One Friday afternoon on 8th Dec 2006, thirty-two members of KPTM Trekkers from KL and Alor Star took the PLUS Highway to Cameron Highlands. We were later joined by other members from Ipoh before exiting through Simpang Pulai.
Upon arrival at Sungai Pauh base camp we set up our tents and cook something light for supper, or rather a very late dinner.
All of us slept well that night, as the weather was a bit cold after the drizzling rain.
The next day, we woke up early to prepare for the hike. After Subuh prayers we had breakfast prepared by volunteers among group members. We packed some for lunch at the peak of Gunung Irau (2110 m ASL). After taking group photos at the base camp, we drove to Gunung Brinchang through Sungai Palas, which is about 10 km from our Sungai Pauh base camp.
Along the way, our team leader, Cik Liza stopped by at Brinchang Police Station to drop a list of names and phone numbers of our group members. This is a requirement, a sort of safety measures just in case if any emergency happens.
The next thing was to clean ourselves.
After having a cold shower and scrubbing off all those mud from our bodies, we felt alive again.
We had hot BBQ chicken with fried rice for dinner. Many thanks to Che Jan n Kak Rose, our Master Chefs n those who stayed back at the base camp and prepared such a great dinner for us trekkers. If not for them, we would have to cook our own dinner. Just imagine, with mud all over us and drained tired, who is interested to cook ?
Soon after dinner around 2000hrs most of us decided to call it a day. Many slept early that night.
Overall, trekking up Irau was a great experience. It was different from our previous Brinchang and Berembun expeditions. I highly recommend Irau to all hikers especially if you are for the mossy, highland cold weather.
Hiking tips: Always bring torch light and extra batteries for hiking. And batteries mean Energizer batteries, not the ones u buy from Tesco ! And make sure you start your hike early !