March 01, 2010

4 men and a coconut tree

When we first trekked up Gunung Angsi, we noticed that some good fellow trekkers have planted various types of trees and flowers at the peak. One of my fellow trekkers asked “Eh … why people don't plant coconut trees at the peak … can coconut trees grow at high altitude?” Now seriously, it never struck my mind to look out for coconut trees while trekking but I thought I saw coconut trees planted in some areas in Genting Highlands. The question was “Will it grow on top of mountains?” The weather is kind of cool and dry at high altitude areas.

No need to ask too many questions, let’s try it out … we will plant a coconut tree on the peak of mountains we trekked and see if it will grow. And when the 4 of us went to Gunung Angsi on the 30th Jan 2010, we brought along a young coconut tree.

Trekking up Gunung Angsi is fairly easy via the Bukit Putus trail. I have not trek up via the Ulu Jempul waterfall but was told that it is a bit longer but is also a fairly easy trail. We normally like to trek up from Bukit Putus. Starting from Bukit Putus, the trail is wide and easy and in no time we reached Panjang Kopitiam rest point.

Arriving at Panjang Kopitiam

Two trails, the right trail is easier to trek

From here, there are two trails ... the easier trail is the right side while the other is a tougher trail. We always like to take the tough trail up and the other way when coming down. So after a short rest we continue to trek up and it was easy going all the way. Very soon we reach the second resting point and took another breather here.

On a good day, the Angsi trail is quite windy and very cooling ... it is one of the trails I enjoyed trekking very much. If you come early, you can see the beautiful morning sun beams penetrating through the tree tops plus the nice smell of fresh morning dew.

Finally we reached the top of Angsi and after a quick rest we continue with our task … find a place to plant the coconut tree. We found a good spot and quite easily we planted the coconut tree. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope that it will grow in the cool dry climate on top of the Angsi peak.

Task accomplished - we hope this coconut tree will grow and bear fruits

The Angsi peak at 825m above sea level

While at the peak, we met with another group of trekkers from nearby the area. After a few words with them, we were told that the nearby Kuala Pilah town have good “turtle soup mee” to offer. Then we met a few young Malays boys … they look like some sort of recruits and when we asked them we were told they are recruits from the prison authority. Was told there were 70 of them on the way up. So we decided to descend before the big noisy crowd reach the peak.

On the way down our minds were all thinking about the “turtle soup mee” and in about 2 hours, we made it to the base of Bukit Putus. After a quick wash up at a water pipe near the abandoned shack opposite the road, we went into Kuala Pilah town in search of the “turtle soup mee” place and found it near the town’s market. Now when the food came, we were all shaking our heads … not as what we expected. Put it this way, I am NOT recommending it. But the consolation was the chendol we ordered at the nearby stall … that was GOOD chendol!

After the meal, we headed home and on the way we stopped at a roadside stall to savour a few “kampung” durians and also bought some duck eggs (good for fried kwey teow). Overall, it was a good day out … it’s always a good outing when we trek Gunung Angsi. We will be back very soon to check on our coconut tree.