Titiwanga Traverse – Yong Belar, Gayong and Korbu

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Yong Belar (2181m) , Gayong(2173m), Korbu (2183m)

Date: Date: 14 December 2000

Gunung Korbu

Gunung Korbu covered with morning mist (Dec 2000)

Titwangsa range, also known as the main range contains some of the highest mountains in Peninsula Malaysia stretching over 350km long. The popular tourist area of Cameroon highland is also part of the main range. The main range is also one of the wettest regions of in Peninsula Malaysia. Its mountains, many of which are more than 1500m high causes water-laden clouds from the Straits of Malacca to deposit its load on the mountains. Thus for anyone who are interested in trekking in the main range, he has to be prepared for wet weather.

Titiwangsa traverse is a popular trek that crosses three of the four highest mountains in Peninsula Malaysia, Gunung Korbu, the second highest at 2183m, Gunung Yong Belar, the third highest at 2181m and Gunung Gayong, the fourth highest at 2173m. Gunung Tahan, standing at 2187m is the highest mountain in Peninsula Malaysia, but it is not located in the main range. Due to the high rainfall in the main range, the vegetation found on these mountains are thicker and different from those of Gunung Tahan although Gunung Korbu is only four meters lower than Gunung Tahan.

The expedition usually starts from Cameroon Highland and ends in a small settlement near Ipoh. The trek would consist involves traveling on old logging trails and some river crossings especially on the last day of the trek. Certain part of the trek can be quite challenging as it requires passing through primary forest and nearer to the summit, there are many fallen trees and tangles of branches that forces you to bend down to pass through them. As the trek involves three mountains, it means that it is necessary to make long descents before ascending the next mountain.

Mossy forest

At higher altitude, tangles of moss covered branches and tree trunks makes life difficult (Dec 2000).

There are many other challenges posed by the trek. Other then the expected rain in the afternoon, water source can be a problem. For most people who had been to this trek, the first day of trek to Gunung Yong Belar summit is usually a very long one. By the time the summit is reached, it is usually dark. As the campsite is at the summit, water has to be brought from the last water source which is about one and a half hour before the summit. To make matters worse, the route to the water source is not well defined and it is a 10min steep descend from the trail. At night, the temperature can fall to about 10 degrees.

The next day would be a descent to a campsite beside a river. However, the campsite is infested with sandflies. It is necessary to bring mosquito coil to keep the number of sandfly bites down. The following day trek to the summit of Gunung Gayong is more difficult. The last water point before the summit is an hour’s trek away. However, to reach the water source, one has to make a very steep descent down the side of the ridge through primary forest and loose soil for about 20mins. The return journey usually takes about an hour. From the campsite at the top of Gunung Gayong, the town of Ipoh can be seen below.

Ipoh town

Ipoh town can be seen from the summit of Gunung Gayong (Dec 2000).

Day 4 of the trek is perhaps the easiest day so far. The total time taken to descent and ascent to Gunung Korbu summit just over 2hrs. When I was there, there is a total white out and nothing can be seen from the summit of Gunung Korbu. From the summit, it is a straight descent to a sandfly infested campsite beside a river.

The last day of the trip is a relatively easy trek with little ups and downs. However, there are many river crossings to be made although the water level is not very high. The rest of the route to the ending point is also infested with tiger leech. These leeches can reach the length of your fingers.

On the whole, Titiwangsa Traverse is difficult trek comparable to that of Gunung Tahan trek. The scenery from the summit of these three mountains is usually limited by thick vegetation on them. But, it is still possible to see the distant mountain from certain locations. Frequent rain in the afternoon also made the trek rather miserable at times. I would only recommend this trek for people who had trek in other mountains in Peninsula Malaysia and would want something more challenging. A good fitness level is also highly recommended.


Forest Gan

Address : 14, Jalan Dedap, Setapak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone no. : 03-4023419-2

Email address : forest_gan@email.com

Guide fee :RM150 per person for the whole trip


From Larkin Interchange(Johor Bahru) to Tapah

Sri Maju Sarata Ekspres (to Ipoh)

Bus timing : … 2200 hrs…
Cost : RM 40 per person
Duration : 6 hrs 20 min
Remarks : Super VIP (1 free small mineral water per person)
: Bus ticket bought from counter 36
: Bus stop outside Restoran Caspian (agent for daily
express bus) in Tapah.

From local bus terminal(along Jalan Raja) to Tanah Rata, Cameroon Highland

Regal Transport Co. Ltd

Bus timing : 0800 hrs (First bus)
1800 hrs (Last bus)
Cost : RM 4.70 per person
Duration : 2 hrs
Remarks : Tickets bought on bus

From Tanah Rata interchange to Kumpong Raja

Regal Transport Co. Ltd

Bus timing : 0800 hrs (first bus)
Cost : RM2.40 per person
Duration : 50min
Remarks : Tickets bought on bus

From Kumpong Raja to starting point
Private 4-wheel drive
Cost : RM 50 per vehicle
Duration : 25 min
Remarks : ask from locals

Return journey from Tanjong Intik to Tanjong Rambutan
Cost : RM 3 per person
Duration : 15 min
Remarks : Ask driver

From Tanjong Rambutan to Ipoh
Cost : approx RM 10 per vehicle
Duration : 30 min

Trekking Log

Time(hrs) Duration(mins) Description Remarks
0850 00 Kumpong Raja
0915 25 4-wheel drive ride to starting point
0940 25 Starting point
1000 Set off (200 steps)
1040 40 Dam across river Walk on dam across river
1150 70 Mossy forest
Up and down knolls
1450 3hrs Water point
1700 2hrs 10min 6352 summit
1820 1hr 20min Water point Steep descend down path on left side of route for 10mins
2000 1hr 40min Yong Belar Summit
0925 00 Set off
1040 1hr 15min Water point Small trail on the right down to a valley
1345 2hrs 5min 6470 summit
1645 3hrs Campsite in a valley beside stream Sandflies
0900 Set off
0915 15 min Cross stream
0940 25 min Cross stream
1050 1 hr 10 min 5800 summit
1325 2 hrs 35 min 6852 summit
1645 3 hrs 20 min Water point Steep descend on left side of trail to a valley for 20 min. Sandflies and leeches are present at water point
1800 1 hr 15 min Set off
1900 1 hr Gayong summit
0915 00 Set off
1130 2 hrs 15 min Korbu summit
1210 Set off
Steep descend and very muddy path
1520 3 hrs 10 min Water point
1640 1 hr 20 min Campsite beside river sandflies
0920 Set off
1040 1 hr 20 min Pondok
1130 50 min Rest
1145 15 min River crossing Set off
1220 35 min River crossing, twice
1240 20 min River crossing
1310 30 min River crossing
1340 30 min Pondok Rest
1420 40 min Set off
1520 1 hr Large bridge Cross bridge
1610 50 min End of road Tanjong Intik

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