Scale the peaks of Malaysia and get a view that’s hard to beat. Be it Peninsular Malaysia or the exotic jungles of Malaysian Borneo, there’s a mountain just waiting to be conquered. For beginners, make your way to Mount Angsi in Negeri Sembilan. At only 825 metres, many claim it is a relatively easy trail via the Bukit Putus route but for a bit of a challenge, opt for the trail that starts at Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest. Head north to Kedah and you will find Gunung Jerai – the highest mountain in the state at 1,217 metres high and a half-day excursion up and down the mountain for the average climber.

If you’re ready to take on the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, it’s time to head to Taman Negara (Malaysia’s National Park) which borders the states of Kelantan and Pahang. This is where you’ll find Mount Tahan, standing at 2187 metres high. The Merapoh return trail is 70km long, bringing trekkers through low altitude primary jungles and rivers before ascending a cool mountain plateau. The trek takes 3 to 4 days.

Over in Miri, Sarawak, the Mulu mountain (2376m) is a popular pick for climbers. It takes an average of 4 days and 3 nights to scale the mountain but trekkers are rewarded with an amazing view of the famous limestone Pinnacles found within the Mulu National Park. The legendary Santubong (810m) looks intimidating even on sight, thanks to its extreme steep slope near its summit. But as you take in the changing foliage, sounds of running streams and waterfalls, chances are you won’t feel the 8 gruelling hours of climbing! Avid mountain climbers won’t be able to resist the lure of Mount Kinabalu in the neighbouring state of Sabah. At 4095.2 metres, it towers over all mountains in Malaysia. Located in country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park, the mountain is also home to Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’. The experience is called Mountain Torq, where visitors can explore the northern rock-face of the mountain using a trail made up of iron rungs, palettes, cables and rails.
Hard-core mountain runners from around world flock to Kinabalu for the annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon® held in October.


Rainforest Resort Taman Negara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603–9222 8113
Fax: 603–9221 381
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Sarawak Borneo Tour
Savvy Media Sdn Bhd, Star Point Angle Commercial Centre, Jalan Stutong, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
Tel : +60 82 570 340


Journey Malaysia
Lot 3, Ground Floor, Wisma SCA, No3, 2nd Mile, Jalan Sungei Besi, 57100 Kuala Lumpur
tel: +6 03 2692 8049, +6 03 2691 2435
Fax: +6 03 2691 3675


ABC Tours
Lot 16-2, Block B, Damai Point, Luyang, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +6088 258448


Borneo Ultimate Sports Adventure Tours (BUSAT)
Lot G29, Wisma Sabah, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-225 188

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