Malaysia is on the checklist of every mountain climbing enthusiast for ambitious peak treks like Mount Kinabalu or Gurung Tuhan. If you are in the country visiting the bustling urban spaces and cultural hotspots like Kuala Lumpur, spare a few days to trek Malaysia to know its gorgeous highlands. In this country, you will get to know a unique ecosystem of foothills rainforests, an enjoyable moist and tropical climate, as well as chilling temperatures at the top.
Malaysia offers memorable trekking opportunities in the country’s lush and rain drenched hills, well kept national parks in the rainforests, refreshing long grass covered highland stretches, ambitious peak hikes like the famous Kinabalu trek, and prehistoric Buddhist and Hindu temple adorned mountain foot trails.
Malaysia trekking tours to destinations like Gunung Gayong in the Titiwangsa Range, the Cameron Highlands trails, or Bukit Droga are completely beginner-friendly and only mildly challenging.
Gunung Lambak in the state of Johor rises up to 510m and is one of the shorter mountain climbing hikes in Malaysia. The trail moves through a dense rainforest at the start and follows a tarmac pathway for some time. The 4-5 hour round-trip climbing trail has many rest sheds, benches, railings portions. Somewhere in the middle, you are going to find a large thatched roofed shelter and a water point and a big welcome monument by the side.
The challenges include-- maneuvering a climb through steep dirt slopes with undergrowth and gnarly roots, all the more challenging when mud and slush accumulate in these parts after the rains.
Views on this trekking in Malaysia include a sweeping panorama of the Kluang town spread out many steps down below.
This mountain rises to a whopping 7174 ft, making it one of the highest in peninsular Malaysia. The name of the mountain indicates the level of challenge one would need to negotiate for climbing this peak, ‘tahan’ meaning to endure.
Today, three main routes of Gunung Tahan are in use-- the Kuala Tahan to Kuala Tahan route, the Merapoh to Kuala Tahan route, and the Merapoh to Merapoh route. It is one of South East Asia’s toughest climb which demands battling thick jungles, fording wild rivers, and scrambling across a mud splattered trail, and this is only to reach the base!
To persevere in the harsh conditions of Tahan, the challenges to tackle are-- steam room like the temperature in the stifling lowland parts and super chilly nights up at the top, bloodsucking leeches and mosquitoes, and the threat of poisonous snakes.
However, true mountaineers stand up to taking this magnificent Malaysia trekking package to experience the unique jungles first hand, to wake up to the cacophony of its fascinating wildlife, and the primeval views from the upper range.
Mount Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in South East Asia with its loftiest peak-- Lows' peak rising up to 4101m above sea level. The astonishing part about Kinabalu is that the mountain can be scaled without any special gear.
The challenges are-- steep inclines, slippery trails, bad visibility due to cloudiness, pouring rain in most parts of the year. The aptest time to take this trek is during February, March, and April when there are lesser chances of rain. Heavy rains lash the mountainsides from October to January.
The Quartz Ridge of which the Bukit Tabur hill of Selangor Malaysia is part of is an internationally recognized geological site. The altitude of this hill is less than 500 m, inviting climbers looking for an easy challenge.
The winsome views from Bukit Tabur include the breathtaking panorama of the Kuala Lumpur skyline to the left and a great reservoir to the right where the ridge seems to be bordering apart the natural world on one side and the urban landscape on the other.
Between stretches of the climb, you can simply sit in the bushes to catch many songbirds perched on trees and great eagles swooping in the heights. The most prized take away from this trekking in Malaysia is of the very sublime sunrise and sunsets.
Belonging to a tropical monsoon climatic zone, Malaysia receives frequent showers all through the year. Though it is not possible to avoid the rains completely when trekking in Malaysia, you will be well advised to visit the Malayan highlands between March and early October when there’s a lower level of humidity in the air.
January and February are generally the wettest months.
The three major airports by which you can access Malaysia are-- Senai International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and busiest one being Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You can also reach for the best trekking in Malaysia from the neighboring Singapore and Thailand by ‘Keretapi Tanah Melayu’ or KTM-- the Malayan Railway service.