The Titiwangsa Mountains is the natural divider between Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand. It is believed to have formed during the Late Triassic Period, about 300 million years ago. This was when the Indochine and Sibumasu terranes colliding with each other.
Composed primarily of limestone and granite rock, the range is 1,040 miles long, and at its highest elevation, stands at 2,183 metres above sea level. So, of course, you’ll want to hike it!
Before you gear up though, let’s take a look at the different trekking paths you can take during your trip.
Gunung Korbu, Gunung Gayong, and Gunung Yong Belar
Gunung Korbu is the second highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia, so this is obviously going to be a tough climb. Depending on where you’ll start your trek, it might take 2 days at most.
Now, you can stop at Gunung Korbu, but you may also choose to continue towards Gunung Gayong. It’s about 2 hours away from Gunung Korbu, which means the trek will stretch from 2 days to up to 4 days.
But there is a trekking path which will allow you to hike 3 mountains in a week. Start your trek at Gunung Belar, and depending on your pace, can take at least 2 days and 1 night to finish. After spending a night there, you can continue on to Gunung Gayong, and then 2 hours later, find yourself at Gunung Korbu.
This is called the Trans Titiwangsa Trek, and should be done by advanced hikers only. However, if you really want to try this trek, make sure you’re with a pro.
Gunung Chamah and Gunung Ulu Sepat
Gunung Chamah and Gunung Ulu Sepat are the fifth and seventh highest peak in among the mountain ranges, respectively. Of all the treks, these two are the most remote. It’s probably because you’ll have to traverse thick forests just to reach the summit.
The Hutan Belum forest is still pretty much a virgin forest, untouched by any modern footprint. You might even get to meet people from the Aboriginal tribe of Orang Asli on your way up. Majority of the flora in the forest have medicinal value, which is why it has become the primary base of the indigenous people.
The whole trek, while not as difficult as the Trans Titiwangsa Trek, will take up to a week to finish.
Gunung Yong Yap
Gunung Yong Yap stands at 2916 metres above sea level, and is the sixth highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. Before the logging track was opened, it will take hikers 8 days to traverse the path from Korbu Forest up the summit. Now, you can finish the trek in 4 days, at most.
This might be a little difficult for beginner hikers, mainly because the climb becomes really steep near the top. If you want to take this path, make sure that you’re not just with pro-climber friends. There are still free-roaming Tigers here. And while it’s still safe because of the logging tracks, just make sure you’ve taken precautions and hire a local guide.
Of course, after a week-long trek up one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, you’ll want to unwind and relax. Well, it’s a good thing Grand Ion Delemen is within the Titiwangsa mountains. All you need to do is book their Best Available Rate and get the best online hotel deal for a luxurious accommodation.
You can look forward to resting in well-appointed and spacious rooms, overlooking the Genting Highlands. Take a dip at the indoor pool, and relax those aching muscles. Or eat your heart out at any of their 5 hotel restaurants like Hugo’s In The Sky, 7Lounge, and Kembali Kitchen.
Getting hyped? Choose your trekking path, and we’ll see you on the other side. Have a safe hike!