Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hiking up Gunung Datuk - 870m

Date climbed : 15 Feb 2011

How to get there :
Travel time : 1.5 hours from Sg Besi tol to Gunung Datuk base
On North South Expressway, take exit 223 to Pedas/Linggi
After tol, at the junction, turn left (road sign lead to Rembau)
Go straight until roundabout, take the 3 o'clock turn
Follow the road until you come to a set of traffic lights - turn right
Go straight and look out for signs that lead to Gunung Datuk - the last sign (sort of a tower will say Gunung Datuk 500m turn left)
Travel approximately 4km and turn left (road sign is visible) - this will take you through the rubber estate
When you come to a fork, take the left one and it will take you to the Gunung Datuk base

At the base :
Register and pay RM 3 as entrance
Proper shower and toilet facilities available for use
For those who are collecting climbing certificates, its available at RM 5

Trekking time and terrain :
On moderate speed with some photography - up 1 hour 35 mins, down 50 mins
Terrain rating 4/10
Description of terrain : About 30 degrees uphill all the way, one way, no visible forks

At the peak :
Huge boulders visible with ladders to climb up to the peak
A 360 degrees view
Straits of Malacca can be seen on a clear day
Windy, can be cold at times. Make sure one is always firmly on the ground as the wind can be very strong!

35 mins to this landmark

At this point its only 2 mins away from the lower peak which is also a campsite (If you are camping, there is no water source at the peak)
The huge boulders and ladders to climb
View from the peak

On top of the boulder

Feeling on top of the world!

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