Hiking Gunung Panti - Our Experience

Hiking Gunung Panti - Our Experience

Gunung Panti stands at 531m tall and is located north of Kota Tinggi in Johor state.

We started our day early for the hike. This hike was planned as a day hike, hence we assembled at 6.00AM for the departure into Johor. The first thing we did once we cleared customs? Head for breakfast of course! We need to fuel our body up to get ready for the hike ahead.

After a quick breakfast, we went on to meet our local mountain guide and geared up for the hike. We were brought to a new development around Gunung Panti. The old route that our hiking leader used to take is undergoing redevelopment to become a conservation area for elephants to roam about freely. That interests us and we cannot wait for the project to be completed.

Our hike up Gunung Panti was filled with many interesting sights of plants that we will not get to see elsewhere because of the different landscape. There were also plenty of natural ‘obstacle’ courses made of fallen tree trunks and natural rock formations which excites our hikers as it provided a change of landscapes and challenges once in a while.

Spirits were high as we happily chirped our way up the mountain. Technically we were supposed to keep as quiet as possible so that we do not disturb the peace of the environment, but we had to keep the chatter going to motivate one another to persevere on. We have a few first-time hikers on our trip as well, and it is through constant encouragement that we are all able to successfully make it to the summit!

The view at Gunung Panti’s summit is lovely. The local mountain guides have painstakingly carried up pieces of wooden furniture to the summit so that hikers like us can enjoy a lovely cosy corner to rest, recharge and engage with nature before descending.

We feel it is only right to celebrate our achievement with a lovely seafood dinner at a kelong, and so we did! It was nice to sit down and share our personal thoughts about our hike and why we choose to put ourselves through this ‘torture’ time and again. Hahaha!

As we made our way back to Singapore, our spirits were kept high as we reflected upon a day well spent in nature.
Posted on 10 Oct 2017 0 4437
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