Hiking in Malaysia: 10 Trails with the Most Picturesque Views

Hiking in Malaysia: 10 Trails with the Most Picturesque Views

Discover Malaysia's rugged beauty with these stunning hiking trails. How many of these hikes have you completed?

Malaysia is home to some magnificent nature, with lush rainforests, pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. This is not a post about the highest mountains in Malaysia, though, nor is it about epic long-distance treks.

Instead, this article will present to you some of the finest hiking trails in Malaysia, ranging from fairly easy hikes to strenuous mountain ascents. What is common among these trails is the magnificent views that the hikers will enjoy along the way. These hiking trails are proof that hiking in Malaysia is an activity that is truly rewarding.

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1. Bukit Tabur

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Both the west-side and east-side trails up Bukit Tabur are excellent hiking trails in Malaysia, although the former tends to receive more hikers. Bukit Tabur is part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, which is visible from Kuala Lumpur. The Klang Gates Dam and Gombak Nature Reserve are located nearby. These hiking trails are very popular, especially during the weekends when locals and travellers head to the summit to watch the sun rise or set over Kuala Lumpur.

2. Pine Tree Trail

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The Pine Tree Trail runs up and down toward the summit of Pine Tree Hill and Rhodo Hill. On the way, there are stairways and even a climb with ropes. Both summits offer great views of the surrounding landscapes. Hikers should count on three hours of hiking one way.

3. Monkey Beach

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Monkey Beach, named for the macaques that live there, is located in Penang National Park and can be reached either by boat or on foot. The hike along the coast is about 3.5 kilometres long, taking the average person less than two hours. It’s highly recommended to spend the night at the beach, and there’s an official campground available for those who opt to do this.

4. Gunung Kinabalu

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If there’s any mountain that belongs on all lists concerning the outdoors and hiking in Malaysia, it’s Gunung Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the country and the third highest in Southeast Asia. The mountain is surrounded by Kinabalu National Park, the very first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia. Conquering Gunung Kinabalu is a real challenge, and it usually takes about two full days to make the ascent and descent. Hikers are therefore advised to hire a local guide or book a climb through a tour company. The views from the summit are unparalleled.

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5. Bukit Saga (and Bukit Apeh)

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There are a few trails – trails A, B and C – leading up Bukit Saga, a low hill in Cheras. When combining trails B and C, it’s possible to create a pleasant 2.5-kilometer loop. Hikers looking for a longer hike can continue toward Bukit Apeh and its two waterfalls. The longer loop takes approximately three hours, ideal for an active afternoon.

6. Penang Hill Loop

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The loop hike to the summit of Penang Hill is about 11 kilometres long, a hike that takes about five hours to complete. The trail is often rather steep and not always well marked, but there is a fine view from the summit. It is mostly a jungle hike, though, which makes it special in its own right.

7. Gunung Angsi

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It’s said that Gunung Angsi is the easiest mountain – or at least one of the easiest mountains – to ascend in Malaysia. Situated in Ulu Bendul Park, the mountain is no higher than 825 meters and it doesn’t take longer than an hour and a half to get to the summit. The trail is fairly easy, with only several short steep sections, hence it is very popular. It is, however, still a fine hike to do in the afternoon.

8. Cameron Highlands Trails

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The beautiful Cameron Highlands are well-known for their hiking trails. This is an area of jungle-covered mountains and plateaus with large tea plantations. Numerous hiking trails crisscross the landscape, many of them without signs, and it is a very scenic hiking destination for adventure-minded travellers.

9. Bukit Chenuang

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Located at the northern end of the Ampat Hills, Chenuang rises 850 metres toward the sky and dominates the natural landscape of Gombak Nature Reserve. There are several trails that lead to the summit, but one of the most interesting ones starts conveniently at the headquarters of Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest. It takes about four hours to get to the summit, and a little less to get back down.

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10. Gunung Ledang

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The tallest mountain peak in Johor, Gunung Ledang, also known as Mount Ophir in English, is one of the most popular mountains in Malaysia. It lies a short drive from Kuala Lumpur and features breathtaking natural scenery and excellent views. Fit hikers can make it to the summit in less than six hours.

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Bram Reusen

Bram is a freelance writer, translator and travel photographer. He was born and grew up in a small town in Belgium and currently lives in a small town in Vermont, USA. He likes to try different travel styles and he has backpacked across Australia, cycled from Belgium to the North Cape and back, spent three months immersing himself in the Irish culture, hiked across England, climbed numerous mountains in New England, and visited many a handful of European cities. Besides writing and traveling, Bram spends his days reading, working out and trying to live a healthy life.

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