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Mt Ophir is one of the most trekked summit in Malaysia and stands tall at 1276 meters. It is located at the border of Melaka and Johore states of Peninsular Malaysia. The summit falls in Johor state. Among locals, Mt. Ophir is popularly known as Gunung Ledang. As is true with most of the local attractions, there is a fable associated with Gunung...more
Maju Curry House is located in the heart of the town and serves Malay/Indian food at a very reasonable price. We were a group of 11 people and all of us had fruit juice, chicken curry, rice, Biryani, a vegetable item. The meal was sumptuous. We ended up paying RM 190.00. This is less than SingDollars 10.00 per person for such a wholesome meal.
Favorite Dish: Orange juice
They provide home delivery to Singapore. The price is relatively cheap. We ordered curtains for our living room (4m by 2m) and two bedroom (2m by 2m) for a price of about RM700.
What to buy: Fabric
Gunung Ledang or Mt Ophir, as is popularly known, is revered by locals. They associate the Mountain with a Goddess who protects the local people from all odds and hence hold it at high esteem. No wonder, the government is taking a lot of efforts to keep the area free of all trashes and is pretty strict on throwing of garbage anywhere
Luggage and bags:
Some of the usual stuff that everybody needs to carry for this trek are
1. Head Lamp,
2. spare torchlight,
3. first aid kit,
4. oral re-hydrating salt (ORS) sachets,
5. Cotton Hand gloves,
6. plenty of water (at least 2-3 liters),
7. mosquito/insect repellants,
8. medicated plasters/Band aids,
10. Spare batteries
Efforts should be taken to insulate the contents of the back-pack to avoid getting wet during rains
The forest rangers office was a small hut with a signboard saying the pre-requisites of the Mt Ophir trek. Here, we did registration for individual members of the team and there were two forms to be filled up. In one form, which is to be filled in duplicate, we are supposed to declare all items we are carrying. This form is to be carried with us and deposited with the ranger office at the end of trek. When we finish our trek, there is another Rangers office, where the officer verifies whether the items mentioned in the list have been brought back or not. The idea is to control the throwing of trash along the way and is a good initiative to keep the trail and the summit clean. The charges we have to pay here are
1. Entry charge of RM 10 for foreigners and RM 5 for Malaysians,
2. Insurance charge of RM 2 per person
3. Porter charge of RM 190 for two day one night trek for 10 persons
4. Refundable deposit of RM50.00
Taking a guide is compulsory. Well, it has its own advantages. This guide is thoroughly familiar with all the routes and depending on the capabilities of the group, decides upon the type of route to be followed-easy or hard. During the night, we realized, at several places, the routes are not very well visible or they have been simply washed away, following a heavy downpour.
Fondest memory: The guide would lead us to the right track, whenever we were in doubts about the right path. He is also a caretaker for the eco system and reminds us not to throw any trash anywhere. I remember in one instance, one of our friends dropped her handphone, while climbing up a big piece of rock with the help of ropes. This guide went down and fetched the phone.