A trek of endurance, mud, rain, tears of laughter, wonderful sights, songs of birds, insects, gibbons, monkeys and the sound of rushing water in the oldest rainforest in the world.
Nine ladies set out on the 3rd October for a 4 day trek to climb the tallest mountain (2187m) in Peninsular Malaysia, inside the Taman Negara.
Gunung Tahan certainly did not fail to live up to its name – Tahan means to endure and that we certainly did do.
It started out easy, 4 rivers to cross - ✔️, a few leeches – 0 bites, gentle enjoyable walking. Our campsite, beside a river was raw and beautiful.
Day 2 kicked off with ‘Good Morning Hill’ followed by 3 hours of uphill scrambling. During the afternoon, we carried on climbing, whilst it started raining. We experienced mud like I’ve never seen before. A long wet day with rolling thunder as we arrived into camp.
Day 3 saw the Amazing Trekkers summit and achieve that wondrous feeling of awe of the surrounding natural beauty and our undertaking to be there.
We walked all the way back to our 1st Camp through the mud, down the roots, over the rocks and enjoyed the best river bath ever.
Our walk to the trail head on Day 4 was lovely. The rivers were more swollen and this time it was waist height, but we waded in with a spring in our step and with more confidence then before. Leech count definitely increased but so had our tolerance and ability to cope with anything!
Thank you to the amazing ladies who shared this experience with ATC! A first time on Tahan and quite possibly not the last for ATC.