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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) - Day 1

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A 4WD Start


The original plan was to depart from KL Central at 20:00 but there were a few trekkers coming up from Johor to join aswell and were only expected to arrive around 23:00. As such, and after meeting up with my brother Aidan, we made our way to Kajang instead as the departure was to be from the DATS store much later on. Read more
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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)

TNBYY Day 1 : Ascent
TNBYY Day 2 : Mt Tok Nenek to Mt Bubu
TNBYY Day 3 : Mt Bubu to Mt Yong Yap
TNBYY Day 4 : Descent

Titiwangsa Range

Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)


The loop that is known as YYBTN (Yong Yap, Bubu, Tok Nenek) or TNBYY if hiked clockwise, is a 3-4 day hike that covers three major peaks. One of the peaks is Mount Yong Yap (elevation: 2168m), the 11th highest point in Malaysia and the 6th in Peninsular Malaysia. The loop has a wide variety of terrain, including tricky bamboo sections, multiple ascents and descents, as well as numerous river crossings. The peak of Mount Tok Nenek will also reward you with some magnificent 360-degree views! Read more

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Tabur West

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme

Tabur West


We finally set off for the Tabur (West) hike after the trip having been postponed from the weekend before. Bukit Tabur is a quartz ridge, that is also known as 'The Dragon Backbone', located at Taman Melawati in Kuala Lumpur. It is apparently the longest quartz outcrop in the world that boasts a wide range of flora and fauna, including Dusky Langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus). I didn't actually see any langurs during the hike itself but definitely heard all the commotion that they were making! Tabur has several peaks that can be traversed but the trail for the more popular West route starts on the left side of the road (coming from KL) near the Klang Gates entrance. Read more

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EBC Day 18 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla

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Back to Lukla


The scenery that awaited me just south of Namche was absolutely gorgeous. The pinewood (Pinus sp.) forests that laced the southern hills were a mix of vibrant reds and greens, and the backdrop of white and silver layers of snow that adorned the southern slopes of Nupla (elevation : 5885m) really brought out the contrast of colours. Read more
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EBC Day 17 – Lungden to Namche Bazaar

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Leaving Lungden


Despite the ferocious wind that was blowing up the valley from the south, it only took 30 minutes to hike from Lungden (Nepali : लुन्देन) (elevation : 4375m) to Marulen (elevation : 4210m). At first, Marulen was akin to a ghost town, as all the houses were bolted from the outside and there was not a single person in sight. I did however end up seeing three people right at the end of the town, which struck me as somewhat odd for a fairly large town (at least by Nepalese mountain standards) of about 12 houses. The days were getting much colder and the nights were getting much shorter, so the scarcity of people was most likely due to the coming of winter. Read more
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EBC Day 16 – Renjo La Pass

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Renjo La Pass


Since today was going to be a big day, I decided to spend a bit more time 'fueling up' with three cups of coffee (NPR300) and macaroni and cheese (NPR450), whilst enjoying the views of Gokyo Tsho that lay just outside the lodge. I left slightly later than the other hikers as I did not want to hike with anyone along the way. This was because I was in search of the feeling of complete isolation (or rather as close as I could get it), as the thought of no one being around you for many kilometres, although initially disconcerting, can ultimately be very emancipating. Read more