1178m | 12.7 km | 3:17 hours
Gunung Telapak Buruk is the highest point in the Berembun mountains. The mountains form the dividing range between the Linggi valley (Seremban) on the west and Jelebu on the east. Telapak Buruk is located about 5 km north of the Berembun peak, but unlike Gunung Berembun, Telapak Buruk can be accessed via a tarred road as all the telco companies operate communication towers at its peak.
Telapak Buruk peak is also the demarcation point between three of the Negeri Sembilan districts: Jelebu, Seremban and Kuala Pilah.
The hike is a long one, some 12 km one-way. But it's a tarred road and therefore does not require climbing over rocks and roots. It's still quite taxing anyway as the gradient is rather steep and the total ascent is not something to laugh at (1000+m).
Telepak Buruk is famous for three things: The telecoms facilities at the top, as a bird watching haven and as the place where a famous World War II plane wreckage was found. As a result, there is a fair bit of traffic plying up and down the route (say a car every 15 minutes). But the road is narrow, full of large pot holes and in a few places partially blocked by fallen bamboo trees. If you want to drive up, a four wheel drive is recommended though not compulsory.
As we approached the peak, we were greeted by a number of telecom towers. Almost all telco operators seemed to have their own station up there. The Telekom Malaysia one was particularly imposing as it stood at the highest point and was guarded by the military. From near the peak, there is a fantastic view of the mountains to the south. Far far away, a high mountain can be seen beyond everything else. The army sentry guarding the Telekom Malaysia facility informed us that it was Gunung Ledang. The compass also appeared to indicate that the mountain was in the direction of Ledang. It seemed almost impossible to me as Ledang is nearly 80 km away and I did not think that visibility much beyond 50 km was possible in the humid and hazy conditions now prevalent in Malaysia. But there it was!
The view from the peak is indeed incredible with much of the mountains to the south and west clearly visible. Looking to the southeast (see panorama picture) Ledang is in the middle, far in the background, almost exactly in the southeast direction. To the right of Ledang peak (i.e. looking to the south), there are a number of layers of mountain ranges between Ledang and Telapak Buruk. The furthest being Gunung Rembau (only the peak can be seen), followed by Bukit Payong (the one with the small cloud near the peak), and then Bukit Simpang Empat (the smooth concave mountain), with Bukit Lenggang Pri next (the short three peaked hill), and then Bukit Bertam and then finally Bukit Gongko in the foreground. In the same layer as Bukit Simpang Empat is Angsi (far right, just near the sign board).
It was a tiring walk down back to the car. The tarmac road was not very friendly to my shoes and by about halfway the soles had already worn completely through and I was walking on my bare socks. But we eventually made it to the car.
Trail Map and Data
- Gunung Ledang
- Gunung Berembun
- BUkit Rembau
- Gunung Angsi