Bukit Tabur

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Bukit Tabur west ridge(05 September 2009)

Bukit Tabur west ridge(05 September 2009)


Near to the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur in the residential area of Taman Melawati, trekking along the quartz ridges of Bukit Tabur provides an excellent getaway from the city life. Many locals come to this hill in the morning to enjoy the fresh air and the scenic view on the top. On the west ridge looking to the left, the flooded forested hills behind the Klang Gates Dam provides a beautiful view where photographers love to capture the early morning mist over the lakes. This is a sharp contrast to the right side of the ridge where smog and dust covers Kuala Lumpur city center.
Perhaps due to the steep slope, rugged terrain and efforts of the locals, this trek is still relatively unspoilt. Wildlife can still be seen here and snakes, monkeys and forest birds are common encounters. Lush green moss and lichens still covers the side of the trail.

Although getting onto the ridgeline is relatively easy, going along the ridgeline can be challenging but interesting. Erosion on the ridges exposes numerous quartz walls and peaks which trekkers will have to climb over. The sharp ridgeline allows little room for error as a loose handhold or foothold may send the trekker tumbling hundreds of meter down the side of the ridge. Not surprisingly, several accidents have been recorded along this trek. Ropes have been tied along the steepest section for trekkers to use although sometimes, the rock may provide a more secure handhold. Nevertheless, it is the presence of these exposed rocks along Bukit Tabur that makes this trek
so unique. Bringing sufficient water is a must as there is no stream on this trail and it can be quite hot as the sun rises.

The best time to come for this trek will be in the morning before the late morning sun scorch the sparsely vegetated land. To go back to the starting point of the trek, trekkers can either back-track or go down a trail from close to the other end of the ridge. Although trekkers do not have to negotiate the steep walls down that trail, the terrain is quite slippery and much less interesting as compared to the rugged ridgeline trek.

Jonathan
05 September 2009

Trek Details
*** September 2009 ***
Duration (mins) Description Instructions Remarks
00 Outside the entrance of Klang Gates Dam (See picture 1 and 2) Facing the entrance of Klang Gates Dam, there is a small drain on the left side of the road. The trails starts from the end of the drain. This trail will lead you up to the ridgeline.  
40 Path that seems to end at a big rock wall. The trail runs down the right side of this rock.  
30 Rope down followed by rock face about 5 storeys high Climb up the rock face. This is the start of many rock faces to climb up and down
80 A Y-junction (See picture 11) Go straight to reach the highest point of this ridge Turn left to go down the hill.
10 Highest point (not very obvious) (See picture 12) Turn back to the earlier T-junction  
10 Y-junction Turn right This trail can be slippery but not technical.
25 Old hut.(See picture 14)    
10 House    
10 Back to main road. Turn left to go back to starting point of trek  

Total time taken to reach highest point from starting point: about 2 h 10 min
Total time taken to reach highest point and come back: about 55 min


Pictorial Illustration
Picture 1: Klang Gate Dam(05 September 2009)

Picture 1: Klang Gate Dam(05 September 2009)

Picture 2: Starting point

Picture 2: Red dotted line showing the trail from the starting point(05 September 2009)

Picture 3: Going up to the ridgeline(05 September 2009)

Picture 3: Going up to the ridgeline(05 September 2009)

Picture 4: One of many obstacles(05 September 2009)

Picture 4: One of many obstacles(05 September 2009)

Picture 5: Another obstacle(05 September 2009)

Picture 5: Another obstacle(05 September 2009)

Bt Tabur ridgeline

Picture 6: Left is the lake, right is the residential area and center is the East ridge(05 September 2009)

Picture 7: Lake(05 September 2009)

Picture 7: Lake(05 September 2009)

Moss and lichens on Bt Tabur

Picture 8: Moss and lichens surviving by the side of the trail along the ridgeline(05 September 2009)

Picture 9: More obstacles(05 September 2009)

Picture 9: More obstacles(05 September 2009)

KLCC from Bt Tabur

Picture 10: Kuala Lumpur with the twin tower visible at the distant(05 September 2009)

Y-junction

Picture 11: Y-junction. Left route would lead down the ridge and right route would lead to the highest point(05 September 2009)

Highest point Bt Tabur

Picture 12: The highest point but not much can be seen from here(05 September 2009)

Down ridge

Picture 13: Slippery path down the side of the ridge(05 September 2009)

Hut at base on Bt Tabur

Picture 14: Hut, a sign that civilization is not far away(05 September 2009)


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