Nuang Mountain, one extraordinary experience

12th June 2009, 3PM, after Friday prayer, I fetched dR Ali & his nephew, Zaid at Batu 7. We drove to Masjid Sri Petaling to send Zaid, to his madrasah. The jam was horrible. We only reached Sri Petaling by 7:15PM.  We then went to Ampang Park to get dR Ali’s SD cards. By 9:15PM we were already at Burger King Petronas MRRII. Bahtiar aka Pahat arrived soon after that. Later, Shamrul aka Abah joined us, then Emran, then Arey, Azli, Zilzal, Paei, Shuk & Remi. But Azli & Zilzal chicken-out…ha ha ha…joke only guys. They got things to settle & can’t join us.

We move to Nuang entrace at about 11PM & arrived at 12 midnite. Paei & Shuk immediately prepare the breakfast for us while the rest went here & there searching good place to sleep. Some tried sleeping in their car, but finally everyone slept at the ‘wakaf’ there. I can’t sleep well. At 3AM rain poured down heavily. At 4AM, Taufik joined us. Everyone woke up & getting ready to trek. I packed two DSLRs, D200 with 70-200 f2.8 lens & D3 with 17-35mm lens; 1.5kg tripod, 1.5L water, flash & some dry cloth. Carrying Lowepro both Primus & Lowepro Toploader. About 12kg of weight. That proved ‘almost-fatal’ consequence to me.

Pic #1: Arey giving a simple briefing.

After a quick doa by dR Ali, 10 extraordinary adventurers started trekking on 13th June, 4:40AM. The first part of the journey was really testing our mental. Up and down walk from 200m absl to 500 m absl. At times, we reach 445m, but later we had to descend to 300m…..then up again, then down again….really-really mental! We reached the first campsite at 6:15AM. Most of us prayed our Fajr prayers there. Some who were a bit slow prayed before that. We stopped about 30mins & then continued to Lolo Camp (about 500m absl), after another 30 mins walk. We had to cross the river twice. Then we stopped for a breakfast. Here, two of our members decided to quit stay at Lolo only:D. One with cramp calf muscles, the other one I do not know why!! :D

Pic #2: The entrace to Lolo Camp

Pic #3: Breakfast at Lolo Camp

At 8:40AM, the remaining 8 members continued the journey to Pacat Campsite. Another gruelling 3 hours trekking up the slippery paths. Most people struggled to reach the campsite & I was the slowest. At about 100m vertical to reach the campsite, Shuk offered to carry my load. Thank to Shuk, I managed to reach Pacat Camp (about 1000 m absl), about 10-15 mins behind the earlier team. Everybody looked happy & enthuthiastic . We had a quick refreshment & started to summit at 12:00PM.

Pic #4: We stopped many time. Pity to Shuk & Paei, the OGKL guys.

Pic #5: Example of how the trek looks like

Pic #6: Taufik, Shuk & Paie enroute Pacat Campsite

Pic #7: At Pacat Camp

We were told to go back no matter what by 2:30PM. We thought we can reach the summit within 2 hours time. How wrong we were. The trek was horrible. At many places, the treks were almost vertical. We were virtually crawling up. Even at 2PM we were at about 1380 m high, and still 120 m vertical from the peak. We didn’t even managd to reach Pengasih Peak (the pseudo peak). Based on our pace we estimated that we need another 1 hour to reach the summit. Thunderstorms heard clearly. The fogs were everywhere. We simply exhausted & scared looking at the condition of the path. By 2:15PM, after a quick discussion, we went back. Arey & Pahat were already ahead of us. So Paei went up to tell them that we are not coming & the rest go back to Pacat.

Pic #8: The attemp to summit

We descended only 45-60mins to reach Pacat Camp. We had our lunch there. Thanks to Taufik for his complete food & stove. We prayed Zohor & Asar there. And we rested for about 1 hour waiting for Arey, Pahat & Paei to return. They arrived at Pacat at about 4:30PM. They already had their lunch at the peak. Pahat arrived at about 4:45PM, looking very exhausted. But I can see happiness & how proud he was!!

Pic #9: Rest at Pacat Camp. Waitng for others.

Pic #10: A nice cool dip at Lolo Camp’s waterfall

We then continued to descend at about 5:15PM. Me & Emran reached Lolo by 6:30PM. Others arrived 15 minutes later. By 7PM, me & Emran decided to go first. I carried my backpack again….and there were times I hope I didn’t do that and let Shuk carry it to the entrance!! After many stops, we reached the ranjer at 9PM. I managed to sleep for 15mins at the last rest area. Thanks to Emran for accompanying me.

By 10PM all of us had cleaned up & had a good great dinner together minus Taufik who went back earlier. I travelled back to Kuantan with dR Ali at 12 midnite & reached Kuantan only at 5:28AM! Had to stopped many times because of too sleepy & tired.

Overall, this is one great experience! We walked almost 17 hours. We suffered muscle cramp many time. Our physical & mental strength were tested. Tahniah especially to Pahat who managed to get to the peak! Many didn’t reached the peak but for the first timer & reaching just below Pengasih Peak is not bad what!

If I wanna go again, I prefer to sleep at Lolo & trek up fresh. But I don’t think I will go again. Nothing great scenery to photograph up there. Nuang is THE place to test your mental & physical fitness but not a good place for photography. The landscape is not worth the pain.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all OGKL guys who were with us, guiding & helping us all the way. There are Arey, Paei & Shuk. OGKL website is available here.

41 Comments

  1. ND June 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Wahahahaha…dah ckp dah..u gotta stay at least one nite over there…mmg sgt penat…jalan berbatu tu sangat psycho kan..hehe..

    Gunung Nuang is not a place for photography…it’s just a place for us to test ourselves for hiking. Memang teruk jalan dia kan..hehe..jom gi lagi!..hahahaha..but i guess it’s a good experience and training before to Rinjani.. :D

  2. remi June 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    hahhaha…nd ko sampai peak tak?

    aku anytime jek gi nd. asal ko bawak pemanis2 nyer udah laa…hehuheuhe.

  3. wazari wazir June 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Alhamdulillah saya pernah mendaki Gunung Nuang dan selamat sampai ke puncak, saya tertarik dengan kata-kata saudara ” The Landscape is not Worth the Pain”, dan turut setuju dengan ND, Nuang is not a place for photography, memang tak berbaloi untuk sampai ke puncak, kerana tiada pemandangan yang menarik untuk diambil. Saya pergi dulu pasal ikut geng2 mendaki, just mendaki for fun.

    Bila saya bandingkan dengan Pendakian saya ke Puncak Gunung Kinabalu, rasanya Gunung Nuang lebih mencabar mental dan fizikal dan oleh kerana itu sata tak merasa hairan sangat juka seringkali kita dengar berita mengenai orang hilang atau sesat di Gunung Nuang, macam-macam cerita yang kita dengar, hanya Tuhan sahaja yang tau.

    Kalau berjaya mendaki Gunung Nuang, pendakian ke Gunung Kinabalu, dirasakan amatlah mudah, Gunung Nuang kecil2 cili api, tidak begitu tinggi tapi cukup mencabar jati diri…

  4. Jamal Rahman June 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    Belah lah Remi…..wakakaka

  5. drtamil June 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I let my sis Bahria read about his little bro Emran climbing the mountain. We are both proud of him. I am just glad that everything went ok and nothing bad happened.

  6. Jamal Rahman June 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Yes…alhamdulillah.

  7. Pahat June 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks God!!! Mental toughness that made me goings!!! phsyically out of shape, since no preparations and thought it was just an ordinary tranning…. but that ‘s Gunung Nuang!! Second attempt!!?? why not !!!

  8. Jamal Rahman June 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    The way you said it made me wanting to conquer Nuang!!

  9. Pahat June 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    You can Dr. and every body can .. just look at them (akak, adik, makcik etc) … they can do it!! and they did it!! that things keeps boggling in my head during the hiking!! why not me!!!, though sometimes in my mind (especially before the Pseudo Peak) I thought I done.

    Just lesson to me!! anything… especially hiking and trekking better keep myself fit and do tranning regularly and don’t take it lightly!!! padan muka aku… : ((

  10. azli June 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    it was good to hear everyone ok
    its really test you guys and proud to be one of the “chicken out” guy…wakakakaka
    ye lah we just plan but Allah makes all thing happen
    anyway congrat to all of you guys for the trip and hope to join your next luarbiasa trip…errrr what? rinjani!!?? ekekekeke….kok kok kok

  11. Abah June 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Tabik dengan lu Pahat…
    At first mmg nak follow u tapi makin lama makin jauh plak kena tinggal..then baru perasan yg aku tinggal sorang2….takut plak nak layan naik sorang2….kang sesat plak!

    Kalau tau teruk camni, lepak kat Lolo sambil mandi air terjun dengan Dr Ali lagi best! muhahahahaha..

    Menyesal aku bawak beg berat2!

  12. emran mt June 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    keh keh keh…. i wanna repeat… and this time to the peak! :D

  13. Jamal Rahman June 14, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    Sapa ada motor? Pinjam! At least boleh bypass that first 2 hours of psycho track.

  14. arey June 15, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    nuang ini lah tempat menguji mental & fizikal setiap individual.setiap kita mempunyai keazaman & keinginan untuk ke puncak gng nuang atau ke puncak gunung lain.Pendakian pertama kali yang gagal tidak semestinya akan gagal untuk kali ke-2.setiap kepenatan,kesabaran akan membuahkan hasil bila anda ke puncak gunung.Mungkin gunung nuang ini hanya insan terpilih aja dapat melihat keindahan yg ada di gunung nuang.Setiap gunung yg ada di dunia ini mempunyai keindahan tersendiri.apa yang penting kerja sama…….so tanamkan perkataan ini bila ada melakukan sesuatu yg luar biasa…………….”impossible is nothing”

  15. dennis June 15, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    hari tu selamba je perli kita org duk main air kat 1st campsite, hahaha

  16. ND June 15, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Remi,
    aku tak naik peak lagi..masa tu it’s too late already..hehe
    aku jadi mcm dR.Ali…lepak kat Lolo mandi air terjun je..hahahahhah

    i hate that psycho track…memenatkan je..sakit tapak kaki aku..dah la aku pakai sandal Teva je masa tu sampai la ke Lolo Camp…hahaha

    Takpe..tunggu aku susut badan sikit, aku nak naik lagi…(ayat yg sama 3 tahun lepas..hahahahahh..)

    Dr. Jamal, saya confirm gi Jogjakarta 26 jun ni..hehehe..turun Solo..pastu naik keretapi gi Jogja..sorang2..sbb ayah saya gi Jogja terus..

    dah contact Mukti dah…dia kata 3.5juta rupiah utk 4 hari punya mobil+supir+mukti sekali….gile mahal…kitorang berempat je…lagipun nak hire diorang utk 2 hari je..hmm

  17. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    ND, standard lah tu 1 juta sorang……

  18. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Lutut saya bengkak lepas turun. Masa rukuk terasa ‘fullness’ pada lutut kanan. Saya kena rest betul2 before Rinjani. Hopefully saya boleh trek & tidak menyusahkan orang nanti.

    Memang nafsu nak aje layan Nuang lagi…tanpa beg kamera & full knee brace. Tengoklah…..Misi Membalas Dendam!!

  19. ND June 15, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    tak masuk makanan & accommodation tu…tu yg mahal..hehe

  20. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Have you reached Pacat Dennis?

  21. remi June 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    ok, next time dr jamal dan rekan2 naik nuang, saya ikut naik peak…ekkekeke.

    ps://dr ali pun naik peak jugak…gunung daik bercabang dua

  22. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Cheh Remi…bengkak betul. Dia yg beriya-iya ajak training, dia pulak sampai Lolo aje!!! Cis cis cis….

  23. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    Lolo is nothing Pak Den…..muahahaha…must try climb the real peak next time.

  24. remi June 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    ehehehhe…tuh nama dia perang saiko0loogi. ternyata ramai yg jeles dengan doc ali pasai dia duk bawah dengan saya…hahahahaha.

    seb baik takdak org amek gambar kita berdua tidur terbongkang kat breakfast area tuh…giler heaven, makan kenyang2, lepas tuh mandi manda dulu…finally…tidurrrrrr

    ps://nak tidur lagi best, beli lah tilam angin coleman tuh.
    ps2://kalu kat rinjani, sapa lepak kat bawah, alamatnya kena tinggal lah. Transport pick up from the other side.

  25. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Lepas ni saya kena follow Remi ajelah…wakakakaka. Dia ada banyak rahsia.

  26. remi June 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    bukan dah biasa ke ikut saya menyeleweng…hahahhaah.

    perhatian kepada arey: “harap anda berhati2 akan komplot penyelewengan remi dan tuan-tuan dokter sekalian…hahahahha”

  27. dennis June 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Pacat?!?!? sikiiit lagiiii, omputih cakap almost there

    kalau ko nak naik sekali lagi mungkin I nak ikut

    pssst, turun naik heli boleh? or guling pating sahaja lah kalau tak ada budget sewa heli

    descend, that part den dun llike

  28. Jamal Rahman June 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    Not surelah Pak Den…..just now a radiologist reviewed back my old MRI of the knee…she was surprised to see the ‘damage’. That is BEFORE the Nuang trip…… :( She advised me to stop hurting my knee…. She wanted to re-schedule another MRI…. I told her, OK but after Rinjani.

  29. dennis June 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    no worries, gua can wait

    biar betul, lepas balik dari Rinjani ni ko mesti kena dengar cakap radiologist tau!

  30. Jamal Rahman June 17, 2009 at 4:20 am #

    Rinjani can be my last….. :(

  31. ND June 17, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    laaa….Remi sampai Lolo je?..cesss!..ingatkan dia sampai puncak..hahahah

  32. Jamal Rahman June 17, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Tular yg tak faham…..dR Ali memang mengadu krem dari mula…tapi mamat sorang tu cam OK jer….siap sibuk guna camcorder baru dia. Tetiba aje nak stop kat Lolo. Janji nak tunggu kita org turun. Pukul 2 ptg dah balik.

  33. remi June 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    ehehhe…thats the thing la dr j. if we wait for you guys, i dont know la when will we reach the ranger post. just imagine, we walked like 3 1/2 hours from lolo to the ranger post. and i am pretty sure, if we walk at night, its gonna be at least 4 1/2 hours.

    and for highlighting that im ok, you know what, me and dr ali are friend :-)

  34. Jamal Rahman June 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Wakakaka……saya pun boleh tertidur masa jalan balik ke ranjer tu. Pycho abis trek tu. Lolo-Pacat lebih mudah saya rasa.

  35. hasmanizam June 19, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Adui lama tul tertinggal thread ni….pergh Rinjani dekat dah…seram tul dgr set2 Nuang bercerita…..mental kena kuat ni….

  36. remi June 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    heheheh

    tuh aa…sebenarnya nuang nih antara gunung yg paling saiko kat malaysia. so minta maaf la banyak2 kerana telah mengsaiko tuan tuan haji sekalian.

    insyaAllah, rinjani tak sesaiko nih :-p <– boleh caya ke cakap orang gunung…hahaha

  37. ND June 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    org gunung punya style..diorang ckp, “lagi 15 minit sampai la kita..”

    hahahahahahahh

  38. arey June 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    hahahaha……….sebatang rokok ajer…thehehehe

  39. Jamal Rahman June 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Memang mampus lah…esp bila OG ni tak hisap rokok….

  40. Jamal Rahman June 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    Remi, hang OG ke? wakakakaka……cam tak caya jer….

    Jangan marah eh…jumpa kat LCCT nanti.

  41. Hafez June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    Wah,

    Abemu Syuk posing maut giler………

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