Malaysia – Gunung Lambak
Gunung Lambak 510 meters above sea level, is one of the smaller mountains you can find in the state of Johor. Though Lambak is only half the height of Belumut, the short but steep trail up to the summit can be a challenge for 1st time hikers or those who are unfit. Lambak is about 15 minutes drive from Kluang town, a four-five hours round trip covers the ascent and return, timely for late a afternoon tea or an early dinner before heading back to Singapore.
About The Climb
Gunung Lambak, located about 2hrs drive from Singapore and standing at 510m, is a good introductory trek for beginners and can be climbed within a day. The starting point is from the car park at the foot of the mountain. The first half of trail is a relatively easy walk on tarmac pathways before hitting the trail. There are cut-out steps and railings at the lower portion to assist the hikers. Along the trails are rest sheds and benches for tired hikers to take a break. At the mid point of the mountain, there is a big shelter, a water point for washing and a good spot for photo taking with a big welcome monument.
The second half of the trail is more challenging with steep slopes filled with undergrowth and roots sticking out of the eroded ground, making it more difficult to maneuver. At the summit, on a clear day, part of Kluang town is visible.
It would take about 2hrs to reach the summit. There is a hut behind the radio tower at the summit where one can take a break and have some snacks, but do watch out for monkeys at that area as they might snatch your food while you are not watching. There’s another route behind the hut for a more gradual descend back to the mid point where you can follow the same trail back or continue on the wider path for a more gradual descent back to the foothill.
At the foot of the mountain there is a toilet for hikers to change or wash up after the hike. There is also a water theme park nearby but due to the lack of maintenance the changing room / shower facilities there may not be serviceable anymore.
Participants should be of average fitness, though no prior trekking experience is required. A day pack with packed lunch, about 1.5 to 2 litres of water would be necessary to bring along the trek
Goup size: 8 - 20 people
|6.45am: Meet Up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be a stopover for breakfast.|
|10.30am: Arrive at Gunung Lambak foothill. Start of trek to summit.|
|13.00pm: Arrive at summit of Gunung Lambak. |
|13.30pm: Start to descend to foothill after quick lunch and photo taking at the summit.|
|15.30pm: Arrive at foothill. Change / Wash up. Board vehicle to Johor Bahru for dinner|
|17.30pm: Dinner at Johor Bahru. Depart for Singapore after dinner.|
|20.30pm: Arrive in Singapore.|
- Chartered air-conditioned mini-van (SIN-Lambak-SIN)
- 1-2 x trek leader(s) (1st aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia climbing treks)
- Dinner at Johore Bahru
- Safety management and first aid support
- Great Eastern TravelSmart Insurance Plan C (please read brochure and policy wordings for coverage details. https://giexchange-sg.greateasternlife.com/giexchange/prd/prdlist.do?prdId=104)
- Breakfast, lunch & trail snacks
- Drinking water and beverages
- Personal expenses during the trip – shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
- Personal hiking & travel gear
- Shower fee
- Extra expenses incurred for change of itinerary
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. Allow at least one to two months of training to prepare for the trek if you have not been exercising. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.