Gunung Datuk is a little-known mountain located at Rembau in the state of Negri Sembilan. At 900m, Gunung Datuk is considered a short mountain and the hike up to the summit takes about 2-3 hours. The summit offers a splendid full 360 degree unobstructed panorama view of the entire state – you can even see the Straits of Melaka on a good day.
To reach the summit, hikers need to climb up a ladder section near the top. Once atop, the summit feels windy as it is basically an exposed rocky outcrop and therefore can get a bit tricky to walk around on if there is a big group on top.
This is a short interesting trek which can be completed by any reasonably fit hiker.
- Duration : 2D/1N or 24 hours
- Grading : Easy to Moderate
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Gunung Tahan is one of my favorite mountains and also one of the toughest I’ve climbed so far. Since taking up the hobby in 2000, I’ve reached the summit 5 times – the last was in April 2009 with Team Santai.
Gunung Tahan is the highest point in Peninsula Malaysia standing at 2187 m above sea-level. It is situated in the state of Pahang, within the Taman Negara national forest, West Malaysia. There are 3 routes that you can take to reach the summit.
- Via Sungei Relau, Merapoh, Kelantan
- Via Kuala Tahan, Pahang (Taman Negara HQ)
- Via Kuala Kor (Closed)
I was also told that some years ago, there were climbers who tried the route from Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu but I could not confirmed the source. However, by looking at the map, it should be possible but definitely the journey would be longer than the current routes and experience climbers are required.
So far, I’ve tried the following routes.
- Merapoh to Kuala Tahan + Four Steps Waterfall (Transverse) – 9 days
- Kuala Tahan to Merapoh (Classic) – 7 days
- Merapoh via Merapoh – 4 days
- Merapoh via Kuala Tahan (Santai) – 6 days
If you want to experience the best, this is one mountain that I highly recommend. You do not have to be a seasonal climber to conquer Mount Tahan, but you definitely have to be mentally prepared. As for your fitness level, it depends on the days you will be taking. You still have to train.
I really miss this mountain. I’m thinking of going back again… But this time around, I will bring my eldest son. As for the date, there’s no plan in mind at the moment; but definitely I shall return …..
Gunung Besar Hantu, also known as Gunung Antu Besar, is situated in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, near the border of Pahang State, West Malaysia. Standing at 1,462 M above sea-level, it is the highest mountain in the State and is one of the mountains located at the tail end of the famous Titiwangsa Range of Peninsula Malaysia.
Trekkers have to travel to Kampung Chennah in Jelebu, via Kuala Klawang town in order to go to the mountain. At the village, four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you in a rough and bumpy roads until the Lata Kijang camp. Lata Kijang is one of the beautiful and highest single drop waterfalls in Malaysia.
The hike up to Kem Orkid is about 900 metres above sea level. The climb begins by scaling 339 steps at a slope that inclines about 80 degrees, from the Lata Kijang waterfall. It takes about 3 to 4 hours, negotiating the sometimes flat and occasionally steep slopes. Kem Orkid got its name from the numerous wild orchids growing around the camp which is sandwiched between two rapids. From the camp, the peak of Gunung Besar Hantu can be clearly seen.
Watch out for strong gusts of wind and slippery tracks in the final ascent. The presence of dwarf and bonsai plants indicates that the peak is close and the climb is almost done. The soothing panoramic view of areas in Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor makes the arduous climb worth every step.
Suggested Duration : Minimum 2D/1N , Maximum 3D/2N
Grading : Moderate to season climbers
*** This article was first published in February 2010 on my previous website.