Trekking in Taman Negara
Both Liz and I are well versed in trekking at this point since having done two treks already in Malaysia. We both knew to wear clothing that we don’t care to get smelly, and stinky from becoming drenched in sweat. Running shoes are a must, as well as plenty of water and an upbeat attitude.
So into the jungle we ventured…
Of course starting our day at Mama Chop for breakfast having seen the delicious food from the night before. I recommend getting the mixed fruit pancakes with chocolate. Walking down the path a bit to the floating taxi stop, we climbed into our taxi boat for 1 RM each person to get to the other side. Since we did part of the trail the night before we knew which direction to head. The climb at the beginning is relatively easy considering there are pathways with stairs built. There is an incline, and you will start to sweat as the heat of the day kicks in. We finally make it to the top of the stairs (after some of Liz’s interesting climbing tactics). We were unaware of having to pay 5 RM for the canopy walk, we were also unaware that 300 metres of it were under maintenance.
Handing over our 5 RM each, we climbed more stairs to the where the canopy started. Each person must wait until the person infront is past the 10 metre mark. Don’t worry someone is there to tell you when to go and there are signs that say 10 metres. The walk gets progressively higher at each stop point. On the way down, there is an abrupt decline with a ladder in the canopy to start your descent.
After the canopy walk we headed downwards for Tonia to have a swim. Although, it wasn’t very well thought out on our part because in order to do the rest of the trail we had to climb back up the stairs again towards the canopy. So back up more stairs…
The trail overall wasn’t difficult, after the first view point we reached, the trail no longer has the man-made stairs, but rather a pathway. This is where the “real” trekking started. Winding in and out of the trees, stumbling over rocks and roots we made our way around the trail and explored the jungle. Occasionally, we came across some stairs that were definitely not maintained, so be weary when stepping on them.
Drenched in sweat and at the end of our trek we dragged our feet over to the mini-mart for some refreshments before getting the taxi boat back to the other side. The rest of our day was spent in our hot dorm room, with both fans unsuccessfully blowing and us sweating even more.
Note: a tour guide isn’t needed for this trek, you can do this on your own.
Total Cost = 40 RM