Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bkt Gasing - the Telekom Tower loop : 23 Oct 2011

Went to Bkt Gasing, Sect 5 Petaling Jaya for the 3rd time this month. This time my 3 daughters tagged along. Mama dia tak ikut naik bukit, katanya suffice for her to jog kat bawah near parking area jer .. huhu ;)

Previous two attempts covered the Observation Tower n Suspension Bridge loops respectively. But this time my target was to recce n 'conquer' the Telekom Tower / Sivam (Indian) Temple loop on the right side of the hill (bottom section of the map above) ..

One for the album, (from left) Syaida, Syaza, Syamimi n yours truly .. at the main entrance of Bukit Gasing .. Another father-daughter quality weekend time well spent ... ;)

Untuk ke Telekom Tower, panjat stairs nih n amik trail panjat bukit sebelah paling kanan immediately after the pintu gerbang main entrance Bkt Gasing .. ;)

Trek dia agak mncanak pd peringkat awal, laluan kurang jelas sbb org kurang lalu kat situ. But as u ascent to the summit of the hill, laluan makin jelas mcm kat gamba nih .. Overall, i feel that the trails here within this loop can be a bit confusing at times coz there are quite a number of forks (cabang) that u hv to decide wh one to take .. To be safe, amik lah laluan yg lebih terang n jelas .. ;)
After abt 20-25 minutes trek u'll see an exit towards a tar road .. This small road (to the left) will take u further uphill towards Telekom Tower n Sivam (Indian) Temple .. But be extra careful sbb jalan ni 'sgt sunyi' .. Eeeiiieeeeiiiieiiii .. takuuuuuuuut .. ;)
After walking abt 100m on tar road, we were suddenly approached by a cyclist (coming out from no where - mungkin kah Malaikat?) by the name of Din warning us not to proceed towards Sivam Temple bcoz there were several drunkards up there harassing n shouting at passers-by going towards the Temple ..

Having a parang in my backpack gave me some confidence (just in case .. ), but after considering the fact that my 3 daughters tagging along w me, i decided x to take the risk, n immed turn left towards Telekom Tower (thus avoiding Sivam Temple). From here we exit downhill by taking the small opening into the jungle trail just besides the chain-link fence of TM. This trail takes u downhill towards the river ..
Trek dia agak tebal dgn dahan2 shrubs n small overgrown trees sbb kurang dlalui org .. juga ada byk pokok brduri .. so kena jaga sikit tangan tuh jangan dok pegang sana sini. I consider this trail as least popular among Bkt Gasing regulars. Mula2 tu cuak jugak nak ikut situ, tapi dgn tekad n brbekalkan bacaan Ayat Kursi kami blasah jer ! Lgpun nak 'jaga nama' blog saya yg bernama Taking The Path Less Travelled .. so kenalah 'beranikan diri' .. huhu ;)

Trek downhill is steep .. mmg 'mengancam' n mncanak, tp mujur kami tgh menurun .. Laluan byk yg licin akibat hujan lebat mlm semalam nya .. ;) Trdapat byk 'barang2 buangan' dsepanjang trek .. ada 2 big barrels, juga trdpt botol2 arak yg pecah bersepah atas tanah dimerata trek .. so kena xtra careful takut trkena kaca .. :(

Another tough manouver .. mencanak bro !

Tin Carlsberg pun ader .. u can imagine what kind of ppl that frequents this particular trail .. I guess that's why this trail is x popular among Bkt Gasing joggers/ trekkers .. quite risky .. huhu ;)
Alhamdulillah .. akhirnya sampai level bawah ..

We finally reached ground level zero n were greeted with a small river. The water may just be at ankle deep, but its clear n cooling water is very soothing to the eyes .. Sempat basuh muka dgn air sungai yg sejuk ini .. sunggoh menyegarkan !

After spending abt 5 minutes 'having fun' in the river, we crossed over towards the Menara Tinjau (Observation Tower) .. another uphill challenge ! Actually, only from this pt onwards that u start to meet other trekkers .. 'traffic' dah mula heavy .. Jungle trails from Menara Telekom was really 'deserted' n can b a bit 'scary' if u r x familiar with jungle setting .. ;)

The trek from the river up to Observation Tower is quite steep .. but we manage .. ;)

From Observation Tower u can see the Telekom Tower in the background. That's where we came from the last 30 minutes or so .. ;)

My 3 kids clowning around while taking pictures along the way down to the main entrance. Covered the Telekom n Observation Towers loop in 1hr 20 minutes .. kira ok lah for a quality trekking time with family over the weekend .. huhu. Tq Allah ;)

1 comment:

cikgu omar said...

Sallam En. Safian,

Saw your Blog while collecting materials for Signages at Forest Parks.

Appreciate if you could spare some time on this Survey. Thanks for your help!