Gunung Angsi

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Written: March 2004
Updated: December 2005

Gunung Angsi

Gunung Angsi can be seen along the road from Seremban to Kuala Pilah(20 March 2004)

The state of Negri Sembilan contains many hills and mountains. One of the most popular hills for the locals would be Gunung Angsi, located in the Ulu Bendol Recreational Forest about 20km from the town of Seremban. The popularity of this hill is obvious with the developments at its base. There is a carpark with stalls and walkways that lead to a Ranger’s hut. A trip to this hill is usually takes only half a day.

Obstacle

Gullies near to the top of the hill which make the trek more interesting(20 March 2004)

The trek up this hill is quite straightforward. After leaving your name and particulars at the Ranger’s hut at the start of the trek, the trail follows a stream halfway up the hill. There are a few streams that you will need to cross. Fortunately, these streams can be crossed using the rocks that protrude out of the running water. This part of the trek is quite simple and the ascent is rather gradual. There are not much mosquitoes and leeches are rare. Leaving the stream behind, the ascent becomes steeper as you walk up a ridgeline that would lead all the way to the summit of Gunung Angsi. This part of the trek is quite tiring and monotonous. Closer to the summit, gullies provide some challenges to the trekker. The trek up is quite warm and humid. Approaching the summit, other hills can be seen around its vicinity, which effectively blocks out the cool wind that would otherwise make the trek up more cooling.

After about 2.5hr of trek, the summit of Gunung Angsi is reached. There is a bald patch right at the top of the hill but tall trees and vegetations block out most of the views except for some openings. The many visitors to this hill also bring along a significant volume of rubbish especially where there are open areas, including the summit. According to the locals, another trail from the summit would lead to the bottom of the hill. However, the end of that trail is about 3km from the main park area.

Given its relatively low altitude and the time spent to get there, it may not worth the effort just to travel there for the trek. From Seremban, Kuala Lumpur is just an hour away, thus an evening in the Capital of Malaysia may do more justice to the traveling duration. A possible itinerary would be to travel on Friday night, reaching Seremban on Saturday morning. Complete the trek by afternoon and arriving at Kuala Lumpur in the evening. You may spend the night at Kuala Lumpur and take an afternoon Express bus back to Singapore. The bus journey from Kuala Lumpur back to Singapore takes less than 6hrs. Thus this trip would comprise of the toughness of a trek and rounded off with a relaxing getaway in the city.

Summit view

Other hills can be seen from the summit of Gunung Angsi(20 March 2004)

Getting There

From Singapore to Seremban
Train
Departure Time Arrival Time Cost of 2nd Class seating berth
0830 hrs 1344 hrs S$ 30
2205 hrs 0433 hrs S$ 30

or

Take a train from Johor Bahru railway station to Seremban

Cost: Rm 28.
Check for updates and more timing at, http://www.ktmb.com.my

*** March 2004 ***


Bus
Take a bus 170 from Singapore to Larkin terminal in Johor Bahru

Take an Express bus from Larkin to Seremban
*** March 2004 ***

From Seremban to base of Gunung Angsi (Ulu Bendol)
Cab/Taxi
Cost: Rm 15

*** December 2005 ***
Acknowledgement: I would like to thank Hui Qin for providing the information.

or

Bus
Take Transnasional bus service towards Kuala Pilah
Cost : RM 2 per person
Bus Interval : 20 mins
Duration : approx. 45mins
Remarks : Bus is located at Berth 40-42.
: Ulu Bendol Park is on the right. The road before this is a long series of bends with plantations on both sides of road.
Name of other bus companies that travels this route :Southern (yellow and blue buses)
:United (yellow and red buses)
*** December 2005 ***
Acknowledgement: I would like to thank Hui Qin for providing the information.

Trek Details
*** March 2004 ***
Duration (mins) Description Instructions Remarks
00 Carpark and stalls Cross a bridge behind the stalls. Follow the path upstream  
05 Ranger’s Hut Write down particulars. Commence trek along trail upstream  
50 Pondoks and a stream beyond Cross stream  
10 Old logging trail at a T-junction Turn left and walk along the logging trail  
05 Open land about size of a two basketball courts Look out for red tape on the left which mark the trail.  
03 Small stream. Cross stream and trek up along a ridgeline  
85 Summit    

Total time taken to reach summit from starting point: about 2 hrs 40 mins

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