The best of nature is at our doorstep—we just need a bit of expert guidance to discover the treasure trove of unique flora and fauna found in the pristine forests of Genting Highlands.
Straggling oak trees, exotic hornbills and rehabilitated pitcher plants a re among the wondrous sights that await discovery, and at Resorts World Genting, Treks Nature Enterprise has made it its mission to demystify nature—by also using social media and digital technologies.
Yes, nature meets technology is the order of the day at the resort—a project dubbed Fashion Forest by the good people behind Treks who proclaim that “an alliance of rainforests waits to be discovered.” Their answer: A whole range of programmes that would introduce you to the natural features tucked away in Genting Highlands. Essentially, those who participate in the programmes get to learn about nature and mindfully capture it in social media in order to create awareness of the need to conserve it.
The focus of Fashion Forest are the forests in Genting Highlands —located between 3,000 ft and 6,000 ft above sea level. There are three forest types Treks refers to as “alliance of rainforests.” These are divided into four groups, namely Fashio n Forest at Awana (upper Dipterocarp Forest 3,000 ft above sea level), Slay Forest at Chin Swee Temple (Montane Oak Forest some 4,500 ft above sea level), Chocolate Forest (Montane Ericaceous Forest some 6,000 ft above sea level), and Skyride Forest in Awana.
The rustic realm of the countryside promises education, fun and adventure whether you are a stressed out urbanite in need of some downtime or a weekend warrior seeking the adrenaline rush provided by sports and vigorous outdoor activities. Treks has programmes for every need—from nature walks for the whole family to sports-oriented teambuilding programmes for corporations and organisations.
Inspiration Behind Fashion Forest
The name “Fashion Forest” calls to mind supermodels and catwalks —and, well, it is meant to. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best as they commune with nature. Describing it as “a new paradigm in nature walks,” Treks says it has re-invented the way to explore nature through a concept called Eco Chic—where you “dress up and walk with attitude and with that wow factor.” This is said to be important in order for you to get passionate about nature and share your experiences through social media.
An important element to ensure the success of Fashion Forest is the availability of internet connectivity—participants can expect to enjoy this free. Technology is utilised to help people “see more, discover more and enjoy more” through fun and practical ways—via visual aids like the Natgeo Frame, living sculptures (like trees and plants), Nature Pergolas and elevated platforms.
Programmes for Different Needs
For as little as RM75 per person, the best of nature can be enjoyed, although generally a full -day walk or nature tour can cost RM130 per person (or RM120 for children aged 11 and below) for a minimum group of three persons. Many types of packages are offered by Treks to cater to various groups including individuals, families and corporations. The packages are all priced differently.
It is a programme that is bound to satisfy every kind of pleasure-seeker there is but those wanting to focus on the environment may just opt for the Fashion Forest Green Campaign that incorporates technology in its line-up of competitions and games. The Mountain Man Challenge, on the other hand, is for those seeking to indulge in sports and physically -challenging recreational activities.
For corporations, there are the Corporate Bonding Activities in store. These would include teambuilding activities like the REEL simulator —an action learning programme based on popular movies contemporary simulation games, treasure hunt, and Fashion Forest’s own Amazing Race!
For children, the Fashion Forest Summer Camp packages are education, adventure and fun rolled into one. The main concept of the camp is to immerse children in multi -disciplinary programmes filled with challenging recreational activities that will help them acquire the right disciplines. Among others, they learn about camping, nature and conservation, and they get to indulge in sports like archery and rock-climbing.
The main people behind Treks, Eddie Chan and Pat Ang themselves, their passion for nature stems from the fact that they believe it can inspire people in many ways. Chan and Ang created a concept trail where nature stories abound in order to help people discover more about themselves.
They see themselves as unison builders who help people achieve “unity of mind, vision and effort.” Their activities are hence filled with self and team -discovery opportunities that stimulate people and help them develop as individuals.
For more information, please call 03-27181118 or log on to www.rwgenting.com.