Trekking in Malaysia

With a huge choice of destinations, Malaysia is a great place for a trekking vacation. Most trekking activity is based around national parks and forest reserves, which include rain, mangrove and mountain forests. Each has different characteristics, but all offer a large variety of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species. You can go trekking independently, but it is safest to hire a professional guide or join an escorted tour.

Where to Trek

The Pahang and Johor districts offer both highland rain forests, such as the Cameron Highlands and Gunung Ledang, and lowland rainforests, which include two of Malaysia’s premier trekking sites, Taman Negara and Endau-Rompin. Each offers a network of trekking trails beneath a dense jungle canopy, and most contain primitive campgrounds. Taman Negara also boasts a canopy walkway for a close-up experience of nature. Endemic wildlife includes monkeys, tigers, elephants, Sumatran rhino and hundreds of species of birds. Mountain forests, such as Tempters Park in Selangor, are cooler and contain fewer mosquitoes. Novice trekkers will find easier trails at the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia or the Malaysian Agricultural Park, both near Kuala Lumpur.

Guided Trekking

Many adventure tour companies offer jungle trekking in Malaysia, ranging from easy, half-day hikes to multi-day excursions deep into the rain forest. You can book these over the Internet, or through tour agencies in Kuala Lumpur on arrival.

What to Bring

You need sturdy walking boots and rubber shoes for wading through streams. Wear lightweight clothing with long sleeves and trousers, a hat and sunglasses, and carry a waterproof poncho in case of sudden showers. Sunscreen, a water bottle and mosquito repellent are a must. If you are camping, basic gear will be provided by the tour company, but you should bring a sleeping bag, mosquito net and torch, as well as personal toiletries.