Gunung Lambak: A Weekend Getaway, Hiking in Malaysia
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Mountain Stats
- Gunung Lambak
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Natural Form and History
Natural Mount Lambak Malaysia - Natural history
Peninsular Malaysia – which is the underlying landscape where this summit is located – is stable, generally sedimentary rock, which has been shaped mainly by fluvial systems. Lambak means ‘valley’ in Malay, which is an odd name for a freestanding mountain – perhaps a reference to the space between the two peaks.
Natural Mount Lambak Malaysia - Climbing history
Natural Mount Lambak Malaysia - Current status
Being a moderately challenging climb to a television reception tower at the top, the mountain has gained popularity, particularly among Malaysians, as an accessible and achievable climb through lush forests. The Mount Lambak Recreational Forest is well-appointed, with sections of the trail including suspension bridges and pavement.
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Climbing Experience & Itinerary
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Climbing Experience
The Mount Lambak experience caters to all climbers. There are three trails that can be done separately, or joined up to make a longer and more challenging circuit.
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Trail options
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.
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Support facilities
Guides and porters
Food & water
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Safety & Accessibility
The mean temperature throughout the year is 27°C. It is best to avoid the rainy season between mid-October and March.
Watch out for rains – in this climate, there is always a chance, even in the drier months.
Watch out for monkeys. Don’t feed them and don’t display food when they’re near. If you do by any chance do have food on you when they approach, it’s best to leave the food behind so as to avoid any friction.
Permits, Fees, and Regulations
No permits necessary.
Police & Ambulance: 999 (112 from mobile)
Fire: 994 (112 from mobile)
Getting there and away
Johor Bahru, Singapore’s Changi and the Kuala Lumpur International are 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.
Climbing Mount Lambak Malaysia - Special Tips
Tips for amateur climbers
Mount Lambak is a great place for amateur climbers. Its not too challenging physically or technically. You can just stroll and enjoyo the breezy, beautiful surroundings.
Tips for advanced climbers
Lambak won’t offer much of a challenge to the advanced climber. You can always make it a trail run, or slow it down and fully appreciate the flora and fauna.
Tips for women
Mount Lambak is a safe trek for women. However, you may want to avoid unwanted attention by taking your dress cues from the locals, who tend to dress modestly.
Tips for responsible / safety-conscious climbers
Mount Lambak has some pristine and rich forests, namely because it is too high and out of reach of most agricultural activities. However, being isolated in a well-developed area of Malaysia makes it more vulnerable and in need of your help by keeping it clean and expressing your support for its continued protection.
Tips for trail runners
There aren’t any big trail runs organised here as of writing (July 2019). But it is a very run-able mountain, so go for it!
Tips for nature lovers
Apart from the flora and fauna, you’ll encounter waterfalls perfect for a quick refreshing dip.