• Gunung Belumut
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m): Kluang’s “tougher” mountain

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m), is located in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia, just beside the other more popular hike, Gunung Lambak. The name “Belumut” is supposedly derived from the word ‘Berlumut’, which kinda means mossy. The trail itself isn’t really mossy, but I can tell you it is definitely forest-y. The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult even though it might seem higher than Gunung Lambak or Gunung Datuk. In fact, at 1,010, the third tallest mountain in Johor, and slightly shorter than Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir. Therefore, many people use Gunung Belumut as a training hike, to prepare them for tougher hikes like Kinabalu or Mount Ophir/Gunung Ledang. Gunung Belumut is frankly not the…

  • Gunung Angsi
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Angsi (825m): Trans Hike via Ulu Bendul – Bukit Putus

    Gunung Angsi (825m), is located in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Many people compare it to the other hike in Negeri Sembilan, Gunung Datuk (885m), as it is similar in height and in the same area. The good thing about Gunung Angsi is that it has 2 different trails to the summit. One can choose to ascend from either Ulu Bendul, or from Bukit Putus. This means that you can do a “trans hike”, or a loop, ascending from one trail and descending from the other. However, there is a 4 km distance between both trail-heads, so if you do a trans hike you would have to cross that distance! The trail…

  • Broga Hill
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Broga Hill (400m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Broga by Yourself

    Broga Hill (400m), also known as “Bukit Lalang” by the locals is located in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia, and just about 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. It is an extremely popular weekend hike because of its panoramic view and various viewpoints (3 hilltops). This is especially so for most Malaysians, or for the urbanites who live in KL. For Singaporeans, it is a popular beginner sunrise hike, one that gives you a chance to see the “sea of clouds”. I honestly think the idea of seeing the “sea of clouds” is overrated. It is a beautiful sight for sure, but you see it in almost every hike in Asia. In…

  • High Junk Peak
    Hiking,  Short Trips

    High Junk Peak: Short and Fun Day-Hike in Hong Kong!

    High Junk Peak (344m) has a weird but distinct English name and is one of the lesser known hikes in Hong Kong to foreigners (as compared to Dragon’s Back etc). It is also known as one of the 3 “treacherous peaks” or the easiest of the three sharpest peak in Hong Kong. The summit of High Junk Peak stands at 344m, which is actually just a hill if you think about it. The hike itself is reasonably short dayhike, achievable within 2 hours, and isn’t all that challenging. However, it is the highest accessible point on the Clear Water Bay Peninsula, overlooking the magnificent Clear Water Bay. The peak itself…

  • Asahan
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    All You Need To Know About The Asahan Trail For Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir!

    Gunung Ledang (1,276m), or Mount Ophir, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first-time hikers. Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor, Malaysia. There are 2 main trails to the summit. The commonly used Sagil trail (or also know as Lagenda) and the lesser known and supposedly tougher Asahan trail. To find up more about the Sagil trail, you can read up on my original post. This post concerns the lesser known and used Asahan Trail.  I only decided to do the Asahan trail because I was quite bored of organizing the Sagil trail. The Asahan Trail is a slightly more…

  • Agung
    Agung,  Bali,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Agung (3,031m) – See The Milky Way With The Mother of Volcanoes

    Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island, being the home to the ‘Mother Temple’, temple of Besakih. According to Wikipedia, it “dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green while the east dry and barren.” Balinese legend has it that Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru (the spiritual axis of the universe) and formed Mount Agung with a fragment. 2020 Update: Agung is still not open for hiking due to its constant volcanic activity. This has been the case for a few years.…

  • Batur
    Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Batur (1,717m) – The Appetizer to Trekking in Bali

    Mount Batur Mount Batur is an active volcano at 1,717 metres. Most visitors do the sunrise trek or hike, which means doing a night climb and watching the sunrise from the summit (if you make it in time). The climb is extremely suited for beginners, with a great view at the summit, a variety of scenery and trail which makes it slightly fun as well. The only downer is that it is usually misty/rainy but that adds to the feel of it most of the time.  It is a good warm-up to Mount Agung. It is an easy climb of about 1.5h up, ending with 15-20 mins of volcanic ash which…

  • Agung,  Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Bali : Double Trouble – Mount Batur + Mount Agung

    Most people go to Bali for a relaxing holiday, dreaming of being in an idyllic setting; lying on the beach chair in one of the numerous resorts or slow walks through small towns and the paddy fields. You could do that, or you could be exploring the active Volcanoes in Bali and gazing at the milky way while waiting for sunrise. Welcome to my 4 days 3 nights 2 Volcanoes and 1-actual-full-night-sleep itinerary for you. Bali boasts 2 active volcanoes. The majestic Mount Agung and its little sister Mount Batur. You can hike both volcanoes within 2 days as both are overnight hikes of varying difficulties. Mount Batur(1,717m) is one of the…

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