09.05.2015 - 09.05.2015
It has been an exhausting, both physically and mentally, yet the most rewarding, satisfying and fun hike in the mossy forest.
Our journey started from KL at 2.30am and we reached Brinchang around 7am. Five of us met up with the group and proceeded to the start of the trail of the Mossy Forest. Upon reaching the entrance, it was an unpleasant sight with plenty of rubbish strewn all over the place. From the bush in the parking area to the overflow of rubbish surrounding the rubbish bin, it was a sore to the eyes.
There was a briefing and a warm up session before we started the hike around 8.45am. At the beginning of the trail, there was a nicely constructed wooden pane bridge before the hike in the woods began. Although the height of the peak was only at 2110m, the journey up there was challenging.
Along the trail to the peak, we hiked through muddy peat moss, roots of trees and sometimes steep boulders which required us to climb with the help of the ropes tied there. After almost what seem like an endless climb, we finally reached 'Mini Irau', a place for us to rest ourselves.
We continued the journey up and finally reached Mount Irau peak around 12.30pm.
The peak was full of hikers by the time we reached but we found a spot to sit and savoured our nasi lemak (cooked and packed by Mak Aji, a member of our group). As the dark clouds was hovering threateningly above us, we quickly made our descend after our photo session. Not soon after, it drizzled and soon became raining cats and dogs upon us. With our raincoats on, we continued our descend through the even muddy and slippery trail. Four of us were separated from the group but we managed to catch up and follow another group of three along the trail. There was a guy who was extremely considerate; in the heavy downpour, he waited at a slope for us and pulled us up as he said it was high and slippery and hard to climb up without help. I am most grateful for his actions as any help at that time for us was like god send. Each step became heavier, we were challenged both physically and mentally, but somehow the rain finally stop and we managed to reached the end of the trail by 5.45pm.
Exhausted, dirty and tired but would I do this again in exchange for a comfy weekend in bed? YES, OF COURSE....
I'm not sure if anyone understand this feeling but I'm addicted to hiking and looking forward to my hike every weekend...whatmore with all the beautiful trails, mountains and hills available in Malaysia, I'll definitely never get tired of it and will hike whenever I can.
Cheers to those who love hiking too!