Sights of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Jungle trekking: On day 1, Christian and I decided to trek Jungle Trail 10 without a guided tour… we got lost… and stuck in a landslide. This meant we needed to re-plan, go back, and try an alternative route.

Essentially, we trekked trails 10, 11, 12 and part of 6…with a lot of zig-zagging – back and forwards – to find the path.

Some great landscape… palm trees… mud… mosquitoes… and rain. A great – albeit slightly dangerous, at times – trek.

Jungle Trekking Trail Map Cameron Highlands

Jungle Trekking Trail Map Cameron Highlands

 

One of very few signs helping us to lead our way through the trail in the Cameron Highlands

One of very few signs helping us to lead our way through the trail in the Cameron Highlands

 

Jungle - Trails 10 and 11 in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Jungle - Trails 10 and 11 in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Christian's face framed by a leaf whilst jungle trekking in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Christian's face framed by a leaf whilst jungle trekking in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Something that caught my amusement during trail trek 10/11 in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Something that caught my amusement during trail trek 10/11 in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Fallen trees and a bit of a climb in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Fallen trees and a bit of a climb in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Pink flowers in jungle, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Pink flowers in jungle, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

2nd sign during jungle trek in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia (I think we saw this after about 2 hours of trekking)

2nd sign during jungle trek in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia (I think we saw this after about 2 hours of trekking)

 

Jungle trail 12 sign in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Jungle trail 12 sign in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

On Day 2, we endeavoured to go on yet another solo jungle trek following an alternative trekking route as recommended by the Lonely Planet guide. Lonely planet described trail route 9a as being pleasant, and also recommended for travellers to avoid trail route 9 as it was ‘muddy, slippery and along a pipe route’.

Jungle Trekking Trail Map 9a

Jungle Trekking Trail Map 9a

 

HOWEVER. As the trails are poorly signposted, and the trails are often eroded and unclear, we walked past Robinson Trails waiting for a gate on our left hand side that never appeared. This gate was our cue to turn on to trail 9a. The result was a jungle trek that was correctly unpleasant… correctly muddy… correctly slippery… and fortunately – along a pipe route, as there would have been no other clear way of knowing we were trekking the correct way.

First sign for trail 9 on day 2 of jungle trekking in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

First sign for trail 9 on day 2 of jungle trekking in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

 

Robinson Falls in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Robinson Falls in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Lina when trekking in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Lina when trekking in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Christian and Lina at Robinson Falls in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Christian and Lina at Robinson Falls in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

We encountered a British couple along the way… they were from London and on a short Malaysian holiday. They, too, were unsure of the correct route… and we trekked the rest of the journey together. In all fairness, it didn’t feel like much a trek. I say this as we were literally on the edge of cliffs, with nothing to hold on to apart from weeds; the occasional branches of wood from the muddy soil; or fallen trees. The soil beneath our feet was weak… and I often avoided stepping where Christian last step in fear of triggering yet another landslide in the rain. We were lucky… and eventually found our way out of the jungle and into the equivalent backyard of a farm.

Our encounter with the London couple during trail 9 Jungle Trek in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Our encounter with the London couple during trail 9 Jungle Trek in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Christian and I then continued on a 7km walk to the Boh Tea Estate… where we found a tea house at the top of the highlands… each drank a cup of warm Boh Tea… and then walked the 7km back down towards Tanah Rata all over again…

7km walk uphill towards the Boh Tea Estate - oh, what wonderful views in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

7km walk uphill towards the Boh Tea Estate - oh, what wonderful views in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Lina en route to the Boh Tea Estate after trekking in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Lina en route to the Boh Tea Estate after trekking in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Christian and Lina posing at the top, next to Boh Tea Estate, in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Christian and Lina posing at the top, next to Boh Tea Estate, in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

After a day of about 17km of walking… we finally decided to take a taxi to town… otherwise – it would have been an additional 9km of walking. This was a good decision.

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