- Elevation: 1,010 m (3,314 ft)
- Prominence: 975 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
Gunung Belumut is located in the Hutan Lipur Gunung Lumut (Mount Belumut Recreational Forest) and is a dayhike, requiring about 4 hours up and 3 hours back down. There are 4 checkpoints on the way to the peak and several water sources. It is popular with hikers from Singapore.
The trail starts at the Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest car park and leads over a suspension bridge and then up some steps and finally onto normal forest trail.
Checkpoint 2 is a weathered rock known as Batu Kerang (‘clam stone’). Checkpoint 4 is the last water point and camping spot. Beyond Checkpoint 4 is Bukit Botak which is the false peak just before the summit. The summit is crowned with a large boulder which can be clambered onto for some rather good views! Look out for Batu Keris – a sharp shard of rock jutting out of the ground like a sword.
- Getting there: It is located near Kluang and could even be hiked as a day-trip from Singapore.
- Accommodation: Hotels in Kluang. There are a small number of chalets at the trailhead.
- Permits: A real hassle. You need a permit from Johor Forestry (a ludicrous RM150 per group even if you are alone) and to get a nominal roll stamped at Kampung Gajah Police Station. Guide supposedly obligatory. You can now register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website.
- Water sources: Available at several points on the trail but it is recommended you take your own bottled water.
- 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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