Gunung Lambak: A Weekend Getaway, Hiking in Malaysia
Summary Mount Lambak Malaysia - Summary
Mount Lambak is an easy, breezy, beautiful hike in Malaysia. It is unlikely to be a challenge to the seasoned mountaineer, and its natural surroundings are pristine and accessible – a welcome retreat from the big cities nearby.
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Height and Distance
Natural Mount Lambak Malaysia - Natural Height
510m (1,673 ft)
Natural Mount Lambak Malaysia - Hiking Period
This trail takes an average of 1 – 1.5 hours to reach the peak when climbed at a moderate pace. It takes about 3 hours to complete the entire hike; about an hour to an hour and a half to ascend (including a short rest at the top) and about an hour to an hour and a half to descend.
Those with a higher level of fitness can complete this hike in 2 hours. And if you’d like an overnight stay to enjoy more that this peaceful retreat has to offer, there are modern chalets available.
Difficulty Mount Lambak Malaysia - Hiking Difficulty
Difficulty Mount Lambak Malaysia - Terrain
There are 3 trails which climbers can take, depending on whether they’re more interested in the nature aspect or if they’re looking for a challenge.
First, there is the Jungle Path Trail, which goes through dense forest areas with no road signs available. Climbers can reach the other adjacent peak through this path, however going alone isn’t recommended.
Second, there is the Asphalt Road Trail which is the steepest trail and is less than 100m in length. However, this trail is rather unpopular being rather boring with little or no involvement with the surrounding ecosystem.
The most popular trail and the trail we discuss in this article, is the Lambak Peak Trail (Concrete to Jungle Path). This trail leads to the higher peak – with the television tower. It is well-appointed, with lots of shade and sections of the trail including suspension bridges and pavement.
The trail starts off on a concrete path. The concrete path is well maintained, smooth and straightforward, making half of Mount Lambak accessible to just about anybody, regardless of physical ability.
After about 30 minutes of walking the concrete path comes to an end and climbers can see a fountain / well. The path is then replaced by a dirt path crisscrossed with tree roots thereafter, before reaching the peak about an hour after the offset. Hikers descend the same way they ascended.
Difficulty Mount Lambak Malaysia - Weather
The terrain and accessibility of this trail depend on the time of year. Avoid going during the rainy months between mid-October and March.
The mean temperature throughout the year is 27°C (81°F). Watch out for rain throughout the year – there is always a chance in this climate, even in the drier months.
Difficulty Mount Lambak Malaysia - Equipment
No special equipment is needed for this hike. Take a rain jacket or water-resistant top just in case it rains. If you decide to attempt this hike in the rainy season, hiking poles and a windbreaker will be beneficial.
Facilities Mount Lambak Malaysia - Support Facilities
Facilities Mount Lambak Malaysia - Rest Stops & Facilities
This is a short easy hike, so there should be no need for facilities but if you decide to take one of the more challenging routes, make sure to pick up some food and potable water at the trailhead. And just in case you need, there are shelters for overnight rest at the summit base camp.
Facilities Mount Lambak Malaysia - Guides and Porters
Neither guides nor porters are required or necessary for this short hike if you take the Lambak Peak Trail. If you take either of the other two trail routes, however, it is advised to take a guide or at least hike in a group.
Accessibility Mount Lambak Malaysia - Accessibility and Safety
Accessibility Mount Lambak Malaysia - Location
Johor Bahru, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have the nearest airports. Lambak can be reached in 15 minutes by car from the city of Kluang, which is a 2-hour drive from Johor Bahru airport or 3 hours from both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Accessibility Mount Lambak Malaysia - Safety
Watch out for monkeys. Don’t feed them and don’t display food when they’re near. If you do by any chance have food on you when they approach, it’s best to leave the food behind to avoid any friction.
Take care when doing this hike in the rainier months. The dirt part of the trail can be slippery when wet.