Monday, October 4, 2010

Gunung Brinchang Lookout Tower @ Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Gunung Brinchang is the highest peak in Cameron Highlands with a height of 2031 metres above sea level. From it's height, reaching the peak may not seem easy. However, with an accessible road via car to the peak, summiting this mountain does not seem to be a major problem beside some steep gradient road stretches.
It's nearing the peak when you see this signboard

If you are the adventurous type, you can summit the peak by the conventional way of trekking through the trail of the forest. However, since we have our car parked at the campsite of the entrance to the Mossy Forest, we opted to walk along the tarred road leading up to the peak.
1 km more to the peak

You will eventually reach the peak after barely 10 minutes of walk from the entrance of Mossy Forest campsite.
Peak of Mount Brinchang at 2031 metres

The peak is accessible by car

Unlike the usual peak of mountain where the nature is left untouched, the peak of Gunung Brinchang however has a different story. There are communications tower being erected all over the peak with a designated forbidden area that I believe is the main communication station of Cameron Highlands.
Forbidden area, no entry for us!

One of the communication tower

Not only that, they have this special hut equipped with air conditional unit that serves as a mini police station.
Is it functional?

They have a lookout tower which offers the breathtaking view of the Titiwangsa Range from the summit.
Lookout tower at Gunung Brinchang

It was very windy and chilly at the top of the lookout tower but the spectacular view from atop will persuade you to stay a little longer.
View of the ground from the top of the tower

Panaromic view of the peak of Gunung Brinchang

On a clear day, it is claimed that you could actually see Ipoh town from the top of the lookout tower. It is however unfortunate for us on that day as the sky was a little cloudy.
Titiwangsa Range Mountains

Cheers buddies for summiting another mountain!

No sweat peaking the mountain

You saw something Iris?

Chee and Gt on the tower

With the same shirt that I wore here 5 years ago

You can't be spending too long on the lookout tower because the chilly wind on the top will send chills down your spine.
Descending time

View from the second floor of the tower

Like a war of communication towers ?

As we walked down the road heading back to the campsite, we passed by a mossy stretch along the roadside. At times, I could smell the fragrant of certain herb, some in which very similar to insect repellent smell.
Slightly mossy stretch

It's 11km more to Brinchang town

Certain part of the road can be a little misty, offering a pleasure experience walking down to the entrance of the Mossy Forest campsite.
The mist attack!

The misty part of the road

We definitely enjoy the stroll

This was my second time being here with a totally different kind of experience compared to my first time here. Whilst my first time here ended up in an insufferable state due to the unprepared and improper way of camping, this time it ended up in a very pleasurable experience. I supposed a dry shirt makes a lot of different and I'm sure my 2005 Cameron Highland buddies victim will agree with me.

The peak of Gunung Brinchang is accessible via car. How to go? Take the road heading to the Sungei Palas Boh Tea Plantation. Just before you reach the plantation gate, there will be another road branching out on the left. Take that road and you are on you way to the peak of Gunung Brinchang.

Gunung Brinchang
Brinchang, Cameron Highlands

GPS Coordinates: N04 31.113' E101 22.973

Cameron Highland Trip [19th - 20th June 2010]
* The Journey to Cameron Highlands 2010
* Sungei Palas Boh Tea Centre, Cameron Highlands
* Lunch at Restoran Fong Lum, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands

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