Gunung Datuk is located at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan and to be more precise is at Kampung Batang Nyamor, 21km from Pekan Rembau.
It is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan. Gunung Datuk is 884m high and it is one of the popular mountains among the beginners and also for training place for hikers who are preparing for competition. If you are driving to the trailhead, the GPS coordinate is N2.54333 E102.16910.
This mountain has many names and spellings. The most widely used are Gunung Datuk and Gunung Dato ‘. Some people also called it Gunung Rembau, Gunung Datuk Rembau and Mount Beradat.
This is the place where Daerah Rembau got its name which is from Pokok Merbau which was found at the area of Gunung Datuk.
For Gunung datuk itself, it got its name from Datuk Perpatih Nan Sebatang, who introduced the “Adat Perpatih” system when Negeri Sembilan was ruled by the Minangkabau. Datuk Perpatih Nan Sebatang used Gunung Datuk as an assembly place to gather all leaders for the election of future Dato’ Lembaga (clan chief). So, you can imagine how fit the Datuks were.
The fee for the various activities are as follows:
- Hiking= RM5 per person
- Camping= RM3 per tent
- Tent Rental (for 4 person)= RM5 for each tent
- Chalet= RM50 per night/RM30 for ½ day
The fee for climbing guide are as follows:
- Less than 20 person=RM60
- 20 – 50 person RM120
- More than 50
The starting point of the climb is around 80m above sea level and it indicates that the actual height climbed is 800m. The distance for one way is about 2.3 km and it takes around 2 hours to ascend and 1 hour 15 minutes to descend.
The path is pretty well defined all the way and in my opinion,
After about 45 minutes, we came to the first and only Check Point named ‘CP1- Pondok’ which is basically just an empty space without prominent structure or markers.
After taking enough rest, we proceed the journey to the peak. The gradient is still steep and challenging.
When you see a few numbers of big rocks, it indicates that you are very near to the peak. Hence, when you see the big rocks, just continue to the peak.
For the hikers with acrophobia, please don’t be fret as the old stairs had been replaced with proper stairs.
Look out for a footstep-shaped in one of the boulders which are said belong to the legendary Hang Tuah where he jumps from Gunung Datuk to Tanjung Tuan which is located near Port Dickson. Having said that, at that time, the footprint was filled with sand and seems like hidden.
I think everyone must be extra vigilant when wandering around on the rocks at the top as there is no fencing surround the area and if you inadvertently stumble at the area, you might fall more than 20
Just bear in mind, be careful while descending as it is quite steep and it will be
After about 1 hour spending at the peak, we start to descend and found out that the