Gunung (or Mountain) Serapi is actually one of the peaks of the Matang Mountain, which is in the Kubah national park. You can take the trail to the summit as we did or you can take another trail which leads you through the rainforest to the Matang wildlife santuary.
Alo near the bottom is a frog pond, unfortunatelly we didn’t actualy see any frogs in or near it.
This mountain is a little different from the other ones which you can climb in the area. There is a Telecommunications tower built on top of the mountain.
Quite frankly the tower building reminds me a little of some of the Starwars “architecture” anyway to build, and later resupply the telecommunication station on the summit the telephone company has built a concrete road nearly all the way to the top.
This changes the experience significantly, on one hand you are walking on a road so you don’t feel like you have quite as much contact with the nature around you. Also on a sunny day some sections of the climb may be a bit hot so take a hat. On the other hand however you are not constantly looking underfoot because the path is flat and even. And while there are not as many larger animals you will be able to spot a lot of smaller lizards and isects.
This is also the mountain to choose for anyone who has concerns about their fitness, you can always go as fast or slow as you want, there are huts you can rest in and the road make it considerably easier to get to the top. In fact if you climb the mountain on the week end you may see the locals climbing the mountain for exercise, some read papers as they walk other jog to the top (not easy).
Most of the journey to the top of the mountain you are surrounded by rainforest with a lot of ferns and other undegrowth.
As you get close to the top the trees get a bit smaller an thinner, if you climb on a cloudy day you will also find some of the clouds passing right around you.
Overall the mountain is not too crowded though, we only saw 4 other people climbing it on our satuday trip. Also unlike many of the mountains around Kuching this one has an awesome view from the purpuse built viewing tower. On a good day you can see both the Indonesian mountains to the west and Kuching city to the east, as well as the turtle islands out on the south china sea to the North.
So despite being a little apprehensive about the trip (because of the concrete road all the way to the top) it turned out to be a fun and rewarding trip. It is also only 30 kliometres from the city limits.