Gunung Stong, Kelantan Malaysia

Day 2

We woke up the next day feeling cold and wet. We suffered backache after one night of sleep on rocks and roots. We set off for the Gunungs around 9 am. Due to the late set-off, we only managed to climb Gunung Baha and Stong.  Each of us carried a day worth of food and 3 litres of water. We left our remaining belongings in the tents.

We trekked for about 4 hrs in heavy rain to reach the summit of Gunung Baha.  Our trekking shoes were completed drenched by muddy water that gushed down the trail. . Our North Face and Columbia trekking shoes turned into pairs of wet, muddy and bulky “walking sponges”. Bits of sands and small rocks were also trapped inside our shoes. In contrast, Yo  wore an inexpensive pair of wet shoes (those kind that you wear for kayaking) which seemed perfectly comfortable, be it wet or dry. We soon learnt that these branded trekking shoes are unsuitable for  the rainforest terrain after all.

We reached the summit of Gunung Baha around 12 noon. We break 30 mins for lunch before pushing on to the summit of Gunung Stong.

Gunung Stong State Park is  is home to elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons, hornbills and other aminals. We saw a lot of elephant dung along the trail but there was no sight of them anywhere. Throughout the 3 days and 2 nights, we only saw one hornbill and some monkeys.

After another 4 hrs of trekking, we finally reached the summit of Gunung Stong around 5 pm. We took out our headlights to prepare for the night trek back to base camp. Not long after we left Gunung Stong summit, it started to rain heavily again.  Less than half way back to the base camp, our food supplies were wiped out. We also ran low in our water supply and had to replenish water from streams. It was a  tough trek back. One of our mates almost got washed down a waterfall while crossing the river stream. He missed his footing on a boulder and fell into the rushing water. Luckily, he was pulled out from the water in time by Yo. After almost 5 hrs of trekking from Gunung Stong summit , we finally reached back to the base camp at around 1130 pm.

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