10 Absolutely Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Malaysia

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Malaysia is one of the countries that are included in most travelers’ bucket list of must-visit countries. Because why not? It is home to dynamic cities, mouthwatering foods, stunning beaches, gorgeous islands, and striking natural parks. Plus, Malaysia also has a number of hiking trails that are sure to entice nature lovers and adventure seekers!

Join us as we list down some of the hiking trails in the country, which you can take with your old and new-found friends!

 

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1. Gunung Pulai

 

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If you haven’t tried hiking before but are willing to do something new, Gunung Pulai is an ideal mountain to start with given that the difficulty level of the hike is fairly easy. The mountain stands at 654 meters above sea level (masl), which takes up to four hours to hike up and down — five kilometers each way.

Highlights include: Reservoir, waterfall, and a scenic spot at the peak

 

2. Gunung Arong

 

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Standing at only 275 meters above sea level, Gunung Arong truly is ideal for beginners! Despite that the hike is simple, this mountain offers intricate views while on the trek and at the peak of the mountain.

Highlights include: beach and sunset view

 

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3. Gasing Hill

 

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Located in Bukit Gasing Forest Park, just 15 minutes off the Federal Highway, is Bukit Gasing (Gasing Hill), which is presumably the highest point in the park — standing about 160 meters. Bukit Gasing offers multiple routes and it takes up to 2 hours to hike the hill.

Highlights include: 6 different routes, suspension bridge

 

4. Broga Hill

 

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Broga Hill, nestled in the town of Broga in Semenyih, Selangor, is a popular hiking trail among wanderers. It sits on the edge of the Titiwangsa Range and stands 400 meters above sea level. Whether you’re looking for a place to find your inner peace or a perfect spot to a photoshoot, Broga Hill serves a nice choice.

Highlights include: 3 summits, sunrise spot, lalang field

 

5. Gunung Baling

 

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Gunung Baling in Baling, Kedah is a 420-meters-above-sea-level mountain that offers a magnificent view while on your way up to the peak. Be noted that the hike starts with a steep incline, so be cautious as you go deeper for it can get rocky towards the end.

Highlights include: rocky terrain, striking ridges

 

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6. Chiling Waterfall

 

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If you’re too lazy or unmotivated to conquer a trail, then this one in Kuala Kubu Baru has a three-tier waterfall that awaits you at the end of your hiking journey! Perhaps, that’s enough to keep you going, huh?

Highlights include: three-tier waterfall, picnic area, river crossing

 

7. Teluk Bahang

 

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Your 3-4 hours of trekking will be paid off once the trail leads you to breathtaking beach views. 

Highlights include: Stunning views of Monkey Beach and Kerachut Beach, Muka Light House

 

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8. Gunung Nuang

 

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Gunung Nuang is the closest major mountain in Kuala Lumpur and is considered as one of the highest peaks in Selangor with a specific elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 ft.). Considering the fact that it takes 9 to 11 hours to hike this mountain, it is important that you have enough determination and training in order to keep your way up.

Highlights include: River crossing, boulder climbing, the famous tree

 

9. Gunung Yong Yap

 

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If you’re the type of person who would rather spend 3-days-and-1-night to capture a mesmerizing view on the top of a mountain, then Gunung Yong Yap is probably the place for you! This mountain is the 6th highest point in Peninsular Malaysia, standing at 2,168 meters above sea level.

Highlights include: Kubuk Buaya waterfall, breathtaking and Instagrammable peak

 

10. Gunung Tahan

 

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Are you tough enough to spend 3-7 days to ascend and descend Gunung Tahan? Well, the best view comes after the hardest climb indeed as this mountain — standing at a height of 2187 meters (7174 ft.) — is sure to offer a magnificent sea of clouds and mountain view! The trek includes kilometers of thick foliage, rivers, and muddy trails.

Highlights include: Highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia, a getaway to Taman Negara, intense trekking and camping

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