Travel & Trip
In a high spirit of mountain climbing this year, I made a decision to conquer Mount Kinabalu without much planning at least half year ahead. I took an easy way to jump into the decision a month before the actual climbing. There were only two of us since no one seems interested to join us due to cost of hiking hiked tremendously.
We were pretty confident to make it to the top, the only reason made us worry was the weather; low temperature and windy. Since we were new to this expedition, we took 4d3n, in which we used one day before for preparation and one day after for resting. Our two days climbing was all about endurance test on our knees and legs especially on the way skidding down the mountain.
At last, we made to our promised but the weather empowered us on our aim. A victory or not?
Mount Kinabalu 2009
We made our way to Kota Kinabalu Airport Terminal 2 via AirAsia. Traveled in the morning and reached by afternoon, then get picked up by tour company representative, who has arranged everything for us. A night at Zen Garden, Kinabalu Park, 5,000 feet above sea level is a little luxury in our way.
The mountain is located at 4,095 metre (13,435 feet) above sea level. We stayed at 5,000 feet above sea level with temperature around 16 degrees.
Our last destination before heading back to KL. This is mark the end of Taman Negara trip. This unique place will give everybody an opportunity to get close-up with elephants, and also chance to ride them. You thought elephant only can be seen at Zoo, but never thought of visiting their sanctuary.
Kuala Gandah – Elephant Sanctuary
The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, located near the Krau Wildlife Reserve, was established in 1985 by the Development of Wildlife and National Parks. The name Kuala Gandah is taken from the nearby small stream running near the electric compound enclosure which houses the elephants during the day from 8.30am to 2pm before they are transferred to the roofed holding area.
My visit was a rare for me, from riding and taking the elephants down to the river and gives them a bath. Or can I say bath with them together?
After check-out from overnight stay in Jerantut, we continue our Taman Negara trip to Deerland Park @ Lanchang. It houses more than 30 Indonesian deer (Cervus Timorensis).
Deerland Nature Park
Our tour guide arranged everythings. He drove us to the destination and bought us the tickets.At first I didn’t quite understand why he brought us to deer park where only deer can be seen. But actually, it had all kinds of animal inside, not as much as national zoo lah.
It’s not an ultimate trip, but a revisited trip. This exploration of National Park, Pahang had bring another adventurous episode of hill-hiking for me. Hike one of the oldest rain forest in the world..walao yeh! A hiker lover should not miss out this opportunity.
Taman Negara 2009
14 – 17 Aug 09
This 3 days 2 nights trip was a new experience and completed with pride. Since it was a revisited trip, I prefer to make a special arrangement with the travel agent. We took 2 days 1 night at Taman Negara vicinity. Another night will be spent at Jerantut town for other additional arrangement.
Frankly say, it wasn’t a pleasant trip due to the messy arrangement from this tour agency.The whole story started from the moment I made booking. From prices to transport arrangement, I’d my own issue with it because it’s not consistent and keep changing.
Gunung Datuk is a mountain with height of 880 meters (2900 feets) from sea level and is my first mountain hiking (approximately 3 hours – included rest) so far. My best achievement in doing what so call mountain and is located at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.
Gunung Datuk @ Rembau
31 August 2009
It wasn’t plan early but a group of enthusiastic outdoor peoples suggested and agreed on the place few weeks earlier. I was dragged into leading my group even though everybody was first time here. I’m still enjoying being an organizer anyway.
How to get there?