|Elevation:||884 m (2,900 ft)||Prominence:||638 m|
|Ribu category:||Spesial||Province:||Peninsular Malaysia|
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Gunung Rembau is the highest part of the large mountain range southeast of KL and Seremban. This hilly area stretches tens of kilometres from Seremban all the way down to Tampin in the south. The most popular hikes in the area are the easy Gunung Angsi (825m) in the north and Gunung Datuk (705m) in the south. The highest peak in the range is the much less popular Gunung Rembau (884m) which can easily be combined with a trip to Gunung Datuk.
The trailhead is just 20 minutes from the town of Tampin, so that is the best base and you can easily find a Grab or taxi to take you to the foot of the well-known mountain. From the car park (100m), drop down slightly on the right, cross a small cement bridge over a stream and then register at the registration booth (90m). Note that you need to sign in and out so remember to do so on your return. Some folk camp near the top of Datuk so they can enjoy the sunrise (around 7am) but it is not necessary given how short the trekking time is.
Behind you, you will see higher forest, and this is Gunung Rembau, the true highest point of the range which the erroneous Datuk signs take their elevation figure from. If 100 hikers are at Datuk, you can bet that 1 or 2 at most will bother to continue to Gunung Rembau, which lies around 1.5km away (in a straight line). Below is a small cave beneath the boulders which would certainly provide a bit of shelter should it start raining.
From the camp and lunch area at Datuk, follow the minor forest trail on the right of the sign. It is narrow given how few folk hike here but fairly easy going and you should be at an unmarked junction (850m) with a ribbon tied round a tree in just over 30 minutes. This is a very important junction. For Gunung Rembau be sure to take a left and drop down slightly before ascending again. In 10-15 minutes from this junction you will be at a very small clearing which has a couple of signs and a small square cement base in the ground. This is the top of Gunung Rembau and the highest peak for many tens of kilometres.
Had you taken the right turn at the unmarked junction, you would have found yourself heading towards Gunung Gagak (807m) which is the second highest here (unless you count Gunung Angsi which is several tens of km further northwest). A trek known by local hikers as Trans Naning continues beyond Gunung Gagak to Gunung Tampin north and south (726m and 728m respectively) before dropping down via Bukit Tampin (560m) where there is a telecommunications tower and Tampin Recreational Forest.
This full day out (supposedly 11-12 hours for average hikers) is around 21km in total and requires a very early start and is not recommended at all to solo hikers due to the length and remoteness. That the trail ends in Tampin means finding transport back at the end of the trail is not a problem (as it might sometimes be at Gunung Datuk) but as you are supposed to sign out at the Datuk entrance, it may be advisable to do it in the opposite direction or at least phone the ranger responsible for Datuk in advance to check.
Bagging information by Dan Quinn (February 2019)
|Getting there||Rembau or Tampin / Pulau Sebang is the closest train station but at present the Rembau station does not appear to be active. For those heading south from KLIA, Nilai is the closest station to the Airport but is seemingly not used for intercity. Consider using Kajang or Seremban stations rather than heading into KL city first. From those flying in from elsewhere and on a tight schedule, there is a night train which leaves Kajang at around 0040 and arrives in Tampin / Pulau Sebang around 0200 (in 2019).|
|Accommodation||Several hotels available in Tampin.|
|Permits||RM5 per person at Gunung Datuk entrance. Sign in and out required so check first if doing the Trans Naning.|
|Water sources||One stream near the start of the Gunung Datuk trail, but various stalls also usually open near the car park.|
|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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