Belumut

Facts

  • Elevation: 1,010 m (3,314 ft)
  • Prominence: 975 m
  • Ribu category: Spesial
  • Province: Peninsular Malaysia
  • Google Earth: kml
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  • Other names: none.

Bagging It!

Gunung Belumut is located in the Hutan Lipur Gunung Lumut (Mount Belumut Recreational Forest) and is a dayhike, requiring about 4 hours up and 3 hours back down. There are 3 checkpoints on the way to the peak and several water sources. It is popular with hikers from Singapore.

Practicalities

    • Getting there: It is located near Kluang and could even be hiked as a day-trip from Singapore.
    • Accommodation: coming soon.
    • Permits: A real hassle. You need a permit from Johor Forestry (a ludicrous RM150 per group even if you are alone) and to get a nominal roll stamped at Kampung Gajah Police Station. Guide supposedly obligatory. You can now register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website.
    • Water sources: Available at several pints on the trail but it is recommended you take your own bottled water.
    • Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.

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3 thoughts on “Belumut

  1. Was supposed to hike Gunung Belumut on Monday, after Endau Rompin’s highest peak Gunung Besar on Sunday, but disaster struck when my would-be guide, Azizi, to whom I sent the money in advance, never appeared to meet me and stopped answering his phone.

    More details will be up on the Besar (Endau-Rompin) pages shortly, but in brief we arranged two days of hiking in Johor, I sent the money in advance, mainly due to the laborious permit procedure, and then he never showed up or answered my calls when I arrived, effectively stealing the money. Instead I spent my weekend making a police report in Johor Bahru and complaining at Johor Tourism office about the complicated permit procedure and excessive price of simple hikes in Johor. Not a great weekend.

    In short, Azizi, or Muhammad Azize Bin Zuaini to give his full name, is worth avoiding at all costs. Do not trust this individual. I will do what I can to see that he never works as a guide again. If there is any justice I will have my money returned and the extra charges I incurred by having to book extra hotels paid for out of his pocket. Realistically this could well not happen, but please do not trust this ‘man’. He is a liar and a cheat and is unlikely to be employed by Johor Parks as a guide ever again after this incident as my police report has been forwarded to management.

    General advice to all trekkers…. never send any money to guides in advance except if it is direct to a National Park account. There are lots of thieves out there. Don’t be fooled by the smiles or ‘friendliness’. It’s fake.

    • Haven’t done this myself yet (but planned for a July weekend). Probably easier from the south (Johor Bahru or even Singapore) to Kluang train station and then taxi but also possible from the north. As with many of Malaysia’s mountains it is much easier if you have a local friend with a car! A shame there is no ‘ojek’ culture as in neighbouring Indonesia as this would make life a lot easier for hikers.

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