RAFFLESIA NATURE TREK IN ULU GEROH
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Rafflesia Nature Trek
The Rafflesia Species named after M. Cantley, curator of the Singapore Botanic Gardens (1880-1886). The trekking will only take around 1 hour 30 minutes. But to go there, it will take another 1hour 30 minutes by lorry. The walking distance are only a few kilometer (maximum 5km).
The trek to the Rafflesia is near a little village about 12km from Gopeng, near Ipoh, Perak. To trek through the jungle to where the Rafflesia thrives, you need to engage the services of Orang Asli guide. The path is steepy, some parts you really have to climb. Halfway up the hill, you can already see a Rafflesia. There were also be rotting carcasses here and there.
Rafflesia is parasitic and get their nutrients from the lianas they parasitically grow on. Indeed they are a fascinating species and their main claim to fame is by being the biggest flower in the world. Rafflesia is stemless, leafless, barkless, and rootless. It is reputed to have the most awful stench but this is quite exaggerated. In the heart of theRafflesia, there are feelers surrounded by something that looks like soft flesh and pale, protected by big white dotted pustules. There are about 20 species of Rafflesia known in the World and 60 types of butterflies in Kampung Ulu Geroh. The Rafflesia Cantleyi, whose flowers measure up to 55cm with perigone lobes up to 14cm long and 18cm wide, grows high up in the thick jungle of Ulu Geroh.
The Orang Asli call them Bunga Pakma ( Pakma derived from the Sanskrit word of lotus ) For generations Rafflesiahave been used in traditional medicine especially for post – natal remedies. A typical blooming period of the Rafflesia is within 4 to 5 days. There are hundreds of Rajah Brooke butterflies to see flitting about in a muddy area in the jungle ofUlu Geroh.
So enough of all the facts, If you really want to experience the Rafflesia trekking do contact us because there's a lot more that you can experience it yourself rather than reading my description.
What would you need for the hike?
The trails are steep, wet, and slippery and part of the way may involve walking through a small stream. We recommend old sneakers with good treads or hiking shoes and old clothes. There will be lots of leeches so if you have leech socks, bring it along with you or soccer socks.
- Transfers within activity area
- Orang Asli guides
- Necessary equipment
- Entrance fee
- Basic facilities
- Bottled water
What to Bring
- Change of clothes
- Insect Repellent
- Sun block lotion
What to Wear
- Shorts & T-shirt
- Swimwear (optional)
- Old sport shoes
- Goggles (if you plan to wear contact lenses, if not, we provide rubber band for eyeglasses)