400m | 3.5 km | 3 hours
Anyone who has gazed out from a tall building or high point in Kuala Lumpur would not have failed to notice the white cliffs that surround the northern edge of the city, like a white veil shielding what's beyond from the prying eyes of KLites. Many assume that the cliffs are limestone hills, like the ones that dominate the Ipoh or Phuket skyline. But despite what it looks like from the city, the KL "cliffs" are not exposed sides of limestone hills, but actually a long and narrow ridge made of exposed quartz with steep drops on both sides where the surrounding non-quartz soil has been worned down by the weather. It's only when seen from the top of the ridge itself that one is able to fully appreciate how narrow the ridge really is and marvel at the incredible fan-like nature of the ridge. The views from the peaks are truly amazing and even as one is making the ascent, you cannot help but think how on earth one even reaches the thin, precarious peaks that stretches far out to the horizon like some kind of a spine on the back of a gigantic pre-historic dragon.
From the top, we went a further 0.2km in a somewhat descending path until we reached the edge of the peak, beyond which there was no further path. There was a sheer 50m drop that can only be descended by ropes and carabiners (or by flying). Further away beyond the chasm, some 30m or so, there was Tabur Far East, the next set of peaks on the ridge. But it was inaccessible from where we were. We turned back.
Trail Map and Data
- Bukit Tabur West
- Bukit Tabur Extreme