- Elevation: 2,107 m (6,913 ft)
- Prominence: 1,950 m
- Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Malaysian state: Pahang
- Range: Banjaran Benum
- 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 near Raub) in 2/3 days or Ulu Cheka (Jerantut) in 4/5 days although it appears that local Orang Asli have in the past been opposed to hikers using the latter route.
Lata Berembun route:
It is usually climbed over two or three days from the western side, 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.
Ulu Cheka route:
This route became popular again during 2020-2022 as the Lata Berembun trailhead was apparently inaccessible due to a landslide. It is a challenging trek typically requiring 5 days an 4 nights from Kampung Ulu Cheka which is an Orang Asli village. The trail passes Kem Jenerih, Gunung Lilin (typical camp spot on the first day) and Permatang Angin (typical camp spot on the second day) which allows good views in clear weather. From Permatang Angin to the summit of Gunung Benum is only 2-3 hours via Simpang Lata Bujang so most hikers take a daypack with them and return to camp at Permatang Angin on the third night or head down an alternative trail from Simpang Lata Bujang passing Kem Cenkenit (higher camp) and Kem Sungai Besar (lower camp named after a large river there).
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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.
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- 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 western route water is available as far as around 1,370m.
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