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“Dangerous to climb but worth the risk!!!”
Review of Bukit Tabur

Bukit Tabur
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Mount Tabur Adventure Climb from Kuala Lumpur
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Private Tour: Bukit Tabur Hike with a Local from Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The hill is on the northern edge of KL, close to the National Zoo.
most of the track, especially at the top, is sharp rocky track with lots of ups and downs.
DON'T do it if you are only a basic hiker or it was raining.
the view from the top is amazing and in a clear sunny day you can also see the Twin towers and most of city center. on the other side you have a big lake and the Islamic university.
Bottom line: if you love hiking, dont mind the dangerous track, enjoy photography, and have a permit then GO for it!!!

6  Thank wajihb
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Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

Must bring- glove.
If you don't have permit and would like to take a risk (though not advisable as there is one point where it's really dangerous, you need to have no fear and be brave enough to pass through), then go early before 730 /8am as the officer will start work.
Then use another route to go down which the exit Is only 50m from the entrance. Ask hikers and they would show you.

25  Thank lim l
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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

This department is only open on weekday. No permit will be issued at entrance of Bukit Tabur. Trekking is only allow on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 8.30 a.m. to 5p.m.

Please obtained the permit before heading to Bkt Tabur to avoid being stopped by the ranger.

15  Thank Low Y
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Credit to 2 superwoman that help me, the 1st timer there. (i didn't catch their name, sorry)

Things that should be noted or bring, climb permit, a lot of drinks and persistence + stamina. Going uphill was very challenging. 50% of it was rock climbing actually. Luckily my leg doesn't cramp up. All the ravine or deep gaung was very scary.

There are about 11 checkpoints until the last resting site. 9,10,11 are the most dangerous site. 1 slip, bye2. Go at your own pace, climb or go down as you wish but do it safely. Downhill, was a straight forward 2km using the people's orchard there, or you can challenge yourself again by backtracking the route you use to climb Tabur West.

All in all, it was quite fun & exciting.

2  Thank yamspopobich
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

This hike is likely most enjoyable for the "above-average" hiker. It's a nice in-between of challenges and easy-going but as other reviews mention, I wouldn't recommend it if you or anyone in your group is: the clumsy type / too playful / below 15yrs / more than 5 people / a beginner / the panicky type.

If you've done hikes before, you probably know when to look out for slippery corners, when to go one-by-one, which routes to choose when you have two options, and etc. If you are this person, Go for it. It's a fun and rewarding hike that's so close to the city and easy to get to.

However, this hike does have its dangers. Most of the way up, your path is next to a dead drop down. So if someone in your group is very clumsy/too playful generally, this might end up being stressful for you to watch out for them or godforbid if they do fall off the edge and you have to deal with everything that comes with that. A smaller group is recommended because the peaks/platforms are generally pretty small areas (2-3m wide at most). And because the edges are dead drops, having one too many person too close to you while you take an epic photo could cause an accidental push off the edge.

WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES. Training shoes would probably be best. Running shoes (thicker soles) might cause you to trip forward or not be able to feel where you're stepping. Again, remember you want to avoid ANY accidental slips/trips.

If you plan to hike before 8am, BRING A TORCHLIGHT. One per person, if possible. We brought a large one and my husband held it and went ahead while I followed his path and whichever bits I needed more light, he would hold the light in that direction for me. It wasn't cumbersome but just FYI if you'd rather carry your own smaller one.

Husband and I went up this week, using the Waze app (search Bukit Tabur, the reaching point should show "Jalan Kolam Air" and looks like a dead end on the map) to drive to the entrance. The entrance we started at is, not really 'an entrance' per se, at this point of time. It's basically a random corner of hill next to a village house with a few random cement steps up the side, a small hut being built about 2m up the stairs, and no signage whatsoever. This will likely change soon, we suspect, since the hut was being reconstructed when we were there. I will post a photo I found of this entrance.

There was also a sign that said that as of Jan2014, you are only allowed to hike up with a guide and on weekends, for a RM5 fee. Weekday hikes, if caught, would be considered trespassing. But since we were already there on a Thursday.....

We started hiking up at 6:30am (after having to google if we were in the right place coz it really didn't look like anything in particular haha!). We're both decently fit, and exercise regularly. The first few cement steps end quickly, followed by a steep climb up rocks that might worry you about the difficulty level. This soon becomes a regular hike path so don't worry =)

The hike is a really nice combo of easy flat paths and sections with actual climbing and maneuvering, and the occasional tricky narrow bits you gotta go slowly around. When we went, there were two spots where we saw yellow 'no entry' warning tape across two trees, one at a huge boulder and the other was just beyond the peak we finally stopped at. We assume these are new, probably put there after the recent death-fall in the news.

Most of our hike was done in the dark with our torchlight. It only started getting bright enough to switch it off when we were maybe 200m from the peak. I would recommend starting at 6am as the cooler weather made the climb very pleasant and if you ascend at a decent pace, you'll have plenty time to take pics midway and enough time to whip out your camera for the sunrise photos at the peak.

KEEP BOTH HANDS FREE to climb as you will need them here and there. If you really must carry a bag, make sure it's on your back and not swinging around you. We brought a tiny backpack with water, some snacks, small first aid stuff we usually carry around, a pocketknife and our phones.

At corners where you might get confused as to which direction to head to, look for painted arrows on the larger rocks. We didn't really see most of them until we were nearer the peak and on the way down we discovered more in the daylight. The arrows are not too obvious, some in light pink, about a foot in size, but they are helpful. The large boulder with the yellow warning tape has an arrow pointing downwards towards the right. We went this direction but only noticed that arrow later. Near the peak, you will come to an area or two where it looks like a dead end of white rock wall. Look for the arrows and climb up.

The peak before the final peak has a decent surface to sit and relax and take pictures or have a snack, and the actual peak at the top is more rocky and no flat surfaces. The peak is also probably the most dangerous areas as the rocks are sharp and tripping and hitting a rock could definitely hurt bad even if you don't fall off any edge. You also don't get that much foot space so I'd recommend keeping a good distance from each other or really paying attention to avoid any accidental pushes. Someone might turn and not realize their bag hit you and you could lose your foothold. But if you're all mindful and aware, there shouldn't be much to worry about.

Grab a bite before you start your hike.
Bring a bottle of water.
Bring a small first aid kit just in case.
There is nothing but nature up there, let's keep it that way, please! =)

We reached the top at about 8am, I think, spent about 45mins just enjoying the view and taking pictures, then hiked back down, comfortably avoiding the heat of the sun. The hike down was pretty quick, and we reached the cement steps at the bottom by 9:15am, and were back on the highway by 9:30am, perfectly missing rush hour traffic.

LOVED this hike and it was a really nice way to celebrate a special birthday with that view at the top. If you do this one, do be careful, but have fun, and here's to a good view and no drama! =)

This reviewer has a few photos that describe the hike quite well at this link. Their entrance photo is the one we googled and followed haha: http://www.backpackingmalaysia.com/stories/hiking-at-bukit-tabur

20  Thank JoniLynne
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