Gunung Datuk

Date: 29 January 2011

Since my last trekking at Taman Negara 2 years ago, I’ve always wanted to have time to go trekking or hiking again. But time seems so limited to me and I ended up not doing it. Luckily for me, SIRIM organized a one-day trekking trip at Gunung Datuk, Rembau.

For those who loves trekking and used to more extreme trek, Gunung Datuk might not be adventurous enough for them. However, one must NEVER underestimate the difficulty of any trek, no matter how easy seniors or trek logs have said. And in the case of Gunung Datuk, the climb was quite steep, 70 – 80 degrees (enough to make you out of breath after 15 minutes) and the terrain was very rocky (you so don’t want to fall down and smash your head).

~The steep climb and rocky terrain~

I read in some reviews that it would only takes 2 and half hour for two ways. Yeah, right!! It took me 2 hours just for one way!!! Or was it because of my small steps, few times of short breaks and also the rain??? Yeah, it was raining and it was very slippery. So we have to be EXTRA careful.

I managed to reach the summit at 1 pm, after 2 hours of trekking. There were actually two summits, which made up of natural stacked up boulders. It doesn’t need rock climbing though, because there are ladders for climbers. For me, climbing the ladders was the hardest part. It was dangerous so we need to be very, very careful with the steps.

~One of the ladders~

The first summit was a little lower than the actual peak. The second one, which is the true summit, is a giant piece of rock. Once you are up there, you can see what they said as ‘Hang Tuah foot step’. And the scenery was so breathtaking!!! All the 2 hours trekking was really worthy. One thing you must take note is that…it is EXTREMELY windy; enough to make you feel like you were going to fall down. And believe me, it was not a nice feeling.

~One of the big rock~

~The view~

Overall, it was an awesome trekking experience. And maybe I would do it again!!

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More info about Gunung Datuk:

Mountain: Gunung Datuk [Bukit Datuk; Gunung Rembau; Gunung Datuk Rembau]
Height: 870m/2900ft
Location: Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

Fees
Trekking Permit RM1.00 per person
Permit Camp Site RM3.00 per tent

Contact
Abd. Rahman bin Hj Idris
Taman Rekreasi Gunung Datuk
Kampung Batang Nyamor
71350 Kota,
Rembau, Negeri Sembilan
Telephone: 06-4382390
Mobile: 013-6182264

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