- Elevation: 2,183 m (7,162 ft)
- Prominence: 1,993 m
- Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
At 2,183m, Gunung Korbu is the highest peak in the Titiwangsa range and also the second highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. It is part of the Tenasserim Hills chain (Banjaran Tanah Seri), a 1,700 kilometre-long granite ridge older than the Himalayas which runs all the way down from mid-Thailand to southern Peninsular Malaysia.
It was thought for some time that nearby Yong Belar (2,181m) might be the most prominent in the Titiwangsa range based on SRTM data but accurate topographic maps suggest that Korbu is indeed around two metres higher. This was recently confirmed by Malaysia’s Department of Survey and Mapping who state that both peaks were surveyed in 2012.
The trail starts at Ulu Kinta Dam (Empangan Sultan Azlan Shah) and the trail is around 15km in length. It is just about possible for very strong hikers to do Korbu over two very long days, but if you want to bag nearby Gunung Gayong (2,173m) too then you’ll probably need three days minimum (most Malaysian groups take 4 more leisurely days). It’s around 3 hours to walk the 2.5km from Korbu to Gayong and back again, includingg dropping down to the col at around 2,000m.
The trail is as follows: Ulu Kinta Dam (Empangan Sultan Azlan Shah) – Waterfall – Kem Seroja (c800m) – Kem Kijang (c1,100m) – Last Water Point (c1,550m) – Botak (c1,850m) – Cuban (c2,100m) – Korbu summit – Gayong summit.
It takes around 3 hours from the trailhead to Camp Seroja, a further 1.5 from Camp Seroja to Camp Kijang, 2 hours from Kijang to Botak (via the last water source which is signposted after one hour) and 1.5 hours from Botak to Korbu summit. So 8-9 hours in total, not including continuing to Gayong summit. The final section just before Korbu summit involves hiking up lots of metal ladders.
For those wanting to spend 5 days or so exploring the Titiwangsa range, it could also be hiked along with Yong Belar in the following way: Trans Titiwangsa V1 camping trip (Blue Valley Dam or 4WD to Kebun Sayur – Kem Tudung Periuk – Kem Kasut – Yong Belar – Kem Kuali – Anak Yong Belar – Puncak H20 – Kem H20 – Gunung Junction – Kem Cerek – Gunung Gayong – Gunung Korbu – Chubun – Botak – Last Water Point – Kem Kijang – Kem Seroja – Waterfall – Empangan Sultan Azlan Shah).
Water source for V1: Kem Tudung Periuk / Kem Kasut / Kam Kuali / Kem H20 / Kem Cerek / Last Water Point / Kem Kijang / Kem Seroja
- Getting there: Tasek or Ipoh is the closest train station. In 2018, there is a northbound train leaving KL around 2330 and one returning south arriving KL again around 2000.
- Accommodation: Plenty available in the nearby city of Ipoh.
- Permits: Two permits required – Dam permit and Forestry permit. Most local guides in Ipoh are familiar with the procedure. RM15 required in advance, usually at least 2 weeks before. The Dam gate opens at 6am and closes at 7pm. You can register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website.
- Water sources: Available at Kem Seroja/ Kem Kijang / Last Water Point.
- 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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