Tabur X (Extreme)
Tabur West - Tabur East Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme
Tabur Extreme is the one of the higher points along the quartz dike known as Bukit Tabur. The nearly 14km long dike has a few sections that are accessible to trekkers that range from the easier and more popular Tabur West and Tabur East that lie closer to the Klang Gates Dam in Taman Melawati to the slightly tougher Tabur Far East and Tabur Extreme that lie closer to the National Zoo.Before we go on, please jot down the numbers that are listed below. If you do see any suspicious behaviour when out hiking, encounter things like traps and snares, or even see protected animals or their parts that are sold as either collectibles, pets, or for (so-called) medicine, then please do not hesitate to contact the wildlife crime hotline. Be sure to try and document it as best you can with photos or video without putting yourself in danger, and take note of the details: descriptions of those who are involved, as well as when and where it took place.
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Tabur Elevation Profile
The path up to the junction (altitude of 400m) on the ridge averaged out to about 30 degrees (an ascent of 70m over a distance of 200m). We reached the junction that lay about 1.34km from the start after about 30 minutes of trekking. A left turning at the junction would have lead us to the Tabur Far East trail but we instead turned right towards Tabur Extreme.
The trail was fairly overgrown and tangles of low-growing ferns and other shrubs left a huge number of scratches on my calves. It struck me as fairly ironic that the only time that I had decided to wear shorts instead of my trekking pants was at a time when I would have benefited most from the added protection. There were also swaths of soft earth that felt as if they could give way as the trail came close to the Southern edge of the ridge.
After approximately 1.7km of trekking, we caught a glimpse of the imposing face of Tabur Extreme looming above us. Shortly after this the trail, which before then had cut through the Southern side of the ridge, dipped into a valley where a refreshing breeze greeted us before the trail switched over to cut through the Northern side of the ridge instead. The trail began to descend into the jungle briefly as it curved it's way around the back (the Eastern side) of the Tabur Extreme face, which was required as the Western side of the face was a sheer vertical cliff that was impassable without technical climbing gear.
X for Extreme
The forest was more dense and overgrown here with dead tree branches and fern leaves occasionally completely obscuring the trail. The sounds of wildlife, including the songs of birds and the calls of Dusky langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) were incongruous amongst the constant drone of cicadas (Family : Cicadidae). The trail here was also somewhat ambiguous although there were small patches of red paint on the occasional rock or tree that helped to validate that you were on the correct path. The trail curved around to head back West approximately 2.22km in before beginning an ascent at a sharp right turn before a large boulder. The climb here was a short, albeit relentless one, that was made easier by the fixed ropes that had been placed along the trail to assist trekkers as they made their way up the steeper sections.
The ridge itself continued with some bouldering and clambering over rocks until it plateaued for an easy walk to the edge. We reached the summit after about 30 minutes of trekking from the point where the trail curves and begins to ascend, or rather just under 2 hours from the start of the trek. Swarms of butterflies (Superfamily: Papilionoidea) greeted me as I reached the plateau of the ridge that mainly consisted of shrubs that gave way to groves of dead, spindly low-lying tree branches towards the summit. The brittle deciduous branches left little to no shelter from the harsh midday sun which left us no choice but to return back down shortly after we arrived, urged on by the thought of some cold, refreshing ice cream.