Malaysia – Gunung Datuk
Gunung Datuk is located near the town Rembau in Negeri Sembilan. At 885m above sea level, it is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan. It is a popular mountain for day tripper, the trail up is not too difficult and a round trip to the rocky summit and back would take about 4 to 5hrs. It has an interesting summit made of huge rocks, with some metal ladders put up to enable climbers to get to the very top. For those afraid of height, the last portion would seem to be very challenging. The awesome view of the surroundings from the summit rocks is well worth the effort.
About The Climb
The trip to Gunung Datuk will start near midnight for a 3 to 4 hours drive to Negri Sembilan, with a stopover for supper at Johore Bahru. The expected arrival time at the foothill is 4am, this is followed by a quick registration with the rangers station before stating the trek to catch the sun rise on top of the huge rocks that are located below the summit of the mountain. The trail up the mountain is quite straight forward and it is constantly ascending, and it should not pose too much difficulty for beginners with a good level of fitness. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to reach the huge rocks, i.e. the destination of trek. Two sets of ladders are in place to assist climbers to get to the top of the rocks to enjoy the sight of the sun rising up from the horizon and take in the 360 degrees view of the surrounding landscape. The descend would take about 2 hours back to the foothill where there are showers facilities for a quick wash-up & change of clothing. The trip will be completed with an en-route lunch stop to fill our hungry tummies before heading back to Singapore.
Trekking experience is not required. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can complete this trek and have an enjoyable time. You will be trekking for 5 to 6hrs with a 3-4kg day pack on mostly vertical tropical rainforest terrain partly in the dark till sunrise. The last section of the trek to the summit is on a flight of metal steps.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring head torch, rain gear and waterproof your backpack.
Goup size: 20 - 35 people
|Day 1||1130pm: Meet up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be NO stopover for breakfast. Bring packed breakfast to be consumed in vehicle.|
|Day 2||4am: Arrive at foothill. Trek to summit
6am-7am: Arrive at summit. After a quick snack break and photo taking at the summit, start the descend to the foothill.
9am-10am: Arrive at foothill. Change / Wash up. Board vehicle to Singapore with an en-route stop for lunch.
530pm-630pm: Arrive in Singapore.
- Chartered air-conditioned private vehicle (SIN-Rembau-SIN)
- Trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia climbing treks) and assistant trek leader(s)
- Safety management and first aid support
- Travel insurance @S$18 (Can be deducted if you have your own)
- Visa (if required)
- All meals
- Drinking water and beverages
- Personal expenses during the trip – shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
- Personal hiking & travel gear
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- 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 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 one month of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
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.