- Elevation: 2,107 m (6,913 ft)
- Prominence: 1,950 m
- Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: Benom
Gunung Benum is a huge mountain massif all of its own, quite separate from other ranges. Despite only being around 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur, Benum doesn’t see as many hikers as might be expected. It can be hiked from Lata Berembun (Sungai Klau) or Ulu Cheka (Jerantut) although it appears that local Orang Asli are increasingly opposed to hikers using the latter route.
It is usually climbed over two or three days, with one night camping at or near the summit or two nights camping halfway up. The Lata Berembun trail is about 12km in length one way and there are actually two alternate trails which can be combined in a loop. The western route is better for water so it makes sense to hike up that way and back down the eastern route as follows:
From Lata Berembun (620m) (which makes a reasonable camp spot in its own right) the newer, less-famous western trail leads via water point (860m), and Kem Rilek (1,285m) which is soon followed by Last Water Point (1,370m). The trail then gains the ridge and changes direction towards Kem Bulat (1,720m), some boulders (1,850m), and finally a signboard (2,098m) just before the summit itself which is also big enough for a handful of tents.
Back down the eastern route (the older, traditional route), the trail passes Kem Periuk (1,690m) and Kem Dingin / Tikus (1,670m) where there are numerous pitcher plants. Both camp spots are good for camping but not good for clean water. Some is available at Kem Tikus but take iodine tablets and/or boil the water (or use the western route up).
Doing things in reverse, in the traditional manner, Kem Dingin / Tikus is reached in about 3-4 hours from Lata Berembun and it is then a further 2-3 hours to Kem Periuk. The summit is a further 2 hours, so in total 7-9 hours one way. There are many ‘false peaks’ between Kem Tikus and the summit.
Because of the lack of a good water source higher up on the traditional route, some hikers do it as a very long ‘day-hike’ starting at first light and finishing way, way after dark but the vast majority of hikers need one night camping somewhere.
There are not many views from the dense forest but there are many pitcher plants here. The summit is in mossy forest and has the usual surveyor’s metal beirut on it.
Look out for leeches near the trailhead.
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- Getting there: From Raub it is 23km to Sungai Klau town where you need a 4WD (try Ah Gao +60 13-982 2246) to cover 12km (45 minutes) to Lata Berembun waterfall. 4WD fits 7 and costs around RM300. The trail starts on the left just before the bridge and waterfalls and there is a camping area here too.
- Permits: You can register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website.
- Water sources: Available at Camp Tikus but it is recommended you boil it first or use iodin tablets. Very difficult beyond there on the more famous eastern route so be sure to take plenty of bottled water! On the wetsern route water is available as far as around 1,370m.
- 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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