Mt. Swethernhem revisited
We started our journey very 6am early in the morning to head to Cameron Highlands. As soon as the sun was up and bright we reached the waterfall tourist spot on the way up.
We had our breakfast at Tapah town and hurried up to meet the rest of the campers. We started our journey up Mt. Swethernhem around 10-11am.. Guess what was awaiting us at the beginning of the hike?
A 45 degree cement path for either 4WD's or trucks! KILLER! After 2 years of hibernating from camping, this is not a welcoming start. But anyhow, i managed to overcome it. The cement path is a good 200-300 meters. As you enter the mountain, you will notice it looks like most mountains in Cameron Highlands, what we call a Mossy forest. Mt.Swethernhem is 1850M tall by the way.
Some tips on hiking, always look for markers, paper trails left behind by your leader or previous hikers, cement poles put up by the Forestry Department or signboards!
Did someone say Mt. Swethernhem? They should call it Mt Sweat-Thorn-how? You have to look out for the torny plants that grow so ever generously on this mountain.
More tips, go at a steady pace, nothing too fast to preserve your knees and ankle. Don't forget to rest if tired and have fun and hike with a smile. :)
While hiking don't forget to observe the flora and fauna of the mountain and admire the many plants that grow wildly in these mountain. If you look carefully you will notice many plants you don't normally see back home.
And if you look even carefully, you will see a variety of mushrooms with different sizes, colors and shapes.
Not to forget the snails as well.
This is what you can expect at the peak. A cement structure representing the border of Kelantan and Pahang. A pyramid metal structure that used to be facing upright. A small campsite and a view of Cameron Highlands from above. You can also see sea clouds everywhere at the peak.
And this is what you can expect at the bottom on your way home. A nice sunset scenery.