15 Places for Hiking in Malaysia For Adventure in 2021
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Hiking Trails in Malaysia

Gunung Lambak, Mount Kinabalu, Bukit Tabur, Broga, Gunung Belumut, Cameron Highlands Trails, Penang National Park, Penang Hill Loop, Gunung Gayong, Gunung Nuang and many more.

If you are an adventurous soul, then hiking in Malaysia is something that you must experience at least once in your lifetime. This exciting activity is much recommended and highly popular because of the incredible terrain of Malaysia that offers different kinds of hiking experiences, depending on your expertise and the level of adventure you seek.

You can go hiking on the various islands and even near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, making it one of the most versatile countries in South East Asia for this kind of adventure. Some of the best hiking trails in Malaysia can be found in places like Broga, the Taman Negara National Park, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Gunung Belumut and Mount Kinabalu.

These trails range from easy to severely challenging, so you can choose your adventure depending on what you are comfortable with. Afterward, you can also indulge in some water sports, or a relaxing food tour of some of the places in Malaysia.

Here are some of the best places for hiking in Malaysia:

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Gunung Lambak

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If you love to go on a hiking experience, but don’t have enough time on your hands, all you have to do is to visit Gunung Lambak, situated in Kluang Town, Johar. This hill is just 510m in height, but provides you a fit & healthy ambience.

Highlights – This hill doesn’t look like a perfect hiking spot; it looks more like a picnic spot with people coming in huge crowds especially during the weekends. Kids play merrily in the playgrounds located at the base of this hill, while adults enjoy peaceful banter amidst the sounds of various local food stalls set up here.

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Facts – It takes just around one hour to get to the peak of this hill. The place is located easily from Singapore within 2 hours.

Timings – Period between November and March is the best.

Fee – No admission charges and no permits are required to get to its peak.

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Mount Kinabalu

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Hiking is one of the prominent adventure activities in Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu is one of the well-known destinations for climbing enthusiasts. It is a perfect representation of beauty of Borneo Island.

Highlights – With its excellent species of flora and fauna, Mount Kinabalu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the world.

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Facts – It takes around 5 hours to trek from Mount Kinabalu to Panalaban, This is the tallest mountain in South East Asia. Hikers must get permits for Sabah Parks & accommodation in Panalaban in advance. Starting point is Timpohon Gate and the ending point for hikers is Kinabalu National Park. Asia’s first Low Peak Circuit is available here.

Timings – The months between February and April are the best to climb Mount Kinabalu, as the climate is pleasant then.

Fee – Climb permit for local adults and kids – RM53 and RM31.80 respectively; for international adults and kids – RM212 and RM84.80 respectively.

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Bukit Tabur

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This is one of the lesser-explored destinations in Malaysia and its main attraction is its unspoilt beauty. Located at Taman Melawati, near the famous National Zoo, Bukit Tabur is less than 500m tall.

Highlights – One can get proficient in rock climbing skills as well at this peak, as all the way to the peak, one will find many sizes of rocks. Not recommended for people who are new to the area and who are new to trekking.

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Facts – Though it takes just about 3 hours to finish the entire trekking trip, hiking at Bukit Tabur is not a walk in the park. The trails are tricky and confusing at most of the places. West, East & Far East are the 3 primary trails in this mountain. Use of professional guide is mandatory if one is new to the area.

Timings – September to February.

Fee – Hike permit charges come up to RM5 per person.

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Broga or Bulkit Broga is also known as 'Bukit Lalang'. It has been christened after the local species of grass which grows in abundance here.

Broga is largely known for its panoramic views that are at their very best at the dawn. Assuring, easy accessibility on foot, the hill is a prominent hiking destination both amongst the locals and tourists. Hiking atop the peak, visitors can relish on the spectacular views of the plains blended with a cool mix of oil palm plantations, rainforest and distant mountains.

Location: 'Bukit Broga’ is a hill that is nestled in Semenyih. It lies at a height of 400 meters and is just a 40 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur on the trunk road to Broga. You can reach here after hiking a short distance post the University of Nottingham where the entry starts at oil palm estate which lies opposite to the rabbit park.

Price: There is a car park here which has an entrance fee of RM 2.

Timings: Yoi can undertake a hiking trip here at any time of the day.
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Gunung Belumut

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At a height of 1010m, Gunung Belumut or Mount Belumut is one of the famous hiking destinations in Malaysia. Strategically located at just few hours from Singapore, many tourists come here as part of day-picnic tours to enjoy the flora and beauty of this summit.

Highlights – The trekking trails are mostly sloping; hence people with ample mountain hiking experience should take up hiking here. Though it is not one of those easy trails, it is definitely far easier than Cameron Highlands.

Facts – It takes around 5 hours to go up and 3 hours to come down this trip. Permits need to be obtained from Jabatan Hutan Kluang in advance for this. There are lots of places where one can sit and relax.

Timings – December – January is the best, as the climate is cold, but pleasant.

Fee – Permit costs RM150 per group, however big or small the group is; Hiking guide costs around RM140 for a group of 25 people maximum.

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Cameron Highlands Trails

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If you are looking for some fantastic scenery when you undertake hiking, Cameron Highlands Trails is the place that you have to come to. With its pleasant climate and abundant greenery, it presents you some of the world’s best trekking trails.

Highlights – Cameron Highlands is the largest hill station in Malaysia and is known for its authentic mountain climate. The trails here are suitable only for professional trekkers as they are not maintained properly.

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Facts – Cameron Highlands is filled with strawberry farms and tea plantations all along its trekking trails, so that tourists can stop and take some beautiful pictures. These trails are quite tough and tourists will have to find their own way out here. It takes around 2 hours to complete this trekking route.

Timings – December and January are cold and pleasant for trekking.

Climb fee – Mount Brinchang, which is the tallest peak (6666feet) can be accessed with a hiking guide for around RM120.

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Penang National Park

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Penang National Park was previously popular as the Pantai cheh Forest Reserve. This beautiful site is a known to house 143 fauna species and 417 flora species.

 Located at the north western tip of the Penang island, the Penang National Park acquired the status of a National Park in the April of 2003. It is the first protected area that is legally gazetted under the Malaysia's National Park Act of 1980. You can carry out a range of activities at the Penang National Park. These include the jungle trekking, boat trips, canopy walkaway, camping and visiting the Monkey beach

Location: Penang National Park is located at Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Timings: You can visit the park from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM on any day of the week.

Price: Entry to the Penang National Park is free of Price.
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Penang Hill Loop

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Penang Hill Loop is one of the most reputed names in the trekking industry in Malaysia. There are many routes in which one can undertake this trip. One of the famous entrances is through Botanical Gardens. There is also a train that goes up and down the hill here.

Highlights – The paths along the trail routes of this mountain were laid in as early as 1825 and this is proof enough to show that Penang Hill is one of the sturdiest trekking routes in Malaysia in the recent times. Apart from sinking in the natural beauty of these trails, you can find a temple, mosque, bird park, food stalls selling local delicacies and many more sights as you go up the hill.

Facts – Western Hill is the highest peak in Penang Hill at a height of 2731feet above sea level. It takes about 5 hours to complete this route.

Timings – December to February.

Fee – No permit charges apply.

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Gunung Gayong

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Gunung Gayong is part of the Titiwatsa Mountain Range. It stands at a mighty 7129feet above sea level, making it the 4th tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia.

Highlights – It is always visited along with yet another peak of Titiwatsa, Mount Korbu, which is the 2nd tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia at a height of 7162feet. Only professional mountain hikers can visit these peaks as it takes around 4 to 5 days to make a return trip here. Completing this trip is considered to be rare, as it is replete with many challenging hurdles.

Facts – Kinta Dam and Blue Valley Dam are two points through which you can start hiking to these peaks. One can get lost easily here as there are no clear marks. Hence, using the services of a professional guide becomes mandatory.

Timings – Late January to March.

Fee – Permit required if hiking is done from Kinta Dam. Total fee for two peaks – RM205 at the maximum per person

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Gunung Nuang

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At a height of 4898feet, Gunung Nuang is located in Selangor and is considered to be one of the tallest peaks in this area. It is quite smaller than most of the Malaysian mountains, which is why it is ranked 86th in the overall list of tall peaks here.

Highlights - The trekking trails in Gunung Nuang are quite stressful and tedious; therefore prior experience in mountain hiking is mandatory when people come here.

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Fact – The trail starts from Pangsoon village at a height of 200m above sea level and the trails are accompanied by dense forests and river crossings. One has to then cross the tough terrains of Camp Lolo and Camp Pengasih to finally reach the peak. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to get to the top and about 4 hours downhill.

Timings – All through the year.

Fee – RM1 towards registration at the jungle forest.

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Gunung Jerai

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Though there are many mountains in Malaysia, Gunung Jerai stands out purely because of its mystical and mythological charm even today. Located at a height of 3854feet, this peak is also known as Kedah’s Peak.

Highlights – At the base of the mountain, there are traces of ancient (century-old) Buddhist and Hindu temples, reverberating a sense of divinity that cannot be explained in words.

Facts – The trekking trails of this mountain are quite dangerous. There have been various cases of missing people reported in the past. Merbok to Yan trail is the most used route by people coming here. The complete trip may take anywhere between 9 and 10 hours for experienced hikers.

Timings – Any time during the year.

Fee – No need to get any permit.

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Gunung Tahan

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Gunung Tahan or Mount Tahan is located inside the Taman Negara National Forest and is a visual delight for locals and foreign tourists. At a height of 2187m, this is easily the tallest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. It requires a lot of physical endurance to scale this peak.

Highlights – One of the most challenging and tough trekking trails in the world, Only suitable for experts in mountain hiking.

Facts – There are 3 tough trekking trails here .They are – a) Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and back to Sungai Relau b) Sungai Relau to Gunung Tahan and to Kuala Tahan c)Kuala Tahan to Gunung Tahan and back to Sungai Relau. As trekking trails are quite arduous, people coming here for hiking should furnish relevant medical and fitness certificates.

Timings – June to September.

Fee – RM100 towards permit charges

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Pine Tree Trail

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Pine Tree Trail is a never-ending trail located on Malaysia’s famous Fraser’s Hill. The trail was introduced with the primary aim of giving tourists a panoramic view of the countryside.

Highlights – It is the longest trail on Fraser’s Hill and the tallest peak on this trail is 1505m above sea level. At the base of the trail, one can still find a rare species of deer, which is found only here and nowhere else. The trail is very challenging and requires a lot of mental and physical will power.

Facts – The entire trail is about 5.5km long and it takes around 8 hours to scale the peak and come back to the base again. One has to wade through lots of insects, dense growth of trees, unruly terrain and other challenges throughout the length of this trail.

Timings – September to February.

Fee – No permit or trekking charges; however close to RM150 needed for personal expenses.

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Gunung Gagau

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Gunung Gagau is located at the borders of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan states Malaysia. Standing tall at a height of 4513feet, Gagau presents a reasonably good opportunity for hiking enthusiasts.

Highlights – Excellent species of medicinal flora found here in plenty. It is one of the most humid areas in Malaysia.

Facts – Trekking trails on Mount Gagau are quite straightforward and simple when compared to the adjacent peak of Mount Tahan. It takes only one day for the two-way trekking trip from Camp Gagau to Gunung Gagau. One can enjoy the rich flora and fauna at the Taman Negara National Park while coming here. Currently the area is closed for tourists to enable better wildlife preservation. Only the local Batik tribal community people are allowed in this mountain area.

Timings – March to September, where you can visit the nearby areas in this mountain and enjoy boat rides.

Fee – Not applicable, as tourists are not allowed currently.

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Taman Negara

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One of the most adventurous and toughest activities in Taman Negara is trekking to Gunung Tahan. It is one of the best and most suitable activities for mentally and physically fit individuals.

The Taman Negara‘s hiking trail is regarded as one of the most tough and challenging trek route of Malaysia. For anyone who has enough courage to ascend and descent the mountains, camp for a few nights in the jungle, cross the rivers and undertake long distance trekking, this is going to be the best hiking experience you’ll ever encounter in your life span. Here you have a few optional routes to reach the Gunung Tahan. Ever since 1999, this route is open for general public. This route is getting really popular amongst the climbers these days.

Location: This classic trail is located about 53 km from Kuala Lumpur.

Timings: Can be hiked any time of the year.

Price: Depending upon the trail undertaken the Price is variable.
Sungai Relau – Gunung Tahan – Sungai Relau: From 225.00/pax.
Sungai Relau - Gunung Tahan - Kuala Tahan: From 235.00/pax
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  1. Which are the best things to do in Malaysia?

    1. Hiking and trekking: Hiking in Malaysia is one of the most popular activities to do here because of the beautiful terrain, the sprawling views and incredible weather that allows you to explore the many islands in peace. Some of the best places for hiking are Broga, Taman Negara, Penang and even Kuala Lumpur.

    2. Enjoy water sports: The tropical islands and white-sand beaches in Malaysia provide the perfect setting for water sports. Adventures like kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing and parasailing are only some of the most popular activities. You can choose an adventure that suits you to enjoy your tropical vacation like never before.

    3. Go on a food tour: People of various cultures from all over the world have come over the years to settle in Malaysia, which has led to a wonderful and distinct food culture. You can get a taste of this cultural remix in the streets of Malaysia. Make sure you try delicacies such as Nasi Kandar, Malay curries, Penang Assam Laksa, Rojak, Nasi Lemak and more.

    4. Explore the Genting Highlands: One of the best things to do in Malaysia is to head to the Genting Highlands, where you can experience some of the best hiking in Malaysia,ride in a cable car, enjoy the many parks, restaurants and bars and pick fresh fruit and vegetables from the farms.

  2. Which are the best places to visit in Malaysia?

    1. Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur is the capital city, which is a thriving economic hub, a bustling cultural hotspot and home to some of the most iconic places in the world such as the Petronas Towers, Menara KL Tower and the Perdana Botanical Gardens. It is also one of the best places in South East Asia for street food.

    2. Langkawi: Langkawi is a popular destination for honeymoons and destination weddings, and rightly so because of its incredible natural beauty. Langkawi is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in this part of the world, where you can sunbathe, stay in upscale resorts and indulge in water sports.

    3. Penang: Another quintessential place where you can visit is Penang, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in itself. There are famous museums, monuments, installations and entire neighbourhoods dedicated to the culture of Malaysia. It is also one of the best places for hiking in Malaysia because of its scenic and favourable landscape.

    4. The Perhentian islands: These quaint islands in Malaysia are perfect for solo travellers, backpackers and those who like to travel on a budget. The scenic beauty of these islands are unparalleled and you can also gain a host of experience here such as water sports, hiking, trekking, and much more.

  3. What can you do in Malaysia for three days?

    1. Go island hopping: You can spend three days in Malaysia exploring the many stunning islands that are a part of this country, including places like Penang, the Perhentian Islands and Langkawi. You can hire a kayak or a boat and even go from one island to another on your own.

    2. Explore Kuala Lumpur: You can spend 3 days in Malaysia exploring the colourful city of Kuala Lumpur itself. The city has some of the most fascinating museums, night markets, shopping malls, iconic structures and some of the most enviable street food destinations in this part of the world.

    3. Visit the Taman Negara National Park: The Taman Negara National Park is a place of national pride for Malays. It protects some of the islands' most precious flora and fauna such as Malayan tigers, Sumatran rhinos and Asian elephants. It also has some of the best hiking trails in Malaysia. 

    4. Take a trip to the Cameron Highlands: One of the most beautiful places in Malaysia is the Cameron Highlands and if you are here for only three days, you must take time out to visit this beautiful place. With several acres of sprawling vegetation, lakes, parks, waterfalls, plantations and forests, the Cameron Highlands provides the perfect place for relaxing, rock climbing, touring, trekking and hiking in Malaysia. 

  4. How difficult is the Mount Kinabalu Trek?

    It is considered quite difficult and challenging to execute the Mount Kinabalu trek. This is one of the highest peaks in all of South-East Asia, and the climb to the top of the mountain is a sharp and steep elevation, which is why only experienced trekkers are advised to go on this trek. However, you can find some of the best hiking trails in Malaysia at the base of this mountain, even if you don’t actually trek all the way to the top.
  5. How to reach Malaysia?

    By Air: The easiest and most convenient way to travel to Malaysia is by taking an international flight to the airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city. Kuala Lumpur is quite well-connected to the cities of the world. From here, you can take a connecting flight, a rented car, a taxi or a train to wherever you want to go within Malaysia.

  6. What is the best time to visit Malaysia?

    The winter months that come between December and April are considered the best time to visit Malaysia. This is the time when the weather is perfect for outdoor adventures such as water sports, hiking and trekking. In fact, the hiking trails in Malaysia are only open and accessible during this time of the year.
  7. What is Malaysia famous for?

    Malaysia is famous for its natural beauty. There are several world-famous islands such as Langkawi that are a part of Malaysia that people travel to for its white-sand beaches and clear blue waters of the ocean. Malaysia is also famous for its street food and also for its culture, which is an amalgamation of various cultures from all over the world, brought in by the settlers who came to live here.
  8. Is the Mount Kinabalu trek dangerous?

    Yes, it is one of the most dangerous treks in the country. This is because Mount Kinabalu is one of the tallest peaks in South-East Asia and the climb to the top is quite steep and challenging. You can find some of the best hiking trails in Malaysia near the base of the mountain if you feel like you want to go for an adventure that is not quite as challenging.

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