While Gunung Datuk in Malaysia may not be high (855m) it does offer a spectacular sunrise and superb views over the peninsular and Straits of Malacca. Join Richard and the SG Trek crew as they get a 4am start to knock off another peak before spending a relaxing afternoon in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Malacca.
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The Gunung Datuk trail is like many other Malaysian paths as it features a lot of tree roots and orange, clay-like soil.
From the trailhead hut to the summit is only around 2.5km, but there is one extremely steep section around 30 minutes in that requires some scrambling and rope work.
The trail levels out afterwards and after around 2 hours you should reach a large rest area below the rocky summit from where everyone likes to watch the sunrise.
Scaffolding has been erected to enable hikers to climb up the rocks replacing ladders and ropes that were there previously.
The boulders top out at 710m but the official height of Datuk is 855m and there is another higher summit although not many venture that way.
Datuk is around a 4-hour drive from Singapore once across the border or a 1-hour drive south from Kuala Lumpur.
Getting there by public transport is possible, taxis will drop you off at the trailhead from the nearby towns of Tampin or Rembau.
A climbing permit (5 Ringgit) is required for Datuk and this can be purchased at the trailhead office. If you climb early the office will be closed, but you can buy it on the way down.
I made the trip with Singapore-based travel agent SG Trek, who organised everything including transport and guides. (
There are no known restrictions on the use of drones around Gunung Datuk.
For more details on the hike and the logistics involved please check out the Website: