Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing In Malaysia

Climbing up mountains is a wonderful way to discover the diversity and uniqueness off Malaysia’s natural landscape, starting from the tropical rainforest in the lowlands to the mountain vegetation in the high elevations. River crossings and gushing waterfalls along the way add to the adventure.

 

From easier walks in the cool comfort of Peninsular Malaysia’s Main Range to the more challenging peaks of Malaysian Borneo, there are mountains to tempt every level of climber. Be it high or low, with each ascent you make, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring sights and discoveries that will expand your mind.

 

MOUNTAINS IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

Mountain Climbing in Malaysia
Climbing Gunung Ledang – Johor

The Peninsular has a range of scenic accessible heights as well as steep shrouded mountains. For starters, there are less arduous climbs with well-marked trails at popular sites such as legendary Gunung Ledang in Johor, Historic Gunung Jerai in Kedah or Gunung Angsi in Negeri Sembilan where trips take several hours to a day to complete. These are easily accessible and guides are not compulsory. Gunung Berembun and Gunung Brinchang in the Cameron Highlands offer sweeping views of tea and vegetable plantations and are ideal for those who prefer light trekking. The latter at 2032m is the highest point that can be reached by road in Peninsula Malaysia. Those who want more than a leisure outing can choose a summit that requires a journey through the wilderness first. Gunung Gagau in Taman Negara is a day’s climb, but to reach the base you need to traverse lake, river and jungle and throw in a cave or two along the way before the peak rewards you with a view of three states. For a bigger challenge, head to Gunung Tahan, the highest point in the Peninsular. The 130km return journey takes up to 8 days and traverses over rainforests, tricky rivers and mountain ridges in the unspoilt heart of Taman Negara. An experienced guide is a must.

 

MOUNTAINS IN SABAH & SARAWAK

Climbing Mount Kinabalu - Reaching the Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint
Climbing Mount Kinabalu – Reaching the Sayat-Sayat Checkpoint

Some of the world’s most unique mountain environments can be found in Malaysian Borneo. Gunung Kinabalu, one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia at 4093m is located in the World Heritage Site of Kinabalu Park, Sabah. Accessible to all trekkers, the Summit Trail leading to low’s Peak has clear paths and ropes at steep rocky sections. Exotic plant life found only in the area such as the Necklace Orchid can be seen on the climb. Nearby Gunung Trusmadi is a more adventurous week-long trail through mossy forest, steep hills and rain-swollen rivers. The summit will reward you with the one of the best views of Gunung Kinabalu and a chance to see the remarkably large and rare pitcher plants found only on the ridges of Trusmadi. Most other mountain can be reached in two days as long as you are fit enough to tackle any steep terrain. In Sarawak, Gunung Santubong is one of the most popular mountains with its spectacular view of Kuching. Guides will be needed on the tough trek to Gunung Penrissen, but the 1329m vertical scramble to the top can be completed in a day or two. The long uphill trek to the sandstone summit of famed Gunung Mulu take four days and passes through primary jungle, with swampy patches and huge clumps of colourful rhododendrons before the white clouds disperse to reveal the massive limestone outcropping of Gunung Api just across the valley.

 

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING TIPS

Tips On Mountain Climbing In Malaysia
Bukit Tabur – Selangor

While many mountains, especially those located in the national parks, have overnight camping facilities and provide some equipment for rental, it is always wise to plan ahead and make inquiries for bookings, weather conditions and other current information. Some remote or protected sites may even require special permits from the authorities. It is best to hire a guide for the trip, unless the trail is well marked. Besides guiding you to the best campsites and rest spots, local guides know the natural history and folklore of the area and are invaluable when plans change and alternative routes need to be taken. The exertion of carrying a heavy pack is compounded by the altitude, so it is always best to choose to climb mountains within your ability. Do not overload yourself with camping equipment. As a rough guide, the weight of your pack should not be more than a quarter of your body weight, the lighter the better for longer journeys.

 

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT ADVISORY

  • Comfortable long-sleeved shirts and pants for protection from leech bites, abrasions and the elements.
  • A hat with a wide brim against intense sunshine and light rain.
  • A poncho or rain cape.
  • A pair of gloves and a balaclava will help protect you from cold summit winds.
  • Wear roomy lightweight jungle boots with good ankle supports and a deep-ridged sole, and wear two pairs of socks to prevent blisters.
  • A comfortable rucksack with padded shoulder straps, hip belt and internal frame is a must.
  • A map and compass for navigating jungle trails; under some dense jungle canopies, the sun might not be clearly seen.
  • A whistle is a useful too for attracting attention and signaling others.
  • A basic first aid kit for the treatment of abrasions, insect bites and wounds.
  • Extra batteries for your torchlight; candles and matches.

 

CLIMBING SITES IN MALAYSIA

Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill) 821 m Pulau Pinang
Gunung Jerai 1217 m Kedah
Gunung Korbu 2183 m Perak
Gunung Bubu 1568 m Perak
Gunung Angsi 825 m Negeri Sembilan
Gunung Ledang 1276 m Johor
Gunung Belumut 1010 m Johor
Gunung Tahan 2187 m Taman Negara, Pahang
Gunung Gagau 1376 m Taman Negara, Pahang
Gunung Brinchang 2032 m Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Gunung Berembun 2075 m Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Gunung Jasar 1696 m Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Gunung Perdah 1529 m Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Gunung Stong 1422 m Kelantan
Gunung Chamah 2171 m Kelantan
Gunung Silam 883 m Lahad Datu, Sabah
Gunung Lotong 1667 m Maliau Basin, Sabah
Gunung Kinabalu 4093 m Kinabalu Park, Sabah
Gunung Tambuyukon 2580 m Kinabalu Park, Sabah
Gunung Trusmadi 2643 m Sabah
Tama Abu 2113 m Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak
Bukit Batu Buli 2082 m Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak
Bukit Batu Lawi 2046 m Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak
Bukit Batu 2092 m Sarawak
Gunung Penrissen 1329 m Sarawak
Gunung Santubong 810 m Sarawak
Bukit Batu Iran 2018 m Sarawak
Gunung Mulu 2376 m Mulu national Park, Sarawak

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