Climbing Gunung Tahan 2009

In Malay language, “gunung” means “mountain” and “tahan” means “endure”. Thus the name of the mountain suggests that a certain level of physical endurance is required to conquer the mountain. Gunung Tahan is considered by many to be one of the toughest treks in Peninsular Malaysia.

There are two routes up the mountain. One is the Kuala Tahan Route and the other is via Merapoh (Sungei Relau). My trip was done using the Merapoh return trip.

The ALPS team (Republic Polytechnic's Alpine Leadership Program) headed by David Lim

Taking the KTM from Johor Bahru Train Station. Its a over night journey to Gua Musang. Love Train rides

Sungai Relau is approximately 7km from the small town of Merapoh, which is at the halfway point along the main road from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The nearest towns are Gua Musang (30km) and Kuala Lipis (100km).It also can be accessed by the train service from Kuala Lumpur – Gemas – Tumpat.

The Team, at the start point.

Falle Trees on the way in. Saws had to be brought in.

The journey took 5 days and 4 nights of ups and downs and 6 rivers.

Along the way

Small River

This is a strong friend of mine called Rohaizzatd. He has alot of trekking, rock-climbing and mountaineering experience and it would be great to have him with me on bigger climbs.

Reaching the Base camp at the 3rd day. Camp Botak.

Cooking and preparing for the climb up to summit.
Jane Lee from the Singapore Women's Everest Team on the far right.

Group Shot on summit.

Benjamin Aw, my good travel buddy with me at the Summit of Gunung Tahan 2009

2 thoughts on “Climbing Gunung Tahan 2009

    1. Hi,

      I’ve got a feeling that it is closed in December. Usually, the Rangers will be clearing the route but it it’s closed to public. This is because in the monsoon, the area floods and cannot be climbed. But please try to check on that.

      Warmest regards,
      Jeremy Tong

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