Ascent of Gunung Tahan on 2022-06-22

Climber: Deividas Valaitis

Others in Party:Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Daniel Quinn
Pravin VJ
John Hargreaves
Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Gunung Tahan
    Elevation:7175 ft / 2186 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at the park office early in the morning, unloaded all our things from the backpack onto the sidewalk, and waited.. waited.. The park employee counted all the plastic bags, batteries, and socks. OK, now I know how many I have. Half an hour later, we get into a 4x4 car and drive for about 15 kilometers on an excellent paved road to the trailhead at 4.646222, 102.132333. Half an hour more and we start on the trail. Walked a few kilometers along the river, which we waded four times. Later, the path is a bit steeper but quite clear, comfortable, and dry. Late afternoon arrived at the big camp where we will spend the night. In the morning, we waited... and waited... and finally, around 8 a.m., we moved. From the camp, the path is steep, and it seems that the higher we go, the more mud it gets. In the steepest and most difficult places, ropes are installed. Most of the trail is in the jungle, without any spectacular views around (compensated with souds), but the situation improves not far from the higher camp. From the open trail, you can see the false peak and the surrounding valleys. We arrived at the near-summit camp a few hours before dark. In principle, we could climb to the summit, but the increasingly dense thunder slows us down. Later, it started to get dark, and we agreed to climb to the top early in the morning, before sunrise. That's what we did.  A couple of hours before sunrise, we get up and climb to the top. There is a steep rocky slope, but nothing difficult. We are at the top an hour before sunrise, so we have enough time to investigate beiruit and someone's footprints in the concrete. As the sun rises, the clouds begin to gather. We descended, packed our tents, and went to the lower camp where we spent the first night. We could also reach the trailhead the same day, but we settled into a camp where another 70 hikers were already spending the night. The next morning, we walked the remaining distance. In my subjective opinion, this trip can be done in 2-3 days.. But then one must give up registration, checking, and guiding services.. In any case, I really liked this hike and had great company.

1d20h30 up, 1d6h20 down, 2d26h50 roundtrip, including camping.

Photos from Gunung Tahan

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:6581 ft / 2005 m
    Round-Trip Distance:19.9 mi / 32 km
    Trailhead:594 ft / 181 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Mud/Swamp, Scramble, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 20 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 6 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Deividas Valaitis
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