It was a slightly different experience as it has been raining a lot, so the trail was quite wet and the stream at the start of the trail was about 12″/30cm higher than on my first climb (Doesn’t matter in terms of crossing as there’s a bridge). Luckily, we had much better skies this round, meaning that we got a pretty good view at the [false, I should say] summit.
All in all, a nice morning out, though I’m not sure I would normally drive almost 2 hours each way from PJ for such a short climb, especially with 10 people crammed into 2 cars!
A 2 hour climb up the 714m mountain in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
DISCLAIMER: This post was written in 2012. Information may be out of date!
Gunung Datuk a.k.a. Gunung Datok
Location: Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Start point: 2.54344N, 102.169E 100m a.s.l. End point: 2.550878N, 102.18251E 714m a.s.l. Difficulty: For a person with regular exercise, fairly easy. No special skills needed, however, good as a first proper climb after attempting something like Gasing/Saga/Broga Hill. Trail is very clear from start to end.
Date climbed: Tue 24 July 2012
I climbed Gunung Datuk with 5 other friends. It took us just under 2 hours to drive from PJ to the start point. There is proper parking and facilities available at the start point. Climbing fees are said to be RM5/person but the people in charge of registration were not there on the day of our climb. Instead, a phone number was left at the registration booth (013-236-4443) which we called to inform them that we were climbing.
The start of the trail is to the right of the signpost.
We walked down the concrete paved path (downhill) and crossed the bridge, and started our ascent where the arrow is shown at ~10am. On this particular day, the stream was pretty small due to lack of rain.
However, as shown in the next photo, the water levels can be much higher in rainy seasons, resulting in a miniature “waterfall” (if you can call it so!).
The first 30 minutes of the climb is quite steep, and can be tiring. Along the way, we passed by the famous tree with huge buttresses.
I imagine that anyone not used to climbing may find themselves exhausted, but the steepness only carried on as far as the first (broken) rest hut, after which the slopes became more gradual.
Eventually, we reached a few big boulders and a campsite. At the campsite, we climbed 3 sets of ladders to get up to the top of the boulders, which marked the end of our climb.
The top is not actually the peak of Gunung Datuk, which is said to be 884m a.s.l., but is the best viewing point. Elevation is ~714m. The top is a great place to eat your lunch with a nice breeze, although it can be really hot if the sun is out (bring a cap or hat!). On this particular day, however, the sky was very grey and hazy, meaning that we couldn’t see that far. Because of that, here’s a panorama I took during my 2nd trip to Gunung Datuk in November 2012, which gave us much better views.
Descending took about an hour, and we were back in PJ before 4.30pm. All in all, a good half day climb and a good way to get out of the city and get some fresh mountain air.
GPS Details (from start to summit)
(These details are from my 2nd climb in November 2012)