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The Most Dangerous Hill In Malaysia

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What tourists said about Bukit Tabur, Kuala Lumpur

“Nature within sight of the city”

Loved this place. Difficult to get to without your own transport. Need to find a taxi driver who will wait.

Facilities non existent just a little covered seating area, where it appears there s someone to check you in and out. Regulars say the presence of an official is sporadic.

Take water , the way is fairly steep but the views are refreshing if yyou’ve spent the week in an office. We did a Sunday recce.

Parking was impossible, the weather was great, the going was dry so no leeches. You need to be reasonably fit to enjoy it. The walk is a circuit which takes conservatively about 3 /3,5 hours.

Visited September 2014

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The beautiful scenery overlooking Bukit Tabur.

“Dangerous to climb but worth the risk!!!”

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!!!

Visited September 2013

“There is a new requirement, all trekkers must obtained their trekking permit from the Forestry Department in Cheras”

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.

“1st Timer (Tabur West)”

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.

Visited February 2014

“High risk but worth it!”

I was a frequent campers and hikers. This is my first time hiking at Bukit Tabur. At first I thought of not to climb Bukit Tabur coz I hate height. After I few days and reconsider I need take this as a challenge and well done it was great and fascinating view up there.

Even though after a few incidents happened I will strongly encouraged people to try it. Please be safe while climbing and not to take it lightly even you are an experienced climbers.

Visited January 2014
Source: Tripadvisor

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You should only attempt to climb this hill if you are fit enough.

About Bukit Tabur, Selangor

Popular for its breathtaking views and easy access, Selangor’s Bukit Tabur has, however, been in the news for the wrong reasons.

Where in the Klang Valley can you clamber up a peak at sunrise, enjoy jaw-dropping views of forest-cloaked reservoirs and still make it home in time for brunch?
Source: The Star

Little wonder, then, that Bukit Tabur, the spiny quartz ridge hill in northwest Kuala Lumpur — is usually thronged by hikers during the weekend.

Forming the backdrop for Taman Melawati, Tabur is part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, the longest and oldest quartz ridge in the world, say geologists. It’s also home to the serow (mountain goat), more than 30 frog species and five endemic plant species.

The risky Bukit Tabur

But Tabur has been racking up some bad press lately.

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The gorgeous view of the Klang Gates reservoir from Bukit Tabur.

Two weeks ago, a 51-year-old man slipped and tumbled down some 30m. Thanks to bushes that cushioned his fall, he got away with just light injuries.

In March, two medical specialists, both experienced trekkers, plunged to their death from about 200m high.

In October 2008, a college student plummeted from about 100m but cheated death because the trees broke her fall. She suffered a deep gash on her forehead, cracked ribs and a punctured lung.

There were two fatalities in 2000 and 2004 and there have been countless accidents, mostly unreported, in the past nine years.

A challenging climb

Here’s the thing: Tabur is a relatively easy hill to climb for the fit and experienced hiker. What sets it apart from other popular trails in the Klang Valley like Gunung Nuang and Gasing Hill is its rugged terrain.

Its razor-shaped rocks are unforgiving. There are stretches of the trail where you need to claw your way up or inch your way down vertical drops. Or, totter precariously on pencil-slim ridges.

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Overcoming razor-sharp rocks are some of the challenges of climbing Bukit Tabur.

All it takes is a minor slip and you could tumble like a rag doll into the ravine. Still, hikers like Eric Ng Yoke Foo and his friends hit the Tabur trails regularly.

Attractions of Bukit Tabur

“It’s the refreshing air and beautiful views from above,” explains Ng, 60, about the draw of Tabur. He first trained here for his Mt Kinabalu climb in 2005. Since he lives in nearby Taman Permata, he’s up on the hill three times a week.

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Steep sections that require the aid of a rope. — JOEL CHAN/ The Star & AGNES TAN

“The two rope sections on Tabur are where most accidents happen,” says Ng.

Due to his grasp of the area, the police and the rescue squad sometimes rope him in for search-and-rescue operations.

What to expect when climbing Bukit Tabur

“Trekkers should take extra precaution at these sections. You need a firm footing, strength to hoist yourself up and whatever happens, never let go of the rope! Please go with someone who’s familiar with the trail,” advises Ng.

Appalled by the reckless and idiotic behaviour of some hikers, Agnes Tan, another Tabur regular, started a blog (bukittabur.blogspot.com) to promote safety on Tabur in early 2009.

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You should expect a lot of rocks and you should have enough stamina to overcome these heights.

“Some youngsters, wanting to impress their friends, walk to the edge of the cliff to show their bravery,” says Tan, 50, a semi-retired businesswoman. She hikes in Tabur one to three times a week.

Who should not climb Bukit Tabur

“Once I met a group of college kids who hadn’t slept for days due to exams. They climbed Tabur to celebrate the end of their semester. But these sleep-deprived youths fall into the high-risk group (most likely to get into an accident),” she adds.

Tan and her hiking friends cobbled together some useful tips — like photo illustrations with step-by-step instructions on how to tackle the challenging stretches and the proper footwear for Tabur. Her blog also keeps track of accidents and the latest news on Tabur.

“We just want to share information about our experience and what we’ve encountered,” says Tan.

“Hopefully, it can help others practice safe trekking.”

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.
  • Sepang International Circuit – Visit the Sepang International Circuit for the heart breaking sound of the F1 car racing. The experience is very different when you watch it live over at the circuit compared to watching it on the tv.
  • Blue Mosque – Have you heard of a blue mosque? If not, the Sultan Salahuddin Shah Mosque is definitely the place to go. Come visit this special mosque to appreciate its amazing architecture.
  • 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.
  • Orang Asli Museum – The Orang Asli Museum is one of the few places in Selangor that describes the origin of this special tribe of Malaysia. The Orang Asli is the indigenous people of Malaysia.
  • 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.

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