Thursday, October 29, 2009
Gunung Ledang, Lovely mountain that we conquered!
Things you have to bring
1. A STRONG GOOD GRIPPING PAIR OF shoes (preferable bowling or cap gajah brand, those who are in Malacca i can roughly tell you where to buy.. ITS onli RM5-9 and it would not dissapoint you!!!!)
3. Torch light
4. Pen knife
5. muscle cram lotion(very important)
6. Basic first aid(plaster)
7. Food (tin tuna food, energy bar, bread)
8. Water (1.5 litre of water is enough, plus 100+ 500mL its okay) (not too heavy)
9. one set of clothes for you to bath after climbing (u can leave it in the car)
Mount.Ophir is also known as Gunung Ledang in Malaysia, and it's no joke climbing it as it's ranked no.6 toughest mountant in Malaysia, which is suprisingly harder than Mount. Kinabalu in Sabah, which is ranked 12th toughtst in Malaysia!
(bet most of you don't know that! hehe)
We left for Malacca at 5.am in order to reach Gunung Ledang well before 7am. When we then reach there, we have to declare all our items than we brought up the mountain. Besides that, we have to deposit RM50 per group for rubbish deposit. Every item failed to brought back by you or your teammate will be fined for a hefty RM5. So in short we should not litter there..
The guide have some "transport problem", thats what he said, thus he arrived about 8am.
There are 8 checkpoints that we have to pass through in order to reach the summit!
Normally It takes 5 hours of hike to the summit, the long route.
For shortcut, around 3 to 4 hours depending on your pace.
The guide asked us weather we want to take the shourtcut or not. All of us straight away say "NO SHORTCUT! SHORTCUT IS BAD!*
We ddn't know that our words cause us a great outcome.......
From base to checkpoint(cp) 1
there are cemented path for us to walk. Based on the guide, around 650+ steps.
around 20- minute hike uphill for each checkpoint. this time we'll have to hike through the jungle.
at CP 5
there is a small waterfall. Where we refill our water with freesh Gunung Ledang miineral water, and soaked our legs for a moment or two in the chilling, pristine clear water.
We have to hike and climb up series of rocks and big boulders up to 4 stories high.(abscaling).Some place there are ladder for us to climb, but those high boulders of 4 stories high have only a rope for us to cling our lifes onto. A wrong move wil cause your life, So determinaton and your strong will is the key to successfully climbing it!
This is the part where many Lactic acid accumulated which caused many of us to have muscle cramps, especially our legs. Basic first aid is required to relief the pain, thus, bringing a COUNTER CRAMP LOTION is IMPORTANT! lol (thats what we forget to bring)
from CP8 to the Summit
Everybody gather their last bit of strength for the final push.
Height of trees are reduced gradually as we reach summit. Ferns are the dominant plant.
Weather is getting chillier and cooler too.
Everybody SHOUTED to release tension and pain!
Finally after all the fuss we went through, we all managed to reach the summit!
This is where we ate our lunch too..
According to my reader, We have hiked about 15km up the mountain for 5 hours,and 1000++kcal of calories burnt.
This is where we had our lunch and great photos together too. We even managed to see an eagle soring gracefully in the sky! What a view!!
Frm summit to Ground:
it RAINED HEAVILY for 2 hours!! Are we considered lucky or pure "sui" ness(BAD LUCK)? haha i think its lucky bah.. We soaked our way, 2 hours through the jungle, climbing fast but carefully down the hill as our vision were reduced.and..
Believe it or not, It was dark at 3pm!
The water flow downhill was drastic and fast as we proceed downhill. We have to wade through the water carefully to prevent slipping. Many slipped due to the muddy floor+flow of rainwater just like waterfall along our path.
We were soaking wet.
The strong wind add burden to us.. Everybody was shivering with cold and not to mention fear as there is a WILD BOAR around us. The guide took a lighter and light up a cigrette to prevent it from coming near us, as most of the animals scared of fire.
We were constantly asking the guide "how long does it takes to reach ground level?"
First time he replied : "1 hour"
after hiking about 20 minutes we asked again~~
2nd time he replied : "1 and a half hour"
LOL we have no comment. only there is someone who is constantly scolding and blamming the guide....... Haha
And mind you it's not easy, at the altitude of 1276 metres above sea level, we made it through by our strong will and teamwork.
Many are on the verge of giving up as it's trully difficult and challenging.
Teamwork is important. Example carrying stuffs for friends which are struggling, Guiding them, Give words of determination...
Thus not only physical fitness, our mental strength plays the most IMPORTANT role for our success in MENAWAN (fight) our lovely GUNUNG LEDANG!
what an EXPERIENCE! =]
(Any questions regarding who, how, when, where,what to bring can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org i'll try my best to answer you =] )
I'll briefly tell you what to do if you want to conquere this breathtaking mountain.
1. contact Gunung Ledang park at 019-7772057 (for regristration and guide)
2. guide is COMPULSARY for 1st time climbers to this mountain (RM140 per guide, each guide can take up to 10 people)
3. You have to have the regristration form (e-mail me at email@example.com or can e-mail the Gunung ledang park officer firstname.lastname@example.org for the regristration form)
4. Basic price list
Malaysian , Non Malaysian
Adult, Student, Adult, Student,
ENTRANCE PERMIT RM5, RM3, RM10, RM5,
HIKING PERMIT RM5, RM3, RM10, RM5,
INSURANCE RM2, RM1, RM10, RM5,
CERTIFICATE RM10, RM5, RM10, RM5,
(certificate only if you reach
GUIDE RM140 per team(maximum 10 pax)
RUBBISH DEPOSIT RM 50-100 per team
you can read my friends blog who had also conquered this mountain together with me at http://tph1991.blogspot.com/2009/10/conquering-gunung-ledangmount-orphir.html
any inquires just ask by posting a comment.. me and my friends are more than glad to help you conquer this mountain! ( if we are around to help )
Thanks! Sadhu x3
29 OCT 2009