Fact: Gunung Nuang (up until camp Lolo). Height : 1,493m (4,898 feet) – highest peak in Selangor.
Whoaaa..I did almost 7 hours of climbing (and descending) yesterday. What an experience! Last I hiked a mountain was, perhaps Gunung Ledang in 2002, but I was verrrry fit back then, involving in hockey and other sports at University. So, that doesn’t really count.
This time around, memang pancit habis! We started our journey from Kajang at 7am and arrived at Batu 18, Hulu Langat around 8am. Here we stopped for breakfast and registered ourselves at the police station. We arrived at the foothill at Kuala Pangsoon around 8.30am and commenced our journey without delay.
The journey was spearheaded by Dr Hasan (who drove the car like a manic F1 racer- yes, he’s a doctor, sooo understand!), Hajar, Pakcik Kamarudin (Syifaak’s uncle, A’a, Kak Hana (A’a’s sister), my friend Syakira, my brother Afull and his friend Dzul.
The first 20 minutes hike via The Never Ending Road (I read in blogs, some may claimed so), I vomitted. There goes my breakfast and yesterday’s dinner. Maybe due to the unfitness and the change of altitude. After a few throw, I gurgled, ate a banana, drink some water and continue the journey.
And some 10minutes after, I withdrew the above consumed. Every tiny bit of them. Huhu. Masa ni rasa macam dah nak nangis, coz tak larat sangat. I did tell the rest of them to just continue and leave me there. But they waited until I feel less dizzy and after that, I’m feeling okay already. But I dared not to eat anything. At least not until I reached the destination. But I surely gulped heaps of water down my throat.
The journey on The Never Ending Road ate up almost 2.5 hours. The roads were muddy and pacat were all over in sight. We stopped (almost) everytime when we started to hike a steep escarpment and stopped (almost) everytime when we finished hiking a steep one to catch our breathe. That alltogether, brought us to a total of 25 stops (I think). Hehehe.
We reached the first water stream, where the paths diverge into two. To the left, seemed an easy one. To the right, you have to cross the waterstream and if you’re lucky, your shoes won’t even touched the water. Me and Keira were the firsts to arrive at the split-ends and we took the left one only to be shouted at “weii nak pergi Janda Baik ke?”. Apparently, we took the wrong turn. Hehe. And apparently, there were cases hikers going up at Selangor and gone down at Pahang. Scary okay.
Then we climbed some 1 hour on only 1-metre trek (to be passed only by one person at a time) to reach Camp Lolo. We were told that our journey today will end only at Camp Lolo, considering the shortage of time. We would have to camp out if we want to conquer the peak (they say it will be about another 5 hours climb).
After Camp Lolo, we climbed about another 500m to the freezing cold waterstream. There, we put our climb on halt and enjoying the water to the fullest. Mandi2, makan and photoshoot session. Rasa berbaloi sangat the climb yang challenging when we dunk ourselves in the water.
After 1.5hours spending time enjoying ourselves, we made our trip down. It was less tired but more challenging due to the rain that washed down earlier. The muddy road become more muddy and soften due to the rain. Keira’s feet were hurt (I think because of the cheap shoes we bought the day before) on the way back, but the walking stick really helps.
After a backbreaking 2-3 hours of hiking down, we finally reached the foothill, at about 5 or 6 pm. It was a memorable hike, and a very challenging one (in terms of stamina).
I hope next time, I will made it to the top. Although I found the trip demanding, but it’s not gonna be the last of it. More hiking trips are in order (Broga Hill, Bukit Tabur and Gunung Dato’). Semangat!!!! 🙂