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Mount Ulu Semangkok & Mount Gap


Ups & Downs


The faster half of the group continued on our way to Mount Ulu Semangkok at 10:20 as the rest of the group were taking too long. The trail immediately began to descend (as one would undoubtedly expect) after the summit, and was  followed by a series of flats, descents and ascents that carried on for a further 2.2km. The pace from this point on was still slow and relaxing and I was able to immerse myself in the sights and sounds of the dense jungle. We happened upon large areas that were swathed in moss and fungi and would occasionally come upon small pitcher plants (New World pitcher plants (Family: Sarraceniaceae) since they grew from the ground instead of from tendrils at the tips of leaves) that dotted the side of the trail. The mist that would roll in every now gave the entire scene an almost ethereal feel.

Ulu Semangkok Pitcher Plants Ulu Semangkok Trail

The summit of Mount Ulu Semangkok (elevation : 1394m) was reached soon after at 11:55 (total of 2 hours 16 minutes of trekking from the start of the trail). There was a small section with an almost vertical drop-off followed almost immediately by a vertical ascent just before the summit. The section was equipped with some thin ropes however for the purpose of assisting the ascent (and descent).

There was a divergence to the path a meter of so before the summit that branched off to the right that lead to a small unobstructed clearing that was almost carpeted with ferns (Class: Pteridopsida) on one side. Despite the view being relatively unobstructed, the mist made the views less than impressive. The path that branched off to the left lead to what Malaysian trekkers call a 'beirut', basically a small metal structure in the shape of a square pyramid (a pyramid having a square base), and as the rest of the trekkers arrived and regrouped, I made my way further down the trail that led to a simple maze of sorts of interlinking paths surrounded by the temperate mossy forest (also known as cloud forests). We began to make our way back just after 12:30, feeling satiated and fairly content.

Sphagnum Moss

Fields of Ferns

Ulu Semangkok Triangulation Point

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