Bukit Tabur, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Tabur West Ridge
Difficulty: Mildly Intense
Terrain: Steep and rocky mountain ridge. Exposed to vertical drops.
Danger: Exercise great Caution on this hike. People with fear of heights should not attempt this climb/hike unless accompanied by experienced hikers who know the route well. This hike is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Duration: 2.5 hours - 5 hours
Due to its proximity to the city, this climb has been greatly underestimated by many hikers. Fatal accidents happen on this ridge hike mostly due to carelessness and poor judgment or preparation. Exercise great care and caution on this hike and do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
The local Fire & Rescue Department at Taman Melati has had their fair share of 'action' on this ridge. To avoid a costly evacuation, hikers should heed the following:-
1) Start out at first daylight to avoid the scorching sun. The ridge heats up quite quickly by 9:00am due to the exposed rocks. Heat dehydrates and you can get disorientated by heat exhaustion. This can cause careless judgment on the ridge. Bring plenty of water (1L-2L) and drink frequently.
2) Avoid hiking on this ridge in the dark. Falling can be fatal.
3) You should be relatively fit to hike on this ridge. Don't expect to roll off the couch and immediately take on this hiking challenge. This is not the place to 'get-into-shape'. You should be 'in shape' if you want to try this beautiful hike. It will definitely get your heart pumping...
4) If you have a fear for heights, this might not be the best hiking destination for you. It is more difficult to turn back than to go forward on this trail. There are two sections on this hike where you will need to climb down steep sections of boulder while holding on to a manila rope...where letting go is not an option.
5) Bring some energy food with you on this hike. Your group might travel slowly traversing the rocks or you might spend more time than expected on the ridge, if someone sprains an ankle, if it starts raining, or if you need evacuation.
6) Do not go off the beaten trail unless you are well prepared. Hikers have gotten lost and in trouble once they step off the path. It can be more difficult climbing up than going down the sides of this ridge.
7) Carry your hand phone with you.
If you are not familiar with the area or if you have a large group traveling with you (i.e. students, company groups, etc.), it is always advisable to inform the local authorities of your plans and submit a list of names and I.C. numbers. You might sometimes be charged RM1 - RM 5 per name.
You can get an entry permit from the Selangor Forestry Department at 03-9075 2885 or fax 03-9075 6022 before your scheduled hike. If your group should ever need official rescue or evacuation (by air), you will be glad you followed procedure. It is very difficult to carry an injured or sick person off this trail without proper evacuation equipment.
Park your car along the end of the winding road. You will see the trailhead behind a low cement wall on your left about 20m from the Puncak Niaga gate. Follow this steep trail up until it opens up to a rocky clearing. Stop and enjoy the view...
Exit the trail via the fruit orchard back to the car park. During the fruit season, watch out for bees and hornets...and farm dogs guarding the fruits.
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For Bukit Tabur East Ridge, you can start at the big water pipes. Exercise the same caution. First part of the hike involves a steep scramble up jungle terrain. Prepare for mosquitoes and leeches depending on the season. Go with hikers who are familiar with the trail.