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The climb of Gunung Ledang aka Mount Ophir is a challenging yet rewarding one. It is situated on the border of Muar and Melacca and it is the most expensive mountain to climb in peninsula malaysia. The average cost of climbing this mountain can range from S$190 to S$300 in total, depending on the number of people.
Standing at 1276 metres above sea level, it is known as the 6th hardest mountain to climb in Malaysia. We were lucky to have a fantastic weather and an excellent climbing guide.
Nonetheless, it is a beautiful climb and this is my third time climbing this mountain. Well, simply put, every experience is a different one.
We started off by taking the last bus to Tangkak which you will have to catch by 745pm. We missed it and had to take another bus, that stopped along the highway, thus requiring us to walk into the town of Tangkak, in the wee hours of the morning.
Passing by a food stall, we figured that some satay and a good football match won’t kill us. So…
Then, when we reached the entrance, we found out that there are two entrances. The one that they used to use no longer allows one to climb to the summit but it is just a place to chill at the waterfall. So we reached the correct entrance, where we spent a night just sleeping in the hut at the base of the mountain after paying a local rsident some money to drive us there.
This is where we slept overnight at the base of the mountain and got ready for our adventure the next day.
Along the way up, there is this famous part where most people have their photos taken. This slope is overrated in the sense that people always exaggerate the difficulty of this slope. But if one is careful, it is pretty fun and exciting to go through this component.
This is the part they call KFC or Killer For Climbers. It is one of the tougher components of the climb because of the steepness of the steps and also the height of each step. You will be required to scramble a bit.
Nearing the summit from checkpoint 7 called Bukit Botak, there will be a total of 6 ladders that requires one to climb to reach the summit.
This ladder has been in existance since the first time I climbed it. I still remember the first time I climbed it, I reached the summt via the other side and went down this ladder. But this time, we came up this this ladder instead. Due to the many deaths and the need for conservation in the area. Gunung Ledang has went through many changes but you can still camp there at checkpoint 4 if you want.
Using the Go-pro Hero 2, We managed to get a group shot of three of us on the summit. It felt really different as for this climb, we were the only people in the entire mountain. It was really beautiful to be so independent and knowing that if anything should happen to us, we would be solely responsible for ourselves.
This climb would not have been possible without our impromptu need to climb and also our luck to meet some great malaysian people who made this climb a successful one.
If you would like to climb Mount Ophir/ Gunung Ledang, contact me below as I run regular trips to this challenging weekend trip!