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Go take a HIKE!

I grew up in the beautiful wooded hills of Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur till my teens. Somehow, 35 years later, I found myself once again living next to the lush 160 acres wooded forests of Gasing Hills.

Bukit Gasing, is a beginner friendly hike site for anyone who seeks to venture into hiking and I have been hiking there with my two children 25 years ago. They grew up enjoying the wildlife, forests and flora. We bonded together with nature just as how I did back when I was growing up.

Some years ago, in search of a healthy quasi-retirement hobby, I began hiking every weekends. However, hiking alone was boring and so I decided to form a group. I founded “Happy Hikers’. A few like-minded outdoor-loving folks joined and we began small hikes at Gasing Hills. Soon the group grew bigger.

Our eager bunch of hikers, consisting of both Malaysians and foreigners are now few thousand strong. We soon got bored of the same tracks and ventured out further outside the Klang Valley and hiked several mountains; first of which was Nuang which stands at 1,493 meters above sea level, followed by Datuk, Bukit Tabur, Pine Tree, Ledang, Rajah, Bunga Buah, Kinabalu, Repin, Kutu, Galla, Irau, Berembun, Hitam, Raka, Berembun, Brinchang, Jasar, Broga and many other mountains not once anymore but over 5 years, several times each.

Hiking become a family affair, my supportive wife has been with me on the mountains and on her 55th Birthday, was ON top of Mt Kilimanajro 3 weeks ago I was leading 39 Climbers at Mt, Halasan Jeju Kore 0n my 60th Birthday! Both my children, who are now working adults are ardent hikers too. I am proud to say that Happy Hikers have had great adventures among them, Mt Pulag in Manila (twice), Gunung Agung, Bali, Gunung Ranjani, (twice) Pangkubang Perahu (twice), Doi Pui (Chiangmai-Twice), Mt Fansipan, Vietnam, Mt Fuji, Japan (4times) Mt Homan, Mt Takao, Mt Apo, Philippines, Shiva Puri (Nepal), Pulchowki, Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, 3 times (going 4th time) & Everest Base Camp which I did 4 times, going 5th!

I also have had hikes all over Europe. Having done many climbs till 6,000 meters, my sights on now on peaks above 7,200 meters in 2020. I never imagined that at retirement age of 60! I could attempt and succeed at such feats.

Hiking builds confidence and self-esteem, which leads to managing issues, business or personal life a breeze. My group members are healthier, fitter, feeling better and are full of enthusiasm and confidence. Together we have made difference in several hundreds of us, with health, friendships, self-esteem & personal growth.

Our hikes are Sundays, Saturdays and Wednesdays, usually lasting for a duration of three to six hours and we organize one or two major hike up a mountain twice a month & overseas monthly. I found the morning hikes to be really beneficial. We hardly have any temptations to skip the mornings as opposed to the evening, we may be tired or stressed. In the mornings the mind is fresh and open for any exercise hikes which are technically, walking and climbing that requires no special skills!

What is it in for me? A great start to the day, less stress, better sleep, weight loss, overall muscular strength, increase in brain power, raises good cholesterol HDL levels in blood, lowers LDL or bad cholesterol levels, muscular strength which makes back pain or any pain disappear, boosts the immune system, and strengthens the joints and better sexual health.

Only pain I feel on my local climbs and hikes, I loathe the wanton destruction of beautiful nature for development, agriculture and timber. I wonder in generations to come the beauty that we now granted enjoy would ever exist at the pace the jungle environment is mowed down.

Happy hikers contribute to nature by organizing annual jungle clean up, we have done five, 5th is soon.

As we all age, I would like to say, embrace the great outdoors, it’s FREE! Only if you hike or simply exercise Any ailments can be kept at bay and one will feel wonderful and years younger; I find that amongst all my holidays, when a nature hike is thrown in, it makes all the positive difference in life, work, family and most importantly health. Go take a HIKE!

Ganesan S Pillay

019 228 6666 or 012 203 8889

Founder & Lead Hike Captain

Happy Hikers Kuala Lumpur

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSCHHHH/

https://www.meetup.com/HAPPY-Hikers-Kuala-Lumpur/

Lots of work & EXPERTISE goes on the background to give you guys FREE Hikes & mountains & overseas at very discounted prices. We have a NO refund policy!

Misbehavior/Nuisance & other than NON-acceptable norms at hikes (Google U will know) you will be banned.

Hike packages are worked out cheaply based on good numbers: if someone is unable to turn-up, costs runs over to other members; so we allow a REPLACEMENT (even Airasia don't do this) if we cancel an event due to numbers/weather/permit, we allow you to transfer to another hike.

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Beautiful Gunung Angsi, Ulu Bendul Forest-Moderate to Difficult, (Trans)

Location: Ulu Bendul, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Difficulty: Moderate. The Ulu Bendul trail is a little longer and has one fairly steep section (Botak Hill), otherwise both are standard jungle trails of average steepness. There are (apparently) 4 trails which lead up to the summit – via Bukit Putus, Ulu Bendul, a third trail I don’t know much about, and an apparently disused 4th trail. If you’re not into climbing, the recreational park is ideal for quite a number of outdoor activities such as camping, picnics, playing in the river (there’s a swimming pool of sorts filled with the river water), etc. The Ulu Bendul trail is definitely harder than the Bukit Putus trail, as it starts over 100m lower down, and is longer as well. The first 4km of the trail is pretty straightforward, and does not gain much altitude at all. Angsi is more of a training climb Length: 13.5km Average Speed: 2.6km/h Max elevation: 838m Min elevation: 135m Vertical Up: 910m Vertical Down: 909m Preparation 2 stream crossings, for which you might have to remove shoes Rain protection is recommended for any electronic items or clothing. If you are prone to chaffing, apply vaseline/bodyglide/etc. as necessary. Hiking stick is optional (may get in the way while climbing ladders/ropes), but can help on the way down Checklist: Minimum 2L fluid, isotonic recommended. High energy snacks/lunch Hiking shoes & extra socks for comfort, if you need Raincoat/poncho Small towel (for sweat/etc.) Insect Repellent Small plastic bag to keep electronics dry in rain Extra clothes (both shirt & pants), can leave in car Plastic bags for dirty shoes/clothes, can leave in car Slippers/Sandals to change into afterwards if shoes are muddy Gloves (while climbing ropes) Emergency gear: flashlight, whistle, knife, lighter, 1st aid kit, etc. Optional: cap/hat, tarp/flysheet, cord/string, mat, water filter/tablets, etc. Do RSVP ASAP. Limited to few! See u at the top! https://www.facebook.com/groups/RSCHHHH/ ESSENTIALS: 1) 2/3 Liters Water, Snacks/ Bites etc 2) HEAD-light/Torchlight 3) Hiking Shoes with ankle protection- NO Adidas Kampung! 4) Walking Stick if Required 5) Whistle 6) Mobile Phone 7) A healthy smiling attitude!- don't have?- you will Finish with one! Cheers!!! RM35 for above all & Captain & Sweeper & EXTRA CARPOOL IS RM35 PLEASE BANKING TO MEI Jean Wong MAYBANK[masked] text Receipt to[masked] NOTE: 1) We have a NO refund policy! 2) Lots of work & EXPERTISE goes on the background to give you guys FREE Hikes nearby & local mountains & overseas at VERY discounted prices. 3) Misbehavior/Nuisance & other than NON-acceptable norms at hikes (Google U will know) you will be banned without notice! 4) Hike packages are worked out cheaply based on good numbers. 5) IF WE cancel an event due to short numbers/weather/permit,We allow a REPLACEMENT or Transfer

Bunga Buah, Genting Highlands-Moderate to Difficult!

Gunung Bunga Buah

Location: Gohtong Jaya (Genting Highlands), Pahang, Malaysia. Start point:[masked]N,[masked]E 922m a.s.l. Summit:[masked]N,[masked]E 1441m a.s.l. Difficulty: Moderately Hard. Some steep sections, trail is mostly muddy with a lot of obstacles. Not recommended as a first hike, but doable for anyone who exercises regularly. Gunung Bunga Buah stands high at 1430m, but is different from other mountains like Nuang in that you start at relatively high altitude. The trail consists of many ups and downs rather than a single ascent to the summit and back. The great thing about this is that the whole climb is done in nice cool weather. On the other hand, do keep in mind that the return time from the summit will likely take the same amount of time. (On single ascent/descent mountains, the descent is almost always significantly faster) Duration: 4 hours 24 minutes (can be done much faster) Length: 7km Average Speed: 1.6km/h Max elevation: 1441m Min elevation: 922m Vertical Up: 827m Vertical Down: 310m Preparations It’s not a race. Stick together, and if any can’t make it, turn back together. Depending on weather, may be cold. Lots of shrubs/bushes, long pants recommended. Trail can be slippery. Checklist: Minimum 2 liters drink, isotonic recommended High energy snacks/lunch Hiking shoes & extra socks for comfort, if you need Raincoat/poncho Small towel Hiking stick Insect Repellent Extra clothes (both shirt & pants), can leave in car Plastic bags for dirty shoes/clothes, can leave in car Extra slippers to change into afterwards, can leave in car Emergency gear: flashlight, whistle, knife, lighter, 1st aid kit Optional: gloves, tarp/flysheet, cord/string, mat, water filter/tablets, etc. Hike/Guide/Sweeper RM35 PAY IN ADVANCE to JOIN-IF NOT PAID, your request to JOIN this HIKE will be ON HOLD! Car Pool BOTH ways is additional RM35! MEI Jean Wong MAYBANK[masked] text Receipt to[masked] ESSENTIALS: 1) 2 Liters Water, Snacks/ Bites etc 2) HEAD-light/Torchlight 3) Shoes with profiles 4) Walking Stick if Required 5) Whistle 6) Mobile Phone 7) Insect/Leach/Mosquito is a MUST! 7) A healthy smiling attitude! - don't have? - you will Finish with one! Cheers!!! NOTE: 1) We have a NO refund policy! 2) Lots of work & EXPERTISE goes on the background to give you guys FREE Hikes & local mountains & overseas at VERY discounted prices. 3) Misbehavior/Nuisance & other than NON-acceptable norms at hikes (Google U will know) you will be banned & kicked out without notice! 4) Hike packages are worked out cheaply based on good numbers. 5) We allow a REPLACEMENT or Transfer IF WE cancel an event due to short numbers/weather/permit

Sofea Jane & Lata Sham Waterfalls, Picnic & BBQ, All levels & Kids Welcome

Sofea Jane & Late Sham is a short but interesting hike with challenging obstacles. A hike to the waterfalls takes 1 hour Plus minus. Set aside at least 2 hours for a round trip to explore all the waterfalls along. Hike/Guide/Sweeper/ PICNIC with Lamb Curry & Chicken BBQ, Garlic Bread, Eggs & Tafu, Tea & Coffee & Milo RM35.00 (Kids below 12 years 50% OFF) PAY IN ADVANCE to JOIN-IF NOT PAID, your request to JOIN this HIKE will be ON HOLD! Car Pool BOTH ways is additional RM15! MEI Jean Wong MAYBANK[masked] text Receipt to[masked] ESSENTIALS: 1) 2 Liters Water, Snacks/ Bites etc 2) HEAD-light/Torchlight 3) Shoes with profiles 4) Walking Stick if Required 5) Whistle 6) Mobile Phone 7) Insect/Leach/Mosquito is a MUST! 7) A healthy smiling attitude! - don't have? - you will Finish with one! Cheers!!! NOTE: 1) We have a NO refund policy! 2) Lots of work & EXPERTISE goes on the background to give you guys FREE Hikes & local mountains & overseas at VERY discounted prices. 3) Misbehavior/Nuisance & other than NON-acceptable norms at hikes (Google U will know) you will be banned & kicked out without notice! 4) Hike packages are worked out cheaply based on good numbers. 5) We allow a REPLACEMENT or Transfer IF WE cancel an event due to short numbers/weather/permit

Island Paradise, Belintung, Indonesia, 5D4N, Airfare/Hotels, FREE & EAsy RM750!

Island Paradise Belintung 23rd OCT- 27th Oct- 5 Days 4 Nights Day 1: Welcome at Belitung airport. OPTIONAL -Lunch in Tanjung Pandan then taken by boats to Leebong island, sightseeing tour, and check in at the hotel for a good night rest. Day 2: After Breakfast OPTIONAL -back to Tanjung Pandan, pass the Kaolin Lake, visit location of the "Laskar Pelangi" or the Rainbow Troops and the Museum by Andrea Hirata, writer of this popular book. After lunch, proceed to Burung Mandi Beach and the Kwan Im temple. Day 3: Leisurely tour to Belitung's many beaches with snorkeling opportunities and a visit to Lengkuas Island and the old lighthouse for a spectacular view of the surroundings. Day 4: FREE & Easy Jungle Hikes/Climb Tajam Mountain, 515 meters is the home of numerous tourist attractions. Before the mountain, visit famous Gurok Beraye Waterfall. Day 5: Breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight back to Kuala Lumpur. Package includes RETURN AIRFARE, 4 Nights 3-star hotel with Breakfast. EXCLUDES All Land/AirPort Transfers & Lunch & Breakfast RM750 early Bird by 15th September CALL / TEXT[masked] or[masked] 16th Sept onwards, RM850 & Closing Date is 30st Sept.-Subject to numbers going. NOTE: 1) We have a NO refund policy! 2) Lots of work & EXPERTISE goes on the background to give you guys FREE Hikes & local mountains & overseas at VERY discounted prices. 3) Misbehavior/Nuisance & other than NON-acceptable norms at hikes (Google U will know) you will be banned without notice! Everyone taking part in the Group activities does so at their own risk. We do not employ qualified guides, leaders or first aiders on some of our events. The group works on the same basis of being a group of friends who go out walking together, who invite others to join them on this basis via the Meetup web site. I am attending the Events/Hikes/Tours at my own risk. I understand that the organizer, co-organizer and/or event hosts will try their best to assist and guide, but are no way responsible, liable or accountable for loss, damage, personal injury, death etc. By clicking the RSVP button & having paid, I acknowledge I have read, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

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