Sunday, February 21, 2016

Gunung Rajah Hike via KKB (Kuala Kubu Bharu)

Introduction

Gunung Rajah via Kuala Kubu Baru.
11.8km ascending. 11.6km descending.
Started at 6.36am. Reached the peak 7 hrs 30 min later at 2.05pm.
Started descending at 3.00pm, reached car park 5 hrs later at 8.00pm. Total hike time 12.5 hours (excluding rest time). Total distance 23.4km.
Huge gap on ascending-descending time (2.5 hrs margin)..- with moderate pace.

Powered by suunto ambit 2 with route navigation from movescount. It helped!

Not many information about hiking Gunung Rajah using Kuala Kubu Baru route (KKB). Googling the internet ended up mostly blog hiking from Bentong, Pahang. As such, there isn't much info about route, timing, trail conditions, trail difficulty, logistics, etc.

However, I've heard that many hikers using KKB route often.
Searching movescount (web application for suunto moves) for route navigation had proved that this trail had been used countless times judging from the users. So, I downloaded one route and stored it in my suunto ambit 2 gps watch.

Asking from friend Khalil Khazali and Mohd Nashriq for more information regarding route and path to take before the hike proven fruitful. Thanks Bros, I owe you one.

For those who wants to take a little adventure to Gunung Rajah, read this :
1st, all you need to do is headed to Bukit Kutu (Kg Pertak), Google for the location.
Once you got there, please park at designated area, ample parking space (parking further up will make it hard for you to go back because of the cramp space - not recommended).
2nd, head to Bukit Kutu route. You need to walk to the 1st steel bridge.

Then, the slanting steel bridge (collapsed). Be careful though.

Slanting Bridge

 Once, you cross this river, there will be a junction ('Y' shape trail road) take your left. Trail to the right will lead you to Bukit Kutu.

The 'Y' Shape trail road after river crossing (with the leaves on the ground)


Close view of the 'Y' trail

You will walk in a forest for few hundred meters with a narrow trail until you reach wider trail road. Just walk forward.
Few hundred meters, you will reach another intersection ('Y' trail). Take your left (smaller trail). 

Another 'Y' trail


after few hundreds meters from the 'Y' trail above, you will need to pass this man made fence before reaching kem BMW, just cross underneath it

Then, you are safe. This trail will lead you to Gunung Rajah.

Back to the story:
We reached first Check Point : Kem BMW in 1 hr 54 min. 6km from start. At 8.29am.
Trail condition : dry. Easy.

Few hundreds meters from here we reached intersection Gunung Rajah (right) and Lata Macau (left). I don't know how far is lata Macau. I heard it's a nice spot for picnic.

2nd Check Point at Kem Renoma at 9.44am, 7.37km from start in 3 hr 8 min.
Trail conditions: dry, wet at some point, hilly route, moderate.

3rd Check Point at Water Point, 11.55am, distance - 9.99km from start, 5 hr 19 min.
Trail conditions: starting to get annoying. More hills, slippery.

4th Check Point will be the peak of Mount Rajah. At 2.05pm, total hike from the starting point is 7 hr 30 min. Distance 11.8km. Trail conditions: wet, muddy, slippery.

Temperature here not that cold. A lot of cloud surrounding and blocking the gorgeous view. Rest for almost 1 hour here, refueling, rest.

Started descending at 3.00pm. We reached car park at 8.00pm in 5 hours. Total distance 11.6km. Total distance return : 23.4km. Total hike duration : 12.5 hours (excluding break time).
Having cold bath shower at the parking area before heading home.

Overall trail :
1st stage (start) - kacang putih
2nd stage (mid route) - moderate hard. Ascending, descending like dragon back
3rd stage (on the way to summit) - annoying, whining, hard, muddy, slippery, a lot of thorny trees.
Caution on gear use for this hike :
Watch your head! Wear cap or helmet.
Bring extra glove, or water repellent glove. (It's gonna get wet, muddy).
Bring yoko2 or heat cream- pacat macam pesta.
Bring extra socks - your wet version of trail shoes is inevitable.
Becareful of thorny trees - will tear your clothes and hurt you
Wear long sleeves and long pants - preserve that gorgeous skin texture from scratch.
Jumpa mohd Khalil dengan geng lagi 2 orang buat trans reverse dari bentong (Mak ai!) Diorang memang power!
Jumpa doc ramli, MD zain dengan pak syed kat peak. Diorang start dari bentong. Pergh...

1st camp


3rd check point

Made it!

2nd check point : kem renoma

This is the sketch of the direction

Thanks for reading.

48 comments:

  1. nice. thanks for sharing your hiking story. thinking of hiking the hills n mountains which ive never been. hows the gps n phone coverage over there?

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  2. Thanks. Intermittent coverage at certain section for telephone line. GPS coverage is good. The mountains are calling

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  3. Hi,

    Can i hv the GPX? If ok, please send to ksw_1999@hotmail.com. Thanks.

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  4. can i also have a map
    rezalismail@gmail.com
    tq

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    1. no problem bro. Harap dapat naik dan turun dengan selamat.

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  6. Hi. From kkb, still need permit and guider? esprit220@hotmail.com

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    1. No need...but it's better if you go in groups to be save.

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  7. Hi...can i get GPX file.
    siewyeeying@gmail.com
    thanks in advance.

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  8. AsSalam boleh sent file gpx ? muhaimin1st@gmail.com tqvm :)

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  9. Can send me gpx file.. Faizal.mohd8381@gmail.com

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  10. Salam. Bro boleh send gpx file? Tq in advance :)

    zairulzainol@yahoo.co.uk

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  11. bro minta tlg sent file gpx
    simsarol.hmbo@gmail.com

    or simsarol_mnse@yahoo.com

    tlg ye bro, sbb igt nak naik sabtu ni

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  12. bro. mintak tolong sent gpx file. thanks
    qamarulbazli@gmail.com

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  13. hi..kalau xpkai gps track dia jelas x? marking byk x?

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    1. Track dia clear, marker pun banyak, kalau boleh bawak la plastik marker tu, so, boleh tolong tambah utk hikers lain. Jangan risau. Semoga berjaya

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  14. Assalamua'laikum. Agak2 klo hiking sorng2 blh smpai?

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    1. Tak recommend bro kalau nak pegi sorang2 sebabnya in case kalau terjadi apa2, hilang ke, pewai ke, sesat ke...line telephone susah sikit kat situ. At least 2 atau 3 orang la utk selamat. Tapi kalau nak redah gak sorang2, boleh...track dia clear, marking semua ada. Saya ucapkan terima kasih pada org yg pasang marker ni

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  15. Will you send GPS file? Thank u in advance.
    aycook@hotmail.com

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    1. GPX file sent. I wish you save journey

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    2. Hi pls send GPX file to my email at asgoh88@yahoo.com...tq very much

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    3. GPX sent - 5/9/2016 at 9.25am

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  16. Assalamualaikum....blh share GPX file..wafi143@gmail.com

    Terima kasih....

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    1. Walaikumsalam...sudah email pada 7 Sept 2016 pukul 9.07am. Semoga pergi dan pulang dengan selamat.

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  17. السلام عليكم.
    Boleh share gpx trail? Trm kasih

    mad_zee90@yahoo.com

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    1. salam tuan, gpx map sent at 10.10am, 13/9/2016. Semoga berjaya naik dan turun

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  18. terima kasih info berguna bro. boleh share gpx? terima kasih

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    1. gpx sent on 14/9/2016 at 9.10am.
      semoga selamat mendaki naik dan turun bro

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  19. Thanks for the information bro ijam. Im interested and planning to go there next month. Can share with me the gpx to muhd.firdaus.othman@gmail.com.
    Appreciate and thanks in advance.

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  20. Thanks for the information bro ijam. Im interested and planning to go there next month. Can share with me the gpx to muhd.firdaus.othman@gmail.com.
    Appreciate and thanks in advance.

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    1. dah sent on 26/9/2016 at 9.36am tapi email tu bounced lah...

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  21. Hi can send GPX file to me as well.

    mr_mohdfitri@hotmail.com

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    1. file had been sent on 27 Sept 2016 at 3.15pm. Good luck

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  22. can i have the gpx as well, hunkok@gmail.com, thanks

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    1. Dear Mr HK Loo, gpx file sent on 7/11/2016 at 5.58pm. Have a safe journey

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  23. Hi, boleh x send gpx ke Subhanallah_1@yahoo.com. plan nk gi this sunday 3.am.

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    1. sudah di email pada 15/11/2016 pukul 12.00pm. semoga selamat naik dan turun

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