17.01.2015 - 17.01.2015
I joined a hiking group to climb this hill on a sunny Saturday and it has been my most enjoyable hike for this year so far... Although knowing no one at first but in the end made a lot of friends. Didn't regret going to this hike alone as before I'm still undecided whether to join or not due to the early morning start and no friends to go with me.
Met up with the group at Masjid Al-Mardhiah at 6.45am and carpool to Jalan Melawati 4 to park our car. We started our hike by passing by the big pipes as written in most of the blog to Tabur East. That's the beginning of the trail. The hike is not that difficult until we came to a steep slope of rocks. Here, I need to climb up using all hands and legs to get myself up. Need to be careful here as one wrong step will get you falling down the hill.
Luckily I got some help from the new friends I made. Climbed up and we reached a flat surface which was the first check point...I think. I initially thought we had reached the peak until our guide pointed out to us that it is just the beginning and we had to climbed to the opposite hill...hahhh??!!! With jaws gaping at the faraway hill, we continued our journey by going down the hill and then going back up again, this time at a much steeper slope and with ropes to help along the way. Going up shouldn't be a problem by using the rope and pushing yourself up, however going down requires much more attention to where you are stepping. When we reached this area, we needed to wait for the people to come down first as there was only one way up and one way down. Abit of a traffic jam in this area. We waited until it's our turn to go up and it's the turn of the people up there to wait to get down. Once we were up, we were greeted by the almost 360 degree view surrounding Tabur East hill. The dam provides the most scenic view, with the sun shining down on its water turning it a vibrant blue contrasting with the green trees surrounding it. While we were enjoying the view and taking LOTSSS of photos and selfies, we were interrupted by the sound of a drone flying above us. A guy who was controlling the drone made a short video clip of Tabur East...nice touch.
Sitting by the edge of the cliff and taking photos was indeed very beautiful but it was also scary nonetheless. Not for those with fear of heights. Doing so must take all the precaution that you can take, otherwise one wrong step and you will reach the bottom of the hill in no time.
After much satisfaction of being able to reach the top of Tabur East and enjoying the nice view it has to offer, we proceeded down the hill. This time waiting again as another group of people were making their way up the hill. We followed another route down after the rope section, through the forest and down at the settlement of a few villagers there. Quite a contrast as once you are outside the settlements, there are big and modern houses there. We reached the bottom of the hill at about 11.30am. Some of us relaxed under the shading trees while we waited for everyone to get down. After we got down, we chatted and enjoyed our ice cream in the hot weather before we parted. Till we meet again troops...