Mount Yong Yap (Malay “Gunung Yong Yap”) is located near Perak and it is the 6th highest point in Peninsula Malaysia, at 2168 m. Situated in the Titiwangsa Range and the trail is rough, characterized by thorny trees, fallen trunks, sharp bamboo edges and just about everything else that can make your hike challenging enough!
Yong Yap is a symmetrical mountain and is pyramid shaped. It has a sharp and pointed peak and many hikers consider this as one of the toughest trails in Malaysia.
Drive in a 4WD till you hit the trailhead, which starts at Kampung Lasah Orang Asli village or from Pos Brooke. The ride would be a rough one, considering the trail is muddy, even without counting other issues. Driving along till the trailhead will give you energy to pull through the hike. After crossing Kuala Mu River, it is wilderness for most part and no permanent settlements are found beyond this.
The ascending to campsite will be a gradual one, but the trail is a combination of forest tracks and old logging road. After gradual ascending, you will find steeper gradient that will get you to ridgeline. The gradient is muddy and then, you descend after Anak Yong Yap peak till you find a water point at saddle. This is about 10 minutes from the trail. After this point, it would be muddy and you get a stunning view of titwangsa range. You reach the summit after trekking for about 1.5 hours from Anak Yong Yap.
- Wear trousers when climbing, as it is the suggested attire due to sharp-edged bamboos.
- The trail is extremely uneven and slippery and is more suited for experienced hikers.
- You should have strong calf muscles to trail this peak and make sure your knees don’t give up soon!
- Palm plantations are found along the trail.
Jungles along Yong Yap has a few areas where Malaysian Tigers roam with freedom! Yep, there have been a few fatal attacks and hence, going as a group is ideal.
Sandflies are very common here and occasionally, you can spot horseflies. Both bite, while the former is itchy, the latter’s bites are huge! Then there’s the good old leeches and they’re really sneaky here. Be prepared to deal with these, if not the wild animals!
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Take adequate clothing, water (though the trial has good water sources), energy drinks, food and, don’t forget insect repellants. Hikers say repellents don’t help much, though mosquito coils keep flies and mosquitos at bay. All said and done, let’s check out the trail up Gunung Yong Yap summit taken by Team Malaysia Unlimited from 7th to 9th August 2015!