Although Penang National Park is the smallest national park in Malaysia, however there are a few trekking trail alternatives available. Since I travelled with my family, some mathematics calculations had to be carried out before the journey started. The factors involved were time, distance, energy, adventure as well as fun level. The final answer we had chosen was trail toward Pantai Kerachut (Kerachut Beach). It is 5840m long and is required three and a half hours for the to and fro trip. Adventure and fun? Yet to be known.
There is another trail of total 8840m that leads to Muka Head Light House. I better keep this for the future because it is only good for overnight camping stay.
Then, what else to do? That is no other than start the journey! The time was 9:16am, air was fresh and cool, bird was chirping, cicada was singing and an ascending trek was waiting for us right from the start.
There were some early birds making their returning trip along the way. They were here solely for jungle trekking, I thought. But we were fully equipped; we even brought along a tent and some foods. You should know that was the fun part. We were ready for some extras at the end of the trekking trail before we headed back to the entrance.
The trekking trail, for most of the time, located either on the hill sides or on top of ridge. It was not safe and inadvisable to go off the road. As a matter of precaution, the visitors have to register themselves before the start and to check out before leaving the park. Approval by the authority is needed for any overnight stay at the camp site.
Some parts of the trekking trail and my usual Cerok Tokun mountain track look very much alike. Except that there are alternate ascending and descending path at the park, but I have to climb continuously to the peak before going down at Cerok Tokun. May be, there is another difference that you will not know, the breeze is salty over here.
But there is no perfection in the world. I heard birds singing but saw no birds. I am sure that I have missed the beautiful birds.
6. Blue water
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