Once you reach the base, you need to register yourself at the ranger’s office before you can embark on this hike. It cost RM1 per person.
We started our hike at 8.15 a.m. and reached Lolo campsite at 10 a.m. ,where we relaxed by the waterfall for a minute or two. We proceeded to the second camp and reached Pacat camp at about 11.45 a.m. Pacat camp is situated at an altitude of 1,067 meters (3,500 ft). We took an hour of lunch break there – sat back, relaxed and breathed in the fresh mountain air around us and the mist that floated by – absolutely amazing – and we were accompanied by honey bees!
Normally, people will camp near Lolo or Pacat campsite before proceeding to the summit. Since we were not planning to camp overnight, we decided to use the remaining bits of our energy to descend to the base. We started our descend from Pacat camp at about 12.45 p.m. and reached the base of the mountain at about 3.45 p.m. (approx. 3 hours to descend from Pacat camp to the base). All in all, it took us less than 7 hours to hike from the base to Pacat camp and return.
Details of the hike:
The journey up the mountain can be described as going through 2 phases of hiking:
First leg: A long walk of about 5 km (with a gentle upward gradient) to Lolo campsite and waterfall.
Second leg: Walking up a continuous and fairly steep slope for about 2.5 km heading towards Pacat camp. The trail becomes increasingly more arduous from this point onwards. Pacat camp is situated at 1,067 meters (3,500 ft).
1st part of the hike:
We were flanked by pine forest along both sides of the trails at the beginning of our walk. The start of the trail is termed as the ‘Never Ending Road’. I didn’t feel the distance that much when we started our uphill journey – I was gung-ho and enthusiastic to reach Pacat camp as quick as we could. It was the return journey that was excruciating – the walk back seemed never-ending. The boring walk was actually an unmaintained and badly damaged road that stretched for 5 kms – it’s a gravel+mud road with a gentle upward gradient.
Leaving the pine trees at the lower level, the track soon returns to lush tropical jungle interspersed with beautiful wild bamboo groves – absolutely gorgeous. At the end of the ‘Never Ending Road’, we were so elated to come across a stream – it was therapeutic just to hear the flow of water gushing down the stream. We had to cross the stream (I purposely got my shoes wet so that I could feel the refreshing cold water – and boy, it was fun!) and head towards Lolo campsite.
The trail from Lolo to Pacat camp increases in difficulty and gets more “vertically challenging”. Using a hiking stick may help, but it all depends on the weather too. Since it rained the day before, the path was muddy and slippery – which made it more challenging. I actually fell and slid down when we were descending – it was darn slippery and muddy. And there were many big fallen trees during the journey that we had to climb over and underneath. It is indeed a total body workout – and it is excitingly adventurous!
That is the reason I fell in love with hiking – it is so therapeutic to just take one step at at time persevering and maintaining focus and at the same time taking in the beauty of nature. It also challenges my endurance level – both physically and mentally. And it feels good to be completely drenched in sweat. The best part is the descending – and finally getting into the car, feeling overwhelmed with satisfaction – the feeling is priceless – termed as the hiker’s ‘high’. And the next couple of days, the aches here and there serves as a sweet reminder of the adventure we had.
Mount Nuang – this is “that” climb around KL for city folks to experience endurances and gauge their readiness for Mount Kinabalu hike.
Length of hike – about 9km
Level of Difficulty – 5th toughest mountain to climb in West Malaysia
Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah,
Pangsoon, ulu Langat
Phone no.: 03-90752885