September 11, 2012

Trekking Batu Lalau


Many call it Tabur 3 and some gave it a glamourous name … Tabur Xtreme. Really, if you ask the local orang asli, they will tell you that it is called Batu Lalau … they have been calling it Batu Lalau since they settled at the orang asli reserve many years ago.

The local orang asli have trekked up to the peak of Batu Lalau many times via a few trails within the Kemensah Forest Reserve. A few years ago, a small group of us trekked up to the peak from an obscure trail located at a private orchard on the south side below Batu Lalau … I wrote an article about our experience trekking to this peak … I didn’t know it was called Batu Lalau then, I refered to it as Tabur Far East, as it is located at the very east of the range … read here.

 Batu Lalau ... you can see it as you drive along MRR2 near to Zoo Negara

From what I gathered from the internet, in the last couple of years many trekkers have trekked up to this peak via a trail opened by the local orang asli in Kemensah Forest Reserve. I made a couple of calls to my trekking friends asking for direction to this trail ... got the direction and was also told that the trail was marked and ropes secured at various dangerous points … many thanks to some good fellow trekkers for making it a lot easier for trekkers using this trail.

We parked our cars at an open area just next to the beginning of the trail

 The beginning of the trail

The usual group photo before the climb

So, on Merdeka Day (31st August, 2012), we decided to trek up to the peak of Batu Lalau via this trail … we met at the entrance of Zoo Negara about 7.00am. Eight of us in two cars then drove into Kampung Kemensah heading straight to the orang asli village. We parked our cars in an open area at the beginning of the trail and after putting on our gears, we started to trek alongside a ‘dusun’ (fruit orchard) going into Kemensah Forest Reserve. 

 Trekking along the fruit orchard

After passing the orchard we came to a trail where the nearby ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Club used for their adventure rides. Trekking along this trail, we soon came to a point where the trail splits to the left … this left trail leads to the peak of Batu Lalau. The trail is fairly easy at first, going up gradually for about 30 minutes. Soon we came to the part of the trail where it starts to get steep and we have to trek very carefully. The vegetation and the rocky surface of Batu Lalau are similar to Tabur East & West as they are part of the same range formed thousands of years ago. We trekked up and down several deep valleys and steep rocky slopes. Ropes left by previous trekkers made it a lot easier for us.

 The trail splits left (behind us) leading up to Batu Lalau

A fallen tree along the trail

A makeshift barrier erected by previous trekkers to
stop trekkers heading the wrong way

Steep slopes and rocky gaps

 Ropes secured by previous trekkers make it a lot easier for us

Finally after about two hours, we reached the peak of Batu Lalau. On the southwest side of the peak is the beautiful skyline of KL city and on the north side is the serene of the Klang Gate Dam. Only Leong and I from this group have been to this peak before … the rest were first timers to Batu Lalau. It is good to be up here again after more than three years since we (Leong and I) last trekked up to this peak … this trail is a lot easier than the obscure trail that we took a few years ago.

At the peak, we took time to enjoy the surrounding views and surveyed the various parts of the peak. In many areas the vegetation is quite thick and difficult to move along … that is good as previous trekkers have left it as it is … “undisturbed”. Like trekkers before us, we too left the vegetation as it is and we hope that future trekkers visiting this peak will not destroy or cut away the vegetation at this peak.

Though it is fairly safe with plenty of space to move about at the peak, there are a few steep drops, ravines and sharp rocky gaps along the perimeter of the peak … one have to be very careful not to venture too near to these dangerous spots.

 One of the steep drops at the perimeter of the peak

The beautiful KL City skyline

The serene Klang Gate Dam
 
Mission accomplished !

A happy bunch !

 We spent about 30 minutes at the peak enjoying the views of the dam, surrounding forest as well as the snacks and fruits that we brought up. Then we decided to trek down … we descended slowly and carefully going through the various dangerous gaps, rocky slopes and steep valleys again. 

Trekking down slowly and carefully

Cooling down after a tiring trek at a nearby river

We trekked down safely in about one and a half hour and headed to the nearby river to freshen up. As usual, we treated ourselves to a sumptuous lunch in Ampang before heading home … though tired but very satisfied to know that we have conquered one of the highest point of the Klang Gate Ridge.

2 comments:

gigaslave said...

confused coz local people call it Bukit Batu Gajah.

Shiek Eng Meng said...

Yes ... some locals do call it Bukit Batu Gajah because it shaped like an elephant back as I was told ... but many of the local orang asli that I talked to refer to it as Batu Lalau so here I refer to it as Batu Lalau.

Anyway, I hope someone can tell us the proper given name of this hill :)