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Saturday, 20 November 2021

Mountain Ranges in Malaysia (Banjaran Gunung)


West and East Malaysia (marked)

After procrastinated for 8 "contiguous" years, I finally decided to get this done once and for all and thus closed off one chapter.

Not many articles out there show the sketches to mark the official mountain ranges; for those I could locate, I had downloaded them.

Some notes: 

  • The maps are provided by a mapping aficionado who does not know where he initially got them from
  • Mapping is estimate i.e. by no means accurate
  • Mountain range names are taken from published papers and articles (see References below)
  • They are not for sale (of course) 
  • My sketches cannot be used for navigation or as official references (thus go back to published papers and articles - as source of truth)
  • Some spelling adjusted to current day

Malaysia has a total of 18 official mountain ranges:

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

New trail from Lata Temeriak to Bukit Lentang & Underwater Tornado


Landscape view from Bukit Lentang peak (821 m)

There is no 360° all-round view at the peak but one can see Karak and beyond - roughly North till East. On a clear day, one can get to spot the Benom mountain range (banjaran Benom and its peak Gunung Benom (2,107 m - 10th highest in the peninsula) prominently. At the South side, Gunung Besar Hantu can be seen hidden among the trees.

The trigonometrical station (ala lightning hazard in case anyone thinks it is a shelter during rain) remains standing tall. 

If one spend the time to look around the clear sky, there is Bukit Raka, Gua Cinta Manis on a limestone hill, small mountain range at Maran side where Berkelah, Jerangkang and Pelangi waterfalls are. Straight ahead on the toll road is where Mentakab and beyond are.

Healthy trig station

The route to this lofty peak comes from the East side.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

How to hike or walk UCF trails (Bukit Persekutuan)

 Pulai Trail

The Urban Community Forest (UCF) is located within KL's Bukit Persekutuan (Federal Hill) and it has a number of trails suitable for outdoorsy people of all ages who are looking for a good dose of workout. Town folks need not travel far to immerse into forest bathing. UCF is a green network created by Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in partnership with Think City.

There are five trails in UCF (refer map below):

  1. Jungle Fowl ('D')
  2. Pulai ('E')
  3. Cempedak ('I')
  4. Heritage ('L' - located inside MNS compound)
  5. Thunbergia ('L' - located inside MNS compound)
These trails are not grouped together in one forest patch and to hike them all will require walking on tarmac roads too i.e. the forest patches are not contiguous but are interconnected via roads.

Here's the guide to how to hike the trails (maximising the workout duration and distance) and where to safely park your vehicle and not disrupt the traffic flow. The total length of this leisure hike/walk distance is 4 km +/- and takes about 2 hours.