Gunung Angsi at 825 meters has been on my must do list for the past 2 years since I first heard about it. I was a bit aprehensive about Angsi especially after hearing J. Louie had a lot of problems climbing Angsi, possibly because he was carrying a heavy pack but he took 4 1/2 hours to reach the summit. Neverthless when Leow organised an Angsi trek, I jumped at the opportunity since it was with a small group of known trekkers.
We met in Connaught on Sunday morning and proceeded at 8.45 am to Angsi via the Lekas Highway. It was a smooth ride and we reached the Bukit Putus trail head (N 02º43.647′ E 102º03.373′) by 9.30 am. There are two treks up Gunung Angsi, one via the Ulu Bendol Forest Park and one through Bukit Putus. Bukit Putus is said to be the easier trek and the time to reach the peak was reported to be between 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Having a maximum 3 hours in mind, I looked forward to the hike.
The trek starts off with a steep hike. From the first step, the steep climb continued for about 20 minutes before easing off to less demanding gradients. Was surprised to find a rest stop 10 minutes later, a bit dissappointed that was so early in the hike. We hardly climb 1 km. Checked my GPS and found that we covered only about 1/4 of the trek. We stopped for 5 minutes to relax and take in the ambience of the rest stop. Some good folks had set up shelters complete with tables, chairs and cooking utensils. The area was kept very clean.
Having an interrupted momentum, we were off again. Found the trail to the peak were well marked all the way. Truly enjoyed disocvering the many interesting names along the trek.
From the rest stop, it was more like a nature walk. There was not much climbing for the next 40 minutes as we covered 1.5 km, first reaching a viewing point where we could get a glimpse the Kuala Pilah dam before moving ahead, passing by Big Dick 2 and Big Dick 1 before reaching Broken Arrow.
From Broken Arrow, it was down hill to Wild Board Swamp. This place was truly swampy. After negotiating past the mud, we reached Savannah Pass started climbing again. This time it was a short 1 km of climbing before we reached the peak. Reaching the peak was a bit of an ‘anti-climax’.
The peak is a beautiful large space which was kept very clean. Looked more like someone’s garden.
I have managed Gunung Angsi in 2 hours 10 minutes. A slow and leisurely hike. Total distance covered was 4.9km. A fast hiker should be able to do it in less than 90 minutes. This is definitely one of the most pleasant and easiest hike. The clear trails, the gentle treks and the absence of leeches makes this an ideal hike for beginners.
We had lunch at the peak since it was such a short hike and we had plenty of time to spare. We had coffee, hot tea, hot milo, red wine, instant noodles and sandwiches. It was a feast.
My buddy, Liew showing his love for nature.
We can get a view of Seremban from the peak while the opposite side, we get a lovely view of the Negeri Sembilan mountain range.
After getting our fill of food and the ambience at the peak, we proceed downhill. The return trek was much faster and we reached the rest stop in less than an hour.
We found an uncle fast asleep at the rest stop. As we had time, we stopped there again to brew tea, knowing that we are only 1 km from the trail head. I too took a nap and some hot tea, we finally left the Angsi Forest Reserve, happy with the pleasant trek and wanting to try the trek from Ulu Bendul the next time we come back.
(Blog was amended with the help of CL Chong)