Cameron Highlands trail 10 and 6 hike

All About Hiking Trail 10 & 6, Cameron Highlands

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The Trail 10 and 6 hike takes you through the lush jungle and ends at the vast tea plantations at the Cameron Valley. A spell-binding beginner-friendly short hike close to the Tanah Rata town, this route initially begins at Trail 10 and follows Trail 6. The names of Trail 10 and 6 are followed as marked in OSMAND and maps.me, offline navigation platforms. In this blog, we have covered the route, the hiking experience, and any other vital information you might need to know before hiking at Trails 10 & 6 in Cameron Highlands. 

Trail 10 & 6, Cameron Highlands

How To Reach?

To reach Cameron Highlands, explore various transportation options outlined in our Cameron Highlands travel guide. Once there, begin your adventure on Trail 10, then continue along Trail 6. The trailhead is conveniently located near Tanah Rata city center, marked by a sign labeled “10” at the start.

Network Availability

There is intermittent to poor signal available while hiking on the trail. It is best to download offline maps for navigation.

ATM Availability

You can find ATMs in Tanah Rata. There is an exit fee when finishing your hike at Cameron Valley, so it’s handy to carry some cash.

Languages Spoken

The locals in the region speak Malay. You can find people also conversing in English.

Parking Availability

There is no dedicated parking space available at the trailhead. You’ll need to park on the roadside. Also, remember, because it’s not a loop, the hike ends at a different spot from where you started.

Restroom Facilities

Restrooms aren’t available at the beginning of the hike, so you’ll need to rely on nature. However, once you finish, there are cafes and restaurants where you can access restroom facilities.

Best Time To Visit

Cameron Valley tea estate, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands welcomes visitors all year round, offering a cooler climate than cities like Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. The weather can be unpredictable, with both sunshine and rain in a single day. Rainfall is common, especially in April, May, October, and November, which are the wettest months. When it rains, trails can become very slippery.

Where To Eat?

There aren’t any shops at the trailhead, but you’ll find cafes and restaurants at the end of the hike. Along the route, there are no shops or street vendors. Bringing at least 1 liter of water per person and some energy bars or snacks is a good idea. During the hike, you’ll encounter two streams, one in the jungle and another just before entering the tea plantations. These streams may run dry during the dry or summer season.

Where To Stay?

 

Tanah Rata is the nearby town where the hike begins. It offers a variety of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury resorts. You can select based on your preferences and budget. Here are some recommendations.

Hiking Details

Pitcher plant

Cost: You’ll have to pay an entry fee of 4 RM per person while exiting to explore the Cameron Valley since it is a private property.

Registration: No registration or pre-online booking is required.

Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM.

Duration:  2 – 3 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1659 m

Hike Distance:  5 Km

Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate, highly subject to your fitness level.

Terrain: Mud, stones, jungle, farm, paved road, and tea plantation

Hiking Route: 

As you begin the hike, you’ll encounter a steep section for a short distance. Use the ropes provided for support and navigate across tree roots and hardened sand steps. At the first fork in the trail, veer left instead of right, which continues on Trail 10.

Hiking route, Cameron Highlands

The remainder of the trail involves either descending or walking on flat terrain. Descend about 100 meters until you reach a transformer, where you can pause to admire the scenery. Take caution while descending, as the trail may be slippery.

Views along the hike

After passing the transformer, continue through the jungle. Although the bushes may narrow the path, the route remains visible. Descend slowly as the terrain steepens and mud becomes slippery. Pause beside a small stream for a relaxing break.

Hiking route for trail 10 and 6

Once you’ve crossed a shelter a few minutes later, the terrain becomes easier, gradually descending onto a grassy road. Enjoy the surrounding vegetation or farmland to your left as you walk until you reach a paved road.

Continue along the road until you reach a colorful settlement. Take a sharp right past the houses and cross the stream.

Tea estates in Cameron Highlands hike

Follow the path through the lush green tea plantations. After a few minutes, you’ll arrive at Cameron Valley’s private property.

Explore the area, walk to the Cameron Valley Tea signboard, discover the waterfalls, and visit the tea houses to learn about tea production. Upon exiting, there’s an entry fee of RM 4. Once back on the main paved road, you can hitchhike or walk back to Tanah Rata town along the main road.

Important Things to Remember

  • You don’t need a guide to hike Trails 6 and 10, but we highly recommend downloading the offline maps before you do so.
  • The use of plastics and smoking is strictly prohibited. As a hiker, it is incumbent on you to be responsible and not litter. Collect and bring back the waste and dispose of it in proper dedicated bins.
  • We highly recommend you wear proper hiking shoes. The terrain is extremely slippery, even during the dry season.
  • Leeches can be found during the rains. Learn how to treat leeches the right way.
  • Be aware that the possibility of spotting the snakes is high in these jungles. Although most of them are harmless, exercise caution.

Essential Things To Carry

  • Ensure you carry at least 1 L of water per person.
  • Take sufficient energy bars and snacks.
  • Have your first aid kit handy.
  • Cap, sunscreen & sunglasses are essential to ward off the summer heat.
  • Carry a poncho or raincoat in case of rain.
  • Most importantly, ensure you wear comfortable shoes with good traction and grip.

Read the blog to know more about what we usually carry for day hikes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a guide required to hike Trails 10 & 6?

A guide is not mandatory to hike trails 10 and 6. The visible route will guide you on the trail. En route, you will cross a jungle, a paved road, a small settlement, farmland, and tea plantations. Be sure to download offline maps for reference along the way.

Is a GPX file required to hike Trails 10 & 6?

Given the weak or nonexistent signal, it’s essential to download offline maps or keep a GPX file ready. Despite this, the trail is well-traveled, making it easy to follow.

Can Trails 6 & 10 be done in a day?

Of course, half a day is enough to hike the Trails 6 & 10 at Cameron Highlands. It is a short day hike.

What are the other things to do in Cameron Highlands?

The 5 must-do activities at Cameron Highlands are listed in a separate blog. Refer to the same for more details.

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