Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Cameron Highlands 2015 –Adventure!

Decode AdventureApart from Steamboat, Cream Tea, and great Night Market food, Cameron Highlands gave us a few adventures which we had the pleasure of experiencing.

With the intent of exploring Brinchang and some of their renowned tea plantations, we registered for a tour with CS Travel (They had a desk at Copthorne) for a half-day tour including Gunung Brinchang (Peak), a Jungle Trek through the Mossy Forest, the Boardwalk, the BOH Tea Plantation, and the Butterfly Farm.

We headed to the Butterfly Farm first to avoid human congestion at the peak. While it was interesting and beautiful, it was but a good start to the rest of the tour.

I was so happy I caught this one in action though!
I was so happy I caught this one in action though!

Gunung Brinchang

The highest peak accessible by car on the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, Gunung Brinchang stands 2,032 metres (6,667 feet) above sea level. After our trip to the Butterfly Farm, we were driven up here to take a good look at the view.

With the range right smack at the border of Perak and Pahang, the knowledge of being able to see two states at one point was rather breath-taking.

Great view from the bottom of the viewing tower
Great view from the bottom of the viewing tower
From the almost fully-rusted viewing tower
From the almost fully-rusted viewing tower

Jungle Trek & Mossy Forest

After a quick view and some photographs taken at the peak, we headed downwards to the Mossy Forest for our Jungle Trek. Now, I’ve been on a few treks before, but those were held either at Pulau Ubin, Bukit Timah, MacRitchie Reservoir, or from MacRitchie Reservoir to Bukit Timah. In short, the terrain is quite forgiving.

The Mossy Forest, however, is so named because of the huge amount of moss growing on the trees, therefore attacking the trees and making them weaker. Our Jungle Trek was through a lightly-beaten path through this Cloud Forest.

Upon entering the Mossy Forest
Upon entering the Mossy Forest
The path we took
The path we took
And the Pitcher Plants we kept seeing on the way
And the Pitcher Plants we kept seeing on the way

And since there was no set path through this Cloud Forest, there were no railings, roads, paths, harnesses, whatsoever. Our guide also pointed out casually about halfway through the trek that we were not exactly climbing through the trees, but on the captured, compacted soil surrounding their roots. And the roots were the only part of the trees which were strong enough to hold their ground.

Unless a big-enough group of people decide to congregate on one spot, jump, and topple the entire tree off the cliff.

So yes, it was fun. And yes, it was muddy and damp and cooling. And most definitely yes, there were areas where you either literally clung for your life and pushed through, or you fall off the mountain range.

I managed to take this while climbing down and around the edge of the tree.
I managed to take this while climbing down and around the edge of the tree.

While I wasn’t able to take many pics of this amazing adventure, we had fun. Though I doubt I’d want to try something like this again so soon.

Boardwalk

For those who want to admire great ridge views and still be on steady ground, the Boardwalk further down from the jungle trek might be something better. After our nature adventure, we were driven further down to the Boardwalk, a wooden path passing through the range.

Seeing two states from one place.
Seeing two states from one place.
The view from one of the boardwalk valleys.
The view from one of the boardwalk valleys.

Needless to say, I was a whole lot calmer here.

BOH Tea Plantation

Our final station was the BOH Tea Plantation, where the factory was closed for the public holiday (we went during Hari Raya Puasa). However, we had a great time at the café (check out my review here) and enjoyed the sights of the trellises and exhibits around the area.

Upholding our habit of getting books when we travel, the Tiger and I got a couple of books from the gift shop as well – the Tiger is halfway through his and I’m trying to get started on mine.

Written by Mahbob Abdullah, the books tell short stories set in plantations in Perak, Johor, and Sabah in Malaysia, together with plantations in countries like the Solomon Islands, Cameroon, and Ghana. You can find out more about the book here and here.

Thank you all so much for reading about our Cameron Highlands adventure. Stay tuned for one more post, where I talk about the Time Tunnel Museum – a hidden gem we were glad we discovered.

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