... sent you an email with info requested ... hope you can find the trail ... have fun and a trek safe :)

scorpio said...

Wow looks challenging, would be a good training for my Mt. KK next year.

Btw, would Adidas Kampung be a good choice for this hike?

Thanks. Cheers.


Stone Shiek said...

Hi Jerry ...this is a good training trail for your hike up Mt KK.

You can also trek up the same peak via Hulu Langat (longer trail) if you have not done it already. The trail is used by many for training for the same purpose.

Choice of trekking shoes is up to you ... trek safe and have a fun. All the best to your Mt KK challenge :)

Make every minute count. said...

Thanks Shiek. ;-) Next March will be my 3rd time climbing Mt. KK
Will try to climb every couple fo years to Mt. KK until my legs give way. haha. thanks