|Sunrise at Mt Tapis summit, 715am|
Location: Sg Lembing, Pahang
Level of difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 if ascend, level 2 out of 5 if descend
Very steep trail, 14km (log:19km) trek, expect nice sunset and/or sunrise. Expect leeches, bees and sandflies but at summit, only have windy stings.
Campsite at summit is windy and small, advised to sleep under flysheet instead of tent. Summit Campsite fits 16 pax if all bring flysheet, otherwise Bonsai campsite at 500m away from summit fits 6 pax tent.
Costs: 4 hours travelling to Sg Lembing from KL (or 5 hours from JB) consumes petrol + toll at RM216 per car. Add together with 1 hour travel from Sg Lembing town to Rainbow Falls trailhead, it made up to RM250 per car.
2 nights stay at Sg Lembing Hotel on pre and post hike= RM50 per pax
Guide = RM30 per pax
Return 4WD Sg Lembing- Tapis trailhead (1 hour) = RM70 per head
Intinery for 2d/1n at Mt Tapis:
16 Sept Fri
05.30am Wake up call
06.15am breakfast at Sg Lembing (the market only opens at 6am) but long queue! Found one stall with less customer at far end of foodcourt.
07.30am 4WD pick up from Police Station after toilet break, park car and police report.
08.30am 4WD drop off at fallen tree
09.00am 2nd 4wd pick up at river
09.30am 2nd pick up arrived. Walked to trailhead 30 mins.
10.00am Started trek hillside (open air), came upon a junction and took left turn.
01.00pm Arrived at CP2 first river, lunch break
01.30pm Started steep hike for 1 hour 45 mins, 15 mins down to CP3. With warm air, hike was tiring.
03.30pm Arrived at CP3 with plague and river. Refill 3-4L water for drink & cook up to summit,
05.30pm Arrived at CP8, past CP6 campsite (standard 7 hours to reach CP6). Short break.
CP3 to CP9 is gradual upwards.
05.45pm Arrived at CP9 with LWP, weather is getting cooler.
Started ascend on rocky trail.
06.40pm Arrived at CP10 Bonsai Campsite fits 2 tents, and it was windy.
Most hikers stopped to rest here and there are 2 trails from here.
Started hike to summit, but it was sleepy hike as the air was moist and cooling.
I dozed off 2-3 times.
07.10pm Last person arrived at summit, set up camp with joint flysheet & groundsheet that fits
12 pax, facing the sunrise view and the summit was small so the sleeping ground wasn't flat.
The whole night was very windy till our flysheet almost blown off. There were rain on &
off, so we had emergency water.
17 Sept Sat
6.30am Sunrise view at summit
7.30am Breakfast, pack
9.40am Last person to descend (fastest 6hours run down)
1 hour rest with swim at waterfall 5 mins before CP3 as descend from CP9 was humid.
4.30pm Arrived at 4wd pick up at trailhead, clean up at river. Rained.
5.30pm Started to walk to original 4WD drop off as there was no sign of 4WD. 2 hikers walked there an hour ago.
6.00pm 4WD pick up
7.30pm Shower at hotel and Dinner at Sg Lembing town.
Overnight at Sg Lembing hotel
I continued and stopped quite a lot to rest the weight load, thanks to Tan KH for accompanying me during the hike as encouragement. Ah Fatt the guide was pretty in difficult position to answer (haha) when I kept asking him, "How long more to summit? How long?". I arrived at summit as last person at 7.05pm about 9 hours from start point. It was arduous hike for 9 hours and required a lot of mental strength due to humid weather.
Descending the next day was "light" and easy as the trail is clean except for the heat at between CP6 & CP2. Total 9 hours hike up 11km, and 6 hours descend + 40 mins at waterfall. Rained heavy at 930-1130pm on Day 1, and 430- 600pm on Day 2.
To hire guide to Mt Tapis, you need an external guide as most young people in this village has moved out to the city.
|Huge tall trees|
|A white blue mossy plant along the trek|
The 4WD trail to Rainbow Falls can be accessed by own 4WD for free, otherwise hire 4WD at RM45per head including insurance and meal. The trail is easy to drive through, unlike the 4WD trail to Mt Tapis that includes crossing a big, deep river full of rocks.
Besides Panorama Hill, muzium and tomoto noodles of Sg Lembing, worth to visit is the tin mine. To hire 4WD to Mt Tapis, Rainbow Falls and a tour to tin mine, contact Mr Lee Khem Fai at 016-9238639 (Mandarin and Malay speaking).
In aspect of accomodation, the hotels were mostly guesthouse and need to be booked in advance as early as 2 weeks to 1 month for stay on weekends and public holidays. Most rooms are air-conditioned as the weather is very hot throughout the year. The rooms ranged from double room to dormitory that fits 10 pax.
Among the hotels are as following:-
1) Sg Lembing Hotel & Cafe 5 mins before the town, at 09-5411924 or Ah Soon at 019-9981126.
2) Country View Inn right in the town, https://www.facebook.com/countryviewinnlembing
3) 意明园 019-9551405, 019-7043283..is a one stop service ^^.
4) Sungai Lembing Village at deep inside, Vincent 019-9011267 / 09-5411831 ..
To get to Sg Lembing from Kuala Lumpur, go to Gombak toll at MRR2 and turn into Karak highway towards the direction to Gambang. Exit at Kuantan toll. Turn left and follow the trunk road along the villages for 20km until you see a town. That is Sg Lembing.
For more pictures, see my post "5 wonders of Sg. Lembing".
p/s: A day before we arrived at Sg Lembing at night on 15 September, the owner of Sg Lembing's only petrol station has passed away. Thus the one petrol kiosk in the centre of the town was closed that week. However, there are petrol stations after Kuantan toll before reaching Sg Lembing town.
|Lower falls at Rainbow Falls|
|Rainbow falls from afar in the jungle trek|
|Rainbow Falls in 5 mins distance|
|The morning rays at 11am+ on way back|