Height: 2107m asl, the 10th tallest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia
Location: Raub, Pahang
Lata Berembun - LWP campsite: 1st 1 hour access by crossing waterfall river and trails mostly flat until reached a waterfall. Steep for 3 hours till campsite. Lots of leeches and sandflies near waterpoint areas.
LWP campsite - Kem Bulat: Steep, and minimum 3L extra water supply carried was a killer. Can see giant pitchers on the way to Kem Bulat.
Kem Bulat - peak: 1st 2 hours going down and then, gradual steep & 4 hours steep with ground softer. Many crawling and climbing over fallen trees or boulders. The last 30-45mins, can see yellow markerboards on the trees leading to Peak.
Peak - Kem Mayat - Kem Tikus: 18 ascend & descend hills, descend is longer. First 3.5 hours is muddy at 1650m & 1750m level.
Kem Tikus - Lata Berembun: 3 unclear jungle area- need to chop with parang, Steep descend. River crossing and another 50m more out of jungle.
Team: 6 of us - Katak, Hor, PP Ho, Woo, Shang & I (3 guys & 3 gals!)
Why I choose G. Benom: I heard it was tough and few guides would take us there, and friends who went there found & took treasure there; ie the GPS (Tee). Since I had not done g. Tahan, I use g. Benom as my preparation benchmark.
I mumbled, "Wonder why so early leave the place wor.. Now is only at 11am?"
Our driver telling the passer by- "Ade beberapa trak penuh dengan Aunties belakang saya nak lalu, tolong give way!"
Later, 2nd obstacle: there is Leopard skinned 4WD opposite our side! Dang, we had to reverse instead cos no place. As he passed by, I could see loads of MTBs at the backseat. The ride was still bumpy nevertheless.
650m - 1300m 5 hours include 1 hour break DAY 1:
Started hike at 1130am. First 1 hour trail was flat & gradual, next 3 hours steep hike average 250m per hour. There were full of leech and sandflies. Scores of sandflies attacking my face & hand (so was Shang) at the 1st campsite. It was raining heavy at 5.30pm when we were about to collect water. And rained again at 1230am with thunderstorm. Temperature 25 degree Celcius, but we shivered that nite, mostly due to strong wind and wet bed.
2100m - 650m 9 hours include 1 hour lunch break DAY 3: