Mount Nuang (Malay: Gunung Nuang) is located in Malaysia with the height of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). Its peak borders Pahang & Selangor state. The mountain itself is the highest point in Selangor and part of the Titiwangsa Mountains.
The entrance to the trail is near the village of Pangsoon (location details given below). Here you park your car, register with the ranger and start walking. The start of the trail is around 200m above sea level.
Six shelters have been spaced along the 5km road with notices pointing out how far you have travelled and how much further you have until you reach Camp Lolo, the first campsite.
The 6th and last of these shelters is next to a small river. Here you have to cross the shallow river using stepping stones which thankfully were not slippery. Then the path narrows, following along next to an old water pipeline for a while before reaching a waterfall and a water sluice gate where you have to make a second river crossing. A third and fourth river crossing follow shortly after.
Next you arrive at Camp Lolo where some people choose to camp overnight before tackling the next stage of the climb. There are no facilities at this camp site other than a few sandy plots where tents can be pitched. A small sign points the way to the next stop, Camp Pacat 1.2km and 150 minutes away. This is where the hard work starts.
Pacat means leech but fortunately there didn’t seem to be any leeches around this time – no doubt it depends on the season. Camp Pacat consists of a shabby bamboo shack and an open area where people could pitch tents.
Another sign pointed the way to the next stop, Camp Pengasih, another 1.2km away. The path here was even steeper and in places uprooted trees had gouged great holes in the trail which had to be scaled by pulling on tree roots and branches. In one or two places there were breaks in the vegetation and you could get an encouraging view perhaps indicating that the summit must be near.
Camp/Puncak Pengasih is a false peak meaning that you are not at the top yet. It was muddy and boggy there and not conducive to hanging around so pressed on to the real peak. This involved a steep descent for 20 minutes of scrambling down through large moss covered granite boulders. This was very demoralizing as you know you have to climb all this distance back up again, and more, before arriving at the summit.