Ascent of Gunung Bintang on 2022-06-11

Climber: Deividas Valaitis

Others in Party:Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gunung Bintang
    Elevation:6109 ft / 1862 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked the car at the campsite at 5.407805, 100.771527. The guides took us in their car a few kilometers to the trailhead. One of them drove back and came back. We started out on a forest road, which eventually turned into a jungle path. At first, I thought that the stories about leeches were greatly exaggerated, but later I got at least a hundred of them out of myself. Of particular anoyingnes. It's so good that they are rare above 1000 meters. The guide offered to spend the night next to the waterfall, but it was only noon. We agreed to spend the night in a higher camp, where we arrived just before dark, enough time for dinner. The trail is in a few places difficult to distinguish; a few fallen trees, but in essence, it is not bad nor hard. Heavy rain most of the time. The next day, we get up at sunrise and head towards the peak. We reached the top in an hour and a half. On the top is a flag and a marker. The view is blocked by trees and then clouds. Our guide tells us that locals once saw an elephant on the peak. Ok, there is space for at least two elephants... but I'm not sure about the "climbing part" of the story..  :)  Soon we were descending down the same path, packing up the camp and moving on. We reached the car in the late afternoon. It was an interesting hike and a memorable insight into the leech world.

23h10 up, including overnight camping, 7h25 down, 30h35 minutes roundtrip.

Photos from Gunung Bintang

This was a self-organized trip. Made with the help of a driver in Indonesia and a few local guides in Malaysia. Due to landslides, all parks in the Perak region in Malaysia were closed, so we substituted them with a few-day peakbagging trip in Indonesia.
P1500 - Gunung Bintang, Muria, Sumbing, Sindoro, Butak, Gunung Tahan
P1000 - Gunung Tapis, Gunung Jerai
P600 - Telomoyo, Western Hill
Other - Puncak Kawah, Gunung Pulai, Gua Musang, Penang Hill, Bukit Lanjan, Bukit Jugra
Attempt - Gunung Chamah, Gunung Hulu Kali
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21.1 mi / 33.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Mud/Swamp, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Guide, Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Distance:9.8 mi / 15.7 km
    Start Trailhead:581 ft / 177 m
    Time:23 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    End Trailhead:581 ft / 177 m
    Time:7 Hours 25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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