The Janda Baik trail is an alternative trail that leads up to Mt. Nuang from the other side of the mountain
, and was one that I had been contemplating ever since I hiked Nuang via Kuala Pangsoon
. The plans for this hike were made last minute after a few of our plans for that public holiday had fallen through. So with the car packed full of daypacks and people, and the GPS route preloaded on my Suunto Ambit
, we set off for the ride up to Janda Baik early, well before daybreak.
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."
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*Cick here to learn more about the difficulty rating.
The trailhead was very easy to locate as all one needed to do was to head towards Kampung Janda Baik and to continue along the road until the 'ILMU' building was reached. From there, one would continue straight for a while until a gated carpark with a green fence along its perimeter (3.303979, 101.887121) was seen. I found the parking costs here to be very high though (at MYR7) but the cars were watched over and there were bathrooms and showers, so I suppose one could justify the cost to a certain degree.
Start of the trail
We prepared our bags in the pre-dawn chill, tightened our shoelaces and adjusted our bag straps, before making our way across the road and onto the small gravel path. The path lead past a stream and then onwards into farmland. It was just after 07:00 and the sun had started to rise, its light illuminating dew drops on the leaves and fruit trees that lined the path. The morning chill gradually dissipated as we trudged onwards, with the warmth of the sun slowly creeping over us as time went on.
We came upon a gravel path within 10 minutes or so that lead straight to the gate of the 'Hutan simpan kekal'. The trail narrowed significantly from here, with tall reeds and grass lining the sides and the occasional burst of colour from a variety of flowers. The path lead on past an Orang Asli traditional house before skirting a dropoff on the left. After about half an hour, we reached the junction (1.42km mark) with the marker-lined Nuang path continuing up straight on (the left path descending and the right with pipes disappearing into the dense undergrowth).The canopy above was considerably thicker here and the forest floor was moist underfoot with fresh litterfall and an abundance of leeches (Haemadipsa sp.
). Sounds of chirping birds accompanied the sounds of water from the rushing river down to our left and the occasional cracked pipe that ran parallel to the trail. Bamboo (Tribe : Bambuseae
) shoots were ubiquitous here, with sections of the trail almost completely overgrown, reminding me of the beginning of the TNBYY hike
Around 2.4km in, the trail branched off to the left. We continued following the trail markers until the trail began to descend for approximately 100 metres before reaching the Cemperoh waterfall. We decided to continue on, so hopped across the river before meeting the trail once again as it swung around to the left.Cemperoh waterfall