Seasoned and novice trekkers will find that Malaysia has a lot to offer through its jungle trails. The nation’s extensive forest and wildlife reserves give nature lovers the chance to enjoy the lush environment of the tropics.

Veterans might want to attempt the trek to Gunung Tahan in Taman Negara, Pahang, while casual trekkers can sweat it out at the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), located in Kepong, north of Kuala Lumpur.

Other notable treks include those at Niah National Park, Mulu National Park, Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Selangor mangrove forest, Templers Park Selangor mountain forest, Ulu Bendol Negeri Sembilan mountain forest, Endau Rompin Johor Lowland rainforest, Gunung Ledang Johor Highland rainforest and Lambir National Park.

If you prefer trekking in cooler weather, jungle trails are available in Cameron Highlands and Fraser’s Hill.

Key Tips

  • Check weather reports before heading for your trek.

  • Bring along water and spray on some insect repellent. Leech socks might be a good idea if you’re doing a river trek.

  • A cheap shoe (costing less than MYR 10) used by the locals is the 'Adidas Kampung'. Made wholly from rubber, it is a great shoe for trekking through tropical rainforests as it is durable and waterproof. Local climbers have won the Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon wearing that shoe. The 'Adidas Kampung' can be found in some sundry shops, hardware stores and night markets.