Mount Datuk (Malaysia) + Malacca food Day Trip for First-timers/Beginners

Gunung Datuk Recreation Forest, Kota, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

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Gunung Datuk Recreation Forest: Mount Datuk (Malaysia) + ...

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*Update: This is currently full for 1 vehicle. I will be opening up to another vehicle. So for those who have RSVPED recently and have not been added to the whatsapp group, it means you are the 2nd batch. There will be a need for another 8 pax before I confirm the 2nd vehicle! 


This is to introduce hiking for first-timers or beginners (3rd run). This is to do some exercise before the end of year food feast.

Mount Datuk (885m) is an extremely popular 1-day beginner hike located in Malaysia, about an hour away from Malacca. It is a good starting hike and introduction to trekking for beginners or first-timers. The group size is maximum 16 people (including me).

I hope to bring mostly beginners or first-timers on this trek, so the pace is slower. The trek might be attempted in the dark to see sunrise depending on the group!

The hike takes an average of 2.5h up and 2.5h down. It is not too long, yet challenging and strenuous enough for a half-day hike. There are some very steep parts and the trek requires using your hands. Additionally, there are minor rope sections and ladders near the summit. This trek can be challenging for beginners so be prepared for a fun adventurous experience.

At the summit, there is a nice view of the surroundings and we can take a break on the rocks and enjoy the wind before descending! After that, the plan is to hunt for some good food in Malacca! If we end earlier, there will be more time for free and easy along Jonker street.

Of course within the group, there will be people of various speeds. Those faster can have more time at the summit and wash up first.

The intention of the trip is to introduce newbies who haven't tried trekking before so please be patient and welcoming! It is important to be open-minded and sporting enough to embrace challenges! There are mosquitoes and leeches abound =)

To confirm, do RSVP. It is only confirmed once payment is made. A Whatsapp group/info-session will be set up. A minimum of 8 pax is needed for this trip to go ahead.

Price: 85SGD

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Some additional questions:

1) How long is the ride to Mount Datuk

A: It takes only around 3-4h from Singapore - Datuk/Malacca.

2) The journey to Datuk only takes 3 hours, why do we set off so early?

A: This is so that we can save money on accommodation/driver cost/taxi to MRT station. This also means there is a lack of sleep, so try to sleep in the vehicle! Bring a travel pillow!

3) Are there shower or toilet facilities at the park?

A: Very basic shower and toilet facilities. Please bring a change of clothes and shower when you are down from Datuk. No smelly people in the vehicle!

4) Do I get to see the sunrise at the top?

A: Maybe. Depends on how comfortable everyone is with walking with headlights.

5) I am totally new to hiking, what should I bring/wear? Is there training?

A: I will set up a WhatsApp group to help prepare everybody and guide you on the packing list! I will arrange for a pre-trip training and briefing too.

6) How fit do I have to be? I am afraid of being the slowest/burden to the group.

A: You would need basic endurance and be open-minded, embrace the challenge of using your hands and going up and down rocks or steep terrain. Many people have done Datuk, of various fitness, the group will move at a slower pace to help build that confidence.

7) Could we have dinner in Malacca?

A: Depends! Ideally, we wish to reach back Singapore by 11 pm so everyone can take the MRT back.

8) What happens if it rains!

A: If it is a light drizzle, we would continue. If it is a heavy storm, it would just be a Malacca food trip then!


22nd Dec (Saturday)
12.00am – Meet Marsiling MRT/Depart for Datuk
3.00am – Stop by Yong Peng/Malacca for breakfast.
4.00am – Start trek with headlights or wait for light before we start hiking. 
6.30am – Summit at sunrise! 
8.30am- Reach back and wash up
10 am – Head to Malacca for food
11pm - Lunch in Malacca
4.00pm – Depart back to Singapore
8-9pm – Reach back Marsiling MRT


*Timings are an estimate. They are subjected to changes like traffic conditions, weather etc. If we wait for light before we start hiking, do +2h for everything except departure back to Singapore because we will still leave for Singapore at 4pm regardless.