Mount Nuang (Kuala Pangsoon)

Via Kuala Pangsoon - Via Janda Baik

Mount Nuang

The group rose bright and early for the long drive to Kuala Pangsoon in Hulu Langat which lay on the East side of the state of Selangor. The trail for the trek up to the summit of Mount Nuang, which is one of the highest mountains in Selangor, began just before the Sungai Langat Dam at GPS coordinates '3.217420, 101.883090'.

Before we go on, please jot down the numbers that are listed below. If you do see any suspicious behaviour when out hiking, encounter things like traps and snares, or even see protected animals or their parts that are sold as either collectibles, pets, or for (so-called) medicine, then please do not hesitate to contact the wildlife crime hotline. Be sure to try and document it as best you can with photos or video without putting yourself in danger, and take note of the details: descriptions of those who are involved, as well as when and where it took place.

"The Wildlife Crime Hotline, managed by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT), provides YOU an avenue to report offences involving endangered wildlife in Malaysia. We protect the identity of all informants, only key info of the reports are forwarded to the authorities."

Wildlife Crime Hotline019 356 4194
Emergency Numbers
Wildlife Crime Hotline 019-356 4194

Wildlife Department 1800 885 151

Selangor Forestry Department 03-9075 2885

Batu 18 Police Station 03-9021 1557

Ampang Bomba 03-4292 4444

Ampang Hospital 03-4289 6000

Medical Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC Ampang Hospital) 03-4289 6565

Difficulty Rating : 4.6 / 10.0 (Class 6 - Fairly Challenging)

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**Please bear in mind that this rating is for the Nuang via Pangsoon (day hike). This hike can also be done over two days, but doing so reduces the rating to 3.8 (Class 5 - Moderate). This is due to the average daily ascent and distance halving, despite the increase in the total duration.

Nuang Elevation Profile

Nuang Elevation

Getting There

At the end of the winding road that forks at a football field, take the left road that leads up to the dam and then make the sharp left turn at the Puncak Niaga gate that leads up to the parking lot.

Start of the trail (3.217420, 101.883090)

The facilities that surrounded the trail entrance were surprisingly good, with large, clean public restrooms and shower rooms just nearby. The small hut where registration with the Park Ranger was to be done was just before the beginning of the trail. One had to write down their name as well as the number of trekkers in their party, and then pay the measly sum of RM1 for the park entrance fee. It is also advisable to take down the phone number of the ranger on duty just in case there are any unfortunate mishaps along the way. 

The trail from Kuala Pangsoon is one of three that the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks established to the Nuang summit, with the other Selangor trail beginning from Kampung Kemensah in Gombak. I was fairly well prepared for this trek with sufficient water, a torch, pizza for lunch at the summit, as well as having plotted the trail up to the summit of Nuang for my Suunto Ambit :  

Mount Nuang va Kuala Pangsoon Map

Nuang Trail

We set off at 07:50 which was considered early enough to do the trek in order to make it back before dark but the earlier you set off the better. The ranger that we spoke to told us that a Kenyan runner had ran to the summit and back in only 2 hours and 45 minutes, whereas the fastest Malaysian had only done it in around 3 hours. He then went on to say that if we were fast we may be able to do the whole trek in about 5 hours but that we would have to turn back wherever we were on the trail at 14:00 so that we would make it back to the entrance before nightfall. 

The Nuang Trail

The Nuang Group

After passing through the archway stating 'Hutan Lipur Gunung Nuang', the trail followed a fairly wide dirt road which quickly reached a junction with the correct route veering right. The trail had a fairly consistent incline but a mild one at that which did not prove too strenuous. The trail wound it's way up the mountain passing several cement rest stops along the way. This was where we encountered our first casualty, the sole of Edrie's shoe! It had began to peel off and my medic tape from my First Aid Kit was called upon in order to make the neccessary repairs. By 08:45 we were back on our way. 

We reached the 'Buluh Minyak' rest stop (W6) shortly after and were greeted by the torrential sounds of a waterfall (the W5 rest stop was called 'Buluh Kasap' and W4 was called Buluh Tumpat'). I made a quick stop at the waterfall to take some slow shutter speed shots of the rapids before rejoining the group. The waterfall was decent and would have made for a nice place to take a dip and I actually contemplated lingering a little longer. The group however were keen to continue on.

Next : Mount Nuang (Kuala Pangsoon) (Part 2)

Camp Lolo

There were multiple ankle-deep river crossings after that point that passed by water pipelines and shortly after reached a water pump station. Camp Lolo, which we came upon soon after, turned out to be a sprawling campsite that had multiple clearings on both sides of the river for camping. It had taken the group about 2 hours to get there (the first plateau on the Movescount graph showing our altitude gain) so we decided to rest here for a while where most of us decided to dig into the provisions that we had brought along. This area is the Last Water Point (LWP) so it would be wise to replenish your water supply here, after filtering and sterilizing the water first, before heading out.

Nuang Water Station

Roots Covering the Nuang Trail

The group left Camp Lolo at 10:50 after two of the groups members decided to stay behind. There was a sign by the 'Jabatan Bomba' that stated that the next camp, Camp Pacat, was only 1.2km away but that it would take 150 minutes  of trekking to reach there. From this point the trail started to get a bit more strenuous as the inclination began to increase. Andy remarked that we were gaining an altitude of 1 meter for every 3 steps that we took!

The terrain began to get more interesting at this point as we left the crowds behind in Camp Lolo. The trail became festooned with stumps and roots patiently waiting to trip up the unwary, with vines and low lying branches swaying above one's head. The trees groaned every time the wind blew which (to me) was eerily reminiscent of Tolkien's ents. Before we knew it though we had already reached Camp Pacat which was nothing more than a clearing with a sheltered shed. 

After a long, sustained climb with an inclination of about 50 degrees in muddy terrain, I suffered my first serious accident in many years of trekking and rock climbing. I stepped on a tree trunk that many in the group had used before which just completely shattered under my weight. My shin ended up smashing into another trunk just below and developed a nasty, swollen lump that surprisingly diminished soon after. I carried on nonetheless as there was no damage to the bone.

Andy & Raimy

Good Good Mountaineering!

Next : Mount Nuang (Kuala Pangsoon) (Part 3)

Puncak Pengasih

It took about another hour of trekking from Camp Pacat to reach the False Peak, which is also known as 'Puncak Pengasih' (elevation : 1399m) The group regrouped there but due to time restraints, half of us had to turn back to head back down the mountain. Those who decided to head on to the actual summit and didn't bring along torches borrowed torches from those who did before making the left turning from  the False Peak to the actual summit. It took the group 4 hours and 40 minutes to reach the False Peak (not taking into consideration the time we spent at Camp Lolo and Camp Pacat). 

Puncak Pengasih Peak

I was in a rush at this point though as it turned out that the 5 hours that the ranger had mentioned was only to the summit so I descended the mountain at a fairly rapid pace. I left the False Peak at 14:15 and reached Camp Pacat after 40 minutes, and Camp Lolo another 40 minutes after that. I slowed down a little after I passed the Water Pumping station so that I could take in the sights and the sounds of the jungle, such as the bamboo shoots creaking and the  leaves rustling in the wind. The trek itself turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable although I had underestimated the distance, overestimated the difficulty, and was extremely disappointed at not having enough time to have been able to push on to the peak. I guess Nuang's summit will just have to wait for another day.. 

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