Being a Malaysian, I am so blessed because there are a lot of rivers, forests and nature that I can enjoy of. Some of the places are not far from KL that a day trip is possible. For instance, there are Sungai Gabai, Sungai Congkak, Sungai Chiling, to name a few. This time around, I went to Sungai Pertak in Kuala Kubu Bharu with my wife’s cousins.
Sungai Pertak is located in the district of Hulu Selangor near the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu, approximately 70 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is near Sungai Chiling but not as famous. Sungai Pertak is mainly passed by hikers as part of river crossings while climbing Bukit Kutu.
There are 3 main points for day trippers to picnic at Sungai Pertak. While the first and second point are quite full with people (due to the limited area to picnic), we chose the third point. There are not so many people at the third point i.e. the third river crossing because in order to reach there, a short climb is needed.
Sungai Pertak entrance is via the aborigines’ settlement (Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Pertak) right after the bridge crossing the Sungai Selangor dam. After passing a few houses, there will be parking lots for cars. It is advisable to arrive early because the parking lots get full as more hikers arrived.
After that, visitors will have to trek the jungle for approximately half an hour to arrive at the third point. In order to arrive at the point where I had my picnic, we had to cross the river via a hanging bridge (first crossing), a little bit of trekking until the broken second hanging bridge (second crossing), a little bit of hike until we arrived at a relatively calm river. Sounds adventurous, right? Well, in reality, it is not as hard as it sounded like. (P/s: You can also see popular outdoor sport guides and reviews at Globo Surf!)
Personally, I love Sungai Pertak as compared to other rivers in Malaysia that I had been to. It is clean, a hidden gem even for Malaysians and to greet the hikers and the aborigines who passed through the area was fun.
As for our picnic, after we had fun throughout the day, we reminded ourselves to “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photograph”.
Sungai Pertak is located near the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu. If driving, take the North South Expressway and exit at Rawang if coming from the south and Tanjung Malim if coming from the north. Follow the signboard towards Kuala Kubu Bharu and then towards Fraser’s Hill.
If by train, take the KTM Komuter to Kuala Kubu Bharu station and continue the journey via a taxi. Be sure to deal with the taxi for return journey because otherwise it is hard to get one. The taxi usually does not use meter, so haggling is a must.