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Rated 3.33: 26/01/13 – The Rockies Path – Gunung Datuk Climb 2013

We have scaled G. Datuk 5 times since last year. Many agreed of the beautiful paranormal view of the mountain. Our last hike was in Aug 2012. We will go back and reminisced the great views on top once again.

Situated at the end of Titiwangsa Mountain Range, Mount Datuk holds many treasures of the natural tropical rainforests. A demanding but rewarding trek.

About Gunung Datuk, Malaysia

The majestic Mount Datuk is also known as Mount Rembau. It was here in the 18th century that the Penghulu Rembau signed an agreement to join forces against the Dutch who at that time were controlling Malacca. This mountain, 2,900 feet above sea level, is a favorite for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Situated at the end of Titiwangsa Mountain Range, Mount Datuk holds many treasures of the natural tropical rainforests. The panoramic picture can only be rivaled with the view from the peak of the mountain. The trek is demanding but you will be rewarded with the a picturesque scene of vast greenery, an indescribable portrait of nature in all its wonders and splendors.

After the hike , we will head down for a Sumptuous dinner before we come back to Singapore.

Checkout our 8th January 2011 facebook photos here

Checkout our 11th June 2011 facebook photos here

More photos here


The Trip At A Glance 

Where: Rambau, Malaysia

When:    26th January 2013 (Saturday) (5AM Depart) 

WHO IS SUITABLE ? This is best NOT for 1st timers to climbing. For climbers guide whether this is suitable for you : CLICK HERE !

Overall Hike Grading: 3.33 

Height Grading: 4.0

Terrain Grading: 3.0

Distance Grading: 3.0

Terrain: Unpaved roads with some steep sections. 

Total Distance: 4.6km one way, 9,2KM (Return)

Elevation: 870m / 2900ft

Total Hike Time: 5.0 hours Return 

Estimated Return to Singapore: Before 10pm on the same day

Costs:  S$115 per pax

Closing date of registration: 17th Jan 2013

Pre-trip Briefing Email:  Will send briefing email 3 days before the trip only to those who RSVP-Yes and who has made payment.


 Price Includes:      

  • Return Private Coach
  • Dinner
  • All Administration Charges
  • Trip Leader/Guide
  • All Permits and Entrance Fees
  • 1 Anti Mosquitoes Sticky Patch with compliments from Gaia Adventurers
  • Tips for driver/guide

Price Excludes:   

  • Expenses of any emergency nature
  • Expenses of personal nature, including soft drinks.
  • Travel Insurance


How to register ? Click here for registration.


 Things to Bring:

  1. One will need minimum 2 litre of isotonic drink, 1 litre to ascend and 1 litre to descend.
  2. Insect Repellent
  3. Rain Gear
  4. Warm Jacket in case coach journey is chilly
  5. Walking Stick (if you deemed necessary)
  6. Changing Clothes
  7. Snacks for lunch


  • Can we leave our things safely in the transport when we hike?

Ans: Yes you can. Through my experience, driver and vehicle is very good and honest.

  • What time we are expected to be back to Singapore?

Ans: Between 10-11pm

  • Do we have a proper place that we can change clothes?

Ans:Yes, there are proper toilet facilities available at the base of the mountain. (Cold Shower only)

  • Are there any leeches or “Dancing Queens”( I usually call them that..) in this forest?
Ans: Yes, minimal. Definitely not as many as Gunung Panti
  • How long is the journey from Singapore to our hiking place?

Ans: If smooth traffic, we should be there in 4.0 hours.

  • Are there any Steep slopes to climb or descend?
Ans: Yes there are some steep slope and rocky terrain. This is doable for anyone that has some reasonable fitness.
  •  5am is a little tight to reach in time for me. Are there any alternatives?

Ans: Meet us at 5.30am at woodland checkpoint after the custom clearance. Please inform me via email/SMS if you are meeting me at woodland checkpoint.

  • Do we go for breakfast in Malaysia? Or we direct go to the mountain?
Ans: We will directly head for the mountain but will stop over to replenish food for anyone who required to stock up snacks and water. There is a stall at the foot of the mountain that sells drinks and snacks.
Please read the disclaimer for this event posted.
During the hike we focus very much on group dynamics, and it’s a rule of thumb that nobody will be left behind. We’re all links in the hiking chain and nobody is more or less important than anybody else… For every hike, i will be the last one to leave the venue in order to be sure that everybody made it out safely. Creating an adventurous but most of all a safe hiking experience is our goal.
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Activity 18 – 2D1N Wilderness (Surviving KKB – Rafting)

It was the dawn. I could hardly opened my eyes. The sun just broke as the coach slowly pulls into town.

There laid rows of eateries steaming with hot food and the fresh aroma of coffee. Our primeval instinct to satisfy our hunger kicks in as we waited for our raft guides to pick us up. Our trip leader, Katherine gave us a briefing for our weekend adventures. After our hearty breakfast, we then went to change and had our warm up session.

A familiar sight of jeep with a raft mounted on its roof top, pulls up by the coffee shop where we were having our breakfast signalling the start of our adventure.

We took a short ride in the jeep and arrived at a clearing just before the lower section of the river. There laid 4 rafts all primed and ready to surf the white waters of KKB. It was raining the night before and the river is pouring over its banks. After a short briefing, we pushed our rafts over a small cliff and scrambled down a gentle slope to retrieve our ride. And the journey begins…

Selangor River is one of the more popular rivers in the western peninsular. The river consist of 2 sections namely the upper and the lower section. All of our rafting activities take place in the lower section of the river when the damn opens its gates. This is a Class 4 river with 3-5m drops along the entire 7km run.

The white water churns and spits our raft out through every boulder and whirlpool. There were times when we were stuck between shallow underlying rocks and the strong waters. We have to rock our rafts out into a short drop before paddling our way to safety.

Occasionally we were thrown overboard in to the gushing white waters as we were flying off the rocks into the waters below. Our most memorable event was when one of our crew members who was fishing madly to recover the overboard rafter, upon realizing that it is not his wife, he dumps the rafter back into the water to float another 3 drops along the white torrents of KKB. Most of us nearly fell over the raft after hearing his joke.

Soon we left the white waters behind us and paddled into a calm smooth flowing stream. Our crew jumped into the waters with our PFDs and cruise casually down the river on our backs. Birds chipping, and freshness of the forest air floods our lungs. It is such tranquillity that make the long  journey here all worthwhile!

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Blog by our Gaia Adventurer,

Ah Long

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