Gunung Irau is the ninth tallest mountain in Malaysia, only 80 meters lower than the tallest peak in peninsular Malaysia, Gunung Tahan.
I read on the internet that a permit, a mountain guide and a police report are required for anyone who wishes to scale the mountain. I had in fact acquired none of those--no permit, no guide, no police report. In fact there was a hiker who got lost last year, so I thought the police might not let me hike the mountain if I told them I had no guide with me. I eventually ditched the idea of lodging a police report.
I stayed at a backpackers' lodge and visited the nearby tea farm. There, I saw a mongoose running across the road! It was probably moving from one side of the farm to another side and wow, it was thrilling to see the legendary snake buster live. I have never seen a live, wild mongoose before so please bear with my excitement.
|The fella that smashed a bee dead--that's the dude in the black shirt. Son of a bitch indeed.|
|Ordered too much food the first night. But managed to gulp 'em down.|