Gunung Muntahak

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Height: 634m

Date: 12 September 2004

Updated: March 2007

Gunung Muntahak summit

It is easy to miss the summit of Gunung Muntahak as there is essentially no views up there (06 Sep 2004)


Hidden behind the popular Kota Tinggi waterfall lays its source, Gunung Muntahak. This 634m hill is relatively unlogged and large area of its primary rainforest still remains intact and undisturbed by human intrusion. From the main road leading to Kota Tinggi waterfall, it is not possible to see this hill as it is well hidden by other smaller hills. The dim interior and rich humus cover provides an ideal condition for the growth of a rare and beautiful palm, Johannesteijsmannia altifrons (Common name: Joey palm, diamond joey). This plant has leaves that can easily stretch over a storey high for matured specimens.

The initial part of the trek is actually more interesting as it passes through an old tin mining land. Orchids and pitcher plants grow in abundance in this nutrient poor ground. Although the water bodies in the land was the result of rain water collected in the mining depression, the last and the largest one before entering the forest is beautiful with an aura of peaceful tranquility. Far from being devoid of life, the pond contains many fishes and frogs. The flat land beside the pond makes this place suitable as a campsite although it is not advisable to use the water in the pond for drinking. Standing at the edge of the pond, a loud shout would be rewarded with a clear echo.

Road to Gn Muntahak

Tin mining road which would lead to Gunung Muntahak(01 Sep 2004)

The trail to the summit is mostly gentle ascent under a thick canopy. As not many people visited this hill, the trail is narrow and there are many places where fallen trees and vegetations are obstructing the trail. Closer to the summit, the trail becomes steep. Fallen leaves that littered the ground made the ascent more difficult and tiring. Unfortunately, the summit of Gunung Muntahak is not very rewarding. A small round grass patch marks the top. The thick surrounding vegetation of more than two meters high blocked any possible view.

Sad to say, the hill is most probably closed to public as tin mining operation is resumed to extract whatever remaining ores there are in the land. Although it is unlikely that the forest will be disturbed with the mining concentrated mainly at the old mining area, the pond together with its inhabitants may be gone. It may take a while before the orchids and pitcher plant would reclaim the land if and when the mining finally stops.

*** September 2004 ***

Getting There

From Singapore to Johor Bahru
Take SBS bus 170 from Singapore to Larkin Terminal in Johor Bahru

From Larkin(Johor Bahru Bus Interchange) to Kota Tinggi Bus Interchange

Bus Service : G.P. EXPRESS(Platform 33)
Frequency : Hourly
Cost : RM 3.50 per person
Remarks : Free seating

Find out which bus bay to take the bus

*** September 2004 ***


Bus Service : Causeway Link bus no. 66
Frequency : 15-20 min
Cost : RM 3.50 per person
Duration : 1 hr
Remarks : Free seating

Bus tickets are bought on the bus itself

This is not an express bus so the bus would make frequent stops in towns along the way

*** September 2004 ***

From Kota Tinggi to Gunung Muntahak
Cost : RM 2 per person
Duration : approx. 30-45 min
Remarks : Bus ticket is bought on the bus

Bus stop at the carpark in front of Wet World resort

There is no bus shelter

The bus makes a U-turn in the carpark of the Wet World resort before heading back to town.

*** September 2003 ***

From Kota Tinggi Interchange to Wet World resort entrance (Starting Point of trek)

Tell the driver that you are going to Kota Tinggi waterfall.

By Taxi
Cost : RM 10-12 per vehicle (for one way)
Duration : 20 min

*** September 2004 ***

By Van
Cost : RM 3 per person
Duration : 20 mins
Remarks : Usually taken on the way back from resort to Kota Tinggi town

*** September 2004 ***

From Johor Bahru to Gunung Muntahak
Take taxi from Johor Bahru (outside customs) to starting point of trek

Cost : RM 50 per cab
Duration : 1 hr

*** 27 June 2001 ***

From Johor Bahru/Kota Tinggi to Gunung Muntahak
Chartered vehicle
By chartered transport
Contact person : Idris
Contact Numbers : 07-8911084(H)


Johor Bahru customs to Wet World resort entrance
Cost of van (10 seater) : RM 100 (one way)
Duration : 1 hr
From Kota Tinggi town to Wet World resort entrance or back
Cost of van (10 seater) : Rm 3 per person or Rm 10 per van whichever is a higher price (one way)
Duration : 20 min
Remarks : Can speak passable English

*** September 2003 ***

Trek Details
*** September 2004 ***

Due to mining operations at the base of the mountain, the initial part of the trek may have changed from starting point to campsite

Duration(min) Description Instructions Remarks
00 Wet world resort entrance Keep to the right along the stream
According to feedback from other trekkers, this part of the trek has seen significant changes since I last came here. Thus I currently do not have the information from the Wet World resort to the forest.

***March 2007***

38 Large pond on the right with a concrete hut ahead The trail is behind the hut on the right side. Cuts across thick fern undergrowth for 10m before going into the forest.
15 T-junction Go straight
05 T-junction Turn left and ascent to ridgeline.
120 Summit
  • Last half an hour is steep as the ridgeline merged into a hillside
  • Summit consist of a small patch of low ferns and grasses surrounded by thick vegetations about 2m high

Total time taken to reach the summit: 3hrs

NB: There are very few incidence of leeches.

Note: In 2006, there were reports of big-foot sighting in the region and forest rangers were stationed at the starting point of the trek to check for permits. However, a fellow trekker has kindly informed me that the forest ranger is no longer there.

*** July 2007 ***

According to a fellow trekker, since the beginning of the year 2006, forest rangers are stationed at the starting point of the trek to check for permits.
Permit can be applied from the Forestry Department, Penisular Malaysia in Johore

Pejabat Hutan Daerah

Johor Selatan

Aras 9, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

Jalan Bukit Timbalan

80000 Johor Bahru

Permit Cost : Rm150 per group
Contact number : 60-7224 3048
Information to provide : Namelist, Passport number, Contact number

*** March 2006 ***


Pejabat Perhutanan Negeri Johor

Tingkat 2, Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim

Jalan Bukit Timbalan

80990 Johor Bharu

Telephone : 07-2243566 Fax : 07-2243840

Mr Koh Hock Lye, Director.

Johore State Forestry Dept


*** November 2003 ***

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