Bukit Tabur

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18 Nov 2008 10:12 pm


My trip to Bukit Tabur began with a series of last minute bad news one after another the night before: Shawn told me his family wouldn’t let him go as it had been raining the entire evening and night (not a shocking surprise really), and my parents complained about my “huge bag” that I was planning to bring to the climb.

Nevertheless I was dropped off by my parents at Chris’ house, and we hung around for a bit till 2am before we slept. Chris slept first, almost immediately after I turned off the lights, and how I knew this was because of the snore coming from his general direction wtf.

Chris’ iPhone docked into an alarm clock with a duck plushie that’s actually a speaker wtf.

Alarms awoke me partially at 4.45am – do note the plural as he literally turned on a few alarms coming from his iPhone and from a website (forgot the URL, but it was something like kukuklok.com HAHAHA) which he left it on on his laptop, and maybe a few other sources that I missed out. It sounded like a cacophony of cocks trying to wake us up, but Chris merely fumbled around to shut them off and then went back to sleep. >_> After 5 minutes I decided to wake up and shower, and then later on when I woke him up, he received a phone call from Mike Yip who apparently already reached his house.

After managing to find his missing iPhone, we left his place, with Mikel, Prue, and Wen Jing who had also arrived at Chris’ house. Right when we left his place, it began to pour like crazy and both Prue and I went into Wen Jing’s car while Mikel and Mike Yip followed Chris. (And would you believe it, this is sorta like a 2nd gathering organised by Mikel via Plurk! Goes to show that without Plurk (or rather, technology), this entire trip wouldn’t have happened.. in a way. Since most of us didn’t know each other.)

Long story short, we gathered at Zoo Negara as a meetup point with Aaron’s car and Prue’s friends. Prue’s friends were late, so eventually we went to the nearby McDonald’s where both Wen Jing and I bought our breakfast (and I got a bottle of water from 7-Eleven too). We were supposed to catch the sunrise, but with all the raining, any chance of catching it was doubtful so it really didn’t matter that they were late.

So Prue’s friends eventually arrived.. and off we went to Bukit Tabur! I was a little apprehensive ‘cause it had been raining, but we parked at the foot of the hill anyway and began the climb, a little too enthusiastically for me at least ‘cause after a short while I began to pant and feel tired wtf.

Note: Most of the pics below were snatched from Chris’ camera (the watermark links back to Chris’ blog), unless otherwise stated. One of the major conveniences of having a point-and-shoot is the ability to whip it out anytime and just shoot, unlike a DSLR. -___-

Participants in this climb were: me, Chris, Mikel, Mike Yip, Wen Jing, Prue, Prue’s two girl-friends Rose and Chan Hui, Prue’s male friend Steven, Aaron, Aaron’s dad (henceforth called as ‘Uncle’), and Aaron’s two sisters – bringing to a total of 13 mountain climbers.

We started our climb at 6.55am.

Despite the steepness as depicted in this photo, it really wasn’t too difficult as we could just walk up on it.

Chris camwhoring but you can see me still holding a McDonald’s coffee and the water bottle I bought from 7-Eleven.. and I climbed up the entire way holding these two things… but NOLAH I didn’t lah think I stupid meh. Actually in the end I just placed the coffee cup on the ground somewhere thinking that we’d return the same way, which we didn’t, so I inadvertently litter. =( Sorry Bukit Tabur.

This was supposed to be a beautiful scenery but because it had been raining.. we only saw clouds and mists instead sigh.

Uncle was also sort of like our guide apart from Mikel as he had climbed this mountain before too, so he was guiding people where to place their foot etcetc. (YES, you have to do a spot of rock climbing too haih.)

The first phrase that came to my mind when I saw this pic was, “on the road to Mordor” WTF. The climb was also getting increasingly difficult, Mike Yip sorta pancit in the first hour lol so he was always at the back of our group, but afterwards regained his stamina and strength.

And climbing down.. also you can see the dog in this pic which I would elaborate further in another pic below!

Some clearing in the woods.

This should give you an idea of the depth and level of height of our climb which we had to go through.

Taking a short break by drinking water.

And no this wasn’t the actual colour of the forest – added a bi-colour filter effect to revive the dull colours a little.

Okay this dog! It was following us all the way from the base of the hill up to where we were then, and it was asking us for food. Legend has it (according to Mikel lah) that a rich man ditched his dog there, and ever since, this dog has been the guardian of the mountain and led fellow climbers up the hill safely. So on that day, it was sort of leading us too. =))) But it followed us till half of the journey before we missed him completely, as the climb was getting increasingly difficult for a dog. She even managed to find certain spots for herself to do the ascend too!

And so the treacherous climb continued.

The dog leading the way.

This is considered one of the easier climbs, and I thought it was tough enough then. The dog was also blocking the way (and continued to be rooted at her spot stubbornly despite my repeated push on her butt), but we then realised we could go around it for an easier climb.

Wen Jing looking exhausted. And yeah some of us were wearing gloves so as to make the climb a little easier as we had to grab on sharp rocks, trees, possibly poisonous plants, etc. I had Ding’s sister’s ‘gay gloves’ as Chris called it wtf.

Oh and there was also a laminated paper being tied somewhere when the road forked to two: the road to the left was more dangerous as a girl (Mikel’s friend) apparently fell 100 metres from there before but survived, and there was even a newspaper cutting laminated together to warn us too. We obviously used the path to the right. And if I’m not mistaken, at another juncture, there was another warning sprayed on a rock in Chinese “turn back before it’s too late” or something wtf.

Mahai this part T____T Wen Jing is descending the rocks with the help of a rope that happened to be there, but we were told not to rely on the rope and still had to climb down with our hands and legs.

Steven offering a helping hand literally.. actually damn a lot of people did the same to me like Prue, Mikel, Uncle, etc sigh I’m like the worst climber in the entire group.

Steven told me that he thought I looked familiar.. and I confirmed with him that I indeed had written a post about my Skytrex Adventure and he too had joined it after reading about my entry (and other people’s similar trips too)! Hahaha what a coincidence! But then again according to stats, that post has the most views ever to date. >_>

Me taking a break again. (Yeah if you noticed, most of the pics I’m posting up has at least me in it wtf.)

The beginning of a crazy tough climb. T______T The guy on top is Mikel I think, and yes you have to seriously stretch your leg that way. Also may I remind you that I’m acrophobic (have a fear of heights), so I was beginning to freak out and whenever I see such steepness, you’ll hear me complaining and muttering words like “omg” (like literally oh-em-gee wtf), “oh my god”, “fuck man”, “crap” etc.

After that stupendously difficult climb, we saw a Jesus Loves You graffiti on a rock (which was behind me in this pic).

Since I’m using a lot of Chris’ pics, here’s a pic of the man wtf.

A cross that was supposedly directly behind the Jesus Loves You graffiti.

Holy fuck will you look at the steepness (like nearly a 80 to 90 degrees drop, I am not exaggerating, look at the two other people beneath me to gauge the height) and the look of terror in my face wtf. (Actually I wanted to smile but it turned out that way >_>)

Me looking quite amused.

Another steep-ass climb sigh I don’t enjoy this at all.

OKAY this part! This was the exact part I nearly wanted to give up, and as you can see, Uncle was encouraging me repeatedly and I was going very, very slowly. You can’t see it in this pic obviously, but in between Uncle and me were like two small ledges BENEATH the ledges we were on. I had to literally sit down on my butt and slowly inch forward before standing up..

..then leaned forward and gave that small leap of faith (so to speak) to Uncle who pulled me forward. This pic I also zhao gong a bit wtf but a strategically-placed watermark fixed that. I was looking towards the edge where you could see the vast terrain of the mountain and lake beneath us, and at such great heights, my heart was pounding repeatedly and I could feel the extreme unfounded fear creeping up onto me before I looked away again.

One of the few toughest rock climbing spots. Oh haha and if you noticed, Chris swapped his bag with mine ‘cause my own Crumpler was too heavy for me >_> so thanks a lot man, that really helped. It was straining my back, and the stupid plastic bag containing my Crocs (which I initially tied in front of me, until Uncle helped to tie it behind my back so it wouldn’t obstruct me) was merely a useless baggage -__- ‘cause I didn’t use it until we reach the foot of the hill.

The next mountain we had to climb… it was a little demoralising actually at that point in time, as I was really mentally and physically exhausted.

Chris and Wen Jing (and a part of Mike Yip).

An evidently tired me. I also forgot to mention that it was drizzling as we were climbing up, so things weren’t looking all too bright for us.

This was the final and highest peak, reached after 3 hours worth of climbing (there were 4 other lower peaks). Can you believe it! I was quite disappointed as we couldn’t see anything due to the aforementioned clouds and mist but sigh we whipped out our cameras and began snapping away anyway. Oh and Aaron also commented that my hair is cool hahaha which looked like I doused it with liberal amounts of gel which I didn’t – it was pure sweat. >_>

The red arrows indicate the trail where we came from..which was a long way back (I know it’s not that clear in this pic).


Chatting and taking a break.

A shot at the Crumpler Whickey & Cox bag I purchased about a week prior to the climb for RM500 (2nd hand) from Freaky of ShutterAsia. And Ding’s dirty gloves.

And so we began our descent. Also at probably a few hundred metres above sea level, there were plenty of moss.

The descent was easy enough as we didn’t have to do any rock climbing, but I was actually already physically worn-out from the ascent. I was also having minor cramps during the climb up, and it was acting up pretty bad as I began our journey downwards.

Pathway of the descent which was completely different than the extremely rocky conditions of our ascent.

Lalang snapped by Chris and the background.

Erm mutated leaf or something wtf.

There’s really nothing much to talk about our journey down, except that I was whining even more ‘cause I was really so very tired that I felt that I was being pushed to my limits (the worse I’ve ever felt since my cycling trip in Vang Vieng, Laos). It was also beginning to rain again (great), until we managed to find a shed where we rested for a while, much to my relief. I swear that my cramping knees and thighs were going to kill me if I didn’t sit down to recuperate – I could feel the acid (whatever it was already – already gave back whatever I learned to Ms Then, my Biology teacher) in the joints of my knees.

And in the shed there were many leeches, found one crawling on my ankle (I didn’t even feel a thing) before I hurriedly fling it away.

One of the many leeches. Quite a lot of people in our group were bitten, such as Mikel where 6 leeches siphoned blood off him lmao.

The journey downhill that was supposed to take an hour took about 1 hour 40 minutes. One of the girls were a little too slow as she was afraid that she’d slip (indeed, most of us slipped or nearly slipped several times no thanks to the rain), but in the end, we managed to reach the foot of the hill at about 11.45am.

Stolen from Mike Yip, the whole lot of the Bukit Tabur climbers! I was too bloody exhausted to want to take out my camera to snap the group pic too. (Oh there were also 3 other groups of climbers whom we met too, and they seemed pretty pro. One of the groups apparently started climbing at 4am or something WTF with torchlights and “it was damn dangerous”.)

Eating our lunch at this cafe at Genting Klang in Setapak. Aaron’s dad was so generous and treated us to it!

Chris also lost his wallet and he began ringing up to a few companies to cancel his credit cards and ATM. He was sitting next to me so he told me all about it, until word got around about his loss and Mike Yip said that he recalled seeing it somewhere in his car earlier.. so Mikel went back to the car with Chris, and sure enough the wallet was sitting snugly in Mikel’s bag WTF. Hahahaha it was so funny and cute in a way! And no the credit cards and ATM card cannot be un-cancelled. >_>

Then Wen Jing fetched me back home.. after sitting through the jam and rain and taking the wrong road too as we followed Chris’ car who was heading towards BU lol. WJ was soo tired he nearly wanted to doze off while driving so I had to keep talking to him to keep him awake despite my wanting to sleep as well.

So my verdict?

Difficulty of the climb for acrophobics: High.

Would I do it again? I don’t think so. The promising scenery which we saw from the pics in other people’s blogs wasn’t there no thanks to the unpredictable weather, the DSLR I brought along was severely underutilised (should’ve used my point-and-shoot instead), the Crocs I brought to the top was a mistake (Mikel told us to bring our slippers to the top so we could wear it on the way down ), and really, one shouldn’t carry a heavy bag while climbing it.

(During the climb (both ascent and descent), I recall Chris singing Jason Mraz’s Lucky in that karaoke-reining voice of his and I felt my spirits lifting up.)

I told Jess that I’d bring her and the rest to climb Bukit Tabur once I’ve done it, but I’m afraid I’m really unqualified to do so. But despite my incessant complaints while climbing the mountain, I don’t regret going for it at all – it was a valuable experience and something I’d never think of doing before. (I can’t remember who said this, but apparently climbing Mount Kinabalu was even easier than Bukit Tabur.) After sustaining scratches and bruises on my arms and legs and nearly a leech bite, I can now add “mountain climbing” and perhaps an indirect “rock climbing” to the list of my adventurous outdoor achievements.

30 Thoughts to Bukit Tabur


jessieloi MALAYSIA

November 19th, 2008 at 12:39 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA maybe if you have a lighter bag it would be easier? Heh,



November 19th, 2008 at 5:08 am

oh its in ampang!
adrians dad hikes there all the time.
would haf still wanted to follow him one day till i saw ur pics LOL.
anyway ya the girl tht fell.. it was just recently aight. was on news.. and ya she was ok coz gt trees..



November 19th, 2008 at 10:44 am

omg clem! you remember all the details? wtf..
By reading ur blog, let me recall all the things back hahaha especially the one i nearly doze off while driving wtf..loloolololol..

but true, this is really a nice trip..i like it! it would be my nice memory for hanging out because of PLURK!



November 19th, 2008 at 11:24 am

oh wowwww!!!!
must’ve been soo mucchh funn!! xD
btw..de doggie’s cute..=P



November 19th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

LoL you were pushing on the dog’s butt to make her move! XD

i just love the little random details. never mind that you spent 3 hours tramping, or how hard it was etc. all sibs got out of this was the visuals of clem trying to shove a dog off the rock by her butt.

good effort though! i personally hate tramping, or being in the bush for an extended period of time. that was very well done indeed.



November 19th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

jess: actually if i didn’t bring my DSLR it would’ve been easier.. but then again we couldn’t predict the weather ‘cause the scenery would be worth it bah.

esther: serious ah!

hahaha ya luckily you didn’t come wtf. and yeah i think it was fairly recent too.

wenjing: i don’t remember 100% la lol! sometimes even after posting this i’ll edit back a bit to add further details if i happen to recall back anything else hahaha.

i’m glad it made you recall back things. =) yep great experience alright!

JOY ♥: yeah the dog’s cute! but a lot of other climbers (from other group) seems to be afraid of it wtf when they passed by it hahaha. we had to tell them that she’s tame.

sibs: aww your comment made my day. =)))

i think all the little seemingly unimportant random details are quite important too. and yeah i was pushing the dog’s butt ‘cause others asked me too wtf.

lol thanks! i personally am capable of complaining like mad while going on an extremely difficult hike/climb/trip but at the end of it all.. it would be an experience i’d fondly remember. :) hehe you should try doing something like this at least once in your life too!



November 19th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

LOLLLLLLLLLLL and you asked shawn to go…WTF.. thats some crrazyyyy shit man.. and the rain and all . gosh.. i told shawn to tell you not to go ….

but glad you took some good ol shots.


hayashi MALAYSIA

November 19th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

ANJING tuu macam HACHIKO, the dog from shibuya haha~! ada story and legenda tersendiri LOL…

anyway, that was some cool thing man!!
climbing up the rocks


christock MALAYSIA

November 20th, 2008 at 6:32 am

i can’t for the life of me figure out what comment to write!! it was real good time clem, real good :)



November 20th, 2008 at 11:30 am

yen: haha all 13 of us are still very much alive aren’t we? :D

didn’t take that many shots lo, most of ‘em were from chris.

hayashi: yeah wanted to say like hachiko! haha damn yeng lo that dong.

chris: yeah real good.. an unforgettable experience alright. :)


lilseoul NEW ZEALAND

November 20th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I so wanna climb too! No snakes ar? Last time i step on a huge snake on the way down a hill n ran like mad when i notice it was a cobra n standing up with ready to strike me. Freaking out, i’d do it again! Here in NZ i missed out on a hike due to fever, real bummer~



November 20th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

haha ya we didn’t spot any snakes! nor wild boars or other animals.. just leeches and ants.

wahaha that’s freaking scary man, hopefully when i’m in the same situation like you i’d have the sense to just run for my life and not stay rooted on the spot.

aww man, nvm i’m sure there are plenty of those opportunities for you in NZ! damn i really feel like going there now =(



November 21st, 2008 at 9:49 am

Well ppl say not to run, or something else which i totally forgot! LoL.

I got some pics I just took on my recent trip, will save it for my blog, most likely will be up next week in my blog.

For now i’ll read blogs, a bit stressed out with my final paper coming on monday



November 21st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

..i’m not too sure either what to do if i encounter a snake lol. instinct would be run ma no meh!

wooh sweet, looking forward to your pics!

and good luck with the exams man. =)



December 19th, 2008 at 3:54 am

Poor Tock, have to re-apply all the cards again.



December 19th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

yeah lol.. well at least he didn’t really lose his wallet though!


Papa meow MALAYSIA

October 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

nice blog,
that female dog is “”Peace”” or “”Aman”” in malay,
my dog actually…
she is friendly…u can find her every saturday n sunday hiking at bukit tabur. Last 2 week she never come home. I found her was injured at first robe bukit tabur. So Sad. But now she is ok.



Papa meow MALAYSIA

October 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

And thanks 4 take care of peace up there ya..



October 31st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Aww.. I’m sorry to hear that, but I’m glad she’s okay now. Didn’t know she was your dog!

No problem. =) Yeah your dog really does know the way up..



April 5th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I just came back from Bukit Tabur. Didnt’ manage to capture many photos. too tired!! I thought I was gonna fell =.= ”

Interesting blog and nice photos taken ;)



April 5th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Thanks! =)

Yeah I have a real fear of heights so it was altogether a terrifying experience for me. Still.. I live to tell the tale. :P



October 17th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Nice blog about Bukit Tabur~ Haven’t climb it for many years, miss the place hehe…



October 18th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Hehe yeah likewise, I haven’t been there ever since I went there for my first time. Think that experience is enough for me! :p



February 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hi, need permission to share this post in komuniti-blogger.com can i? i wanna feature this post as another good hiking spot other than broga



February 1st, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Not a problem! Feel free to do so. :)



February 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

hi, is there any contact number if i want to climb bukit tabur?
i dont know about bukit tabur track.




February 25th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Hey ejam, sorry but I don’t know of a contact number. Bukit Tabur is open to the public and can be climbed anytime, and I’m not aware of any “tour groups” around.

I was following a bunch of friends who have done Bukit Tabur before and followed them.. I’d highly recommend going with someone who knows the track well, since it can be a little dangerous. Try searching around in hiking groups online?


Alvin Kuan

July 5th, 2011 at 9:30 pm


Just kidding. But I actually did brought out a McD coffee cup from the trail. Hopefully it belongs to you. :P



July 6th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

HAHAHA. Hopefully it does!! Would be amazing to see the things I accidentally littered being taken out… nearly 3 years later lol.


Alvin Kuan

July 7th, 2011 at 1:04 am

It was last year so make that 2 years after. :P

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