Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day Hike to Gunung Lambak Kluang Johor Malaysia

It was a nice Saturday morning. Thanks for the organizer for organizing this day trip to Gunung Lambak at Kluang in Johor, Malaysia.
12 of us rented a mini-van send us from Singapore straight to the foot of the hill.
This small hill is only about 510m but it has very technical ascent and descent and is not easy those who are not used to climbing roots and near vertical climb.

The start point is just beside a small waterpark. The starting stretch is concrete pavement

a small bridge over the stream

The concrete pavement ended at a Huge Malaysia flag with fountains beside it

The climb starts immediately with roots and roots. Ropes are tied to tree to assist hikers

We reached the 800m point fairly quick and there is this little shelter for tea.

Here is a big welcome board. From here, the route split into a direct ascent to the main peak or tranverse to the other trail for ascent to the 2nd peak

We decided to ascent directly up to the main peak and we are welcome by very tough climb. Some part of the climb are almost vertical and most of us got to go on fours. Ropes are provided to assist the climbers

We finally reached the peak after about 90min climb where there is a transmission tower and a small shelter with table and benches.

We can see the whole town from here

 We decided to top for lunch. We met other climbs and some of us are persuaded to visit the famous BIG TREE. We were told that is about 45min to an hour descent so the group split into 2. 6 of us decided to go down and take a look and the other 6 decided not to. I went down with other 5 and we descented closed to 300m before we hit this BIG TREE!! The way down is not easy and ropes are available to assist the hikers and we took about 40-50min to reach it. We took about another 50min to climb back up to the peak. 

We found that the rest have proceed so after all of us are back to the peak, the 6 of us proceed down to the shoulder where the group split up again. We descent for about 100m. 2 of them decided to proceed straight down to the start and the rest of us decided to go u the 2nd peak. 
It was a short hike to the start of the climb and Wow, we saw an almost vertical slope so we just endured on. It was a fairly short 75m climb and we saw these 3 chairs sitting in the summit.
We discovered many other trails at the peak and saw an old man coming up from one of them. After enquiring from him, we went down the way he came from. There are white tapes tying  on the tree trunk to direct the hikers to descent the right way.

The way down from this route is much easier compared to where we ascent and we have a fun time descending down. After back to the waterpark, we paid RM$1 to bath in the waterpark toilet before we proceed or coffee and dinner.

At Kluang, we can see the 2 peaks we ascent clearly.

 Here is the GPS tracking for the whole hike. The branch off line is the way to the BIG TREE and back the same way

(Thanks to those who took the photos that are in this post)

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