Malaysia – Gunung Belumut
Belumut literally means mossy. Standing at 1010 meters from sea level, it is one of the higher mountains in Johor. It takes about 8 - 9 hours to trek from the foothill to the summit and return.
Despite its smaller forest area, Gunung Belumut contains rich wildlife and many species of birds; a good place to get away from bustling city like Singapore; and enjoys the tranquility and serenity of this untouched rainforest. On a clear day, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Belumut forest and the surrounding mountains from the summit.
About The Climb
The trek to the summit of Belumut is not to be taken lightly, with an average climb of about 7 to 8 hours from the foothill to the summit and back. Those who are new to trekking should have a good level of fitness and put in a few weeks of training (i.e. endurance run & stair climbing with loads) before attempting this mountain. Setting off at 5:15am from Singapore, we should reach the foothill by 7:30am, settle the trek admin with the National Parks office there and set-off for the trek as early as possible.
The trek starts with crossing a river near the foot of the mountain, the distance from here to the summit is 6km. There are four checkpoints that trekkers can look forward to as rest points or as landmark to gather trekkers. The initial stretch is on gentle slopes, due to the high volume of trekkers over the years and with heavy rainfall during raining season, there has been quite a bit of erosion on the trail and more fallen logs to negotiate, with roots sticking out on some of the steepest sections. Nevertheless, getting to Checkpoint 1 is not too difficult. Checkpoint 2, 3km from foothill, is marked at a notable landmark, a jagged set of rocks with nicknames such as tiger claws or crown rocks given by visitors; it takes about 2 hrs to reach Checkpoint 2. As you climb higher, the flora and fauna changes, the shorter shrubs and trees took over from the tall forest canopy. Checkpoint 3 is set along the steepest section of the mountain; Checkpoint 4 is marked at the old campsite after a series of steep slope scrambling; from Checkpoint 4, it is about 5 mins walk to the false summit - Botak Hill - a flat opening among the lalang plants. From Botak Hill, it takes about 20-30 mins to reach the summit of Gunung Belumut. When nearer the summit, the ground became sandier, and vegetation such as pitcher plants thrived in this environment. It can get misty at times and strands of moss can be seen hanging off the low trees and bongsai plants.
The summit has a small flat area and the highest point is on top a big rock that can hold about 6 persons at a time.
The return trek down to the foothill is just as tough as going up, with the steep portions a strain on the knees and thighs. On rainy days, the trail can get very slippery and it is not uncommon to see trekkers using their bums to slide down some of the difficult sections. It is therefore important to descend early to avoid trekking in the dark as the descend can take another 4 hours or longer if one do not have the required fitness.
A quick wash-up & change of clothing at the toilets facilities at the foothill, followed by a drive to Johore Bahru for a good dinner before heading back to Singapore by about 10pm
Participants should be of at good fitness, though no prior trekking experience is required. A day pack with packed lunch, about 2 to 3 litres of water and a good head torch in case you have to trek in the dark would be necessary to bring along the trek.
Group size: Minimum 8 people
|5am||Meet up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be NO stopover for breakfast.|
|7.30am||Arrive at Gunung Belumut foothill. Start of trek to summit.|
|12pm - 1.30pm||Arrive at summit of Gunung Belumut. After a short break, quick lunch and photo taking at the summit, descend to foothill.|
|4pm - 6pm||Arrive at foothill. Change / Wash up. Transfer to town for dinner|
|Depart for Singapore after dinner; arrive in Singapore by 10pm|
- Chartered air-conditioned mini-van (SIN-Kluang-SIN)
- 1 x trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia climbing treks)
- 1 x assistant trek leader (for more than 10pax)
- Safety management and first aid support
- Travel insurance (cover trekking)
- Visa Fee (if any).
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Drinking water and beverages
- Personal porters
- Personal expenses like shopping, shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.