on the way to trail no 7
We wanted to trek on trail 11 this time. Since we knew how to get to the entrance of trail 11, which is the same for trail 10, we didn’t waste a lot of time just to find the entrance. We went straight to Oly Apartment. There is a Camellia Garden; I think is private owned, named Tan’s Camellia Garden. We walked right up and started our adventure. After about an hour of walk, we found the junction of trail 10 and 11 - a much worn out sign, we can hardly made out the words. We went on trail 11 until we came to halt. There was a landslide that block to path, although Charlie tried to go through those slippery land and tree branches but he decided it is too dangerous to continue; therefore we turn back. We met a couple at the junction and told them not to follow trail 11 as there was a landslide.
Around tea time, we met the couple again. They told us they went on trail 10 and 12! We were surprised of how strong they are because the husband is a 60 year old man!
We then decided to do the same next day. We took a cab to Aboriginal Village which is the start of trail 12 according to our map. There were no sign at all; we had to ask the local for direction. We needed to go on Gunung Predah( mount Predah) It was a long walk! We went through trail 12 and then continued to trail 10, 2 mountains at one time! It took us about 3-4 hours! At the top of the hill, we met a guy who was waiting for butterflies; he wanted to catch some butterflies. We then asked him for directions, since there were 2 different ways that lead out from the hill.
Garden inside MARDI
He pointed to the right side where a huge power tower located. We doubted but went on, it didn’t seem to be the way and we walked back to him. He told us that is the only way, follow the tower. We went back again, went around the tower and still couldn’t find a path. We went back to him the 3rd time. He was very sure there was a path, tiny path that would lead us out and ended at the Camellia Garden. We went back, took a snack rest and we heard some people talking. We had a little more confidence this time and pretty sure there should be a path to lead us out. We finally found a tiny path by the tower and continued on. We were thinking: if we hadn’t met the man on top of the hill, we would have lost or probably ended in somewhere else!
According to our map, trail no 7 is the hardest.
water fountain inside MARDI
It is 1850m leading up to Mount Berumbun. We wanted to give it a try. It starts by Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI). It was a little tricky though, we have missed a few times, you will never think that the entrances of trail no 7 is inside a government premises. We walked inside the compound of MARDI, walked pass a nice garden, water fountain, staff quarters till the end of it, we had to walk uphill a little until we saw a brand new building (I think it is another staff quarters) then we saw the tea plantation where the sign of “jungle walk no 7” stood in the middle of it.
It was a little hard at the beginning. It was steep and not easy to walk through the tall grasses and bushes. We had to use our walking stick to “make way” for us. After about 3 hours of walking, we were tired and decided to turn back, plus it started to rain. We quit at 1.47km from MARDI. Although it was another 0.63km to the top but we were exhausted! Maybe next time we will complete this trail!