The Best Short Trek To Do In August - Titiwangsa Traverse
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in September in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in September.
Name of the Trek: Titiwangsa Trek
Nearest Airport: Kuala Lumpur Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 5 days
Distance: 350 km
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Highest Altitude: 2,173 m
Best Month To Go: August
Average Temperature: 19 degrees Centigrade
Average Cost: The average cost is USD $350 - the cost of trekking solo or with tour operator does not have a major difference because there is a need to buy water and food along the way. There are few accommodation options, and so it will benefit if you carry your camping gear.
Titiwangsa Traverse trekking route crosses four high and challenging mountains in the Peninsular of Malaysia. You can check out Gunung Gayong, and other peaks in this range. The best aspect is, the trek is tedious, and crosses the third and fourth highest peaks. However, Titiwangsa is nevertheless enjoyable. The trekking will be through dense forests where you will encounter leeches, sand flies, and other insects in the wild. Trekking during August will keep these insects at bay.
What to Expect?
The trek begins from Cameroon Highland and you trek from a higher altitude. The entire route is not strenuous and does not require any technical climbing skills, but it passes through mossy forests with untouched brambles and roots growing all along causing people to trip and fall. So, crossing these sometimes even on all fours will be necessary.
Talking about the treks, make sure to restock your food and water supply right before ascending the summit. Take the route to Gunung Yong Belar and there itself get your supply of drinking water.
Next day get going through the Forest Gan where you can trek through more of the actual rainforests in Asia. As you trek ahead from the camp towards Gunung Gayong and Gunung Korbu. The entire trek route is covered by clouds for most part of the view. This is the biggest plus point of this trek route and though there are plenty of elevation gain and losses all throughout, you will not really be worrying about much of altitude sickness.
If you are going with a local guide, it will be cost-effective for you. Carry mosquito repellants and even be ready to fight tiger leeches and more insects or other creatures in the forest. This is why going with a guide through this trek will save you a lot of time and energy. Go on a trek of a lifetime and enjoy it like anything.