Malaysia – Gunung Belumut
Belumut literally means mossy. Standing at 1010m, Gunung Belumut is one of the higher mountains in Johor. 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 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 landmarks. The initial stretch that leads to Checkpoint 1 is on gentle slopes. This section of gentle slopes is dotted with fallen logs to negotiate, much like going through a natural obstacle course. Despite the fallen logs, getting to Checkpoint 1 is not too difficult and the easiest part of the entire trek. Checkpoint 2, located at 3km from the foothill, has a distinct landmark - a jagged set of rocks with nicknames such as "tiger claws" or "crown rocks". It takes about 2 hrs to reach Checkpoint 2. As the climb gains higher elevation to the last 2 checkpoints, the flora and fauna changes. Shorter shrubs and trees takes over from the tall forest canopy. Checkpoint 3 is set along the steepest section of the mountain with vertical incline. 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, through a narrow and dense lalang trail, 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 on the same trail and just as tough as going up. The steep sections can be 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 into the dark. 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
Good to have some tropical rainforest or below 2000m trekking experience. You will be trekking for 7 to 9hrs with a 4-5kg day pack on mostly vertical terrain with jutting roots. Some sections, in particular, Checkpoint 3 to 4, are steep incline. Participants should have good level of fitness to be able to complete the trek in good timing - to reach the summit within the turn around time of 1.30pm and avoid trekking into the dark during the descend.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.
Group size: 8-15 people
|5am||Meet up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be NO stopover for breakfast. Bring packed breakfast to be consumed in vehicle.|
|7.30am||Arrive at Gunung Belumut foothill. Meet guides and start trek to summit.|
|12pm - 1.30pm||Arrive at summit. After a short break, quick lunch and photo taking at the summit, descend to foothill. (The turn around time is 130pm)|
|4pm - 6pm||Arrive at foothill. Change / Wash up. Transfer to town for dinner.|
|7pm-8pm||After dinner, depart for Singapore|
|930pm-1030pm||Arrive in Singapore|
- Chartered air-conditioned mini-van (SIN-Kluang-SIN)
- 1 x trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks)
- Trekking guide(s)
- Permit fee
- Safety management and first aid support
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee (if any)
- All meals
- Single supplement
- All tipping
- Drinking water and beverages
- Personal expenses during the trip – shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
- Personal hiking & travel gear
- Compensation for damage or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Extra expenses incurred for change of itinerary
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core .
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good 2 months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.