Name: Bukit Kutu
Location: Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor
Starting Coordinates: 3.572510N, 101.738128E
Starting Height: 290m above sea level
Difficulty: Moderate, good stamina needed for some steep area but comes with a good array of obstacles (which I won’t spoil it here)
Average Completion Time: 6 hours (4 hours uphill and 2 hours downhill)
Things to prepare:
1. 2L Hydration Bladder (Or alternatively One 1.5L Water bottle and a small 500ml bottle)
2. Extra change of t-shirt and pants
3. Chocolate and energy bars
4. Raincoat (Optional)
5. Durable hiking bag
6. Extra change of socks
7. Walking pole (optional)
Getting There (90 minutes from KL Town)
If you are coming via the highway, exit via Bukit Beruntung and head towards Kuala Kubu Baru. Cross ahead of Kuala Kubu Baru and head directly towards Kampung Pertak. After the second bridge, from Kuala Kubu Baru, you will see a sign which points towards Kampung Pertak, where you will take a right turn into Kampung Pertak. From there, go straight until you reach the gravel (small stone and sand) road. The entrance bridge will be up ahead will be the entrance to Bukit Kutu.
You can choose to park near the entrance but please remember to never leave your valuables unattended. If you are lost in Kampung Pertak, do not hesitate to ask the locals for directions. They are very friendly and will be more than happy to guide you to the correct way.
The important thing to remember about the route in Bukit Kutu is, do not take any left turn during the first hour of the hike. You will cross two small rivers as well during the first part of the Bukit Kutu hike and a broken bridge as well. Don’t bother trying to not get your shoes wet. It will eventually get wet further in the path.
There will be a few checkpoints along the way but if you keep towards the right path during the first hour, you will be on the correct route. There are markers along the Bukit Kutu trail as well in the form of red caution tape tied to trees, so feel free to follow that as well.
There will be a lot of bamboo trees along your path. If you notice unbelievably tall bamboo trees and fallen ones blocking your path, you are on the right track. Just crawl under them.
Along you way, you will come across steep root climbs like the one that you see below. Please watch your step at this point. It is very easy to tumble and injure your legs here.
Two hours into the hike, you will reach one of the common checkpoint, the tall stone wall. It’s an amazing spot to take a break and take some really amazing shots. Please refrain from damaging the stone wall and feel free to absorb in the air of magnificence around the area. You are one hour away from the peak at this point.
Keep climbing up from the stony path and you will reach a small hidden route behind the boulder. It’s hard to see from the top but some hikers have left a mark at the route and it is very noticeable. Just follow the marker and keep hiking up. From here onwards, the route is pretty straight forward.
Once you reach the chimney, you are almost at the summit. The right path of the chimney leads to the summit boulder and the path behind the chimney leads towards the old ruins. The chimney is said to be a leftover from one of the buildings back in the times. (picture time!)
Be very careful when you are moving around the last boulder. There will be no ropes or anything to support you on your side. Falling from the last boulder will cause unimaginable injury.
Once you get down from the summit, go towards the trail behind the chimney. A 10 minutes walk will lead you to the old ruins where an old mansion used to stand atop of the hill. There is not much left of it but since you are up there, why not give it a visit?
Hiking down the track will take you another 2 hours but please take it slow and refrain yourself from jumping down the ledges. The pressure on your knee from landing will be very damaging in the long run. Once you reach the river at the bottom, it’s time to enjoy yourself with some swimming in the cool freshwater river.
All in all, the hike will be a good sweat for the outdoor enthusiast who is looking for a day away from city life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them at the comment section below and I will answer them as soon as I can.