Gunung Yong Yap (2168m) is the 6th highest point in Peninsular Malaysia or also known as G6. From wikipedia, “The Mount Yong Yap trek is considered to be one of the most toughest mountain treks in Peninsula Malaysia.”. But from our experience, G10 or less known Mount Benum (2017m) seams to be much harder as we attempted a 21 hour daypack and weren’t successful in submitting peak.
We have all organized our way for meeting up at the meetup point for 4WD pickup, there were some who booked and stayed in nearby motels, sleep a night at the temple hall and those that drove around 2am.
07.00am – Meetup point at Guan Di Miao Temple car park, Kampung Raja, 39000 Tanah Rata
We are all anxiously waiting for the porters and supporting crews at meetup point. A briefing session by our organizer Mr. Calvin on logistics and upcoming schedule.
08.30am – Depart with 4WD
Calvin’s expression is funny.
09.30am – Arrival at trailhead (650m) and start hiking
We’ve unloaded all backpacks and getting ready for the hike to our camp site.
10.00am – Simpang Y (5km, 900m)
01.00pm – Kem Agas (5km, 1100m), 5 river crossing up to this point and we have to wait for instruction for using this as our camp site as there are other campers occupying the next camp (Sungai Jeruk).
We have decided not to hike up to Yong Yap peak on the first days, and we will setup our tent, wait for lunch (finally ready around 3pm, then next meal dinner at around 8pm). We have to sleep early today, as our next day will be an early day. Participants who wish to summit YY peak has to wake up around 1am and get ready to start hiking at 2am. As we target to reach peak before the sunrise.
DAY2: 02.00am – We were suppose to have our breakfast before starting the summit but our breakfast were not ready yet. Start hiking, everyone getting ready for the interesting hike.
04.30am – Arrival at camp site at Kem Sungai Jeruk (3km, 1600m). Another 16 river crossing up to this point.
2 deep knee river crossing before Kem Agas. The rest of river are ankle high. We stopped for a while to rest and hoped that our breakfast arrives, but it never did catch up with up. So, we have no choice than to proceed to summit empty stomach.
05.00am – Arrival at Kem Balak Pecah, actual last waterpoint (1km, 1700m)
05.30am – Arrival at Last Waterpoint, this waterpoint needs 10 minutes off track hike, for emergency only (1km, 1750m)
06.00am – Arrival at Simpang Bubu (1km, 1900m)
Our breakfast finally arrived at the peak of Yong Yap, what a delightful breakfast at the peak which is freezing cold, I think the temperature is around 18c and strong wind.
07.00am – Arrival at Peak Yong Yap (1.5km 2168m)
08.00am – Start journey back to camp site
12.00pm – Arrival at camp site
01.00pm – Start journey back to trailhead, it was raining during our full gear journey back to trailhead.
04.00pm – Arrival at Simpang Y
05.00pm – Depart with 4WD, as the group has different speed hikers, 1st 4WD departed after having full 11 participants arrived at meetup point. During the return, it rained again and with the chilly cold wind, a few of our participants were seen shivering.
2nd and 3rd 4WD left the site and arrived at the temple around 7pm.
06.00pm – Arrival at meetup point
Congratulations to all participants who successfully conquered Gunung Yong Yap (2168m), the 6th highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia. 35km hike in 2D1N showed great commitment, physical strength and tough mentality in all of you. Well done, see you at the next peak.