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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
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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. 

Breaking Camp

After breakfast, which consisted of a small portion of scrambled eggs and sausages, we set off due north-west again heading for the summit of Mount Tok Nenek. We were told that after we reached the summit we would have a short stop at the 'Last Water Point' and that we would need to stock up on water there as there would be no source of water until after the summit of Yong Yap the next day!

After a short and relentless ascent, we reached a point where we had to descend a vertical drop with the assistance of a rope that had been fixed in place. It was very easy to descend as knots had been fixed in place for holds although the bulk of the backpack meant that you had to adjust to the shift of the center of balance. We also noticed around this point that there was a gradual change of the surrounding vegetation from tropical rainforest-like plants to the mossy-like constituents of montane forests the more we ascended. Even though we were then at much higher altitudes with much cooler temperatures, it had yet to reach the point where it would be considered a cloud forest. By that time we had ascended 347 metres in an hour and a half. 

The path from that point on wound around a cliff-face on our right. The cliff itself looked to have a few potential bouldering sections that I would have attempted had we not found ourselves lacking for time. 

Before Setting Off

Hiking up to Tok Nenek

Next : TNBYY Day 2 : Mt Tok Nenek to Mt Bubu (Part 2)

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Tok Nenek Peak


The climb up to the peak of Mount Tok Nenek from then on was relatively brief. With an elevation of 1904m, the views that we were greeted with were nothing short of breathtaking! The clouds and fog kept on rolling in and obscuring the views however but we did on occasion get little peaks of the other mountains along the Titiwangsa range.

Tok Nenek Peak

The peak itself had a fairly unique shape which explains the name, which means Mount Grandfather & Grandmother, where apparently the locals had a myth where an elderly couple ran up the mountain and gave it it's shape. The south-east point that I had ascended had a rocky outcrop where we sat to take photographs. In order to reach that point, one would have to take a precarious passage with a sheer drop on the side that wound up to the top following a clockwise direction. There was also a  fairly strong wind at points that seemed to be bothering the others in the group.

I also spent some time on the summit taking a lot of photos to stitch together to make a 360 degree panorama which ended up turning out fairly well. It was just a shame that the clouds had obscured the rest of the mountain range at that time. Shortly after that I joined the rest of the group that were up on the north-west point. 

Tok Nenek Contemplation

360 Panorama

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Next : TNBYY Day 2 : Mt Tok Nenek to Mt Bubu (Part 3)

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Mount Bubu Camp


The descent down Mount Tok Nenek was fairly steep and went through tunnels of moss and the prevalence of mud made the descent somewhat slippery. The descent itself took about two hours before reaching the Last Water Point, with a descent of about 300 metres. By this time Aidan, Lesly and I had a dire need to defecate and so rapidly made our way to the water source to replenish our supply. To our great disappointment however, we found that the Last Water Point itself barely had any water and that the levels were so low that they ended up bunching into small very shallow pools with almost stagnant water. The water looked like it could do with filtration and was so questionable that I was even wondering about the efficacy of my water purifier, the Steripen Adventurer. We didn't have any other option however and had to replenish our supply of water there and then. 

Tangled Underbrush

Once we were done, we made our way back to the path where I cooked some mushroom soup which was consumed with two small pieces of French bread for lunch. Soon after that, we started to climb once again, increasing our elevation from just under 1700m to 1974m at the peak of Mount Bubu. The altitude graph below clearly shows the descent from Mount Tok Nenek and the ascent up Mount Bubu.

We ended up trekking in the dark again but fortunately reached the peak of Mount Bubu shortly after where we set up camp. This campsite wasn't ideal for hammocks as the trees that were located around the area were thin and would not support my weight. The hammock was strung up easily enough around a multitude of trees in close proximity. This worked well enough although the hammock ended up so low that my back was actually touching the ground. This didn't prove to be too much of a concern however as the ground at the site that I had selected was flat enough to not become a hindrance. What did become a hindrance though was the proximity of the fire that the others had started to generate heat as it was a source of smoke that became stifling at points.

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 More information from the Suunto Ambit for this trek can be found on my Movescount Page.

For those who also have a Suunto GPS device, the entire route for the TNBYY hike can be found below :

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After dinner, which was a mix of spaghetti and noodles with spaghetti sauce, the group had an 'icebreaking' session where everyone introduced themselves and shared their experience with mountaineering. Surprisingly I actually found myself enjoying the session as everyone was warm, very open and the humorous occasions kept me laughing. I found this interesting as a lot of the group looked weary and tired and practically everyone was huddling down from the cold with some even shivering. The fact that I was going around the camp topless produced shocked looks and comments from the others.

Although comfortable, the hammock on that night gave me a strange feeling of being cocooned. That and the lack of visibility and the difficulty to react to immediate threats also produced a certain feeling of vulnerability. I am not sure what may have prompted this feeling although the smothering feel of the smoke from the fire may be to blame. Nevertheless, I slept comfortably and well that night.

Next : TNBYY Day 3 : Mt Bubu to Mt Yong Yap

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