Getting there: Through Tabur Far East, Hulu Kelang. Search for ‘Entrance Bukit Tabur (Far East & Extreme)’ on Google Maps.
Permit: Required for any hiking on Bukit Tabur. Hikers can get the permits from the Selangor Forestry Department at RM5 per person.
Things you should know
Tabur Extreme (as it is called by the hiking community) lies at the end of the eastern ridge and can be accessed via a trail split at the T-junction along the Tabur Far East route.
There is also the Tabur Extra peak, a detour off the Extreme trail.
From the T-junction, the Extreme trail starts off easily enough, undulating gently eastwards.
Best described as a U-shaped trail, it traverses the left side of the foothill to the back of the giant rock before reaching the top at 396m.
There are four peaks, which translates to four ups and downs, which can be rather taxing.
Being less frequented, the dense forest path resembles a tangle of low-growing ferns and shrubs.
After 30 minutes, the trail curves around to head back west at a sharp right turn. The steep ascent, and the heart pumping, begins for 10 minutes, taking us to a large boulder.
From the base, the top of the 15m rock wall seemed a long way up and appeared very daunting.
Aided by a fixed rope, we ascended one at a time, giving the all clear once safely up. Going second, I gathered my courage and strength, grabbed the fixed rope and focused on finding suitable hand and footholds.
Midway up, the rocky terrain gave way to soft earth with little or no grip. I looked for roots and tree trunks for added leverage and scrambled up the final portion. By breaking down the climb into smaller bite sizes, it became more manageable.
The next up and down brought us to another near vertical rock challenge. Though a much shorter climb, the trail leading up to it is steep and narrow, with limited standing room while we waited for another group to descend. Once the path was clear, we quickly made our way up.
From here on, a heath forest of dry vegetation, low shrubs and spindly trunks take over.
The last stretch before the summit involves clambering up and squeezing through more quartz outcrops on the ridge until it flattens out into an easy walk with fantastic views. The sight of butterflies flitting about served as an appetiser to glorious views of the many-fingered lake surrounded by hills and mountains.
Our time at the summit was cut short when the cloudy sky got more overcast and drops of rain fell. We made haste and started heading down the ridge, which I found more tedious than the going up due to the slanting rock surface and uneven steps. Going down the final vertical drop, though, was easier than I expected.
Somehow, my feet unerringly found the same footholds used on the way up, as I lowered myself down.
We made it back to the T-junction in half-an hour and reached the car 40 minutes later. The three-hour trek with exciting challenges and incredibly scenic views will appeal to adventure hikers.