Gunung Datuk the crowning jewel of Negri Sembilan. Set in the southern tip of the Titiwangsa mountain range, Gunung Datuk stands proudly at 2900ft.
We set off in the morning at about 5.30am. Barely woken from sleep, we hauled ourselves into our bus and made our way into Malaysia.
We soon found ourselves at the foot of Gunung Datuk where the ranger station is. Here a remarkable totem stood raising to the heavens and laying down the protective order to guard over the sanctuary there laid beyond its realms.
We scrambled down the pathway leading across the stream and into the forest. Dense undergrowth and huge rainforest timber stand testimony to the richness of this mountain. Huge granite boulders guided us through the maze of thick vegetation.
We soon arrived at the foot of an endless flight of root craved steps leading up to the false submit. The thick forest canopy shielded us from the intense morning heat as we pressed on towards the false submit. Here at the false submit, the air is lot cooler. We can see the leftover camp fire of the overnight campers here. The ground is relatively flat and thus, camping here is likely to ensure a good night rest. Perhaps we may do an overnight the next time round… Would be an interesting experience to spend the night on the starry peaks of Gunung Datuk.
My daydreaming was cut short as I turn looked left to the daunting crown of Brother Datuk – (Stems of rock solid granite stretching all the way into the heavens). In order to ascend this granite crown of Datuk, one would need to scale the rotting metal ladder up to the true submit. Courage is the only prerequisite needed to climb this scary stairway to the peak. But with our unyielding courage and determination, we finally made it to the peak. And our reward… The majestic view over the Straits of Malacca and the cooling winds in our faces!