Gunung Datuk (also known as Mount Rembau or Mount Datuk Rembau) located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. Standing at 886 meter above sea level it is by far not the highest mountain around but it does provide hiker with a good view. The mountain was to become the setting for my first night hike. The original plan was to reach the starting point by 6am and then start hiking up the mountain at the break of dawn. However due to the fact non of the members in the group were able to sleep, we decided to make a move early in order to reach the peak before sunrise.
Ramon and Syiaful picked me up at the Kajang toll at about 4am, and it took us about 45 min to drive down to the starting point of the trail which is marked as Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk located about 15km from the small town of Rembau.
Upon reaching the start of the trail there were a few car there already. We soon came to realize that there was a camp site located just next to the car park which we stumbled upon while looking for the entrance to the trail. Soon enough we found the starting point which lead us down to a small water fall with a small bridge across and from there on it was almost an immediate incline of about 40 to 50 degrees. It took us exactly 1 hour and 24 minutes to reach the peak where there were about 15 other people already there awaiting for the sun to rise.
Most of the people at the peak had camped at the campsite located just beneath the peak. Most of the people there also seem to be feeling cold as they were wrapped up in their jackets and windbreakers. They seem a little shocked when we arrived as the first thing we did upon arriving was to take off our sweaty shirts and cool down in the morning breeze.
The view from the top was very rewarding as the views stretches for many kilometers and on a clear day you can actually see the Straits of Malacca. Aside from that, the huge boulders make a very good place to just lay down and enjoy the cool morning breeze.
At one the edges on the peak was a small hole in the rock which has a small resemblance of a foot print which carries a small fairy tale of Hang Tuah who leaped from this rock to another mountain called Gunung Ledang which is located about 60KM away. Of course this never happened, only a small child would believe such fairy tales.
After enjoying the sun rise and taking countless photographs we soon embarked on our decent down the ladders which have been placed for hikers to reach the peak easier. As I believe it would have been much more difficult and dangerous if these ladders were not put in place for visitors. The ladders were also secured in place with thick wires drilled in the the rocks to prevent them from sliding about.
Gunung Datuk is a mountain I would consider to be very easy and would be a good start for newbie hikers. As for hikers who are experienced, I will still recommend this mountain as the views from the peak is highly rewarding.
360 degree panorama from the peak courtesy of Ramon Fadli from ramonfadli.com
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Note: Here is a rough estimation of the starting point for the hike, as the satellite images from Google Maps is not in high resolution therefore I could not get an exact 100 percent lock on it.