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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) – Day 3

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
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Morning on Bubu


I woke up fairly early as the camp slowly came to life and managed to get my hammock packed up and stored away well before dawn. As the sun rose everyone set about either clearing or cooking breakfast and contributing somehow, preparing for the day of trekking that lay ahead. We were all aware that after the Yong Yap peak it would basically be almost entirely downhill from there on so we had both one of the G12 peaks as well as what we presumed to be an easy trek to look forward to. Read more

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Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY) - Day 2

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
TNBYY Index

To Tok Nenek


I woke up to the sound of the camp slowly stirring from their slumber. The comfort of the hammock allowed me to get some decent sleep the night before which turned out to be very reinvigorating. The upcoming trek also gave me a lot to look forward to since the group was unable to make the peak the day before like was planned so were to instead head up to the summit of Mount Tok Nenek, then head down and back up to the summit of Mount Bubu all in the same day. Read more

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

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
TNBYY Index

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

Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)


I was pretty disappointed at first when I found out that the original plan to Gunung Tahan had changed although the feeling quickly dissipated once I found out that we were to be going to Yong Yap, one of the G12 mountains, instead. I ended up paying RM30 for DATS membership which made me legible for the membership price of RM180 which included the following 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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Nepal Day 10 – Dingbouche to Lobouche

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Onwards to Dughla


I left Dingboche (elevation : 4530m - I stayed in 'lower' Dingboche though at an elevation closer to 4300m) that morning completely enraptured after having watched the glorious sunrise crawl slowly down the face of Ama Dablam (elevation : 6856m). The early part of the trek to Lobuche was pretty straightforward, with barely any elevation gain until reaching Dughla for lunch, which bode well for a few of the members of Sophie's group - one not feeling too well with a bad cough and a headache, and another with a swollen ankle.

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Nepal Day 09 – Acclimatisation at Dingboche

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Dingboche Acclimatisation


The plan was to spend a day acclimatising once again here in Dingboche (Sophie's group was doing the same, before heading up to Chukhung via Dughla the next day). Since I had decided to carry on with them for the next day or two and since my original plans (which were to trek up to Chukhung from Dingboche, climb up Chukhung Ri and then cross the high-altitude pass of Kongma La to Lobouche the next day) were now revised, I decided to head up the path that lead to Chukhung (elevation : 4730m) for a bit before coming back down to Dingboche for the night. Read more
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Nepal Day 08 – Tengbouche to Dingbouche

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Tengbouche Monastery


I woke up early to join a group of other hikers that were heading to the Tengbouche Monastery for the morning puja, an act of devotion that involves acts such as bowing, making offerings, and chanting. As we approached the monastery, a monk leaned out one of the second-storey windows and blew on a huge conch shell called a 'sankha' - a trumpet that is customary to be blown before the morning puja. Read more
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Nepal Day 07 – Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche

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On to Tengbouche


Even though it was bright and sunny that morning, the temperatures outside hovered just above freezing - a sure sign that winter was just around the corner. Despite the cold, I quickly packed up my gear, eager to get back out on the trail and on to Tengbouche. After making my way up the narrow shop-lined alleyways to the Northern side of Namche Bazaar (elevation : 3440m), I turned right along the trail that began to lead Eastwards out of the town. As the buildings started to disappear and Namche Bazaar faded away into the distance, the mountains gradually began to open up to proudly showcase their majestic splendour. Read more
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Nepal Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar


The day started off slow and relaxed with a bit of coffee and lemon tea (NPR70+150 (MYR8)) before I went out to look around the quaint little shops that were scattered around town. Namche Bazaar (elevation : 3440m) is considered the business capital of the Khumbu region and is the site of a weekly market where you can find all sorts of goods and trekking paraphernalia. I ended up stocking up on quite a few things that I felt I needed - a mesh bag (NPR400, MYR14), another water bottle (NPR250, MYR9), some filtered water (NPR100, MYR3.50), and extra toilet paper (NPR100, MYR3.50). Read more
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