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Trekking in Malaysia

Malaysia being home to magnificent rainforests, white sandy beaches and some of the tallest mountain ranges, is one of the most adventurous countries in Asia and a picture perfect holiday destination.
Apart from relaxing on the beach by the calm and serene waters, you can also make sure to indulge in some adventurous activities like trekking the tallest mountains of Malaysia. Keep reading to know about some of the great trekking locations in Malaysia ranging from easy to arduous hikes.
Traveling in and around Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from

Bukit Tabur
Both the east and west regions of the Bukit Tabur are considered to be one of the best trekking trails in the country. However, some trekkers in recent times have developed a preference to trek on the eastern side of the Bukit Tabur. Trekkers usually head to Bukit Tabur during weekends to enjoy the beauty of plush green landscapes. Trekkers also enjoy the view of the sunset in the evenings.

How to reach:
Taking Bus is advisable. There’s a bus at a regular intervals from the Central Market. Usually takes an hour to reach.

Bus number: 43

Gunung Kinabalu

Located in the vicinity of the Kinabalu National Park, the Gunung Kinabalu is the highest mountain in the country and also the third highest in Southeast Asia. Trekking on the picturesque Gunung Kinabalu is quite a challenging task and will usually take you two days to make the ascent and descent both. It is better if you book the climb through a local tour company. The Gunung Kinabalu is not recommended for beginners but it is popular among professional trekkers from all over the world. Some of the most popular climbing experts have rated Gunnung Kinabalu as one of the easiest big mountains that you can climb. The trail of climbing usually starts at Timpohon Gate which is one of the lesser popular routes as well as longer and harder. Note that the starting point is already 1866 metres above sea level. There is no need for any special equipment that you need to carry. All that you need is just some reasonable level of fitness. Most people prefer to cover the stretch over a period of 2 days. You need to sign some declarations before you begin your climb and then you are taken in a bus to the gate of Timpohon. Your climb might consist of rough and uneven steps and it will get more uneven as well as cold when you go higher.
Factfile: The Gunung Kinabalu has been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. (Therefore, a must visit).

How to reach:
Take a Bus. You can catch a bus from KK Kinabalu Park. There are buses at regular intervals and the first one leaves sharp at 7:30AM. A usual journey should take somewhere around two hours.