- 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 was thought for some time that nearby Yong Belar (2,181m) might be the most prominent 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 14km in length. It is just about possible for very strong hikers to do Korbu as a very long dayhike, but if you want to bag nearby Gunung Gayong (2,173m) then one night camping is required because it is around 3 hours to walk the 2.5km from Korbu to Gayong and back again.
The trail is as follows: Ulu Kinta Dam (Empangan Sultan Azlan Shah) – Waterfall – Kem Seroja – Kem Kijang – Last Water Point – Botak – Cuban – Korbu Peak – Gayong summit.
It takes around 2 hours from the trailhead to Camp Seroja, a further hour 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 6-7 hours in total, not including continuing to Gayong summit. The final section just before Korbu summit involves hiking up lots of metal ladders.
It could also be hiked in the following way Trans V1 comping trip (Blue Valley Dam – Kem Tudung Periuk – Kem Kasut – Yong Belar – Kem Kuali – Anak Yong Belar – Puncak H20 – Kem H20 – Gunung Junction – Kem Cerek – Gunung Gayung – Gunung – Korbu – Chubun – Botak – Last Water Point – Kem Kijang – Kem Seroja – Waterfall – Empangan Sultan Azlan Shah)
Water source : 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: coming soon.
- Permits: RM15 required in advance, usually 2 weeks before. The Dam gate opens at 6am and closes at 7pm.
- 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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