Preparing for Gua Tempurung Adventure

Spending four hours at the historical and majestic Gua Tempurung in Gopeng gives you a fresh perspective of adventure. You get to climb, crawl, wade in a river and admire captivating artistic formations on the walls.

Wear bright colors and reflectors for caving

How much time do you need to explore Gua Tempurung? It ranges from 40 mins to 4 hours depending on the tour you choose. There are 4 types of tour; Golden Flowstone (to the Platform #3), Top of the World (until Platform #5), Top of the World & Short River Adventure, and the Grad Tour. The price for an adult ranges from RM6 – RM22. Malaysians get to enjoy discounted prices with myKad.  No advanced booking is required. The tours start at 9am till 4pm, but if you are planning for Tour 3 or Tour 4, be there before 11am.  Details about the tours can be found  here and  Gua Tempurung Outdoor Camp. Last year, they were closed for a few months for renovation so do call their office or check their info/social sites to get updates of their operating  hours.

My sharing is based on my experiences at Tour 3.

Essentials to bring

  • Headlamps  (must bring as it is pitch dark in the cave)
  • Gloves with grip for Tour 3 & 4 (useful when you crawl in the river)
  • Knee pads (you need to crawl in a river with gravels underneath)
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof camera
  • Extra clothes and slippers/shoes to change to after the Tour

You do not need to bring helmets as they are provided.

  • The Stairs and Climb at Gua Tempurrung
  • Before you reach Platform 3 : Golden Flowstone
  • Sunglasses at Platform 4 - the Wind Tunnel
  • Low ceiling upon reaching Platform 5 - Top of the World
  • Beautiful canopy from Platform 5 - Top of the World

 

What to wear

  • Water-friendly clothing for Tour 3 & 4 cause you will get wet. Long sleeves are good to avoid being grazed by sharp edges.
  • Sports shoes for Tour 1 and 2, but if you are planning for Tour 3 &4, wear rubber shoes or aqua shoes with good grip.
  • Long pants are better for Tour 3 and 4 if you want to avoid grazed by the sharp edges and stones. You’d be sliding down a 9 meter cliff.

Tips:

  • Use lockers to keep your car keys and important belongings. You cannot rely on waterproof bags. Water can leak into the bag and can damage electronic devices
  • There is a toilet and shower area at the entrance. You need to pay 50 sen and RM1 respectively.
  • Tours are managed in groups and you will be assigned to a guide
  • You don’t need to bring too many things with you.
  • Bring water or snacks if you need
  • If you are bringing young children, they will enjoy the adventure in the dark.

What to expect

A canopy of beautiful arts

  • Dried-up Spring at Platform 4, Wind Tunnel
  • Snoopy on the wall, among others
  • Watch out for extra eyes watching you
  • Crystal-shining surfaces at Platform 2
  • Tools from the old mining days in Perak at Platform 2
  • On wet days, water from Spring water flows down the rocks at Platform 3
  • Spring pathway Gua Tempurung
  • The path to the river is through this hole

 

Crawling in a river of cool water.

  • Aqua shoes are useful
  • Keep headlamps out of water
  • Low ceiling of stalactites throughout
  • Nashata Luke Top suitable for wet activities
  • Water flows down through these stalactites into the river

 

 

My family and I enjoyed the adventure and would definitely go again. Afterall, it is only a half day affordable yet captivating adventure. I loved the fact that I could bask on the rocks, with water flowing on my back, and I didn’t have to put on the sunblock. The water was super clean and the rocks were non-slippery. Cave tourism must expand further!