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
Titiwangsa Range
Tok Nenek, Bubu, Yong Yap (TNBYY)

The loop that is known as YYBTN (Yong Yap, Bubu, Tok Nenek) or TNBYY if hiked clockwise, takes 3-4 days and covers three major peaks. One of the peaks is Mount Yong Yap (elevation: 2168 m), the 11th highest point in Malaysia and the 6th in Peninsular Malaysia. The loop has a wide variety of terrain, including tricky bamboo sections, multiple ascents and descents, as well as numerous river crossings. The peak of Mount Tok Nenek will also reward you with some magnificent 360-degree views!

This hike is one of four entries on this website (out of more than a hundred) that required the use of a guide. I personally am a big advocate of independent travel and self-guided hiking that does not require guides or porters. My reasoning is as follows (in no particular order):

Less costly: Aside from the cost of permits, self-guided hiking has no guide expenses that need to be covered, and hikers also have full control over the cost of their meals. Guide expenses tend to normally be shared out amongst the group, which means that the larger the group, the less each hiker will have to pay.

Less environmental impact: Without the burden of guide expenses, group sizes can be kept much lower. Small groups tend to be far more mobile and significantly reduce their impact to trails and campsites. Large groups also have a profound impact on other groups that are sharing the trail. I personally feel that groups of more than 4 or 5 people tend to be too large. Read up on Leave No Trace (LNT) principles for more info.

More independence: Self-guided hiking requires hikers to be knowledgeable in multiple skills--navigation and route-finding, survival techniques, and wilderness medical skills just to name a few. It requires a level of fitness that allows hikers to be fully independent and to be able to carry all the gear that they will need without requiring the services of porters. Hikers that are unprepared should simply not be allowed on the trails. The trails are currently overloaded with hikers who should not be there in the first place.

High customisability: One of the best things about independent travel is researching the location prior to the trip. This inevitably means that you will know far more about the area that is traveled through compared to someone who just goes in blindly expecting the guide to handle everything. You get full control over the planning of the route as well as developing contingency plans in situations such as inclement weather or medical emergencies. You also get to determine your own pace and can choose to stop if you need a moment of peaceful reflection. Who wouldn't want to enjoy nature on their own terms?

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

Lojing Police Station 09-9221403

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 :

  • Arrangement of activities
  • Certified Outward Bound Trekkers Guide
  • Trekking Permit
  • Camping Equipment
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Foods & Beverages
  • Moisture Wicking T-Shirt

I had also recently obtained the awesome Hennessy Explorer Hammock and just could not wait to test it out!

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

*Click here to learn more about the difficulty rating.

Interactive Location Map

Continue on to the entries for each day by clicking on their respective sections on the map below
(if the map does not work for any reason, you may also find the links at the top of this page).

Murchison River Gorge – Day 1
Murchison River Gorge – Day 2
Murchison River Gorge – Day 3
Murchison River Gorge – Day 4

Elevation profile for the entire route (hovering your cursor over the image below will reveal highpoints )

For those who also have a Suunto GPS device, the GPX file for each
segment can be found at the end of each day's entry. The entire
route can also be downloaded here (right click and save link as).

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