One uniqueness of Ipoh is its recreational areas filled with flora and fauna. One example is the track entering Mount Korbu via Ulu Kinta.
Mount Korbu, the second highest peak at Peninsular Malaysia, is among the peaks on the must-go list of avid hikers.
Unlike other hills, hikers have been advised to be fully prepared before attempting Mount Korbu.
With a height of approximately 2,183 metres, it is the second highest peak after Mount Tahan in Peninsular Malaysia and is the highest peak of Banjaran Titiwangsa.
According to the book ‘Malaya and Its History’ written by Sir R.O. Windstead, the name ‘Gunung Korbu’ is said to be given by the Orang Asli of the Sakai ethnic group who lived at the hills of Kelantan and Perak. ‘Korbu’ brings the meaning of ‘kerbau’ (water buffalo).
To reach the entrance of Mount Korbu is not difficult. For those going by own transport from Ipoh, head straight to Tanjung Rambutan to the road of the General Operations Force Camp.
From there, go straight passing by the side of the camp to the Sultan Azlan Shah Dam, Ulu Kinta operated by the Jabatan Bekalan Air Kinta.
Starting at the Rimba Gate, hikers will pass by the Balak Waterfall, Seroja and Last Water Point before reaching the peak.
Mount Korbu features forest types of hill dipterocarp, upper dipterocarp, montane and ericaceous.
In fact, researchers such as those from the Department of Mineral and Geoscience (JMG) have made Mount Korbu a location for scientific research.