A little info about the cave:
Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave) has existed since early 8000 B.C. and it is one of the larger cave systems found in the scenic limestone hills of Perak. In fact, it is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. The cave measures 1.9 km in length and 120 metres in height. The cave follows a direct course through a mountain range called Gunung Gajah-Tempurung, located south of Ipoh towards Gopeng and Kampar. It is a cavern inside Gunung Tempurung (Tempurung Mountain) standing 497 metres high and is about 250 million years old. This means Gua Tempurung is even older than the mountain that rises majestically like a karst tower. Visible from the North-South Expressway near Gopeng, the mountain is an erosional remnant near an ancient coastline. Years of mineralisation of the limestone rocks yielded deposits of tin, with some tungsten minerals and other minor ores. In several locations inside the dry upper chambers of the cave, vein deposits of tin (cassiterite) are evident in walls and ceilings. Within the karst tower, there is a river-cave system. The river, Sungai Gua Tempurung runs about 1.6 km. It originates from the north and south outlets of a small catchment derived from the granite upland area to the east. Excerpt taken from here.
|Before the expedition. At the entrance of the cave|
If u sign up for the tour course, there are a choice of easy (golden flawstone), moderate (top of the world) and challenging (Top of the World & Short River Adventure) courses. And, there is one grand tour where you need to undergo a complete journey of about 3.8km from the entrance to Golden Flowstone, Top of the World and to the end of the cave and return through the underground river. And....out of all the tours, We proudly chose the grand tour [sigh...] The fees vary depending on the type of tour u have chosen.
I've purposely blurred everyone's face so as to hide their identity.. Come, let's explore the cave...
|layers of limestone|
|While waiting for the others....Near the end of tour one. Tour one is just|
climbing the staircase to the top and looking at the stalagmites and stalactites
on walls and ceilings.
|Posing jap... By then, you would have climbed 640 steps!|
|This is where u need to slide down the slope... Eeee..|
ngeri2... Guide2 nih expert betol. They can go in and out of the cave using
|Weeeeee....... Look at us, waiting for our turn to slide...|
|The small hole: Towards the end of level 2... Yang ini, tangan bersimen pon|
still bersemnangat waja...
|We started to crawl after coming down form the loop hole|
|Crawling in the water|
|Stalagmite n stalagmite|
|230 steps and wet in the underground river..|
|Look at the water level... We had to wade through the underground river |
that reaches chest level at certain stretches and duck-walk at other times.
|All of us|
|We stayed at eco-style house @ MyGopeng Resort. Besides the trip to the cave,|
we also went for a night trekking and river trekking.
|This was the house we stayed. This particular house can accomodate|
2-3 people. We had our own private bathroom but it's outside the house
(just like the old 'kg' house)
SOME TIPS FOR CAVING & SPELUNKING
1. Dress comfortably (consider T-shirts and long pants) and wear comfortable shoes with good grip.
2. Bring water.
3. U will get wet, so camera is at your own risk! But, the guide will provide u with plastic bag to put your camera and they will keep it safe for u.
4. If u have kneepads and gloves. please wear them.
5. Wear headlights to know your way better.