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“Not for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mount Santubong

Ranked #7 of 86 things to do in Kuching
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“Not for the kids”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Tough but well worth it. Don't take the younger kids! Some short sections require a climb vertical of sorts on rope ladders. We used a guide from the local village. I forget his name! Recommended by the host we were staying with. We drove to the base and met him (the guide) there who lives in the nearby village, Santubong.

Visited November 2012
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“Great if you're into trekking”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

I wasn't expecting that it was going to be a long trek. It was really tiring but it was worth it. The waterfalls at the end of the trek was refreshing! Beware of leeches though. I didn't get bitten, but the tour guide said there are a few swimming there.

Visited November 2012
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“Nice scenic walk”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We opted to do the 'jungle trek' which took us about 2 hours, but we did stop many times to take advantage of the wonderful photo opportunities such as the waterfall. We didn't see any monkeys but did see lots of insects and frogs. There were two rope ladders to climb and wet rocks to walk across so good foot wear is a must. Water can be purchased from the start point. We went mid week and didn't see anyone else.

Visited October 2013
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“Awesome climb”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Would climb again in a heartbeat! Spectacular views( if there is no haze) clean refreshing waterfalls and a chance to see wild life( monkeys, hornbills) up close.
Please keep it clean and leave no trash behind!! Jemaain, a local fr Kg Buntal is a great guide and goes up the mountain a few times a week to check the trails and collect all the rubbish thoughtless people leave behind.

Visited September 2013
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“One of the hardest 'walks'”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

So we decided to conquer the summit and started the treck from checkpoint 1. Little did we know how hard it was going to be, although you get an idea from quite early on, after the red path splits from the blue trek at about point F5 (just before the waterfall). Still having lots of pain in my legs 3 days later, could hardly walk for a couple of days after- but then we did push ourselves (42 & 19) to make it all the way and wow, isn't this something we're so proud of doing!
It is not for the faint-hearted or if you have any kind of leg/ motor problems, fear of heights etc. There are several ladders at a 90 degree incline and at times you have to hang on roots to climb. It took us 7.45 hrs altogether, with the climb about 5 hours. Whilst we didn't see any hornbills, we got to see some probiscis monkeys in the trees below, listen to the jungle orchestra after the rain came down, mind some frogs and lizards and revel at the beauty of the butterflies.
Even knowing how hard it is, I would still do it again.
One negative- the rubbish along the path, here and there (wrappers, plastic bottles) and especially at the top of the mountain, a bit pile of it... how can anyone going through all that effort show so little respect for the mountain? Maybe the office at the start point should stop selling the biscuits and snacks (some in double wrapping) and sell fruit instead- oranges, bananas etc. And check how many bottles of drink each person takes up and how many the bring back when they come down?...
But still a great hike and wonderful work with the ropes and ladders!

Visited September 2013
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