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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
IPOH : Gunung Korbu Forest Reserve
 
 

GUNUNG KORBU FOREST RESERVE - ADVENTUROUS CLIMBING

 

On clear days, you can see it from anywhere in lpoh and the Kinta Valley. Little wonder as this imposing mountain is the second highest peak in the peninsula, standing at 2183m. Gunung Korbu is a massive mountain with jagged twin peaks and half the mountain is covered in clouds most of the days. In the mornings, mist veils it slopes, revealing just its peaks and on cloud-free days, its slopes and ridges can be seen scarred by massive landslides. Gunung Korbu presents one of the best and most adventurous climbing experiences, which takes four days and three nights to complete for those with reasonable fitness level.

 

Experienced climbers will know that there are three places to start the climbing direction with trailheads from Tanjung Rambutan, Ulu Kinta near lpoh, and from Gunung Yong Belar, which is in Pahang. This route From Tanjung Rambutan is said be the easiest way up, although climbers who have done it will testify that no way up Gunung Korbu is an easy way. The trek starts from an old abandoned logging road, only accessible by 4WD drive vehicles and the return climb can be completed in four days. The first and second day takes you trekking along a logging road to a campsite by a small stream on a slope. The peak is about six hours climb from here. Its all the way down on the third and fourth day.

 

The Ulu Kinta route is considered to be much more difficult, being shorter, it is steeper with near vertical walls to scale. The trek may seem easy at the beginning where it starts at the Ulu Kinta Intake, which is a forest recreational park. The trek here begins from a low altitude and the walk is along the Kinta river at its youth stage, passing by several Orang Asli villages. There are also several river crossings before reaching the first nights campsite by a river. A tough climb awaits on the second day until the last water point, which is seven hours climb to the peak. Steep inclinations and slippery conditions prevail thereafter.

 

The trek from Gunung Yong Belar in Pahang is considered one of the toughest climbs in the country, taking six days for just one way! The climb is from the TNB dam in Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands and up to Gunung Yong Belar, from where you have to climb up and down several other mountains before you finally get to the top of Korbu. Parts of the Gunung Korbu forest reserve have been logged and the scenery is monotonous at the lower levels with little view, as the panorama is obstructed by secondary forest.

 
 

 

It can also be very hot on midday as you trek along the wide dirt logging road and there are really no huge trees here, which are common in real pristine tropical rainforest where they provide you much needed shade. However, when you ascend above 1000m, less logging activity is seen and more lush vegetation starts to appear The air gets cooler at this height and the Giant Tree Fern gets showy, with clumps of it growing everywhere.

 

Still higher at 1,700m, the wind gets stronger, clouds more prevalent and the air is certainly chillier Here, trees are smaller with tiny leaves, clumps of Rhododendrons can be seen, and small orchids in bloom decorate tree branches. Heavy misty conditions create a special forest where thick moss cover the ground and branches. The ?Cloud Forests? dominate right up to the peak where windy conditions and poor soil create an even more stunted forest of Bonsai-like vegetation and peat moss. The ground is soggy here and the wet conditions often dismay climbers as their soaking feet becomes numb with cold at these heights.

 

For those who want to experience shrill winds and temperature as low as 5 degrees, Celsius, a small space near the peak allows for camping and on clear nights, the starry lights of lpoh, far below and beyond, is ethereal looking. It is recommended to take a guide for climbs up Gunung Korbu, and you must be reasonably fit. Take what is necessary, such as camping gear and energy food supply, and always inform the nearest police station at least three months earlier, if you intend to enter the forest and climb to the peak.

 
 
 
IPOH : Gunung Korbu Forest Reserve
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA