Gunung Santubong

Elevation (feet): 2,658
Elevation (meters): 810
Continent: Asia
Country: Malaysia
Range/Region: Borneo
Latitude: 1.7333
Longitude: 110.333
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Feb, Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Kuching
Convenient Center: Kuching

Thanks to Roberto Cartelli (Singapore) for adding this peak.

The Gunung Santubong is located at the center of the Damai peninsula north of Kuching (45 min driving distance)on the South China Sea coastline. There two access to the trail: the first, a bit difficult to spot but somewhat shorter, is on the main Damai road exit at about 1 Km past the junction to the Santubong village; the second further down the road (close to the Holiday Inn Damai Beach resort)is well signalled through a gated hallway.

The trail starts through a medium slope through heavy rooted jungle terrain and about mid way turns into a series of almost vertical walls (8-10 meters high)well equipped with fixed nailon ropes and wooden ladders. There are 6 check-points along the trail. The reward from the top is impressive: a 360 degrees unobstructed view over the ocean, a number of smaller islands, the Santubong river snaking though the farmed lands and the sister Bukit Keruing on the Baku National Park promontory on the East.

Bring trekking poles (very handy on the way back), a pair of sturdy gloves and a supply of black garbage bags. If you are in the mood, you can help to carry down the piles of scattered garbage that unfortunately uneducated masses take up during the popular weekend trips.

Thanks to Roberto Cartelli (Singapore) for this description.