We came here to walk and that’s what we did. We had a fantastic time.
Tanah Rata is the best place to base yourself for access to the jungle walks.
We bought a poor excuse for a map for RM3.50 called Cameron Highlands Discovery Map. It proved to be not to scale, inaccurate, none contoured and missing obvious landmarks in addition after the first days use it fell apart. It’s just a map selling advertising space. We have seen another map of a similar ilk that seems to have 16 walks but when you compare them the walk numbers do not match one another or the physical track signs. They do seem to be the only ones available to buy.
The walks are numbered on our purchased map 1-12 and they seemed to be in the general area shown on the map.
It is difficult to find the start and end of any of the walks due to neglect, extended agriculture and urban encroachment.
First tip is to locate the Cameronian Inn in Tanah Rata, take your camera with you and get permission to photograph the maps of the walks on display in the reception.
Second it to seek out anyone who has done any of the walks either guided or under their own steam.
Now for our experience of the numbered walks we completed shown on our map.
Walk 1 - Never got round to it.
Walk 2 - Very tough. Just don't know how they can fit in so many ups and downs into 0.95 of a kilometer! However it came at the end of the day after walking 3 and 8. The end came at the rear of the Sam Poh Temple in Brinchang.
Walk 3 - Tough and access gained from Walk 8 at the top of Gunung Berembun. An obvious land mark missing from our map is the large rain shelter at the junctions of Walks 3,5 and 6.
Walk 4 - Easy. We accessed it just beyond All Souls Church by going through double gates before the road crossed the river. 100 meters along the drive to the Forestry Centre and turn right through the picnic tables. Takes you back into the heart of Tanah Rata.
Walk 5 – Only did part of it when by the rain shelter but there was a young German woman sitting in the shelter with her year old baby and she had walked up Walk 5.
Walk 6 – Moderate. Did the top part of this walk from walk three to the rain shelter. However, a short way along Walk 4 we saw the start of Walk 6.
Walk 7 – We were told it was closed off so opted to walk 8,3,2 and 4 as a circuit.
Walk 8 – Tough. To access the Walk 8 from Tanah Rata go to the bus station and walk down Persiaran Dayang Endah passed the school and playing fields until you come to the junction signed to the Hospital or Robinson Falls. Follow the road to Robinson Falls and turn left over a bridge this puts you on Walk 9. Walk the Red and Green paving stones passed a small café and just before reaching Robinson Falls to the left rising up sharply you should see a standing stone indicating ‘Jungle Walk No 8. Distance 1.35 KM ‘. It took us just under two hours to reach the top.
Walk 9 and 9A. - Access from Tanah Rata as Walk 8 and continue passed Robinson Falls. Eventually Walk 9 runs out and to continue divert onto Walk 9A. Some kind hiker has put up two sets of warning signs the first to be alert to continuing in wet conditions and the second (if you make it that far) to divert you from the lost path through a farm onto a road running 5k up hill to the BOH Tea Plantation. It took us about 45 minutes to reach the Tea Factory. We returned back to Tanah Rata the way we came. Allow 3 hours each way for the walk including the trip to the plantation.
Walk 10 – Moderate. We located the trail head behind the Oly Appartments in Tanah Rata. The climb up took us to the top of Gunung Jasar which is above the electric pylon. To continue along Walk 10 from this peak you need to seek out the path to the right in the direction of your travel. Eventually we came off the walk just beside an Electrical Sub Station and rewarded ourselves with ice creams at the Healthy Strawberry Farm.
Walk 11 and 12.- Closed
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