2017 - Gunung Kutu (1,053m/3,456ft) Kuala Kubu Bharu

Gunung Kutu (1,053m/3,456ft), Kuala Kubu Bharu
9.31am - At Gunung Kutu trail head (L-R) Ching Neng Bin​, George Ling​, Sitta, Andrew, Mohd Shahrul​, Leanne, Wei Wei​, Tan Chwee Lan​, Lim Ka Tin​, Kalaiarasy, Yean Koon, Song Poh. The photographer is Caason Ching Jin Yuan​.

It was truly in the spirit of Merdeka celebration that we took the Malaysian flag up to the top of Gunung Kutu on 10th Sep.2017. Gunung Kutu is a mountain near Kuala Kubu Bharu along the trunk road to Fraser's Hill. A total of 13 trekkers from the Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association (MOBYA) took part in the climb - Andrew, Ching Neng Bin, Ching Jin Yuan, George Ling, Kalaiarasy, Leanne, Lim Ka Tin, Mohd Shahrul, Sitta, Song Poh, Tan Chwee Lan, Wei Wei and Yean Koon.

A moderately challenging hike and it took us almost 4 hours to trek to the peak inclusive of water and lunch break. At the top of Kutu, the rock summit offers 360-degree unobstructed view of the surrounding area and the Straits of Malacca on a clear day. Kutu was once used as British administration station to overlook Kuala Kubu Bahru in the 1900's, however, it was destroyed during the war.
The trek up Gunung Kutu normally takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on speed, begins from an Orang Asli village at the foothill; turn right at the signboard to Kampung Pertak after Sungai Selangor Dam, if coming from Kuala Kubu Bharu town. (L-R) Ching Jin Yuan​, George Ling​, Sitta, Andrew, Mohd Shahrul​, Leanne, Wei Wei​, Tan Chwee Lan​, Lim Ka Tin​, Kalaiarasy, Yean Koon, Song Poh. The photographer is Ching Neng Bin​.

Starting coordinates: N3.572510, E101.738128. Starting height is 290m above sea level. Follow the paved road past modern-looking Aborigine homes as it winds along the Sungai Pertak River, where the road will connect to a gravel stretch to park cars. The entry fee is RM1 per person collected by the Orang Asli villages. The two Orang Asli dogs followed us 3/4 up the trek. A very smart dog which knows how to ask for food.


9.39am - The 1st river crossing of Gunung Kutu trail has a suspension bridge. From here is still a very flat part of the trail.

Ching Jin Yuan, Lim Ka Tin and Ching Neng Bin at the Sungai Pertak river view point.

The clear Sungai Pertak river that flows down along the Kampung Pertak village and onto the Sungai Selangor Dam.

Sungai Pertak river - There were many campers here this morning.


9.46am - We followed the 4WD path on the Gunung Kutu trail until we came to this 2nd river crossing with a partly-submerged broken bridge. We then crossed and proceeded on the trail until we hit a calm 3rd river section.
9.46am - Crossing the 2nd suspension broken bridge of Gunung Kutu trek.

9.47am - Ching Jin Yuan at the 2nd suspension broken bridge of Gunung Kutu trek.

The Sungai Pertak that flows down to Kampung Pertak village and onto the Selangor Dam.

9.48am - At this junction took the trek on the right. Always take the right trek when going up Gunung Kutu and take the left trek on coming down.

9.57am - The knee deep clear 3rd river crossing of Gunung Kutu trail requires some rock climbing as we were on four.

9.57am - The knee deep clear 3rd river crossing of Gunung Kutu trail. On the way back, it was here to enjoy ourselves with some swimming and this cool freshwater river.

9.58am - The knee deep clear 3rd river crossing of Gunung Kutu trail. (L-R) Tan Chwee Lan, Sitta, Lim Ka Tin, Ching Neng Bin and Kalaiarasy.

9.58am - The knee deep clear 3rd river crossing of Gunung Kutu trail. (L-R) Wei Wei, Mohd Shahrul, George Ling and Song Poh.
10.12am - Followed this 4WD trail after crossing all stream sections. Extremely tall bamboo trees along the trail.


10.36am - At the exposed big roots which was almost the mid-point on the Gunung Suku 6km trek to the summit.

10.36am - At the exposed big roots which was almost the mid-point on the Gunung Suku 6km trek to the summit.

10.36am - At the exposed big roots which was almost the mid-point on the Gunung Suku 6km trek to the summit.

10.38am - At the very steep muddy patch of the Gunung Suku trek.

10.38am - At the very steep muddy patch of the Gunung Suku trek.

Passing through the Gunung Kutu bamboo forest trail.

Sitta and Song Poh at the huge log crossing obstacle on the Gunung Suku trek.
Wei Wei and George Ling at the huge log crossing obstacle on the Gunung Suku trek.
11.02am - After over the huge log, came another log crossing by father and son; Ching Neng Bin and Ching Jin Yuan.

Another very steep muddy Gunung Suku trek requires the help of a rope.

Another very steep muddy Gunung Suku trek requires the help of a rope.

Another very steep muddy Gunung Suku trek requires the help of tree roots.
Another very steep muddy Gunung Suku trek requires the help of tree roots.


11.36am - At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail. Encountered huge overhanging rocks that provide excellent shelter against rain, with hiding places among the deep crevices and hollows, as well as loose slabs that make smooth beds.

At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.

At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail. It's an amazing spot to take a break and to take some really amazing shots.

At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.
At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.
At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.
At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.
Encountered huge Gunung Kutu overhanging rock that provides excellent shelter against rain, with hiding places among the deep crevices and hollows.

Huge Gunung Kutu overhanging rock that provides excellent shelter against rain, with hiding places among the deep crevices and hollows.

Encountered huge Gunung Kutu overhanging rock as well as loose slabs that make smooth beds here.

Mohd Shahrul shaking hand with Sitta for her good stamina in trekking up Gunung Kutu trail.

Encountered huge Gunung Kutu overhanging rock as well as loose slabs that make smooth beds here.

Wei Wei and George Ling taking a rest at the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.

These dogs knew where to find smooth beds at the big boulder of Gunung Kutu.


At the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail. Amazing stone wall as high as 60m.

It's an amazing sight of the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.

It's an amazing sight of the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.

It's an amazing sight of the big boulder of Gunung Kutu trail.

12.16am - At the false peak of Gunung Kutu. From here is another hour up to the summit.

George Ling, Wei Wei and Sitta taking a rest at the false peak of Gunung Kutu trail.

12.16am - The dogs followed us up to this rest area at the false peak of Gunung Kutu and as they did not follow us up we gave them some food to eat here.



12.16am - At a false peak of Gunung Kutu. As the dogs are not following us we gave them lunch.

Ching Neng Bin's poor shoe - 3/4 up the trek, the shoes began to break up on one shoe.



A very unique plant in Gunung Kutu.


1.21pm - Entering a clearing here, where you see an aging chimney towers above the ground - this is the peak of Gunung Kutu. We took our lunch here before scramble up a nearby rocky summit.

Bombed by the Japanese during the war, it was eventually abandoned and was lost in thick vegetation. Today, the only remains of the bungalows that once overlooked the lush valley are a chimney, fireplace and well (that still collects water), and stone walls at the other end of the ridge.

Gunung Kutu was once used as British administration station to overlook Kuala Kubu Bahru in the 1900's. It was destroyed during the war.
The remains of the Gunung Kutu chimney fireplace once built by the English.
There is a water well beside the Gunung Kutu chimney and surprising has plenty of clean water. We did bail the cool water out for washing our hands and face.

A food view of the Gunung Kutu chimney from the summit rocks above.


2.09pm - At the base of the 5 big rocks with 4 aluminum step-ladders to climb up to Gunung Kutu rock summit.

2.09pm - At the base of the 5 big rocks with 4 aluminum step-ladders to climb up to Gunung Kutu rock summit.


Gunung Kutu at 1,053m high, it was once a colonial hill station called 'Treacher's Hill'.

Wei Wei
Song Poh and Kalaiarasy
View of the first 3 rocks and 2 aluminum step-ladders on top of Gunung Kutu rock summit. Ching Jin Yuan at the bottom and Ching Neng Bin on the 2nd ladder.
Ching Neng Bin on the 3rd rock stepping on the 2nd ladder of Gunung Kutu rock summit.
View of the first 3 rocks and 2 aluminum step-ladders on top of Gunung Kutu rock summit. Ching Jin Yuan at the bottom, George Ling on the 1st and Ching Neng Bin on the 2nd ladder respectively.
Ching Neng Bin on the 2nd ladder of Gunung Kutu rock summit.
Ching Jin Yuan at the bottom, George Ling on the 1st and Ching Neng Bin on the 2nd ladder respectively.
View of the 4th and 5th aluminum step-ladders on the Gunung Kutu rock summit.

View of the 4th and 5th aluminum step-ladders on the Gunung Kutu rock summit. Might be a daunting experience to climb up the ladder for those with fear of height. Be very careful when moving around the boulders as there are no ropes or anything to support. Falling down from the boulder will cause unimaginable injury or even death.

We are standing on the 3rd rock of Gunung Kutu rock summit.

Ching Neng Bin and George Ling standing on the 3rd rock of Gunung Kutu rock summit.

2.19pm - George Ling and Ching Neng Bin at the rock summit of Gunung Kutu after climbing four ladders.

2.19pm - George Ling and Ching Neng Bin at the rock summit of Gunung Kutu after climbing four ladders.


At the top of Gunung Kutu, the rock summit offers 360-degree unobstructed view of the surrounding area, and the Straits of Malacca on a clear day.

2.30pm - Descending from Gunung Kutu summit and hiking down the track took us abut 2 hours.

2.30pm - Descending from Gunung Kutu summit.

3.38pm - Descending from the big boulder.

3.38pm - Descending from the big boulder.

3.39pm - Descending from the big boulder.


5.30pm - After 3hours down we were back at the starting point. It was indeed a popular climbing spot on weekends with beautiful views of the Titiwangsa mountain range and Kuala Kubu Bharu dam at the summit of Gunung Kutu.




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