|Elevation:||1,862 m (6,109 ft)||Prominence:||1,566 m|
|Ribu category:||Kurang Tinggi||Province:||Peninsular Malaysia|
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Gunung Bintang (‘star mountain’) is the highest peak in Kedah and is part of a very large mountain range stretching north all the way from Gunung Bubu south of Taiping. The main trail to the topstarts in Sedim Recreation Park, Kulim (roughly 125m above sea level) and it takes most hikers 7 hours to reach the summit and around 5 to descend again. It is usually hiked in two days with one night camping but really strong hikers could just about complete the trek in one long day 13 hours return trip with daypacks) if they set out pre-dawn (or indeed if your guide is willing hike at night in time for first light at the top).
The first 3.5km follows a cement track which is often blocked by fallen trees before the proper trail begins at the end of the cement.
The mountain is filled with wildlife including elephants and sun bears (‘beruang madu’) and most hikers see lots of prints in the mud. Leeches are also common on this mountain.
From Sedim, allow an hour to Camp 1 river crossing (large camp area), 30 minutes to the second river and then a further hour to Camp 2 which is near a waterfall and steep terrain. Watch out for deep holes in this area. Fron there it’s another 60-90 minutes to the proper start of the forest trail and another 90 minutes to Puncak Bunian. In another 90 minutes you will be at Anak Bintang where you should see the true summit which lies about 45 minutes away.
The summit has good views and the usual signs. It is also only one of two peaks in the Bintang range to have a ‘beirut’ (surveyor’s metal tripod) at the top – the other being Gunung Inas (1,801m).
Occasionally hikers trek via Bintang South (1,560m) from Sebonton, Perak, but this is apparently quite overgrown and would require at least one extra day. There is also a trail up from the southwest at Mahang which meets the main trail from Sedim at Anak Bintang.
|Getting there||The trailhead is about 450km from KL, so it’s much easier to fly to Penang. Bukit Mertajam is the closest train station. By car or motorbike, follow signs for Sungai Sedim and then Tree Top Walk.|
|Accommodation||Chalets available at Sedim Park. Many hikers choose to stay in Kulim.|
|Permits||Required from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Kedah Selatan in Kulim, although this process is far from easy unless you live locally or have your guide arrange it on your behalf. RM10 per person.|
|Water sources||None available except stagnant water about 1 hour before Anak Bintang so be sure to take sufficient supplies with you.|
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