TAMAN NEGARA MERAPOH ADVENTURE ~ Pahang, Malaysia | The Unheard Entrance |
We advise travellers not to visit Taman Negara during the Monsoon Season between Mid-November and late-January
As the first and oldest official Protected Area in Malaysia, Taman Negara was originally called King George V National Park. It was gazetted in 1938 by the Sultans of 3 states - Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu to preserve the land's indigenous nature in perpetuity. The park was renamed Taman Negara after the nation's independence in 1957.
Spanning over these three states, Taman Negara is the largest of all Protected Areas in Peninsular Malaysia (almost 4 times the size of Hong Kong). Also located within the Pahang side is the Peninsula’s highest peak, Gunung Tahan at 2,187m. Estimated at 130 million years old, Taman Negara is indeed one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The abundance and diversity of nature is phenomenal in one of the world's most complex and rich ecosystems and the best part is it's in our own backyard!Lying along Kuala Lipis - Gua Musang road is the quaint village of Merapoh, one of the four entrances to Taman Negara which is officially called Sungai Relau. Many still do not realise the existence of this entrance due to lack of promotion and this makes the treasures of Taman Negara Sungai Relau not fully explored and discovered!.
DestinationPeninsular Malaysia ~ Kuala Lumpur ~ Pahang ~ Merapoh ~ Taman Negara
Minimum no. of Persons
Minimum requirement - 6 persons to run the tour.
Trip AvailabilityBooking in advance required. We do not advise visits to Taman Negara during the monsoon season sometime November .till mid-February. After all, this gives the jungle a bit of a rest and to repair itself from the trudge of thousands of visitors to the park over the other months.
WHAT AWAITS YOU?
✔ Camp on soft grass and under big trees, accompanied by the sound of the river
✔ Enjoy nature with available facilities like toilets, shower and dining hall
✔ Hop onto a 4WD ride to experience and enjoy activities
✔ Preparing meals cooked in the jungle and enjoy them surrounded by nature
✔ Swimming & chilling in and around Lata Serigala & Kelam Waterfall
✔ Feeding frenzy of the fishes at the Kelah Conservation Sanctuary
✔ Waking up to the sounds of siamangs, cicadas and flowing rivers
WHAT'S INCLUDED AND WHAT'S NOT?
As of late the park is beginning to be known and talked about, but for the wrong reasons. The #savemerapoh has been going viral on social media for quite some time, but what was highlighted is the dire conditions that is plaguing our Taman Negara. The logging activities that’s been going on is not only destroying habitats of the many animals that inhabits the Park, but also slowly crippling the local economy that relies on ecotourism.
Working together with our local partners, we’re always open to organizing trips to show our support and stand together with our friends there. We hope to help spread awareness of their plight and the best way we know how is to have a camp-out and surround ourselves with what mother nature has to offer.
As always and true to ourselves, we feel there's no better way to experience what mother nature has to offer then sleeping under the open night skies with billions of stars glittering above us.
Having said that, this trip like all the others are highly customizable. As our goal is to inspire you to make the decision to travel and have the experience yourself. LETSGO!
Things To Bring AlongLight cotton long sleeve and short sleeve tshirts, shorts and long pants (Whites, greys, browns and earthy coloured clothing to blend into the jungle), swimwear, underwear, long socks, raincoat or poncho, one pair of sandals or flip flops (the cheapest you can buy) for easy walking ; one pair of shoes with good grip(Rubber Slipper or River Sandals or Lace-Up Shoes) for jungle treks.
Creature Comforts ~ towel, toilet paper, soap / facial wash, shampoo, toothbrush / toothpaste
Bag Packing ~ waterproof bag or separate your belongings and bundle them in a few small plastic bags before stuffing all in the master bag; keep important documents, passports, cash, wallets and electronic gadgets in zip-lock bags; garbage bag for waterproofing; a plastic bag for soiled clothes.
- Straps to secure your glasses - if you wear glasses
- Goggles - if you wear contact lenses
- Plastic bags for your wet clothes
Essentials to get you through ~ personal medication, mosquito repellent, sunblock lotion, heat rub for muscles ache, Torchlight, ear plugs or cotton balls (for those who can sleep with the TV blasting and not when its sound of nature that punctuates the night's silence), water bottle, minimum 2 liters capacity. Bring your own sleeping bag or bed sheets if you are fussy about cleanliness.
This is the jungle at it's most pristine. It can get hot and muggy and then there could be a thunderstorm in the next instance. And which ever way, your clothes will take forever to dry. Nights can get a little chilly especially during the rainy season. And when the rains come, leeches are aplenty. The jungle is unforgiving and yet it is so enchanting, it may sometimes leave you breathless. The monsoon season (November - February) may bring a lot of rain and create havoc especially when the river swells and banks burst, leaving people stranded in villages for days even weeks, landslides, mudslides ~ all sorts of nature's catastrophes. Trekking in the jungle in the rain is not the best experience. Quite often, by the end of the trek, you find yourself all bloodied by leech bites. We strongly advise against travel to Taman Negara during the monsoons.
We might be off in the forest or jungles of Southeast Asia,but if you have any inquiries or any questions at all be it
Camping, Hiking, Trekking or just to have an ADVENTURE do let us know!
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