What we're about

The Kuala Lumpur Hiking and Trail Running Meetup Group is established with the purpose of finding like minded individuals who enjoy going out for the purpose of getting/staying fit and enjoying nature. This group was not so much about the activity being a social gathering, but about getting some serious exercise on a regular basis.

Although the initial plan was to organise interesting hikes in hilly terrain that will take up to a full day within two hours drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, our hikers are now expanding their views. New hiking venues, in other states and even other countries, are now presented and explored.

Meetup KL Hiking is organising events for all levels of hikers, from sheer beginners to experienced trailblazers. It is highly recommended to read the write-up very carefully and to understand the rating of a hike (https://www.meetup.com/KLhiking/pages/Hiking_rates_%28revised_1st_May_2013%29/).

The rating system allows you to judge whether or not this hike will be too difficult for you.

Generally I'll do a survey hike before scheduling an event, so I know what to expect for the hikes which are organised. During the hike I focus very much on group dynamics, and it's a rule of thumb that nobody will be left behind. We're all links in the hiking chain and nobody is more or less important than anybody else... For every hike, I will be the last one to leave the venue in order to be sure that everybody made it out safely. Creating an adventurous but most of all a safe hiking experience is my goal.

For every event you will find specific instructions in the write-up. Every event has a MUST READ link to a Knowledge Base. Pay special attention to the topic "What is the procedure for this event...?"

There are some basic elements:

wear shoes with profile (a pattern on the soles to prevent slipping and gliding); adidas kampung is good to start with...
wear suitable and comfortable clothing (will get dirty...)
bring appropriate shoes for river crossings, if any
carry a proper backpack
rain gear is recommended
pack your valuables in plastic bags (mobile phone, camera, etc)
be prepared for the unexpected (first aid kit, whistle, emergency blanket, headlamp, gps,...)
leave a towel and some dry clothes in the car
bring something warm to wear at the top if your hike is a climb
a pair of gloves doesn't weigh that much (thorns, roots, trees, mud)
if you are comfortable using a walking stick, bring it along
bring enough snacks (carbohydrates) and drinks; 0.5 litre for each hour hike is normal
mosquito repellent and leech protection is recommended
please be responsible and don't litter – be sure not to leave any rubbish along the track

It should not be necessary to highlight certain common sense behaviour, but I do it anyway in order to avoid any misunderstandings:

All participants will respect each other's background, religion, race, complexion, etc and will try their utmost not to offend anyone with their behaviour. This would include bringing alcoholic drinks to the events and taking showers on public roads.

Although English is not the mother tongue for almost all members, I'm sure we all can refrain from using insulting words and expressions.

While hiking we respect the nature surrounding us, as we are the “intruders”; the jungle doesn't belong to us. We will bring back any drinking bottles/food wrappers we used along the way. In short "Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures". In this philosophy the sweeper will remove the paper markers which we lay for participants to follow.

The Meetup website is publicly accessible. So don't post any phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the comment sections. We only mention mobile phone numbers on the carpooling list, which can only be accessed by the participants of a particular hike. The same goes for the carpooling link. Let's keep it private as we don't want anybody else than our hikers to make alterations to the list, do we?

This group has no commercial agenda. There will be neither membership fees nor fees to join an event. Entrance or permit fees to enter certain venues will be specified in the write-up of the event and are to be paid individually to the respective authorities. Expenses for events that come with a price tag like camping trips, coach travel, hikes abroad, etc. will be shared by the participants for that particular event.

If an event host is asking you to answer some questions during the confirmation process, please do so. And be sure you answer them completely. This will make the pre-organisation of a hike smoother.

Normally, for every event carpooling is recommended. If there's a carpooling list, passengers have to look for and contact a driver in their neighbourhood to make the necessary arrangements; not the other way around! Carpooling is by no means taxi service... Carpooling fees are settled directly between driver and passenger.

If you're interested to participate for an event, you click RSVP Yes on the event page(s) of your choice. Although every event page contains a link to a registration form (https://form.jotformpro.com/71381607577968), only the very first time you participate you have to fill in this form. For most other events it will be sufficient to RSVP Yes, unless specified otherwise. If there are any changes in your particulars, kindly submit the Update form (https://form.jotformpro.com/71381889577980).

If you RSVP "Yes" you make a commitment. Do realise that! You are expected to show up for the event and to show up on time. We pay attention to hikers who simply don't show up for an event. Serial no show offenders will be removed as a member.

There will be no waiting for people who are late at the specified meetup location. If you change your mind about attending, or you are unable to participate, you are expected to change your RSVP status before the event, otherwise it will result in a no show on your profile.

Before an event starts you will receive a laminated card with a number. Your name is listed with that number. After the hike you will return the card at the designated place so the event host knows that you returned safely to the car park. Do NOT forget to return your card.

Although there are no fees, there will be a penalty of RM20 however in the following cases:

If you join an event and are not a KL Hiking member
If you didn't submit the registration form prior to your first participation
If you forget to sign in/sign out on the event day - which is actually done with the numbered card.
If you are being listed as a Now Show for three events

You are attending the hikes/runs at your own risk. The event host will try his/her best to assist and guide, but is in no way responsible, liable or accountable for any damage, personal injuries, death, etc. By clicking RSVP “Yes” for an event and/or signing the attendance list and/or making a payment, it is deemed that you have read, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of the disclaimer which can be found here: Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/KLhiking/pages/Disclaimer)

Upcoming events (4)

Gunung Tahan (Merapoh-Merapoh) - 4D/3N - Rating: Hard(CLOSED)

Taman Negara Sungai Relau

$120.00

Gunung Tahan, at 2,187 m, is the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located within the Taman Negara in Pahang and for quite some hikers a summit that has to be conquered - at least once...

Tentative itinerary/schedule:
• Day 1: 4WD transport to Kuala Juram and hike to Kem Kor via Kem Kuala Luis.
• Day 2: Hike to Kem Botak via Kem Berlumut.
• Day 3: Hike to the summit of Gunung Tahan. Return hike to Kem Kor.
• Day 4: Return hike to Kuala Juram and 4WD transport to the Forestry Ranger Station.

As it stands now and in order to respect the SOPs in place, every hiker will have to bring and carry their own tent (however couples/family members can share a tent). Besides what the porters will carry, every hiker will have to carry about 3kg of the communal food - so your load will lessen every day [only package A].

Package price:
• A. Inclusive of food/food and drink preparation: RM490/pax.
• B. No food/drinks, no cooking utensils: RM400/pax.

For more info and online payment, open the Knowledge Base: http://bit.ly/klh_tahan

The Gunung Tahan 4D/3N Package is inclusive of:
• guide
• porter for food ration (>3kg/pax) and cooking utensils [only package A]
• food/hot drinks (breakfast, lunch(pack), dinner) [only package A]
• cooking equipment [only package A]
• preparing 3 meals a day [only package A]
• 4WD transport
• permits
• campsite fees
• e-certificate from KLH
• payment gateway charges
• admin fee

Participation will be confirmed based on a first pay, first serve concept.

A private porter to carry your individual belongings (tent, clothing, your share in the food ration,...) will be charged at RM265/day for maximum 15kg(pre-booking needed, subject to availability). A porter can carry stuff of multiple hikers, provided the weight remains below 15kg. If you want a private porter, let us know latest by 01/02/2021 how much your payload will be as arrangements have to be made to recruit porters.

You attend as an individual and we will not be liable in any way whatsoever for any issues arising before, during or after the hike.

Gunung Gap - Gunung Ulu Semangkok - Rating 7.1 (B) - Moderate to Hard - IBP 71

Gunung Gap & Ulu Semangkok Trailhead

$4.84

This event, initially scheduled for 09/05/2021 is postponed due to MCO 3.0 ~ For now this pages shows 31/12 as the fictitious event date. Once the new date is confirmed with the Forestry Department, we will update the event page accordingly and all participants will be informed.

This event is closed because we have applied for a Forestry Permit for those who have paid.

This is a relatively short hike with some nasty steep sections. An ideal ground to test your ascending and descending skills before taking on the real stuff like Nuang, Liang, Irau, etc...

First we'll summit Gunung Gap (1,183m). Immediately we have to digest the steepest section of the hike. If it is muddy, it will be extremely slippery there. Then the trail leads downwards, next upwards again to Gunung Ulu Semangkok (1,394m). The trail has multiple, some of them rather minor, ascents and descents. Perfect ingredients for a nice, cool Sunday morning hike.

We will apply for a Forestry permit for the first 50 hikers who will make the online payment. Participation will be confirmed on a first pay/first serve basis.

For this hike we need some of your personal details. If you haven't submitted a Membership Form before, you have to do so this time.

More details can be found in the Knowledge Base. Scan the QR code or use this link http://bit.ly/KLH_Gap

It is compulsory that you respect physical distancing and the SOPs in place.

Bukit Kutu via Kg Pertak - Rating 7.9 (B) - Moderate to Hard(CLOSED)

Tapak Berkelah Sungai Pertak

$4.84

Bukit Kutu, located near Kuala Kubu Bharu and the Selangor dam, is a jewel amongst the mountains of the Titiwangsa range. It offers hikers a magnificent 360 degrees panoramic view at an altitude of almost 1,100 metres.

But in order to reach the top, we have to climb more than 800 meters in less than six kilometers. This challenging hike has it all: moderate to steep sections, knee deep river wading, fallen trees and bamboo, even a tiny bit of rock climbing...

We will apply for a Forestry permit for the first 45 hikers who will make the online payment. Participation will be confirmed on a first pay/first serve basis.

For this hike we need some of your personal details. If you haven't submitted a Membership Form before, you have to do so this time.

More details can be found in the Knowledge Base. Scan the QR code or use this link http://bit.ly/KLH_Kutu

It is compulsory that you respect physical distancing and the SOPs in place.

Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) - 12D/11N - Rating: (Very) Hard

Needs a location

€1,100.00

*** This is a year 2022 event ***

Due to MCO measures, the 2020 and 2021 events have been rescheduled to this 2022 event. We anticipate that not all those who confirmed for the 2020 or 2021 event will still want to join the 2022 event. So if you are interested to participate, fill in this form http://bit.ly/tmb2021 and pay the deposit of RM100.00 to show your commitment. No other payment will be required before October 2021.

Pricing is indicative as it will be based on the for 2021 applicable accommodation and transportation rates, which are of course not available yet.

MUST READ - Knowledge Base (such as Membership Form, Participation form, Participation fee, Important to know, Photos...): http://bit.ly/2YxeI5s

You do not need to register or log in to have access to the Knowledge Base.

Please make sure you go through the topics in the guidelines before clicking Yes/Going for this event and before posting any questions in the comment section.

This trek is CONFIRMED. There are only limited accommodation spots available in the mountain huts/hostels and they tend to get fully booked pretty fast. The earlier you confirm your participation, the more chance you have that we still have a spot for you.

Before the former USSR split up in separate countries (some of them are in Europe now), the iconic Mount Blanc was the highest mountain in Europe. Hence this epic trek around the Mont Blanc massif is a bucket list item for many hikers. For more than ten days we will circle around the mountain starting off in France, passing through Italy on the way to Switzerland and back to France. No doubt that, if you love mountains, this is one of the most amazing treks on the planet.

Day in day out we will be treated with unforgettable vistas and panoramas, while working our way from one mountain hut/hostel to the next. An epic journey of 170km with 10,000m elevation gain.

We will hike the entire circuit (and some of the detours), so we will not have land transfers or cable car rides from one place to another as this is the case for many other organised treks.

Due the remoteness of some of the mountain huts/hostels, luggage transfer is impossible and since you will not find any porter service, you have to keep your luggage to the minimum (or suffer carrying a heavy load).

We will spend the night in mixed dorms and will have our meals in the accommodation places, so there is no need to carry tent, sleeping bag, food, cooking stuff, etc.

There should be no AMS concern as we hardly surpass the 2500m asl mark and temperatures should remain in the 13-26 degrees Celsius range.

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