Bukit Kutu is a mountain 1053 meters tall located at the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. Although it is called as “Bukit” which stands for “Hill” in Malay, the climb up takes approximately 3-4 hours with certain steep section. The summit is a boulder which offers a panoramic view of clouds, valleys and mountains.
The trailhead of Bukit Kutu is at GPS: 3.572510, 101.738128 (maps), 11km east of Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB). The most convenient way to get to KKB by public transport is by KTM trains. KKB is the forth stop in the Rawang-Tanjung Malim shuttle service which runs hourly. The KKB’s KTM station about 3km west of KKB main town.
Travelling by road coming from the south, exit Rawang from the north-south expressway and take route 1 heading north. Turn right on route 55 heading east to KKB town/trailhead.
At KKB, head east on route 55, until you pass by the Sungai Selangor Dam. Right after the dam, turn right1 at the sign towards Kampung Pertak (GPS: 3.580738, 101.729399) (maps). You have turned into a small tarmac road. Continue going straight till a T-junction2, turn right. Keep going straight till you reach the carpark3 – a small gravel area on the left and right of the road.
Starting from the carpark which has an elevation of 250 meters, the 6km hiking trail to Bukit Kutu summit (1053 meters tall) takes approximately 3-4 hours, climbing up an elevation of 800 meters.
The trail can be split into two parts. The first part – walking to the foot of Bukit Kutu and the second part – the actual climbing of Bukit Kutu.
The first part – walking to the foot of Bukit Kutu, is approximately 1.5km long and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Always take the trail on your right if you come into a diversion. There will be three river crossing along the way. The first river4 has a suspended bridge linking up both banks. The second river5 has a broken half submerged bridge, cross with care. The third river does not have a bridge, just walk into the water to get across. After crossing the third river, you will see a yellow sign7 board with the words “Hutan Simpanan Kekal” which means reserved forest. The hike to Bukit Kutu begins.
The second part – actual climbing of Bukit Kutu begins after the yellow signboard and is approximately 4.5km long to the summit. After about 15mins of hiking from the yellow signboard, you will need to cross a small stream8. After the stream, the actual ascends begins. There are 9 checkpoint along the way, C1 to C9, and the first four checkpoint are the hardest and steepest part of the entire climb. En-route, there are also many fallen bamboos which you will either need to climb over or under it. Between C4 to C5 is a very very tall stone wall which marks the halfway point. The climb become less steep after the half way mark. When you see the chimney, you are nearing the summit. Take the path on the right of the chimney to go to the summit boulder. Carefully climb up 4 flights of ladders to be at the top of the summit boulder.
|Height (m)||Distance (km)||Lat (Deg)||Long (Deg)||Description|
|START||250||0 km||3.57251||101.73812||Start at the carpark. Continue walking on the road till you reach the hanging bridge4|
|5 mins||281||0.45km||3.57252||101.73813||Hanging Bridge4 on right side. Cross the bridge|
|7 mins||312||3.56911||101.73921||Boken Bridge5. Cross with care|
|3 mins||298||1 km||3.56868||101.73927||Y fork6. Take path on your right|
|3 mins||317||3.56665||101.73879||Y fork. Take path on your right|
|5 mins||312||1.5 km||3.56468||101.73915||Third River Crossing. After crossing you will see a yellow signboard7.|
|15 mins||367||2.4km||3.55896||101.73625||Cross a small stream8. After this, actual climb begins|
|45 mins||650||3.55154||101.73273||A sign showing “Last Waterpoint9” tie on tree|
|20 mins||757||4 km||3.54895||101.73094||Marker “C4” painted on Rock. On your left you can start to see the very very tall stone wall.|
|60mins||972||5.3 km||3.54476||101.72387||Marker “C7”|
|5 mins||995||5.5 km||3.54439||101.72317||Turn Right to summit.|
|5 mins||1033||5.7 km||3.54358||101.72182||Flat ground. Possible campsite if necessary|
|3 mins||3.54329||101.72107||Y Junction. Take path on your left.|
|10 mins||1053||6 km||3.54312||101.71994||Summit.|
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