- Elevation: 2,040 m (6,693 ft)
- Prominence: 1,574 m
- Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang
- Province: Sarawak (Malaysia)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
Bukit Batu was first summited in December 2014 by a team including nepenthes (pitcher plant) expert Alastair Robinson. There are very occasional researcher trips to the Hose mountain range, presumably via remote logging roads from Kapit.
- Getting there: The two main towns in the immense Batang Rejang region are Belaga and Kapit. Belaga is accessible by daily 4WD from Bintulu (4 hours, call Daniel Levoh to reserve a seat) or by boat from Kapit when the water level is high enough. Kapit is just 3 hours by boat from Sibu and there are several boat each day. In a straight line, Belaga is considerably closer to the highpoint of Bukit Batu than Kapit, but according to one source, logging roads from Kapit are the best bet of reaching the foothills of the Pegunungan Hose (Hose mountain range).
- Accommodation: In laid-back Belaga, Daniel Levoh’s guesthouse is the obvious place to stay. There are several adequate hotels in the unattractive and industrial town of Kapit and the New Rejang Inn gets the best reviews at present.
- Permits: You may be required to obtain a permit from the Resident’s Office 2km out of Kapit if you enter from the Sibu direction and especially if you continue up the Batang Baleh river which looks like a likely route towards the foothills of the range. In reality it is unlikely you will be asked to present your paperwork, but for those spending several days in this remote area it may be worth getting your permit.
- Water sources: Unknown, assume none.
- 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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Origins and Meaning
Literally ‘rock hill’ in Malay and Indonesian.