Gunung Angsi From Bukit Putus

Gunung Angsi at 825 meters has been on my must do list for the past 2 years since I first heard about it. I was a bit aprehensive about Angsi especially after hearing  J. Louie had a lot of problems climbing Angsi, possibly because he was carrying a heavy pack but he took 4 1/2 hours to reach the summit. Neverthless when Leow organised an Angsi trek, I jumped at the opportunity since it was with a small group of known trekkers.

We met in Connaught on Sunday morning and proceeded at 8.45 am to Angsi via the Lekas Highway. It was a smooth ride and we reached the Bukit Putus trail head (N 02º43.647′ E 102º03.373′) by 9.30 am. There are two treks up Gunung Angsi, one via the Ulu Bendol Forest Park and one through Bukit Putus. Bukit Putus is said to be the easier trek and the time to reach the peak was reported to be between 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Having a maximum 3 hours in mind, I looked forward to the hike.

The trek starts off with a steep hike. From the first step, the steep climb continued for about 20 minutes before easing off to less demanding gradients. Was surprised to find a rest stop 10 minutes later,  a bit dissappointed that was so early in the hike. We hardly climb 1 km. Checked my GPS and found that we covered only about 1/4 of the trek. We stopped for 5 minutes to relax and take in the ambience of the rest stop. Some good folks had set up shelters complete with tables, chairs and cooking utensils. The area was kept very clean.

Having an interrupted momentum, we were off again. Found the trail to the peak were well marked all the way. Truly enjoyed disocvering the many interesting names along the trek.

From the rest stop, it was more like a nature walk. There was not much climbing for the next 40 minutes as we covered 1.5 km, first reaching a viewing point where we could get a glimpse the Kuala Pilah dam before moving ahead, passing by Big Dick 2 and Big Dick 1 before reaching Broken Arrow.

From Broken Arrow, it was down hill to Wild Board Swamp. This place was truly swampy. After negotiating past the mud, we reached Savannah Pass started climbing again. This time it was a short 1 km of climbing before we reached the peak. Reaching the peak was a bit of an ‘anti-climax’.

The peak is a beautiful large space which was kept very clean. Looked more like someone’s garden.

I have managed Gunung Angsi in 2 hours 10 minutes. A slow and leisurely hike.  Total distance covered was 4.9km. A fast hiker should be able to do it in less than 90 minutes.  This is definitely one of the most pleasant and easiest hike. The clear trails, the gentle treks and the absence of leeches makes this an ideal hike for beginners.

We had lunch at the peak since it was such a short hike and we had plenty of time to spare.  We had coffee, hot tea, hot milo, red wine, instant noodles and sandwiches.  It was a feast.

My buddy, Liew showing his love for nature.

We can get a view of Seremban from the peak while the opposite side, we get a lovely view of the Negeri Sembilan mountain range.

After getting our fill of food and the ambience at the peak, we proceed downhill. The return trek was much faster and we reached the rest stop in less than an hour.

We found an uncle fast asleep at the rest stop. As we had time, we stopped there again to brew tea, knowing that we are only 1 km from the trail head. I too took a nap and some hot tea, we finally left the Angsi Forest Reserve, happy with the pleasant trek and wanting to try the trek from Ulu Bendul the next time we come back.

(Blog was amended with the help of CL Chong)

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10 Responses to Gunung Angsi From Bukit Putus

  1. shorthorse says:

    So nicely chronicled….love the names given along the trail! Btw, where’s the tree hugger off to next??? 😀 Congrats on yet another ‘conquest’. Twas a pleasant, relaxing climb!

  2. Han Yit Peng says:

    Well done guys!!! Looks so serene at the top. BTW…I like the names along the trail too.

  3. Chong Chiew Lim says:

    I’m the gardener and sign board marker of G.Angsi was very please to read your article about G.Angsi. There were some mistakes on the location of the sign boards in your mail and I wanna to include you into our Angsi Trekkers loop. Please don’t hesitate to contact me .
    CL Chong

    • asme says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. Do help to correct the mistake in the sign boards. Most welcome!

      BTW what’s your Angsi’s Trekkers’ loop?

      • Chong Chiew Lim says:

        CORRECTIONS

        G ANGSI SUMMIT – WATERING HOLE – RESERVIOR VIEW – G ANGSI 1 – GUNS OF NAVARONE – G ANGSI 2 – G ANGSI 3 – BIG DICK 2 – BIG DICK 1 – BROKEN ARROW – ANGSI 4 – WILD BOAR SWAMP – SAVANNAH PASS – 18 MINUTES TO SUMMIT – 12 MINUTES TO SUMMIT – 6 MINUTES TO SUMMIT.

        Amendments
        ( From the rest stop 10 minutes walk to Watering Hole, 3 minutes to Reservoir View can see the K.P. dam and sometimes on a lucky clear day can see Genting Highland Tower, next 25 minutes passing Gun of Navarone, Big Dick 2, Big Dick 1 then Broken Arrow and then desecending downhill all the way to Wild Boar Swamp, 8 minutes walk thro Savannah Pass then it is uphill all the way. At the point of 18 minutes to summit, walk another 10 steps there is a viewing point get a glimpse of the Seremban – KP trunk road.)

        I started the loop on September 2009 and presently have 174 members that have trekked G Angsi from all over Malaysia and some from overseas.

        You are only required to summit your e.mail address, no admission fee to be paid and stand to receive weekly updates of our G Angsi activities from our trekkers.

        We welcome all trekkers to join our group to trek mountains or waterfalls in Malaysia and overseas. (including camping)

        Further more, I will forward my travel write ups and junk mails to brighten your day.

        There are 4 trails to G Angsi Summit.

        1) Senanwang, abandoned by all because the trail is infested by leeches and track is longer.
        2) Ulu Bendol way must pay entrance fee of RM5/person.
        3) Ferny Trail opened by Seremban Angsi Trekkers which is 20 minutes longer than the original Ulu Bendol and eventually
        join back to the Ulu Bendol trail and it is also free.
        4) Panjang Trail that you have trekked before. The uncle you met called Panjang is our datuk of Panjang R & R who boils
        green or red beans, sweet potatoes and barley ‘tong sui’ for those trekkers who trek on Sunday only. It’s a voluntary
        service by Panjang and the tong sui is free. Most of the ingredients used are donated by kind hearted trekkers.

        Sincerely hope you will join our loop and if you want to trek G.Angsi by Ferny Trail, I will be happy to be your guide.

        C.L. Chong
        chongchiewlim@gmail.com
        HP 012-6884800

  4. asme says:

    Thank you Chong for such a detailed route of Angsi. Would prove very helpful for first time trekkers.

    Will send you an e-mail. Cheers!

    • cchin says:

      Is the ferny trail somewhere near the senawang trail? I remembered I went up through a steep trail from the old trunk road from senawang.. very steep and lots of ferns

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