Gunung Tahan (Mout.Tahan) is the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia
Gunung Tahan is the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia with 2187 meteres above the sea level. Located at Taman Negara, National Park in the state of Pahang. Gunung Tahan’s Crossover Route is possibly Malaysia’s most challenging trek compare with other in Malaysia. It can access by 2 popular route which is start from Sungai Relau, Merapoh for a three-days trek, or trail start from Kuala Tahan about seven-days trek.
The Kuala Tahan classic trail (Kuala tahan – Gunung Tahan – Merapoh) is the oldest, challenging, and most scenic trail. Climbers have to trek across several river and undulating ridges before reaching the foot of the mountain. Climbers without adequate physical fitness or training are not advised to attempt Gunung Tahan. This trail basically is more than 100KM through low lying primary jungle, across wide fast-moving rivers, and up to Gunung Tahan where the rock formations. The trail is muddy bogs and vegetation would look perfectly at home in the Scottish Highlands.
According from the climbers reviewed, Gunung Tahan is arguably harder to complete than the more famous and much higher Gunung Kinabalu (4,095 meters) in Sabah. A seven-days trek, must carry more weight on your back to last you for a week, or longer and you are on an unsupported expedition.
“ The name ‘Gunung Tahan’ translates from Bahasa (Malay) to mean Mount Endure, which hints at the effort required to climb this peak. ”
Multiple river crossings, rope obstacles, highland ridge line trek, physical and mental endurance are all found and experienced on this trek. River crossings are a mixed blessing: cooling for our poor abused feet, but waist-high in parts and currents strong enough to take you downstream if you lose your footing. A pair of trekking sticks is a good idea to help you keep your balance.
The most important is an individual mental challenge and being physically fit doesn’t guarantee success. A positive thinking will make you success and complete those challenge.
Trails Info & Details
Distance between campsite to another campsite. Time Duration and height table – For your reference only
|Kuala Juram||Kem Kor 2||4hr||750m||Cross 4 rivers;At Kem Kor 2: Suitable campsite; water available|
|Kem Kor 2||Kubang||3hr||1406m||Walk mainly along ridgeline; At Kubang:Water available; Suitable campsite|
|Bonsai||Botak||70min||1904m||At Botak:Water available; Suitable campsite|
|Botak||Summit||1hr||2187m||At summit:Water available for washing but not for drinking; Suitable campsite|
|Summit||Gunung Gedong||4hr||2066m||Cross a saddle; Water available after about 2.5hr; Small spring pool, may not be reliable|
|Gunung Gedong||Gunung Reskit||1.5hr||1666m||Steep descend|
|Gunung Reskit||Gunung Pankin||3hr||1462m||Walk on ridgeline with 3 to 4 steep up and down slopes that requires rope.|
|Gunung Pankin||Wray’s camp||1hr||At Wray’s camp:Water source 5min descend on trail to the left side of main trail|
|Wray’s camp||Kuala Teku||3.5hr||168m||At Kuala Teku:Water available; Suitable campsite; A lot of bees|
|Kuala Teku||Kuala Puteh||5.5hr||122m||9 river crossings; If water level too high, guide might bypass some of them; Beware of leeches along the way;At Kuala PutehWater available; Suitable campsite; Bees are present|
|Kuala Puteh||Gunung Rajah||2hr||575m|
|Gunung Rajah||Kem Tengah||1hr||379m||Water source 10 min, descend on trail to the left side of main trail|
|Kem Tengah||Kuala Melantai||4hr||Bukit Malang(27 hills);At Kuala Melantai:Water available; Suitable campsite|
|Kuala Melantai||Resort at Kuala Tahan||5hr||
Cross a hill before reaching flat ground. Muddy trails