18th April 2009. The 1st day of our trip with the juniors a year younger than us. We had left from Kuala Lumpur at about 0000H, and reached Karak Highway toll at 0100H. We arrived at Sungai Lembing at 0430H. We started our climb up Panorama Hill at 0535H, as we planned to reach the peak before sunrise.
The climb up was pretty simple. It starts with a long steep flight of stairs, which eventually becomes a mountain trail with a slight gradient.
There were several rest stops along the way, usually indicated by the presence of a wooden gazebo.
The route to the peak is rather short and after a few more concrete steps with railings, we were there at 0555H after a brisk walk up, just 20 minutes later. walking up more sedately would likely lead to a 30 minute hike up to the peak.
The peak was at an elevation of approximately 271 metres ASL.
Sadly, that morning, sunrise was blocked by a large cloud, and we were unable to see sunrise. We did however, get some nice pictures of dawn breaking, and after a group photo, we set for the bottom of the hill at 0700H and were off to have breakfast.