Having trekked up a few mountains in the past, I was expecting this mountain to be similar, and knew it would be hard, particularly since I wasnt in the fittest state I had ever been in. Still, I was looking forward to it, as it is always exhilirating when you reach the top. Regretfully, we experienced torential rain for the entire 4h 45min walk on Day 1, with high winds and low visibility, meaning I was soaked (even with a goretex jacket) and cold within 45min. At least this kept the temperature down, but it was the most unpleasant conditions you could imagine to walk in, with water cascading down the walking path like a small waterfall. However, the weather wasnt the biggest challenge for me - it was the steep incline of the walk itself - there are hundreds upon hundreds of steps - mostly naturally formed, which when combined with the atrocious conditions made this the toughest walk I have done on a mountain. You have to have a certan level of fitness to walk this - if this is your first mountain climb, it could well put you off doing others in the future as it is so tough.Anyway, we reached Pendang hut in mid afternoon - wet and cold and exhausted. I had a luke warm shower which was nice, and multiple cups of tea - I could feel my fingers about60 min later. It cleared up about dinner time and we had stunning views across to KK which was nice! It reamined clear for the rest of the night so we all got up at 1:30am to do the summit. Unfortunately, 30min into the accent, it rained again (heavily) and the mist came in, meaning we had to descend - no summit was reached on our climb, or the previous days...). Up again at 6:30am for a nice breakfast, and we descended the hill - with no rain! but overcast conditions. Unfortunately, I had strained tendons behind my left knee on Day 1 which meant a slow (and painful) descent, but my guide very helpfully gave me a knee brace to wear, and provided me with walking sticks (a real help !). I saw lots of squirrels at one stop, some neat fauna, and a lovely big red leech, with some good views at a handful of spots along the way. So - it became more of a physical and mental challenge rather than an experience to climb and enjoy the views, but I would recommend it to others, as in good weather, I think it would be fantastic!
1. Book through Amazing Borneo Tours - very well organised and they take care of everything!
2. Prepare for the worst weather!
3. Make sure you have a pack liner for both inside and outside of your pack.
4. Take 2 sets of spare clothes.
5. Make sure you are physically prepared for a 4 - 5 hr climb up a steep incline on Day 1 - it is not easy!!!!
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