Malaysia – Gunung Arong & Lambak
Gunung Arong is located in the Mersing District of Johor, Malaysia, 2½ to 3 hours drive from Singapore. Standing at only 274m, it is a low hill to climb but a great experience for beginner and experienced hikers alike due to the relative wilderness of the trail and the spectacular South China Sea view at the top. The whole trek will take about three to four hours.
Gunung Lambak (510m) is one of the smaller mountains in the state of Johor. It is a good introductory tropical rainforest trek for beginners and can be climbed within a few hours. A four to five hours round trip covers the ascent and return. This short but steep trail up to the summit can be a challenge for 1st time hikers or those who are unfit.
About The Climb
The 5km hike to Arong starts in the forest after passing through a rustic village and oil palm plantation. The first 40 minutes of the hike is a consistent 30 to 40 degree incline before becoming less steep for the last 30 minutes. After going through the pristine rainforest, hikers are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sea and neighbouring islands. On a clear day, you can see Pulau Tioman in the distance. You will have plenty of time to take in the scene while having a snack break before the descending the same way up.
Drive to Kluang where you will have the rest of the day free and easy after checking into a hotel. Rest up and fuel up for the Lambak hike the next morning.
The starting point of the Lambak trek is from the car park at the foot of the mountain. The first section 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 and rest sheds and benches. 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 dirt slopes filled with undergrowth and thick protruding roots sticking out from the eroded ground, making it more difficult to maneuver. This section can be slippery and muddy when there is rain. At the summit, on a clear day, part of Kluang town is visible.
It takes about 2-2.5hrs to reach the summit. There is a hut behind the radio tower at the summit where hikers can take a break and have a light lunch or snacks. Do watch out for monkeys in this area. The monkeys may snatch your food if you are not watching. The descend is via another more gradual route behind the hut. At the mid point, the trails merge. 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.
After the wash up, drive to Kluang town for lunch on your own and some last minute shopping before heading back to Singapore.
Trekking experience is not required. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can complete this trek and have an enjoyable time. You will need to carry a small day pack with packed lunch, 1.5 to 2 litres of water and rain gear.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.
Goup size: 10 - 13 people
|Day 1||7am: Meet Up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be a stopover for breakfast.
11am: Arrive at Gunung Arong foothill. Start trek to summit.
1pm-1.30pm: Arrive at summit. After lunch break, and photo taking, descend to foothill.
3pm: Arrive at foothill. Board vehicle and depart for Kluang.
5pm: Arrive Kluang and check into hotel. Rest of day free & easy.
|Day 2||8am-8.30am: Board vehicle for Gunung Lambak. Arrive at foothill and start trekking.
10.30am-11am: Arrive at summit. After a short break and photo taking at the summit, descend to foothill.
12pm-12:30pm: Arrive at foothill. Change / wash up. Board vehicle to town for lunch.
3.30pm: Depart for Singapore.
6pm: Arrive in Singapore.
- Chartered air-conditioned coach (SIN-Arong-Lambak-SIN)
- One night in Kluang hotel on twin/triple-sharing basis
- Permit fee and local guide for Gunung Arong
- Trek leader (1st aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks) and assistant trek leaders
- Tea set and wash up facilities after Gunung Arong trek
- Safety management and first aid support
- Travel insurance @S$18 (Can be deducted if you have your own)
- Visa fee (if needed)
- All meals & trail snacks (except for a tea set after Gunung Arong trek)
- Drinking water and beverages
- All tipping
- Single supplement for hotel room
- Personal expenses – shower fee, drinks and snacks etc
- Personal hiking & travel gear
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: hiking gear, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including meals & transfer outside the stipulated itinerary
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good 1 month of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.