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Tabur East

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The more popular trail for Bukit Tabur would be Tabur West. This is the trail which had been where accidents and fatalities had been dominating the news and is every parent’s nightmare when their children chose to do some hiking. Religiously, every Sunday, hundreds of hikers would be jamming up the narrow paths of Tabur West. It is just pure statistics of the sheer amount of numbers especially of many first timers, that an accident will happen.

Lesser known on the Eastern side away from the crowd is the Bukit Tabur East trail.

Giant Pipes of Melawati

To access Tabur East, you will have to look for the giant pipes that lead to Klang Gates.

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The giant pipes will lead you to an obscure jungle trail on the right side which is a straight climb uphill.

 

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After 15 minutes of climbing through the jungle trail, you get to see a break of skyline. This indicate the peak is near.

 

Hiking Up towards Tabur West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon you will emerge from the jungle.

 

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Emerging from the jungle trail, you will catch the view of the dam.

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Spectacular view of the dam.

 

Tabur East Dam View

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the direction of Tabur West. Could only see the first peak. The other eight peaks lies beyond the first peak.

 

Looking at Tabur West Peak

 

 

 

 

 

At the opposite direction, we could see Tabur East Peak, our destination.

 

Tabur East Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

The climb from the first ridge to the peak takes another 30 minutes which involved a climb on a virtually 90 degrees rock wall up about 50 feet. Lo0ks scary and definitely not for the faint hearted.

 

Dam View

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conquering the wall, you will be rewarded with unobstructed view of the Klang Gates.

Reaching Tabur East Peak

 

 

 

 

 

Finally reaching the peak of Tabur East.

 

 

KL View From East Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great view of KL from Tabur East.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Bukit Bangkong, Tanah Hitam

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Somewhere north of Ipoh, in the outskirts of Chemor, in a new village called Tanah Hitam lies a quaint hill called Bukit Bangkong. Read about this place from some bloggers and it was described as a local secret for trekking. Decided to check it out and went looking for Tanah Hitam New Village. The new village was relatively easy to locate being off the main Chemor-Sg Siput trunk road.

Bukit BangkongUpon reaching the new village, I just drove directly towards the hill at the background of the new village and true enough, I found Bukit Bangkong when I reached the foot of the hill.

Bukit Bangkong Entrance


There was a large car park at the entrance with a rest station.


From the entrance, the trek starts off on tarmac which deteriorated into a gravel track accompanied with concrete steps.

Bukit Bangkong Trek Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a straight climb upwards in the open without any trees for shade. We started at 10.30 pm and it was truly hot.

Bukit Bangkong Steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was truly happy when we encountered a junction with a jungle trail on the right and an open trail on the left which was supposed to be the shorter route. We immediately chose the longer route, at least we get to trek in the shade.

Bukit Bangkong Jungle Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before long, we reached the peak.

Bukit Bangkong Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In total, it was 3 kilometers from the car park on a very gradual and easy terrain. The elevation of Bukit Bangkong as only 311 meters, more of a knoll than a hill.

Bukit Bangkong Stats

From the peak, we could see Chemor on the Western side. On the Eastern side, could see could peaks which were much higher. Checked my GPS and found that the peaks were Gunung Yong Yap and Gunung Korbu in the distance.

Yong Yap & Korbu View

It was a leisurely walk down and we could see  limestone hills standing tall over flat plains.

Chemor Limestone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I would rate Bukit Bangkong as a good place for a workout but not really a place for trekkers.

When we reached our car, decided to check out food in Tanah Hitam new village. Quite a number of coffee shops were opened for business but we chose the most crowded. Ordered seafood noodles and iced coffee. Expectation was high since we are near Ipoh.

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The verdict :- ice coffee was good and the seafood noodles was delicious. Such a fitting treat after a workout.

Written by asme

January 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Gunung Datuk – First Time

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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.

East View

South View

West View where the other hikers were gathered.

North View

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.

Mountains Of Malaysia

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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
4 Gunung Murud 7,946 2,422 Kelabit Sarawak
5 Gunung Mulu 7,795 2,376 Mulu Sarawak
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
16 Gunung Benom 6,913 2,107 Jerantut 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
30 Bukit Batu 6,601 2,012 Kapit Sarawak
31 Gunung Wakid 6,562 2,000 Tambunan Sabah
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
38 Gunung Berhid 6,334 1,931
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
42 Gunung Lumarku 6,234 1,900 Sabah
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
46 Gunung Bintang 6,110 1,862 Kulim Kedah
47 Gunung Noring Timur 6,106 1,861 Kuala Balah Kelantan
48 Gunung Basor 6,030 1,838 Jeli 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
56 Gunung Raya 5,759 1,755
57 Gunung Api 5,741 1,750 Mulu Sarawak
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
62 Gunung Rajah 5,526 1,684 Bentong 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
66 Bukit Tunggul 5,452 1,663 Bentong Pahang
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
71 Gunung Pulang 5,259 1,603 Ulu Pahang
72 Gunung Pass 5,203 1,587 Cameron Highlands Pahang
73 Gunung Benarat 5,200 1,585 Mulu Sarawak
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
77 Gunung Tera 5,105 1,556 Dabong Kelantan
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
83 Bukit Kayo 4,990 1,521 Sarawak
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
88 Gunung Gelemat 4,856 1,480 Dungun Terengganu
89 Gunung Tinutudan 4,820 1,469 Sabah
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
96 Gunung Hijau 4,751 1,448 Taiping 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
100 Gunung Luis 4,678 1,426 Tawau Sabah
101 Gunung Stong 4,664 1,422 Dabong Kelantan
102 Bukit Gelugor 4,659 1,420 Jeli Kelantan
103 Bukit Napunan 4,629 1,411 Limbang Sarawak
104 Bukit Kumbong 4,590 1,399 Kapit Sarawak
105 Gunung Tui 4,583 1,397 Lipis Pahang
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
109 Gunung Kuli 4,551 1,387 Sabah
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
113 Gunung Gagau 4,514 1,376 Kenyir Terengganu
114 Gunung Menyelit 4,467 1,362
115 Gunung Magdelena 4,419 1,347 Sabah
116 Gunung Talang 4,413 1,345 Temenggor Perak
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
120 Gunung Penrissen 4,360 1,329 Sarawak
121 Gunung Rinangisan 4,350 1,326 Keningau Sabah
122 Gunung Ulu Soh 4,343 1,324 Kuala Kangsar Perak
123 Gunung Lumutan 4,324 1,318 Sabah
124 Bukit Kabut 4,321 1,317 Temenggor Perak
125 Gunung Padang 4,311 1,314 Ulu Terengganu Terengganu
126 Gunung Baha 4,294 1,309 Dabong Kelantan
127 Gunung Kambing 4,288 1,307 Kuala Krai Kelantan
128 Gunung Berangkat 4,254 1,297 Bertam Baru Kelantan
129 Gunung Tribulation 4,222 1,287 Danum Sabah
130 Gunung Saji 4,212 1,284 Dabong Kelantan
131 Bukit Semalong 4,203 1,281 Kapit Sarawak
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
135 Bukit Tawai 4,177 1,273 Sabah
136 Gunung Panggang Paku 4,155 1,266 Cameron Highlands Pahang
137 Bukit Lata Pepalang 4,154 1,266 Kg. Tg. Pari, Baling Kedah
138 Bukit Ramin 4,134 1,260 Temenggor Perak
139 Bukit Kubang Ampang 4,098 1,250 Telemong Pahang
140 Gunung Temiang 4,098 1,249 Kuala Krai Kelantan
141 Bukit Skalap 4,049 1,234 Kapit Sarawak
142 Gunung Bujang Melaka 4,048 1,234 Kampar Perak
143 Bukit Batu Terus 4,043 1,233 Cameron Highlands Pahang
144 Gunung Sarut 4,032 1,229 Setiu Terengganu
145 Gunung Surat 4,031 1,229
146 Gunung Kenderong 4,011 1,223 Grik Kedah
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
153 Gunung Lucia 3,940 1,201 Tawau Sabah
154 Gunung Bokbak (Baubak) 3,934 1,199 Bintang Range Perak
155 Gunung Telapak Buruk 3,913 1,193 Ulu Klawang N. Sembilan
156 Gunung Irong 3,908 1,191 Jerantut Pahang
157 Bukit Baju 3,891 1,186 Lipis Pahang
158 Bukit Chintawangsa 3,886 1,184 Gua Musang Kelantan
159 Bukit Tudal 3,878 1,182 Sarawak
160 Gunung Rambong 3,848 1,173 Selama Perak
161 Gunung Kauran 3,832 1,168 Keningau Sabah
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
167 Gunung Ginivisan 3,750 1,143 Tambunan Sabah
166 Gunung Pisagan 3,730 1,137 Keningau Sabah
165 Gunung Guak Rimau 3,712 1,131 Ulu Perak Perak
168 Gunung Kubang Badak 3,650 1,113 Baling Kedah
169 Gunung Gapis 3,627 1,106 Raub Pahang
170 Gunung Penumpu 3,590 1,094 Taman Negara Pahang
171 Gunung Danum 3,586 1,093 Danum Sabah
172 Bukit Kutu 3,576 1,090 Kg. Pertak Selangor
173 Gunung Panampakan 3,563 1,086 Tambunan Sabah
174 Bukit Mudin Besar 3,547 1,081 Sik Kedah
175 Bukit Payong 3,540 1,079 Kg Kongkoi N. Sembilan
176 Gunung Laris 3,527 1,075 Jerantut Pahang
178 Gunung Terra 3,503 1,068
177 Gunung Gajah Hutan 3,501 1,067 Sik Kedah
179 Gunung Harimau 3,501 1,067 Tawau Sabah
180 Gunung Maria 3,501 1,067 Tawau Sabah
181 Gunung Dulang 3,485 1,063 Jerantut Pahang
182 Gunung Peninjau 3,471 1,058 Chemor Perak
183 Bukit Serundum 3,462 1,055 Pancing Pahang
184 Gunung Lerek 3,441 1,049 Maran Pahang
185 Gunung Kachang 3,436 1,047 Kenyir Terengganu
186 Gunung Tebu 3,408 1,039 Lata Tembakoh, Besut Terengganu
187 Gunung Belalai 3,406 1,038 Taman Negara Pahang
188 Gunung Kajang 3,403 1,038 Tioman Pahang
189 Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) 3,399 1,036 Taiping Perak
190 Gunung Besar 3,398 1,036 Endau-Rompin Johor
191 Bukit Buruk Recam 3,346 1,020 Sarawak
192 Bukit Mersing 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
198 Gunung Perenggan 3,275 998 Wemg Kedah
199 Bukit Berentin 3,184 971 Gua Musang Kelantan
200 Gunung Pukin 3,173 967 Endau-Rompin Johor
201 Gunung Tembat 3,163 964 Hulu Terengganu Terengganu
202 Gunung Buda 3,159 963 Mulu Sarawak
203 Gunung Tampilat 3,159 963 Tawau Sabah
204 Gunung Bekok 3,126 953 Endau-Rompin Johor
205 Bukit Kelebor 3,105 947 Kenyir Terengganu
206 Gunung Tambuku 3,084 940 Tawau Sabah
207 Bukit Goram 3,074 937 Sarawak
208 Gunung Cerlak 3,065 934 Taman Negara Pahang
209 Gunung Tungku 3,045 928 Jerantut Pahang
210 Gunung Gading 2,972 906 Lundu Sarawak
211 Bukit Damar 2,956 901 Grik Perak
212 Bukit Lumut 2,953 900 Sarawak
213 Gunung Ayam 2,946 898 Gua Musang Kelantan
214 Gunung Pondok Dua 2,946 898 Taman Negara Pahang
215 Bukit Jeli 2,943 897 Jeli Kelantan
216 Bukit Kobeh 2,940 896 Ulu Perak Perak
217 Bukit Salih 2,933 894 Belum Perak
218 Gunung Gua Rimau 2,917 889 Kluang Johor
219 Gunung Paling-Paling 2,904 885 Keningau Sabah
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
223 Gunung Aais 2,889 881 Jerantut Pahang
224 Bukit Kemahang 2,874 876 Tanah Merah Kelantan
225 Gunung Raya 2,860 872 Langkawi Kedah
226 Bukit Tujoh 2,844 867 Kuala Lipis Pahang
227 Gunung Perak 2,836 864 Pendang Kedah
228 Gunung Chirgoi 2,804 855
229 Bukit Cergau 2,803 855 Kenyir Terengganu
230 Gunung Ulu Kemapan 2,802 854 Endau-Rompin Pahang
232 Gunung Chenuang 2,788 850 Ulu Langat Selangor
231 Gunung Chemendong 2,777 846 Kluang Johor
233 Gunung Tok Bidan 2,763 842 Sik Kedah
234 Bukit Bintongan 2,761 842 Rembau N. Sembilan
235 Gunung Pertawai 2,756 840 Endau-Rompin Johor
236 Gunung Beremban 2,753 839 Endau-Rompin Johor
237 Bukit Mabauk 2,749 838 Sabah
238 Bukit Sadok 2,726 831 Sarawak
239 Bukit Bendera 2,721 830 Penang
240 Gunung Jua 2,719 829 Raub Pahang
242 Gunung Angsi 2,702 824 Ulu Bendul, Kuala Pilah N. Sembilan
241 Bukit Berkelah 2,684 818 Gambang Pahang
243 Gunung Santubong 2,657 810 Kuching Sarawak
244 Gunung Ulu Baranang (Bukit) 2,654 809 Ulu Baranang Selangor
245 Gunung Kledang 2,651 808 Menglembu Perak
246 Gunung Sayong 2,605 794 Kuala Kangsar Perak
247 Gunung Ulu Kaho 2,600 792
248 Gunung Besar 2,595 791 Jerantut Pahang
249 Bukit Kapal 2,592 790 Hulu Terengganu Terengganu
250 Gunung Angus 2,572 784 Taman Negara Pahang
252 Bukit Tapah 2,549 777 Temerluh Pahang
251 Gunung Bayu 2,549 777 Baling Kedah
252 Gunung Bahagak 2,539 774 Lahad Datu Sabah
253 Gunung Gadang 2,526 770 Hulu Perak Perak
254 Gunung Berantai 2,520 768 Maran Pahang
255 Gunung Tampin 2,507 764 Tampin N. Sembilan
256 Bukit Koh Mai 2,500 762 Padang Terap Kedah
257 Gunung Wollerstort 2,500 762 Tawau Sabah
258 Gunung Ampungara 2,477 755 Kenyalang Sarawak
259 Gunung Buri 2,444 745 Sarawak
260 Gunung Papulut 2,382 726 Grik Perak
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
266 Gunung Bungsa 2,159 658 Kulim Kedah
267 Gunung Janing 2,150 655 Endau-Rompin Johor
268 Gunung Pulai 2,147 654 Pulai Johor
269 Gunung Lesung 2,146 654 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
274 Bukit Patang 2,064 629 Kemaman Terengganu
275 Gunung Sumalayang 2,018 615 Kota Tinggi Johor
276 Bukit Galla 2,011 613 Labu N. Sembilan
277 Gunung Sigapon 2,011 613 Keningau Sabah
278 Gunung Tannabalu 1,955 596 Semporna Sabah
279 Gunung Ma’okil 1,895 578 Pagoh Johor
280 Gunung Bidai 1,889 576 Jerantut Pahang
281 Gunung Baling 1,883 574 Baling Kedah
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
285 Gunung Lambak 1,673 510 Kluang Johor
286 Gunung Mostyn 1,624 495 Kunak Sabah
287 Gunung Pock 1,601 488 Semporna Sabah
288 Gunung Senyum 1,594 486 Jengka Pahang
289 Gunung Singalong 1,499 457 Semporna Sabah
290 Gunung Gaya 1,493 455 Semporna Sabah
291 Bukit Tabur 1,461 446 Melawati Selangor
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
298 Gunung Semanggol 1,280 390 Kerian Perak
299 Bukit Takun 1,180 360 Serendah Selangor
300 Gunung Beirut Dabong Kelantan
301 Gunung Berumput Lundu Sarawak
302 Gunung Koh Dabong Kelantan
303 Gunung Kub
304 Gunung Nenek Semukut Tioman Pahang
305 Gunung Pueh Lundu Sarawak
306 Gunung Raung Kenyir Terengganu
307 Gunung Ruil Gopeng Perak
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.

Bukit Kutu – First Hike

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We rested a good 20 minutes here at the Giant Boulder. We passed time by taking lots of pictures.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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We left the river at 4.30 pm for a great dinner at Ulu Yam Lama with great memories.

Finding Chemperoh Falls

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It was an exhilirating feeling as we have managed to reach our falls.

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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.

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January 8, 2009 at 12:32 am

Robinson Waterfalls

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

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