Gunung Datuk is located at Rembau town, in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Standing at 885 meters high, Gunung Datuk gives a 360 degree panorama view of the state. The summit is easily identified by the formation of huge rocks with steel ladders for assistance.
Gunung Datuk is located at GPS coordinates N2.55110 E102.18271.
By Train (KTM Komuter)
Alight at Seremban and take a bus to Rembau from Terminal 1 Bus Station (a short walking distance from train station, after the Seremban Fire Station). Stop at Kota and walk for about 2.5 kilometers to reach the foot of the mountain. There are no public transport to the foot of Gunung Datuk.
Alternatevly, alight at Tampin station and take a cab to the foot of the mountain.
Use North-South Expressway towards Seremban and take the Exit 223 (Pedas/Rembau). Turn left at the T-junction and then take the 3 o’clock exit at the roundabout (follow a sign towards “Rembau”). Reaching a 2nd T-junction (without traffic light), take the right turn (follow a sign towards “Rembau”). Look out for a signboard that says “Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk” along the way once you bypass Rembau town. Follow the left turn pointing to Gunung Datuk and continue on for another 4 km. Turn left at the signboard “Hutan Lupur Gunung Datuk” which directs to a rubber estate. Continue on and will reach the base of Gunung Datuk, where cars are parked there. *Look out for signboards that indicate the direction to “Gunung Datuk” or “Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk”.
The GPS coordinates to the trailhead is (N2.54333 E102.16910). The trail slopes gradually and increasingly becomes steeper and taper off when approaching the summit. Its takes about 2 hours to reach the summit from the trailhead.
The starting point of the trek is a flight of stairs that goes down to a stream. There is a small dam across the stream which you can across by using the bridge. The terrain for the first 10mins is relatively gentle undulations.
However, next come the most taxing part of the journey. For the next half an hour, it would be a steep ascent. At one stretch, there is a white safety rope to assist climber in the ascent. However, average climber can still make the way up without much of a problem.
After passing the strenuous portion of the trek, there is a clearing to rest. This is also a good place to take shelter in case of rain. The subsequent half an hour would be relatively easy with gentle upslope.
Along the way, there are yellow arrows and red and white tape to direct the trail, making the trek a straight forward affair directionally. Be careful of hazards like loose rocks, leeches, plants with thorns and red ant swamps along the way.
There are two walls of boulders to clear before reaching the summit of Gunung Datuk. For the first wall of boulders, there is a metal. A 2-storeys high wall of boulder is the final obstacle before the summit. As a safety precaution, hold onto the ladder at all times and be careful with the footwork. There are no large trees or thick vegetations to obstruct the view, making the Strait of Malacca visible from the summit on a clear day. The breeze and the scenery make the summit an ideal place for picnic and phototaking.
At the foot of the boulders that lead up to the summit is a wide clearing. This clearing can hold 5/6 tents comfortably, making it suitable as campsite. The campsite can get crowded if there are a few group of hikers staying overnight. There is no water source on Gunung Datok so carry sufficient water for your camping needs.
Climbing Fee – RM5.00 per pax
Parking Fee – RM2.00
Camping Fee – RM3.00 per tent
Tampin Hospital: 06-4411511
Tampin Police: 06-4411221/222
Ranger- in- charged Mr Zunaiddin Bujang
Rembau District Office Tel: 06- 6851225 ( Office)
Toilet and bathroom – Available.