Malaysia – Mt Ophir
Mt Ophir is located near a small town called Sargil in Johore. At 1276m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Johore. Being so near to Singapore, it is one of the most popular destination with hikers from Singapore. A trek to the summit can be very challenging for those new to hiking and a good level of fitness will be required. Some of the steepest portion have ropes or ladders to assist the hikers, a daunting task for those afraid of height. A round trip to the summit & back would take about 9hrs or more, therefore it will be important for day trippers to start early in order not to be caught in the dark on the descent.
About The Climb
The trip to Mt Ophir will start around Friday evening with a 2.5hrs to 3hrs drive to the Tangkak where we will stay a night at a local hotel. Next morning after an early breakfast we will be driven to the foothill of the mountain. A mountain guide would be required for the climb and this would be arranged prior to the trip.
On Saturday morning after meeting the guide and settling all the pre-climb arrangements at the National Park Office, the trek should start before 8am. The route to the summit is undulating and contains a number of steep portions, with some requiring the use of ladders and ropes. It will take about 5 to 6hrs to reach the summit where you will consume your packed lunch while taking in the splendid views of the surrounding landscape. The descend will take another 4 to 5hrs, and it will be a real test for those who did not put in enough physical training for the climb or who are not as sure footed on the descend.
After a quick wash up at the foothill, the group will have a quick dinner in Tangkak town, followed by a drive to Malacca to check-in to a hotel for a well deserved rest.
The next day, i.e. Sunday morning after breakfast, it will be a free & easy time for the group to explore Malacca town before boarding the transport back at 3.30pm back to Singapore. Depending on the jam at the immigration check point, the group will arrive back in Singapore at about 8pm.
Participants should have a good level of fitness and have some hiking experience with long walks of around 8 to 9hrs. A day pack with packed lunch, about 2 to 2.5 litres of water, raincoat / poncho and a good head torch (in the event it turns dark during the trek) would be necessary to bring along the trek. Extra clothing and other personal items for the stay at Malacca can be left in the van which will be stationed with the group throughout the whole trip.
Group size: 8 - 10 people (1 van) or 16 to 20 people (2 vans)
|Day 1||- Depart Singapore to Tangkak at 8.30pm|
- Arrive at Tangkak around midnight, overnight at local hotel
|Day 2||- Early breakfast at 6.30am before boarding transport to Ophir|
- Arrive at Ophir foothill, meet guide & start trek to summit and back
- Dinner in Tangkak town followed by transport to Malacca
- Overnight in Malacca hotel
|Day 3||- Free & easy at Malacca and board transport back at 3.30pm|
- Arrive in Singapore about 8pm
- Chartered air-conditioned mini-van (SIN-Sargil-Malacca-Johore Bahru-SIN)
- 1 x trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks)
- 1 x assistant trek leader (for 16 to 20pax)
- Trekking guide(s), permit and other trekking fees for Mt Ophir trek
- 1 night accommodation in hotel in Malacca (twin/triple sharing)
- 1 night accommodation in hotel in Tangkak (twin/triple sharing)
- Safety management and first aid support
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee (if any)
- All meals
- Single supplement
- All tipping
- Drinking water and beverages
- Personal expenses during the trip – shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
- Personal hiking & travel gear
- Compensation for damage or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- 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.