- Elevation: 1,685 m (5,528 ft)
- Prominence: 525 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Malaysian state: on the border of Selangor and Pahang
- Range: Banjaran Titiwangsa / Main Range
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- Other names: none.
Gunung Rajah is part of the same section of the Titiwangsa mountains – or Main Range – as Genting Highland’s Ulu Kali and the fascinating old hill station of Bukit Kutu near Kuala Kubu Bharu. One of the best things about this mountain is that in clear weather the views from the summit are fantastic. It can be climbed from either the Pahang side (south-east approach) or the Selangor side (north-west). Both have their advantanges and disadvantages.
From Chamang near Bentong town, Pahang:
This is the traditional route up to the peak from a large car park near Chamang waterfall where there is a toilet and shower block. 4 kilometres along a logging road beyond the car park and via an Orang Asli village there is a large green arch (400m) displaying the mountain name at the proper trailhead where there is a forestry ranger to check permits. Some hiking groups take a 4WD to cover the first 4 kilometres. The trail leads via Sungai Terling, Resam (550m), Kuala Sungai Terling / Sungai Y where you need to cross the river, then several more river crossings on the way to Kem Lata Naning (780m), Rescue Point, Kem Batu Hijau / Lata Hijau, Permatang Guntong (false peak), a very steep roped rock-climbing section up a rockface (1,480m) before Last Water Point (only for emergency use), and the finally the summit. It takes around 6-7 hours up and 5-6 hours down and is just under 14 kilometres one-way. Most hiking groups camp at the pleasant Lata Naning waterfall as a dayhike is very tough and exhausting. The river crossings need extreme care and can be impassable after heavy rain, so be prepared. There are not too many leeches on this trail, rather surprisingly.
From Kampung Pertak near Kuala Kubu Bharu town, Selangor:
This route is shorter (11.5km one-way) but not that much quicker than the Chamang route. However, the lack of multiple major river crossings means it can be done more safely as a dayhike than the other route. You should set off before sunrise if you want to have a good chance of a view at the summit. The trail shares the same starting point as Bukit Kutu. From the Pertak trailhead (296m) where there is plenty of space to park vehicles alongside the Pertak river, the trail leads via a bridge (276m) over a pleasant river, then a damaged and collapsed bridge (292m) which just about makes it possible to get across safely except after incredibly wet weather (the same kind of conditions which must have led to its collapse) and then an unmarked trail junction (390m) for Gunung Rajah on the left. This also leads towards Lata Medang waterfall. After another left turn, the trail then leads via Kem Lubuk (600m) and Kem BMW (650m). You then need to take a right or else you will end up at Lata Makau. The trail then crosses a river (700m), passes Kem Botol (800m), Kem Renoma (960m), Waterpoint (920m), Kem R and R (990m), Peak Junction (1,340m), Kem Asyur (1,275m), False Peak (1,580m) with a steep roped rock section (1,560m) before finally reaching the top. The village dogs from Pertak that often follows hikers up Bukit Kutu may even follow you up Gunung Rajah, but it probably depends on how many other hikers there are that day, where they are going and how much food they are perceived to have with them! Leeches are reported to be more of an issue on this side of the mountain.
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- Getting there: Coming soon.
- Permits: You can register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website though you will need an official guide with you.
- Water sources: coming soon.
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