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A Wet, Wild, Muddy, Slippery and Challenging Hiking Trip At Hulu Selangor

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    What tourists are saying about hiking at Bukit Kutu, Kuala Kubu Baru

    “Wet, Wild, Muddy, Slippery, fun”

    One of the muddiest of the jungle trails around Klang Valley, this is also one of the toughest climb.

    The beginning was a steady inclination of tree roots for about 20 mins then a very middle part with easy gentle slope for about another 20 mins.

    You can appreciate the gradual changes from tropical rainforest into a mossy, subtropical and temperate forest with different types of fauna( mostly squirrels and birds like Fantail) and a large variety of flora.

    The last 20 mins was a killer with slippery ground every where U need to step and the muddy mess in the soft forest floor makes treading difficult.

    Visited on July 2015

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    The journey of ascending the hill.

    “A very interesting but challenging trail”

    We did most of the trail over a few hours. All of which were thoroughly enjoyable and interesting.

    A few of them require you to be reasonably fit, but nothing too difficult.

    Great place!

    Visited July 2015

    “Unforgettable”

    To be honest we’re still not sure why we went on this trip. We wouldn’t call ourselves climbers, but we kind’a just packed our bags and went.

    It’s a loooong way trekking through the forest to get to the submit. Halfway through I was already wondering what the heck I was thinking.

    Visited April 2015

    “Beautiful walk that leads to a stunning view”

    The walk to the forest is stunning and a great way to prepare for the difficult trek up to the summit.

    This is one of my favorite walks but it is challenging, slippery and can be dangerous in the rain. Make sure you have enough water and adequate walking shoes.

    Visited August 2014

    “Challenging but do-able climb!”

    The trail is indeed challenging, and it is basically climbing up slopes from the start all the way to the top of the trail.

    Though challenging, it was very much do-able (even for someone like me who has average fitness).

    The coming down was even more challenging than going up, as one got to be really careful to not slip and fall.

    I took approximately 3.5 hrs up and 5 hours down. While descending, it just feels like all the energy has been exhausted way up and I was struggling a bit to make it down.

    Visited June 2015

    “Challenging and beautiful enough to make it memorable”

    The trail was challenging and, depending on individuals, the climb or the descend could be tougher than the other.

    It is important to pace oneself due to the steepness and humidity.

    The excitement of viewing the fauna and flora kept me going and the anticipation of wild bird in the forest motivated my descend.

    Visited May 2015
    Source: The Star

    A day’s hike up Bukit Kutu in Kuala Kubu Baru will leave you exhausted, but happy.

    A mountain a day to keep the doctor away? It’s just something I made up but having been sitting on my laurels for the past few months, I was beginning to feel a bit sluggish.

    I jumped at the chance of heading to Bukit Kutu, Kuala Kubu Baru, when a friend posted the suggestion on Facebook.

    It’s so difficult to find like-minded people to climb with and I wasn’t too keen on joining big, organized groups.

    An avid naturalist I met in Cameron Highlands told me that he limits his group to about eight or 10 people so that he is able to make sure everyone is safe.

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    Forest fungi along the trail.

    There is a danger of losing people in a big group if some take a toilet break and are not able to catch up with the group once they are done.

    With that advice in mind, I agreed to join my friend as there would only be eight people in the group.

    Start of an adventure

    On Saturday, we met at 8am for breakfast in Kuala Kubu Baru, an hour-and-a-half drive from Kuala Lumpur. The final count was seven humans and one canine.

    The trail entrance is located in Kampung Pertak, a modern orang asli village. The village is located on the right side of the road heading towards Fraser’s Hill.

    We parked at the side of the road at 9am and followed the easy 4×4 trail on foot till we came to our first river crossing. There’s a sturdy bridge there so you can cross the river without getting your feet wet.

    I was puzzled as to why the bridge was built. Seemed like a waste of public funds. The ankle-high river was shallow enough to cross but maybe the river swelled during wet season. Oh well.

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    Crossing river is a must along the trail.

    We came across a second bridge a few minutes ahead. This bridge had collapsed and lay suspended precariously across the river. It was possible to cross using the bridge, just watch your step. You can also opt to cross the river itself — it’s not that deep.

    We followed the 4×4 trail again until we came to the last big river crossing. There was no bridge there but the thigh-deep river was fairly easy to cross.

    Do take off your shoes as it is quite uncomfortable to trek in soggy shoes. River sandals or those cheap rubber shoes that you can get from small town sundry shops for around RM6 are good as well.

    My fellow trekking mates and orang asli guides swear by this cheap, Malaysian-made shoe. Ask for the Bowling brand.

    Tips for hiking Bukit Kutu

    The trail proved confusing because it branches out several times. All of us were first-timers so we had to make a lot of educated guesses. To make things simple, follow the trail and do not take any of the smaller foot trails that branch off from the main trail.

    At the end of the trail, there’s a small foot trail on your right that leads into the forest. This trail is overgrown with undergrowth so look out for it carefully. There was a marker left by previous hikers so hopefully it is still there when you go.

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    One of the rivers that we have to cross along the trail.

    The beginning of the trail is easy because of the flat land but it can get quite confusing at times. Use your judgement wisely and look out for markers — mostly raffia string or squares of paper stapled to a leaf.

    The trails seem unused and litter-free. An indication that it’s not a popular hiking trek, maybe? We didn’t see a single soul except for an orang asli collecting petai way up a tree. It was a nice change from the usual noisy crowds.

    The trail was scenic with bamboo lining both sides and trees all around. There were some parts where we had to pass under fallen bamboo or trees. The trail got steeper after a while.

    Things start to get challenging

    It was a challenge to trudge up that never ending hill. It was almost vertical. Our spirits lifted whenever we saw what seemed to be the end of the dreaded hill but fell again as we realized we were fooled.

    This happened several times until I started to wonder: Why in the world do I put myself through such torture?

    We came across a gigantic rock face about midway up the trail. The surface is so expansive that you wonder how it got there in the first place. There are some small caves here that you can explore and there’s a wide flat space where you can rest to catch your breath.

    We didn’t stay long as we wanted to have our lunch at the peak so we continued our long climb up again. There are plenty of leeches in Bukit Kutu and also a few ticks.

    Yes, they didn’t name the hill for nothing. I freaked out when I found a small flat forest tick on me when I got home.

    How to avoid leeches and ticks

    I heard that leeches are not able to penetrate through pantyhose. All the insect repellent, ointment and tobacco-soaked socks didn’t stand a chance with the determined leeches.

    But my RM3 pantyhose, cut at the knee, worked like a charm. After four long hours of maneuvering ourselves through thick forests and steep hills, we finally came across a clearing where a lone structure stood majestically at the end.

    Attractions of Bukit Kutu

    This chimney is what is left of a British holiday home. Scattered around the chimney are loose walls and slabs of stone with logs across them. We couldn’t figure out what it was.

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    The still standing chimney of a crumbled British home.

    Why anyone would want to build a holiday home four hours up a steep hill in the middle of nowhere beats me. Imagine the laborers struggling to carry the heavy building material up.

    There is a well near the house that has fresh water. It was dry when we were there but I heard that you can actually drink from the well. It’s quite a drop so you don’t want to accidentally fall in!

    A rock summit a few metres away offered a rewarding 360˚ view of the mountains beyond. If you climb up to one of the ledges, you will be able to see the dam that paints a serene picture.

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    A rewarding 360˚ view from the submit.

    Famished, we wolfed down our lunch and lay in the sun for a while. We took this opportunity to check every inch of our body for leeches and ticks. My poor dog was quite beat by now and slept soundly under the shady rock.

    After the much needed rest, we decided to pack up for our journey down.

    The descending journey

    I was dreading descending the killer hill. It was tough going up and it would be so much tougher going down.

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    The Kuala Kubu Bharu dam that can be seen from the hill.

    Unfortunately, I was right. The steep and slippery surface was pure torture on the knees.

    I tried going down sideways but that hurt my right knee so I changed sides only to hurt my left knee. Nothing was working.

    I began looking for straight, sturdy sticks to help take the pressure off. Newly fallen branches work the best. Use two sticks on either side if you like. It was a huge relief as the sticks absorbed most of the impact.

    A real adventure

    We didn’t speak much on the way down as we were concentrating on the steep descent, carefully calculating each footing so we wouldn’t slip and fall or worse, twist an ankle. Even my dog had renewed energy and picked up her pace once she knew we were nearing the end.

    It was a good three-and-a-half hours down as we were treading slowly, but most can complete it in three. There’s a nice river near where our cars were parked where you can cool down and wash up. The cold water was a lovely respite indeed.

    Despite being exhausted, there was a sense of accomplishment to have conquered Bukit Kutu. I won’t be doing this hill in the near future, but ask me again when my aching legs have recovered. I might just say yes.

    Getting to Bukit Kutu at Kuala Kubu Baru

    Take either the PLUS highway and exit at the Fraser’s Hill turn-off, or use the Ulu Yam road from Batu Caves and head towards Ulu Yam, and then to Kuala Kubu Baru. The journey will take slightly more than an hour.

    After passing the Kuala Kubu Baru town, drive along the road leading to Fraser’s Hill and look out for Kampung Pertak, a modern orang asli village, on the right. Drive straight in until you reach the end of the road. The Bukit Kutu trail starts there.

    WHAT TO BRING

    Pack something for lunch like sandwiches, fried rice or fried mee hoon. Bring along some snacks for energy such as power bars, chocolate bars, raisins or sweets. Make sure you have at least two litres of water with you. A hydration pack is very handy.

    WHAT TO WEAR

    A light shirt (preferably dry-fit) and a three-quarter, quick-dry pair of pants are recommended. Wear river sandals or light trekking shoes. Use leech socks or pantyhose to prevent leech bites. Bring insect repellent, ointments and deep heat cream if you want. Make sure you have a towel and fresh change of clothes in the car for after the trek.

    Other attractions in Selangor that you might be interested

    • Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) – If you are a nature lover, the FRIM is the place for you since it’s a forest reserve that houses millions species of fauna and flora.
    • Hiking Bukit Tabur – Popular for its breathtaking views and easy access, Selangor’s Bukit Tabur has, however, been in the news for the wrong reasons.
    • KL Lake Gardens – Set within a beautifully landscaped garden, this man-made lake graces the Shah Alam town. It is a favorite spot for picnics, jogging or recreational activities.
    • Batu Cave – You have probably heard of the Batu Cave in KL but have you actually been to this place? If not, your visit to Malaysia is considered incomplete. Find out here why.
    • Melawati Hill – This is the site of several historical attractions. Visitors can see the cannons and original foundation stones of an 18th century fort, a fabled execution block and a lighthouse.
    • KL Little India – Visit this bustling township to discover a profusion of authentically Indian items. Browse through the colorful costumes, assortment of sweetmeats, aromatic spices and dazzling accessories.
    • Firefly Parks – Visit one of nature’s most astounding attractions. Kampung Kuantan and Kampung Bukit Belimbing are among the few places in the world where visitors can watch the spectacular display of fireflies.

    Photo credits: chee.hong, Amelia Prayoga.

    Driving Direction, Map and Location of Bukit Kutu


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