Gunung Tahan

Gunung Tahan is one of my favorite mountains and also one of the toughest I’ve climbed so far. Since taking up the hobby in 2000, I’ve reached the summit 5 times – the last was in April 2009 with Team Santai.

Gunung Tahan is the highest point in Peninsula Malaysia standing at 2187 m above sea-level. It is situated in the state of Pahang, within the Taman Negara national forest, West Malaysia. There are 3 routes that you can take to reach the summit.


  • Via Sungei Relau, Merapoh, Kelantan
  • Via Kuala Tahan, Pahang (Taman Negara HQ)
  • Via Kuala Kor (Closed)

I was also told that some years ago, there were climbers who tried the route from Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu but I could not confirmed the source. However, by looking at the map, it should be possible but definitely the journey would be longer than the current routes and experience climbers are required.

So far, I’ve tried the following routes.

  • Merapoh to Kuala Tahan + Four Steps Waterfall (Transverse) – 9 days
  • Kuala Tahan to Merapoh (Classic) – 7 days
  • Merapoh via Merapoh – 4 days
  • Merapoh via Kuala Tahan (Santai) – 6 days


If you want to experience the best, this is one mountain that I highly recommend. You do not have to be a seasonal climber to conquer Mount Tahan, but you definitely have to be mentally prepared. As for your fitness level, it depends on the days you will be taking. You still have to train.

I really miss this mountain. I’m thinking of going back again… But this time around, I will bring my eldest son. As for the date, there’s no plan in mind at the moment; but definitely I shall return …..


Gunung Besar Hantu

Gunung Besar Hantu, also known as Gunung Antu Besar, is situated in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, near the border of Pahang State, West Malaysia. Standing at 1,462 M above sea-level, it is the highest mountain in the State and is one of the mountains located at the tail end of the famous Titiwangsa Range of Peninsula Malaysia.

Trekkers have to travel to Kampung Chennah in Jelebu, via Kuala Klawang town in order to go to the mountain. At the village, four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you in a rough and bumpy roads until the Lata Kijang camp. Lata Kijang is one of the beautiful and highest single drop waterfalls in Malaysia.

The hike up to Kem Orkid is about 900 metres above sea level. The climbLata-Kijang-waterfall begins by scaling 339 steps at a slope that inclines about 80 degrees, from the Lata Kijang waterfall. It takes about 3 to 4 hours, negotiating the sometimes flat and occasionally steep slopes. Kem Orkid got its name from the numerous wild orchids growing around the camp which is sandwiched between two rapids. From the camp, the peak of Gunung Besar Hantu can be clearly seen.

Watch out for strong gusts of wind and slippery tracks in the final ascent. The presence of dwarf and bonsai plants indicates that the peak is close and the climb is almost done. The soothing panoramic view of areas in Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor makes the arduous climb worth every step.

Suggested Duration : Minimum 2D/1N , Maximum 3D/2N

Grading : Moderate to season climbers

*** This article was first published in February 2010 on my previous website.

Trip to Gunung Panti

The sight of Gunung Panti comes into view when one travels to Kota Tinggi Waterfalls. It beckons, inviting the adventurous to climb it. It peaks at an elevation of 485 meters. At a certain angle when viewed as one travels along the road, it appears to be capped with a huge boulder and the profile indicates a near vertical face on the left edge.

To access the base of this hill, drive from Kota Tinggi town towards Air Terjun (local malay word for ‘waterfall’).  There are sufficient road signage to point you in the right direction. Four miles out of Kota Tinggi town is a small village, Kampong Batu Ampat. Proceed straight on keeping a look out for signs that say Äir Terjun or Kota Rainforest Resort. The road in, is on the right, 50 meters before Kota Rainforest Resort which is approximately 8km from Kampong Batu Ampat. This dirt road that leads to the base is half a km long and on arrival you are greeted by a sign that says Hutan Simpan Panti (Panti Forest Reserve). Just follow the trail from this point onwards and you are on the right track when you cross a small stream bridged by a half sunken log.

The trail is clearly visible but unmarked and mostly runs along a ridge. The well worn trail is rutted from water erosion but is clear of underbrush. The forest floor is leave litter and offers good visibility. Keep a look out for leeches. The peak is indeed a rock face and ropes are in place for the short climb. Nature’s garden await you at the peak and your reward is a 360 degree view. The peak can be cloud covered and if a lightning storm brews, descend for your own safety. A light raincoat is essential to keep you and your day pak dry. Allow 2.5hrs for the climb and 2 hrs for the descend. Level of difficulty : Moderate.

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Mountaineering – A Sport or hobby

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There are many articles and definitions of mountain climbing or mountaineering. Some are very complex to understand, some are too easy to absorb, etc. The following is a short but good article explaining the definitions and the benefits of it.

Mountaineering is a physically challenging sport which improves both your physical fitness and cardiovascular fitness levels. Requiring technical skills and equipment, mountaineering’s great reward is in reaching the summit!

What exactly is mountaineering?

Technically anybody could walk to the top of a mountain but this would not make them a mountaineer. Mountaineering can best be described as the ascent of any hill or mountain where the gradient and severity of the terrain requires some form of climbing and the sustained use of technical equipment.

In summer this equipment can include a helmet, rope, harness, karabiner and protective climbing equipment, and in winter will include the addition of crampons, ice axe and protective ice-climbing equipment.

Mountaineering will inevitably involve periods of hill walking but what distinguishes these two activities is whether you need to use technical equipment in order to reach your objective… the summit!

How can you benefit from mountaineering?

There are numerous benefits to mountaineering. The most obvious benefits are improving both your physical fitness and cardiovascular fitness levels as well as reducing body fat through exercise. Some other less obvious or ‘less tangible’ benefits include greatly improving your own personal confidence and team working skills, which you will use in your work and personal life without even realising it!

Talk soon,


Source: Information from the Internet