Mt. Datuk or Gunung Datuk is located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia and has an altitude of 870 meters.
Climbing Mt. Datuk can be compared to the board game Snakes and Ladders. Like in the game, in order to reach the finish line, one must have to deal and survive snakes, ladders and boulders. We really have not encountered any sneaking snakes there but according to one hiker, he did saw one on his previous hike on that mountain. Well it is a forest and a mountain so expect some. As long as you stay on the trail, you’ll be fine. If you have to get off the track to do your business then better have a stick to shoo away whatever creature you have disturbed.
Your speed and movement, however, unlike in the game, will not be determined by rolling a die and following the number that you’ve rolled. This will obviously depends on your fitness level and your stamina. It is quite a challenge with a few steep trails and will take about 2-3 hours for a beginner to reach the peak. The first 2 hours for me was very brutal that right at that point I started to regret joining the hike.
The peak is a big rock formation and you have to use a series of steel ladders that were tied on the rocks. For safety reasons, hikers should queue and take the ladders one at a time. Same is through when descending. So while waiting for people to ascend and descend the ladders, please help yourself and just enjoy the view around you.
The objective of both the game and this hike is obviously to reach the finish line or the peak. The difference is, in the former, you aim to be the first one to finish. While on the latter, it does not matter if you finish first or last cause at the end, you get to enjoy the same reward.
Once you are at the peak, you get to enjoy a view of the Strait of Malacca and have a feel of the cool breeze.
My regret during the hike instantly fades once I made it to the top. I must say it was worth the effort.