SINGAPORE – DABONG
Start off your adventure by boarding the overnight bus from Singapore to Gua Musang/Kota Bharu before transferring via private vehicle to Dabong in Kelantan, Malaysia.
CAVING FOLLOWED BY TREKKING TO CAMP BAHA
You will reach Dabong in the late morning and meet your friendly local guide who will bring you to the limestone area for the caving exploration. You will explore Gua Gelap (Dark Cave), Gua Kris (Kris is a Malay word for sword), Gua Pagar (Fence Cave) and Gua Ikan (Fish Cave). Of special interest is Gua Gelap, which is extremely narrow and can only be maneuvered through in a single file. At certain sections, you may have to lie flat on the ground to crawl through the narrow openings. The other caves are pretty colossal with interesting geographical structures such as stalactites, stalagmites, subterranean river etc. Other than bats and swiftlets which are common in the area, you might also stumble upon some unique species such as the Trap Door Spider who lives underground and makes doors to trap for food, and the Whipscorpion who looks like a hybrid between a scorpion and a spider. After caving, you will enjoy your lunch at a food stall near the train station before starting off on your 3- hrs trek to Camp Baha where you will camp overnight. The camp serves as a launching point for treks to the higher tiers of the Stong Waterfall as well as to the various peaks (Mount Baha, Stong, Ayam etc) within the area.
Overnight: Camping in tent
MOUNT BAHA AND MOUNT STONG SUMMITS CLIMB
Be prepared to wake up early in the morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise view from the edge of the Stong River, located a stone throw away from Camp Baha. Here, the river plunges hundreds of feet down the face of the cliff to form one of the tallest waterfalls in South East Asia. (Stay clear from the edge of the waterfalls, as fatal accidents of slip and fall have happened in the past). In the morning, a thick fog floats in the air creating a dreamlike image. As the sun rises, the fog slowly scatters to reveal the lush greenery below. After sunrise, you will commence your trek to the summits of Mount Baha and Mount Stong (approx. 9 hrs return). For strong hikers and if time permits, the summit of Mount Ayam can also be covered within the same day but it will take an extra 3 hrs to cover this additional loop. Look out for hornbills, macaques, wild boars and even elephant dungs and footprints around the trails. You will return back to the Baha Camp for your dinner and camp overnight there.
Overnight: Camping in tent
STONG WATERFALL TREKKING
Today, you will trek up to the upper-most tiers of the Stong waterfall to the so-called Y-junction, also known as the “Last Waterfalls” where the separate rivers- Stong River and Ayam River, from the two mountains meet. You will be trekking along the riverbed most of the times except at the fall sections where you will need to sidetrack into the adjoining forests and then return back to the riverbed upstream. Along the way, there are several interesting waterfall structures such as the Kolam Tuan Puteri (Princess Pool) and Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells), which are laden with local legends. Do try diving into the deep plunge pool and enjoy a nature jacuzzi massage by resting beneath the falling waters. After enjoying your picnic lunch, you will trek back to Baha Camp to pack up. After taking a quick rest, get ready to trek back downhill and transfer back to the Gua Musang/Kota Bharu for your ride home.
DABONG – SINGAPORE
You will arrive back to Singapore in the morning, concluding your caving, trekking and waterfall exploration adventure
Return coach tickets
- National park entrance fee
- Camping permit
Licensed trekking guide
- Meals during the trek
- Travel insurance*
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guide
- All expenses of a personal nature
AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
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Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
We have went for hiking in Mount Lambak. Though its our first hiking have enjoyed it to the full. Guide received us with his warm wishes and provided his support through-out the trip and gave tips on what are all things to do and not to do during the trekking/hiking.
– Mahendran (Group of 5 on a Mount Lambak Trip in Feb 2017)
Transport - Driver was friendly and punctual Guide - Experienced and knowledgeable; was able to resolve any issues that cropped up in a calm, steady manner
– Paul (Group of 4 on a Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi Trip in Jan 2017)
Organisation is very efficient, we can get all the help we needed. in terms of transport , bus guide and mountain guides. food was great , ready and prepared sufficiently.
– Qinmei (Group of 6 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Kinabalu with Via Ferrata in Dec 2016)
The whole planning process went very smoothly, and Ying was very accommodating to our requests. We were even able to secure a chalet instead of camping like our initial plan, because we were worried about the monsoon season. We were kept well-informed of what we needed to take note of as well, and all our queries were answered promptly.
– Pearlyn (Group of 4 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Nov 2016)
Transport was great, the driver knew his way around well and was always ready to pick us up. The fact that one of the organizers came down at 5am in the morning to ensure that everything was in order and to send us off, gave a great personal touch to the trip. The guides for the trek were both friendly and experienced.
– Alexander (Group of 21 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Nov 2016)
Transport was good. Always around and never late. The hiking guide Azizi was really good also. Could tell he enjoyed his job and enjoyed the people as well. Friendly, fun and very supportive. Accommodation's facilities were quite old but the functionality is there.
– Joy (Group of 17 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Sep 2016)
The trip was well planned and the guides provided were experienced and friendly. Azizi, Chamin and Boy were our guides. Azizi was motivating us with the hot coffee that he will make for us at the peak, best coffee ever! He was really friendly and continuously motivating us.
– Serene (Group of 17 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Sep 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
The coordinators (Bob and HS) were very accomodating and patient in answering all my queries. They were also quick to provide our group with options for budget-friendly trips. HS also made sure that our group’s transport is comfortable by providing us with a friendly driver – Mr. Kumar. HS also provided us with a guide – Mr. Nan , who has ensured our group’s safety throughout the whole trek. Last but definitely not the least, our group loved the dinner at the Firefly Leisure Park. My friends and I had so much fun over the weekend. Overall, the organisation is excellent! *^_^*
-Michelle (Group of 5 on a Mt Panti Day Trip in Nov 2015)
Our driver was very accommodating. He never made us feel like we were imposing and always asked us what we preferred. As with our previous trip, I really did enjoy IWT’s responsiveness. The speed with which Ying managed to book everything was great.
– Rachel (Group of 4 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Panti & JB in Nov 2015)
A well-organised and overall pleasant trip. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we returned home in high spirits. On behalf of Yale-NUS GOYAC. thank you!
– Yale-NUS Good Ol’ Yale-NUS Adventure Club (Group of 22 on a day trip to Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi in Oct 2015)
Thanks Bob for organizing and leading this memorable getaway for me and my cousin. Bob’s attention to details was exemplary. He kept us constantly updated on the daily activities, meal times, coach timing and helped us get a good pair of kampung adidas for the caving which spared our shoes from getting drenched. Yeah, thanks for “saving” my “dao sa piah” from being ended up in the dustbin:)
– Willie Peck (Group of 2 on a Gopeng 3D2N Trip in Oct 2015)
Despite the heavy rain, slippery and gruelling hike, it was a fantastic trip made possible by the guide Aiyee. Bob was very accommodating too. We managed Stong only but surely will come back for Ayam.
– Piruz (Group of 2 on 4D3N Mount Stong Trip in Aug 2015)
Loved everything about the trip! It was very well organized by IWT! Especially to HS! He was very informative in providing us with instructions and tips before the trip.Transport was on time and the driver was flexible in his timing. He was nice to recommend a couple of food places for us to have our breakfast and lunch. He even agreed to take us to our favorite massage place after the hike. The overall hike was great! Definitely an experience not to be missed. The guide was very experienced too although he was only 21. He would constantly check on us when we slept in tents through the night. He watched out for our safety too.
– Claire (Group of 6 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Aug 2015)
My friends and I felt that the entire trip was well put together from the arrangement to climb Mt Ophir to the extension of our stay in Melaka. The iwannatravel service was prompt and always on the ball. This was one of my best trips to Malaysia.
– Ian (Group of 3 on a 5D4N trip to Mount Ophir & Melaka in Apr 2015)
We had a brilliant day climbing Mount Belumut after what we thought may be a show stopper – heavy rain in the morning which luckily cleared for perfect climbing conditions. The climb was a great challenge, and we have taken back memories of our wonderful guide, the twists and bends, the summit view, beautiful forests and wildlife. Thank you to Bob and his Team at Iwannatravel for arranging our trip and providing an unforgettable experience.
– Rekha and Christian (Group of 2 on a Belumut Day Trip in Feb 2015)
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The most memorable part would be that all the service providers had a very personal touch.
– Charmaine (Group of 7 on a Belumut & Kluang 3D2N Trip in Aug 2014)
The transport was appropriate for our group & it was comfortable. The driver also helped us get to places safely & efficiently. Azam & Fairus were very jolly (mountain guides) who made our hike an enjoyable one. Azam was very encouraging and helpful too. It was also good that guidelines, packing list & other necessary information were clearly put across.
– Rachel (Group of 13 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in Aug 2014)
Overall arrangement is good. The hiking guide take good care of us. Is nice to know that HS call the guide make sure everything is ok. Well done! Thank you!
– Eng Hwee (Group of 12 on a day trip to Mt Panti & Kota Tinggi in Aug 2014)
We had an awesome time on Mt Ophir thanks to HS! He checked in on us a few times to make sure we were safe and even managed to get us some sparklers to play with. The independence of traveling without a (tour) guide was also a plus point!
– Sharlene (Group of 16 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in July 2014)
A very unforgettable trip! Everyone pushed themselves to the limit and even though it was tough. With many encouragement from the organizers, everyone managed to reach the summit and finish the hike.
– Wai Keong (Group of 15 on a Belumut Day Trip in June 2014)
Climbing the mountain (Mt Panti) is great for us. Thanks very much HS in patiently arranging the trip for us, making it possible for us to enjoy climbing. Appreciate your good work! And hope to enjoy climbing more with your agency.
– Soh Beng (Group of 2 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Panti in Apr 2014)
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