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Have been hearing about Gunung Datuk ever since I started trekking but the first invite frightened me off, as my buddies were stuck in a human chain up the mountain. It was a holiday weekend and there was a record number of groups going up, so much so that the car park was full and cars were lining up on the road leading into the forest reserve. I thank my lucky stars then that I did not join the trek but stories and pictures of Gunung Datuk continued to haunt me.
Why was it called Gunung Datuk? Apparently, in 1372, Dato’ Pepateh Nan Sebatang led a gathering of the local chieftains to the peak to appoint a Datuk. So it appears to be the place for datukship appointments. I laughed at the thought of the modern day datuks, having to make the hike. Perhaps, the number of Datuks will be halved.
Anyway on one rainy Sunday morning, I decided to check out Gunung Datuk. Reckoned that most regular folks are comfortably snuggled underneath their comforters, May and I started out before 7.00 am from Kuala Lumpur.
The drive down South to the Pedas/Linggi interchange (Exit 223) of the North/South Expressway took less than an hour. From the exit, we headed towards Rembau and we were greeted with ample road signs for Gunung Datuk. It was really a pleasant drive in quiet country roads.
We arrived at Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk at 8.30 am and found only 3 other cars parked. We were delighted, knowing we will have a serene trek. Just can’t stand a crowded trek like the Sunday Broga morning treks. Registered ourselves and paid the RM 3.00 trekking fee and we were on our way at 8.36 am.
At the side of the entrance signage, there was a cemented trail that led to the river.
We followed the trail and crossed the river via the cemented bridge and we were at the start of the Gunung Datuk trail.
The trail was clear and wide, almost like a highway for trekkers and it went up all the way directly to the summit. There were no misleading junctions and this would be an excellent trek for first timers without guides. Just head upwards, do not turn into any small undistinguished treks and you can safely reach the peak.
There was nothing spectacular along the trek except pure jungle and peaceful green. However if we took time off to look for the inner beauty of the wilderness, we can find an abundance of different types of flora and many small creepy crawlers on the forest floor. Nestled amongst the trees, we found a giant tree which was wider than the length of a Kancil.
There were no leeches at all. Maybe during the raining season, you may find an odd one.
The peak could be reached in an hour with brisk trekking but we plodded our way slowly catching breathers along the way while enjoying the greenery around us. After a gentle two hours six minutes’ hike, we reached the open ground where we found the giants. These are enormous rocks, much bigger than the ones in Broga Hill.
The highlight of the Gunung Datuk climb are the gigantic boulders on its peak and the 360° view standing on these giant rocks. However, to get to the top, you will have to climb 6 iron ladders which are tied to the rocks. The 1st one was a breeze but the challenge lies ahead.
There were voices from the top of the rocks, so we finally discovered the other hikers. I hesitated a moment at the bottom rung of the 2nd ladder but thinking of the 6 year olds and the 60 year olds who made it to the top, I can’t stand being the one that chickened out.
It looked scary from far but it was even scarier from the bottom.
With jittery and rubbery legs, I managed the first 2 ladders with some effort.
The next 3 ladders were easier than it looked.
We were rewarded with a breathtaking view of blue skies all round us. It was a great finale to the two continuous hours of green foliage.
We truly could see 360° all around.
West View where the other hikers were gathered.
It would have been perfect if the winds were stronger. We only had a very gentle breeze which was not able to appease the scorching sun. It was only 11.00 am but being a barren rock, we could feel the heat rising.
We stayed for about an hour and left before the noon sun gets the better of us.
Going down the ladders was truly more challenging than climbing up. One of the ladders which I climbing down, swung when I put my weight on it. It was pulled back by the holding ropes and crashed against the rock face. This totally freaked out another hiker who was going down with me at the same time. I just held on and prayed that the ropes don’t break. I somehow managed the rest of the ladders back to the open ground without any further incidents.
The going down from the open ground was much easier and we were back in the car back in an hour.
Overall, Gunung Datuk is a lovely short and easy trek. At 2,900 feet, it is one of the lesser peaks which is the ideal start for beginners before they move on to the higher peaks. The view at peak is defintely worth the drive down South.
Been surfing for a complete list of mountains in Malaysia but have not been successful. Most if it comes in bits and pieces. There has been so much repetitions and misinformation that I started to compile my own list.
|No||Name of Mountain||Feet||Meters||Location||State|
|1||Gunung Kinabalu||13,455||4,101||Crocker Range||Sabah|
|2||Gunung Trusmadi||8,669||2,642||Trus Madi Range||Sabah|
|3||Gunung Tambuyukon||8,462||2,579||Crocker Range||Sabah|
|6||Gunung Tahan||7,185||2,190||Tahan Range||Pahang|
|7||Gunung Korbu||7,162||2,183||Ulu Kinta||Perak|
|8||Gunung Yong Belar||7,156||2,181||Titiwangsa Range||Pahang|
|9||Gunung Gayong||7,129||2,173||Ulu Kinta||Perak|
|10||Gunung Chamah||7,122||2,171||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|11||Gunung Yong Yap||7,113||2,168||Ulu Kelantan||Kelantan|
|12||Gunung Ulu Sepat||7,089||2,161||Temenggor||Kelantan|
|13||Gunung Batu Putih||6,993||2,131||Kg. Woh, Tapah||Perak|
|14||Gunung Tama Abu||6,930||2,112||Tama Abu Range||Sarawak|
|15||Gunung Irau||6,923||2,110||Brinchang, CH||Pahang|
|17||Gunung Apd Runan||6,900||2,103||Kelabit||Sarawak|
|18||Gunung Gerah||6,898||2,103||Ulu Sepat||Perak/Kelantan|
|19||Puncak 6850||6,850||2,088||Titiwangsa Range||Perak|
|20||Bukit Batu Buli||6,830||2,082||Kelabit||Sarawak|
|21||Gunung Bilah||6,812||2,076||Ulu Sepat||Perak/Kelantan|
|22||Gunung Berembun (Wray’s)||6,811||2,076||Brinchang, CH||Perak|
|23||Gunung Belatok||6,800||2,073||Titiwangsa Range||Pahang|
|25||Gunung Bieh||6,800||2,073||Ulu Sepat||Perak|
|24||Gunung Junction||6,796||2,071||Ulu Sepat||Perak|
|26||Gunung Gedung||6,776||2,065||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|27||Gunung Batu Lawi||6,713||2,046||Limbang||Sarawak|
|28||Gunung Brinchang||6,664||2,031||Brinchang, CH||Pahang|
|29||Gunung Tangga||6,609||2,014||Kg Rajah, CH||Pahang|
|32||Gunung Swettenham||6,434||1,961||Kg Rajah, CH||Pahang/Kelantan|
|33||Gunung Shoid||6,387||1,947||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|34||Gunung Ulu Kechau||6,380||1,945||Tahan Range||Pahang|
|35||Gunung Liang Timur||6,343||1,933||Tanjung Malim||Perak|
|36||Gunung Liang Barat||6,342||1,933||Tangjung Malim||Perak|
|37||Gunung Tumang Batak||6,334||1,932||Raub||Pahang|
|39||Gunung Challi (Pondok)||6,307||1,922||Titiwangsa Range||Pahang|
|40||Gunung Siku||6,284||1,915||Kg Rajah, CH||Pahang|
|41||Gunung Tok Nenek||6,248||1,904||Titiwangsa Range|
|43||Gunung Rajah||6,201||1,890||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|44||Gunung Noring (Anak Noring)||6,197||1,889||Ulu Perak||Perak|
|45||Gunung Belatoh||6,168||1,880||Lasah, Sg. Siput||Perak|
|47||Gunung Noring Timur||6,106||1,861||Kuala Balah||Kelantan|
|49||Gunung Semangkok||5,984||1,824||Kuala Kubu Baru||Selangor|
|50||Gunung Botak||5,960||1,817||Ulu Kinta||Perak|
|51||Gunung Suku||5,896||1,797||Simpang Pulai||Perak|
|52||Gunung Kuar||5,815||1,772||Kuala Kangsar||Perak|
|53||Gunung Ulu Kali||5,814||1,772||Genting Highlands||Selangor|
|54||Bukit Bujang||5,812||1,771||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|55||Gunung Tiga Negeri (Triangle)||5,789||1,764||Ulu Kinta||Perak|
|58||Gunung Besar||5,737||1,749||Lasah, Sg. Siput||Perak|
|59||Gunung Warpu||5,724||1,745||Lojing, Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|60||Gunung Chabang||5,612||1,711||Simpang Pulai||Perak|
|61||Gunung Jasar||5,565||1,696||Tanah Rata, CH||Pahang|
|63||Gunung Ulu Semangkok||5,473||1,668||The Gap||Pahang|
|64||Gunung Yellow||5,466||1,667||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|65||Gunung Lotong||5,459||1,664||Maliau Basin||Sabah|
|68||Gunung Bubu (Manong)||5,437||1,657||Kuala Kangsar||Perak|
|69||Gunung Pantat Lesong||5,380||1,641||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|70||Gunung Bah Gading||5,318||1,621||Bidor||Perak|
|72||Gunung Pass||5,203||1,587||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|74||Gunung Perdah||5,173||1,577||Tanah Rata, CH||Pahang|
|75||Gunung Ulu Jerneh||5,172||1,576||Bintang Range||Perak|
|76||Gunung Tangga Lima Belas||5,163||1,574||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|78||Gunung Rabong||5,047||1,538||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|79||Gunung Mentigi||5,036||1,535||Tanah Rata, CH||Pahang|
|80||Gunung Ulu Titi Basah||5,030||1,533||Temenggor||Perak|
|81||Gunung Duri||5,020||1,531||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|82||Gunung Lebah||4,992||1,522||Batang Padang||Perak|
|84||Gunung Lawit||4,982||1,519||Hulu Terengganu||Terengganu|
|85||Gunung Tapis||4,960||1,512||Sg Lembing||Pahang|
|86||Gunung Nuang||4,898||1,493||Ulu Langat||Selangor|
|87||Gunung Rejam||4,856||1,480||Lasah, Sg. Siput||Perak|
|90||Gunung Bedong||4,818||1,469||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|91||Gunung Pankin||4,797||1,462||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|92||Gunung Besar Hantu||4,795||1,462||Jelebu||N. Sembilan|
|93||Gunung Mandi Angin (Chelah)||4,790||1,460||Dungun||Terengganu|
|94||Pine Tree Hill||4,777||1,456||Fraser’s Hill||Selangor|
|95||Gunung Ulu Merah||4,757||1,450||Hulu Perak||Perak|
|97||Bukit Kenandong||4,724||1,440||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|98||Gunung Ulu Perus||4,700||1,433||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|99||Gunung Buah Bunga||4,690||1,430||Genting Highlands||Selangor|
|106||Gunung Chingkai||4,583||1,397||Kg., Jalong, Sg. Siput||Perak|
|107||Gunung Diwangsa||4,578||1,395||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|108||Gunung Ulu Bakar (Palas)||4,563||1,391||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|110||Gunung Lingan||4,547||1,386||Crocker Range||Sabah|
|111||Gunung Che Tahir||4,523||1,379||Dabong||Kelantan|
|112||Bukit Ulu Telang||4,516||1,376||Kuala Kubu Baru||Selangor|
|117||Bukit Ulu Bakau||4,412||1,345||Kuala Kubu Baru||Selangor|
|118||Gunung Inas||4,400||1,341||Lawin, Grik||Perak|
|119||Bukit Repin||4,400||1,341||Ulu Langat||Selangor|
|122||Gunung Ulu Soh||4,343||1,324||Kuala Kangsar||Perak|
|125||Gunung Padang||4,311||1,314||Ulu Terengganu||Terengganu|
|127||Gunung Kambing||4,288||1,307||Kuala Krai||Kelantan|
|128||Gunung Berangkat||4,254||1,297||Bertam Baru||Kelantan|
|132||Gunung Kasal||4,199||1,280||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|133||Gunung Perlis||4,195||1,279||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|134||Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir)||4,187||1,276||Tangkak||Johor|
|136||Gunung Panggang Paku||4,155||1,266||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|137||Bukit Lata Pepalang||4,154||1,266||Kg. Tg. Pari, Baling||Kedah|
|139||Bukit Kubang Ampang||4,098||1,250||Telemong||Pahang|
|140||Gunung Temiang||4,098||1,249||Kuala Krai||Kelantan|
|142||Gunung Bujang Melaka||4,048||1,234||Kampar||Perak|
|143||Bukit Batu Terus||4,043||1,233||Cameron Highlands||Pahang|
|147||Gunung Biong||3,997||1,218||Batu Kurau||Perak|
|148||Gunung Jerai||3,992||1,217||Kuala Muda||Kedah|
|149||Gunung Reskit||3,989||1,216||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|150||Gunung Gajah Terom||3,958||1,206||Kuala Berang||Terengganu|
|151||Gunung Sempah||3,953||1,205||Ulu Yam Baru||Selangor|
|152||Bukit Ulu Laho||3,944||1,202||Belum||Perak|
|154||Gunung Bokbak (Baubak)||3,934||1,199||Bintang Range||Perak|
|155||Gunung Telapak Buruk||3,913||1,193||Ulu Klawang||N. Sembilan|
|158||Bukit Chintawangsa||3,886||1,184||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|162||Gunung Lipat Sanggul||3,816||1,163||Kemaman||Terengganu|
|163||Gunung Ulu Lenik||3,770||1,150||Kuala Kubu Baru||Selangor|
|164||Gunung Lang||3,757||1,145||Pengkalan Ulu||Perak|
|165||Gunung Guak Rimau||3,712||1,131||Ulu Perak||Perak|
|168||Gunung Kubang Badak||3,650||1,113||Baling||Kedah|
|170||Gunung Penumpu||3,590||1,094||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|172||Bukit Kutu||3,576||1,090||Kg. Pertak||Selangor|
|174||Bukit Mudin Besar||3,547||1,081||Sik||Kedah|
|175||Bukit Payong||3,540||1,079||Kg Kongkoi||N. Sembilan|
|177||Gunung Gajah Hutan||3,501||1,067||Sik||Kedah|
|186||Gunung Tebu||3,408||1,039||Lata Tembakoh, Besut||Terengganu|
|187||Gunung Belalai||3,406||1,038||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|189||Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill)||3,399||1,036||Taiping||Perak|
|191||Bukit Buruk Recam||3,346||1,020||Sarawak|
|193||Gunung Tiong / Bukit Berambut||3,327||1,014||Endau-Rompin||Johor|
|194||Bukit Batu Papan||3,318||1,012||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|195||Gunung Belumut||3,313||1,010||Kuala Kahang, Kluang||Johor|
|196||Gunung Ambun||3,301||1,006||Lahad Datu||Sabah|
|197||Gunung Pari||3,300||1,006||Ulu Chepor||Perak|
|199||Bukit Berentin||3,184||971||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|201||Gunung Tembat||3,163||964||Hulu Terengganu||Terengganu|
|208||Gunung Cerlak||3,065||934||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|213||Gunung Ayam||2,946||898||Gua Musang||Kelantan|
|214||Gunung Pondok Dua||2,946||898||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|216||Bukit Kobeh||2,940||896||Ulu Perak||Perak|
|218||Gunung Gua Rimau||2,917||889||Kluang||Johor|
|220||Gunung Datok (Rembau)||2,900||884||Rembau||N. Sembilan|
|221||Gunung Silam||2,897||883||Lahad Datu||Sabah|
|222||Gunung China||2,890||881||Kaki Bukit||Perlis|
|224||Bukit Kemahang||2,874||876||Tanah Merah||Kelantan|
|226||Bukit Tujoh||2,844||867||Kuala Lipis||Pahang|
|230||Gunung Ulu Kemapan||2,802||854||Endau-Rompin||Pahang|
|232||Gunung Chenuang||2,788||850||Ulu Langat||Selangor|
|233||Gunung Tok Bidan||2,763||842||Sik||Kedah|
|234||Bukit Bintongan||2,761||842||Rembau||N. Sembilan|
|242||Gunung Angsi||2,702||824||Ulu Bendul, Kuala Pilah||N. Sembilan|
|244||Gunung Ulu Baranang (Bukit)||2,654||809||Ulu Baranang||Selangor|
|246||Gunung Sayong||2,605||794||Kuala Kangsar||Perak|
|247||Gunung Ulu Kaho||2,600||792|
|249||Bukit Kapal||2,592||790||Hulu Terengganu||Terengganu|
|250||Gunung Angus||2,572||784||Taman Negara||Pahang|
|252||Gunung Bahagak||2,539||774||Lahad Datu||Sabah|
|253||Gunung Gadang||2,526||770||Hulu Perak||Perak|
|255||Gunung Tampin||2,507||764||Tampin||N. Sembilan|
|256||Bukit Koh Mai||2,500||762||Padang Terap||Kedah|
|261||Bukit Sembilan||2,372||723||Kuala Lipis||Pahang|
|262||Gunung Pilong||2,343||714||Hulu Perak||Perak|
|263||Gunung Mat Chinchang||2,339||713||Langkawi||Kedah|
|264||Gunung Bidaj||2,260||689||Ulu Yam Baru||Selangor|
|265||Gunung Ulu Tiang||2,215||675||Endau-Rompin||Pahang|
|270||Gunung Hatton||2,126||648||Lahad Datu||Sabah|
|271||Bukit Palong||2,116||645||Serting||N. Sembilan|
|272||Bukit Chini||2,103||641||Tasik Chini||Pahang|
|273||Gunung Muntahak||2,080||634||Kota Tinggi||Johor|
|275||Gunung Sumalayang||2,018||615||Kota Tinggi||Johor|
|276||Bukit Galla||2,011||613||Labu||N. Sembilan|
|282||Gunung Janing Barat||1,780||543||Endau-Rompin||Pahang|
|283||Gunung Hijau||1,732||528||Batu Gajah||Perak|
|284||Gunung Panti Barat (Panti)||1,684||513||Kg. Lukut, Kota Tinggi||Johor|
|292||Gunung Lubok Tedong||1,420||433||Gombak||Selangor|
|293||Bukit Batang Melaka||1,420||433||Batang Melaka||Melaka|
|294||Bukit Banang||1,400||427||Batu Pahat||Johor|
|295||Gunung Lepo||1,400||427||Ulu Langat||Selangor|
|296||Bukit Saga – Apeh||1,381||421||Cheras||Selangor|
|297||Gunung Sunting Baloh/Seputeh||1,339||408||Beruas||Perak|
|304||Gunung Nenek Semukut||Tioman||Pahang|
|308||Gunung Ulu Tirus|
This is the most complete list that I could come up with.
The above list is by no means complete or perfect.
I would most welcome contributions and corrections to the above data.
I have always wondered what Bukit Kutu was like after having read that it was an abandoned British hill station. Some call it Gunung Kutu which is disputed whether it is really a ‘gunung’ or mountain especially when Pine Tree Hill at the neighbouring Fraser’s Hill stands at 4,777 feet while Bukit Kutu was reported to be about 3,500 feet. As I read more, I found that it was formerly called Gunung Sekutu by the indigenous people, the Temuan who lived in the area. When the British took over, it was renamed Treacher’s Hill and a sanatorium was built there. Fraser’s Hill continued to thrive but somehow Treacher’s Hill faded into oblivion. This hill station was abandoned, the bungalows went into disrepair and finally the roads were overtaken by the jungle. Treacher’s Hill disappeared from the maps and was renamed Bukit Kutu.
Personal accounts from trekkers had given it a bad reputation for leeches and it was notorious as a trek where one would easily get lost. Trekking time was reported to be between three to four hours while the trek was supposed to be eight km long. I was intrigued with Bukit Kutu and jumped at the opportunity to climb Bukit Kutu when Liau invited us to join him for a trek there. Mei was very reluctant because of the notoriety of the leeches but somehow I managed to strong arm her to go.
June 6 – We woke up at 5.55 am for a 6.30 am rendezvous with Gary before proceeding to the group meeting point in Melawati at 7.00 am. Received a text message from Elise that she needed a lift. That’s blew my timing apart. Gary was early, so we picked him up at 6.25 am and proceeded to Elise’s place. We picked her up at 6.40 am and reckoned that 20 minutes was not enough to reach Melawati from Old Klang Road. Called Liau to inform him that we will proceed straight to Kuala Kubu Baru.
The drive to KKB was beautiful and the sunrise which we witness along the way was truly magnificent. We arrived in KKB at 7.45 am and had a quick breakfast when we were surpised by Diane. She was on her way to a white water rafting trip when she saw us and stopped her car just to say hello. We joined Mr. Liau’ group at 8.05 am in a mamak shop where they were having their breakfast.
At 8.30 am, we proceeded towards Fraser’s Hill from KKB. Shortly after passing the water dam, about 7.7 km from KKB town, we took a right turn into Kg Pertak. A quaint little village with lovely single storey detached houses, Kg Pertak is a relocation site for the Temuan community. From Kg Pertak, we ventured straight into a dirt road and continued for about 1 km before the road proved to be inaccessible by normal vehicles.
We had to park our cars at the side of road. From where we parked, we could hear the sound of rushing river waters and this is the start of the Kutu trail (Elevation 827 feet / Coordinates N 03˚34.487’ E 101˚44.201).
It was time to warm up. Lum start with his pumping exercises, Commedian did his kung fu kicks while Joey did her extreme yoga stretches. I was going to conserve my energy for the trek. After 10 minutes or so, we headed out for the Kutu Summit at around 9.00 am.
There were 13 of us. Only 4 of us have reached the summit of Bukit Kutu previously while the rest of us were all first timers to the hill.
The first part of the trek was easy with two metals bridges to cross. The second bridge had partially collapsed and we had to balance on the edge of the bridge.
About 1.5 km from the starting point, we came across our first river crossing. The water is about 2 feet deep. This river crossing could be a hazard on the return trip if it rains as the water level would definitely have gone up.
We did not let up. We continue trekking and encountered another 2 river crossings. These were minor streams and could easily be crossed without getting our feet wet. After crossing the 3rd river, we were in the thick of pacat (leech) country. The treks were a bit muddy but were very manageable given that we have been having dry spells during the past two months. We quickly passed the pacat gauntlet without suffering any leech assaults except for one or two minor bites.
We then started climbing. It was up hill all the way. After more than 30 minutes of continuous up hill, I swore it was like Nuang. When the going seemed to be endless, we reached the Giant Boulder area. It was such a relief. We covered only another 3 km from the 1st river crossing but it felt endless.
We rested a good 20 minutes here at the Giant Boulder. We passed time by taking lots of pictures.
Finally, we were ready for the final assault. It is only less than 2 km more to the summit from the Giant Boulder. Knowing that we have covered more than half of the distance helped us pyschologically in our final push. It was a steady hike upwards towards our goal.
The first to reach the summit clocked at about 11.45 am or a total of 2 hours 45 minutes. I only managed to reach at 12.15 pm clocking in at 3 hours 15 minutes. It was great feeling knowing that I managed to climb Buku Kutu on my first attempt where others have failed. The good weather and excellent ground conditions were instrumental in our above average times. Heard that the record for summitting Bukit Kutu was one hour forty minutes.
According to my GPS the summit of Bukit Kutu stands at 3,576 feet (Coordinates N 03˚34.487’ E 101˚44.201).
Not bad for a day’s work. Trekking up 6.3 km with a total elevation of 2,749 feet in 3 hours 15 minutes. I stand at the summit pretty pleased with the trek.
The going down was relatively swift. We started at 1.40 pm and we reached the river by 3.30 pm in under 2 hours.
It was time for a splash to cool down. The waters felt heavenly.
We left the river at 4.30 pm for a great dinner at Ulu Yam Lama with great memories.
Jan 4 - Our task for the day to find Chemperoh Waterfalls which was described as a difficult falls hidden in Janda Baik. Our previous attempt two weeks ago was thwart by rain because we had to do a river crossing. We rendezvous at the Shell Station in Gombak at 7.00 a.m. and as usual there were stragglers. By 7.45 am, most of us have arrived but we still had to wait for a first timer who couldn’t find the place. Five cars proceeded to the Genting Sempah rest stop while one car continued waiting for the first timer. She finally arrived at 8.00 a.m. We then sped to Genting Sempah to join up with the rest only to be told that we have to wait for another car which was coming directly to meeting point. So there we were, 32 adults gathering outside the Macdonald’s waiting for one person. The boys started some street dancing to pass time while one innovative lass opened up the boot of the car and stretched herself horizontally for a rest. The rest of with nothing to do, starting taking her pictures and soon she was in the center spot.
Hurray at last the 33rd trekker arrived at 9.00 a.m. and we get to start.
We then found out that our leader, Joe left her GPS at home and we had to go in blindly. Well, that would make the trek even more exciting. I took the lead and led the convoy of 7 cars to the point where we abandoned our attempt two weeks ago. Joe expressed that we will use the farm route instead of crossing the river where one of the locals told us to. So Leo led the way and we started trekking up a very steep farm trail.
After about 500 meters continues climb, Leo told us to turn back. He felt that it was not the way and one lady who had trekked from Gunung Nuang to Janda Baik told us of another trek where she had passed a waterfalls. We decied to use her way. So it back to the cars. We had to drive to another part of Janda Baik.
After parking our cars in the second stop, we did a river crossing and reached a lush farm land. One of the trekker then decided not to continue and told everyone, he wants to go home. His four companions did not want to follow him so we will have to distribute his companions into the remaining vehicles for the return journey. Anyway, one abandonment ain’t gonna to spoil the journey. While the companions returned to the car to transfer their stuff to other vehicles, I took the opportunity to enjoy the beatiful farm scene. One group started trekking and left a trail of paper for the rest to follow.
I was really enjoying the fresh air and the scenery until I came to a fork. There was no paper trail. Harris, Sam and Diana was with me. Harris went ahead to check and returned to confirm there was no trail and advised to turn back.
We then turned back and finally found the paper trail in small fork which I had missed earlier. The trail is another climb through farm country. Soom we caught up with Joe who was the sweeper. She was surprised to see us as we were ahead of her. We trek about an hour through farms before we reached the edge of the jungle.
The trek through the jungle was pleasant as it provided us a more varied terrain and not to mention beautiful fauna and flora along the way like the beautiful wild ginger flower. We continued on the jungle trail for 45 minutes before we could hear the sound of rushing water. The last stretch was a steep down hill all the way to the river. Once we reached the river, we could see the waterfalls some 150 meters away. We waded through the river to reach the falls.
It was an exhilirating feeling as we have managed to reach our falls.
The most intersting characteristic of this falls is the giant red boulder at the bottom of the falls.
Well, it was another good workout for the day and another waterfalls conquered.
I have been to Cameron Highlands on numerous occasions and has always wondered what Robinson Waterfalls was like but never actually attempted to visit it.
Finally, I managed to assembled a group of enthusiasts (May, VM, YP, JS, ML, JT, Joey and the kids) for the mini adventure. Locating the falls was relatively easy. Coming up from Tapah, take the first right turn after the main row of shoplots in Tanah Rata. Drive on for about one km and look out for sign to indicate another right turn.
Proceed straight to the end and park your car. The path to the Robinson Waterfalls lies across a concrete bridge. From the bridge, walk for one km and you will reach the main falls.
What’s interesting about the falls is that you reach the top of the falls first and the trail leeds down the mountain. We could see the falls but could not find any assess to the falls as the side of the trail faced a steep ravine.
As we walked down the trail, we found that it led us away from the falls. After a good 2 km down the mountain, JT and I being the least fit were horrified at the thought of climbing back up the long 2 km uphill. To our relief, failing daylight forced us to turn back as we did not want to be caught in the dark.
We met an orang asli on our trek back and asked about the falls. Our good man advised us against going to the falls because the water is very toxic as it was actually a pesticide laced ground water flowing from up the mountain where all the farms were. His reasoning made real sense.
We also inquire about the trail down the mountain and we were informed that it stretched a good 10 km all the way to Ringlet.
Robinson Waterfalls is an easily assessed falls from Tanah Rata and makes a great trek in the cool atmosphere. After the advice from my Orang Asli friend, I would think twice before attempting to bathe or swim in its waters.