Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mount Sentah A Local Village On Top of The Mount

The Sentah Village situated at Siburan town, my last visit was at year 2010, where I hike up with my aunts. Read the post here. So 9 years later, I revisit the place again, this time, not with my SLR (it was broken in one of my hike to Santubong), with my Olympus TG-5 compact camera, and my Mavic Pro Drone.

This is the base of the mount, and there is a stream nearby, I saw many litters there. And strong smell of urine too 😖

After I used my Olympus for more than a year, I still can't really get over with the image quality if I where to compare with my old SLR Nikon D90. But I know the both of them can't be compare like so, but I just can't help it. Really feel the need to get a SLR again, yet my hike most of the time are rugged, humid and damp. SLR still not a good idea, and its heavy too.

Coming back to Sentah mount, the big Tapang trees can still be seen, some additional handrail are installed along the trail up to the mountain. 

Still can see the farmers doing their plantation along the mountain cliff.

There is only one narrow road for the village people to go up and down, and I notice the villages some have car. My question will be what if one car need to drive down, and another one from the opposite direction needs to go back up, and there are no place to give way, what happen then?

Use about 30 minutes to hike up until the church of the Sentah village. Power up my drone, and get some footage from above.

The height of this mount its just around 126 meter above sea level. The view up there its really nice, as you are able to view the Siburan town from above. 

There are few big Tapang trees still intact, and its a good sign, the people there protect the forest

The Siburan town can be seem far away, as its the most develop town among the three (Siburan 17th mile , Beratok 21st mile, and Tapah 22nd mile) along the Kuching-Serian road. 

The Sentah Village

Trail Details:
Height: 126 Meter ASL
Total Distance: 2.18 KM
Total Time: 32 Minutes

Monday, September 09, 2019

Santubong Viewpoint on Summit 4, the Best View on the Santubong Mountain Range

My last hike was about a month ago, ever since no more exercise for me after that. The place that I will go hike its the Summit 4.5 (a view point), it’s a false summit about 200 meter away from the Summit 4. With the height at about 520 meter above sea level.

And I have been seeing many people visited this place, all came back with a breathtaking 360 angle view of the mount Santubong surrounding. Therefore, no wonder its being named the best viewpoint on the whole Santubong peninsular. 

My team and I gather at about 7am in the morning for breakfast, some of my friends are already on their way to Santubong, while we are still having breakfast. So without waiting any time, we quickly finished ours too, and start our journey.

Reached Santubong minutes before 8am, paid our entrance at the Campermai Rainforest Resort. Took a group photo before we begin our hike. 

The trail starts at the usual jungle trail at the Permai rainforest resort, at first follow the waterfall trail (blue & red marking), then  follow the red marking trail to summit 4. The whole journey takes about 2 hours. First part of the hike are mostly navigating through big stone and ridges, and the 2nd half of the hike is steeper, so more energy needed. 

The Santubong national park belongs to Hill Mixed Dipterocarp Forests, humid, warm, you will sweat a lot hiking under the trees canopy. For this trail, there are no creek to refill water, be sure to bring enough drinking water. If your a novice hiker, will suggest you bring 3 litters, if you hike a lot, 1.5 will be enough. Remember to wet your mount every now and then, so you will not get thirsty easily.

Few friends did not hike a lot, so are slowly following from behind. 

The final stretch of the hike will require a bit of rope climbing, the ropes are prepared by the amateur hikers who visited that viewpoint several times. It helps a lot, and it's also possible to do it without the rope. All depends on the fitness on each individual.

Then, you will be reward by the breathtaking view of the coastal line of the Santubong mountain, both the west and east coast can be seen from the view point. Further out will be the south China Sea.

A carving on the rock surface of the viewpoint, read as B. Scout, A.D 19.5.65, please leave a commend if you have any solid info about this, is this belongs to the Boy Scout? They visited this place on the year 1965? 

Moving on will be the summit peak of no.5, 6, and 7

The viewpoint of the summit 4.5

Haze all over the sky, not a good month for outdoor activity. Behind the viewpoint will be the peak number 5, 6, and 7 at far end. 

The East-coast of the Santubong Peninsular  

Overall, its a fun trail to hike, because its a National Park, I can see many big trees, and huge vines. Those are the thing that I am happy the most. Also very enjoyable on hiking together with my team again. 

Trail Distance: 2.56 km
Elevation: 517 meter above sea level
Time: 2 h 10 mins