Bukit Tabur

malaysia

Easy to reach, but dangerous to summit. Tread carefully on Bukit Tabur.

Bukit Tabur (Bukit Hangus, as the locals say) is a prominent feature of the city landscape of Kuala lumpur. It’s proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes it a popular destination, but it can be dangerous. Its not for beginners, or the unsteady.

Country
malaysia
Height
850m (2,788feet)
Climbing Height
500 m (1640 ft)
Rank
  • Most dangerous climb in Malaysia

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Natural Form and History

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - History

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Geological history

Bukit Tabur Hill is situated in the Selangor area of Malaysia. Bukit Tabur belongs to the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge which is arguably the oldest quartz ridge in the world.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Modern climbing history

Bukit Tabur is a well-known hill and climbed often. Although most climbs are uneventful, a few fatal falls have happened in recent years. The hill can be seen from various spots in Kuala Lumpur just 20 km or 30 minutes away.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Current popularity as a climbing destination

The easy accessibility of the mountain from Kuala Lumpur and the guarantee of such majestic views means that Bukit Tabur is always popular. However, since the accidents, the government has put caution signs up to deter people.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Overview of the Trail

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Overall Assessment

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Summary of trail accessibility

The trails are easy to find and relatively easy to follow, albeit with some challenging terrain. There is a well-worn path over rocks, roots, and dirt that heads straight up from the trailhead.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Trail options

Number of options
1
Summary

There is essentially just one trail, which follows a ridge with 5 rocky peaks or crags. But the choice is whether you go East to West or West to East. The East-West trail is the most popular because it is more easy to be going up than down on certain parts. However, both ways are physically demanding, taking between 2 and 4 hours to complete, depending on your fitness and skills.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Most popular trail

Bukit Tabur East to West

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Standard itinerary

Number of days
1
Summary

After entering the park entrance, passing the caution signs, you will be heading up, up, up. Then up and down until you're blue in the face. The section between the 3rd and 4th peaks is especially dangerous as you are required to get across by shuffling along a rope. You will eventually be heading towards the western entrance.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Day 1
  • 0800 – Arrive at the trail head and prepare for the ascent. Be sure to pack enough water and snacks. Begin the ascent through the forest terrain. At this time of morning, birds and bugs can be surprisingly loud.
  • 0830 – Arrive at the first peak. Take a rest.
  • 0845 – Continue with the climb the rest of the peaks.
  • 0930 – Arrive at the 3rd and highest peak. Take in the views of the lake and Kuala Lumpur can be seen from here, visibility permitting.
  • 1000 – Complete the final peak, and descent towards the west along a path that loops you back to the trail head.
  • 1030 – Arrive back at the trail head, and head home.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Climbing Difficulty

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Terrain

Number of distinct sections
Summary

The terrain of Bukit Tabur Hill can be split into 2 sections; tropical forests and rocky terrain.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Tropical Forests
The ascents and descents to and from the rocky peaks from the trail heads is dense tropical forests clinging to the hillside. The tracks are dirt, rocks, and tree roots, with a steep gradient.
Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Rocky terrain
The quartz ridge is a rough, coarse, and at times crumbling place to be climbing. There are vertical ascents and descents, most of which have permanent ropes, metal bars, or other handholds installed to help. Although there will be times where you will need to deploy some of your rock climbing skills.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Weather

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Overview of climate

The weather is typical of tropical Southeast Asia – hot and humid, with a near constant possibility of rain on any given day. The monsoon will bring more rain, and more humidity.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Best time to climb

Although there is always a temptation to see a sunrise or a sunset, don’t do it – you want to climb during daylight hours when you can climb with good lighting.

If its raining, don’t go. The rocks will get more slippery and challenging, and it will not add any value to the climb.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Common weather challenges

Rain: Given that you will be scaling rocks, craggs and even cliffs with the aid of ropes, you really shouldn’t be planning on going during the rain.

Wind: Although not a particularly windy part of the world, winds could be treacherous on such a mountain. Watch out particularly before rains arrive, as gust fronts of storms could come quite suddenly.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Safety tips

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Climbing safety

Don’t climb alone.

Reconsider your need to climb the full extent of this mountain, especially if you or those you are travelling with are inexperienced, or not at full fitness. You will be treated to great views if you just reach the first peak.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Personal safety

Let people know where you’re going, and when you expect to get back.

You will get the views before you head to the more dangerous parts of the hike, so take it easy and don’t push yourself too hard.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Safety for women travelers

There aren’t likely to be safety issues unique to women on Bukit Tabur.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Recommended equipment

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Footwear

Bring good shoes with a good grip. Consider rock climbing shoes, as there are points when their extra grip may come in handy.

 

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Clothing

Sturdy clothes, or some that you don’t mind ruining. You may spend a bit of time on your bottom, or you might be scuffing yourself against coarse rocks.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Bags

Don’t bring any bag that will get in the way of your arms or legs. Yo ushouldn’t need to bring much, so a small day-pack would be best.

 

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Weather protection

Protect yourself from the sun with a hat, and long sleeves.

We trust you won’t be attempting this in the rain.

 

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Climbing support

There are ropes already attached to the hill on most parts where it is needed. However, you might consider bringing one or two of your own if you don’t have full confidence in them. There is a particular point when you are dependent on a rope to get across a particularly challenging section, and you might want to secure yourself with a harness at this point.

Consider bringing a helmet.

Gloves may help, given that you will be using your hands a lot on rocks and ropes.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Navigation tools

Navigation should be easy, as the hill has a clear ridge to wander along.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Medical equipment

Bring bug spray. There are plenty of midges and mosquitos, and you don’t want to be slapping at them when you are concentrating on climbing.

A small first-aid kit might be handy for bumps and scrapes.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Food

Some energy boosters might help, but it shouldn’t take more than a few hours.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Hygene sanitation

There are no bathrooms on the hill, so if you need to pack hygene products, please bring a bag to take your rubbish with you.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Connectivity

Mobile Phone: You should have connectivity, at least from the city sides of the hill, which could be handy if you get into any trouble.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Documents

There are some reports that the government is requiring permits for climbing, but these are unsubstantiated.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Support facilities

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Resting stops and facilities

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Rest stops

There are no special rest stops on this climb. Most people stop at the top of each of the 5 peaks, where there are clearings and rocks to rest on.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Base camp

Not applicable.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Guides and porters

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Do you need a guide?

Although guides aren’t generally available here, you should consider climbing with someone who has rock climbing experience and confidence, and especially someone who has done the trail before.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - How to find a guide?

Not applicable.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Tips while working with guides

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Porters

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Do you need a porter?

Not applicable.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - How to find a porter?
Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Tips while working with porters

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Food & water

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - At the start of the hike

Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly in the hotter months. You should buy foods and drinks before arriving at the trailhead.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - During the hike, along the trail

There is no place to buy food or drinks on the hike.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - During the hike, at base camp

Not applicable

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Network connectivity

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Phone and data (3G) connectivity

You should have mobile connectivity for most, if not all, of the hike.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Accessibility

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Getting there

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Nearest airport
Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - From the airport to the starting point

From Kuala Lumpur International, the trailhead is about 1 hour drive + traffic. You will have to get to the other side of Kuala Lumpur itself, so you could take the train in from the airport and head out by taxi from there.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Climbing permits

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Is a permit needed?
It is unclear. There are some reports that the Malaysian Forests Department has banned climbing the mountain and that climbers that are being caught will have their details taken down. Other reports are that you will need a permit. Many climb without.
Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - How to get a permit?

Get one from the park office office which is located in Cheras, Kajang.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - Special Tips

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - For amateur climbers

For amateur climbers, just completing the loop is an achievement.

Climbing Bukit Tabur Malaysia - For advanced climbers

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