Malaysia – Gunung Arong

28 Mar 20

Malaysia – Gunung Arong

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, spectacular South China Sea view at the top! The whole trek will take about 4 hours.

About The Climb

The 5km hike 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 descent.

After the trek, we will proceed to the nearby resort for an afternoon tea-break.

Experience Required

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 that can hold 1.5 to 2 litres of water, some snacks 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 - 35 people

7amMeet Up. Board vehicle to Malaysia. There will be a stopover for breakfast.
11am Arrive at Gunung Arong foothill. Start trek to summit.
1pm-1.30pmArrive at summit. After a snack break, and photo taking, descend to foothill.
3pmArrive at resort for afternoon tea. Wash up and change at the resort wash room
4pmBoard vehicle and depart for Singapore.
7pmArrive in Singapore.


  • Chartered air-conditioned mini-van/coach
  • 1 x trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks) and assistance trek leaders
  • Local trekking guide
  • Permit fee
  • Afternoon tea
  • Safety management and first aid support
  • Travel insurance (Cover trekking/ Can be deducted if you have your own)


  • All meals, except 1x afternoon tea
  • Drinking water and beverages
  • 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

Grading: 1A

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:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
  4.  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.