Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jungle Trekking in Penang National Park

I am going to tell you stories on my new trekking trail at Penang National Park for the next few posts.

Although this is my first trip to the park, but it will never be too late if there is a start. (You see, I always need a reason to comfort myself).

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.

At around 11am, can you imagine? This was what I had seen.

A fantastic view on the suspension bridge. This was not the end. Our ultimate destination that was on the other side of the bridge was so charming, so soft, so white, so beautiful and so irresistible (Anyway, I cannot continue as I have used up the adjective). I shall tell you this on my next update.

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.

Related Post:

1. Kerachut Beach

2. Small Wonders

3. Meromictic Lake, Kerachut Beach

4. The Tree With Face

5. Enjoyment Matters; Pantai Kerachut

6. Blue water

For a great selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Penang Hotel for more information


WiseAcre said...

I'd love to visit. I'd stay on the trail too. Jungles are not my habitat and I'd be afraid of what might find me :)

rainfield61 said...

WiseAcre, we have thick tropical rainforests. They are full of stories if we can spend our focus and more time on them.
Of course, full of adventure as well.

Rick (Ratty) said...

You had some beautiful photos of this place. I don't know how I missed it when you originally posted it. I missed something great.

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful treks and perfect for adventure and trekking.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Whoa, there is so many wonderful things in this park. Beautiful shots of the pathways..

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