Highland Walk and Hiking

Highland Walk and Hiking

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Nothing beats walking when it comes to enjoying the natural world, its scenery and its people. When you walk the various trails you get to meet and experience the culture of the native population and enjoy the magnificent rainforest plant life and animal life. Walking is an experience of all the senses, of sound, taste smells, sights and taste.

Highland Walk and Hiking promises pleasant and lasting memories of your time in the cool highlands resorts amidst ancient rainforest flora, birds and other fauna. We assure you that a walking holiday will be the best part of holiday.

Highland Walk and Hiking offers residential center based walks and self guided walks to several locations in Malaysia. We are mindful of the needs of our clientele and our choice of locations provide for a pleasant accommodation, good food and excellent nature.

Malaysia is a very safe country to visit and English is widely spoken. Due to heat of the lowlands our tour are located in the highlands were the temperatures are moderate and more conducive to outdoor walking. Our guides are active walkers themselves and knowledgeable about the plant life, birdlife and other wildlife of the area. If you require some help with your choice of tour, or where to go, please do contact us.

Residential Center Based Walking

Stay in one place and come back to your comfortable bedroom each night! For those whose companion is not a walker there are enough other activities to keep them occupied while you are on the trails. Residential centers provide a wide range of trails – a choice of easy, medium or for people who like to go with a small guided group, on a particular trail or area, all at the same walking grade.

Walk Langkawi

With a geological history dating back 500 million odd years, the islands contain unique rock formations that stir the imagination and baffle the mind. Numerous caves, with their stunning stalactites and stalagmites, taunt the adventurous and unravel their ancient secrets.

Walk Fraser’s Hill

The beauty of Fraser’s Hill is best experienced when you walk in the green splendor of a jungle trail. Small animal life like monkeys and squirrels can be spotted with luck, while larger animals like clouded leopards and tapirs are unusual. Jungle trails are graded and marked to indicate the varying degrees of difficulty.

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Walk Langkawi

Walk Langkawi

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With a geological history dating back 500 million odd years, the islands contain unique rock formations that stir the imagination and baffle the mind. Numerous caves, with their stunning stalactites and stalagmites, taunt the adventurous and unravel their ancient secrets.

Those who love a tropical island holiday and a place far from the maddening crowd will find their haven in Langkawi Island. The outstanding natural landscapes of the Langkawi Islands proclaim them a true tropical paradise.  Fine beaches offer sun-filled days of complete relaxation. The clear, emerald waters around the islands provide a host of water sports and recreation and a magical world of marine life. Nestling amidst the mist-covered hills, limestone outcrops and lush forest are fascinating waterfalls that are host to other interesting fauna and flora would attract natural lovers.

Climate

Situated at latitudes 6°10’N to 6°30’N and longitudes 99°35’E to 100°E, langkawi enjoys an Equatorial climate. Langkawi has a tropical monsoon climate with a high annual temperature of between 24°C to 33°C. There are 2 distinct seasons. The dry season, November to March, when the winds blow predominately from the NE, the weather is generally fine with nice sailing breeze but tends to be much dryer than other parts of Malaysia and temperatures on the whole average around 32°.

The wet season in Langkawi is around June to October. During the wet season, one can expect rain, although showers tend to be over very quickly. The winds at this time are predominately from the W/SW.  Its annual rainfall is heavy at averages 2500mm (100 inches) and on rainy days, thunder and lightning often accompany the heavy downpour. The humidity level is high, at 80% through out the year.

The Trails

Walk one: Gunung Raya

At 890meters Gunung Raya is Langkawi’s highest peak affording some of the most spectacular views of the island. It is part of Gunung Raya Forest Reserve, with a total area of over 5000 hectares of pristine rainforest making this the largest nature reserve on Langkawi.

From here you will get panoramic views of Mainland Thailand and Malaysia. It is home to most of our wildlife including the largest birds in Langkawi the Great Hornbills, Wreathed Hornbills, many eagles like the magnificent Mountain Hawk Eagles, the very secretive Orange Breasted Trogon, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Macaque Monkeys, Eurasian Wild Pigs, Giant squirrels, and many others. Our walk will start quite early during the cool of the morning at the top of the summit. After greeting the sunrise and a nice refreshing cup of tea, coffee or chocolate we make an easy descend of the mountain enjoying the crisp morning air and the dawn chorus sight of birds and other wildlife. This walk is about 13 km long will usually take about 180 minutes to complete. For the very fit among the group it will be possible to do this walk from the base to the summit.

Walk two: Gunung Macincang

Gunung Macincang is the second highest peak on Langkawi and is part of UNESCO Global Geo- Park. At 550 million years old it is recognized as Malaysia’s oldest rock formations. This trail is a trek through some quite challenging terrain but you will be rewarded with some very stunning rock formations.

During your climb to its summit you will observe a distinct change of forest types from a lowland rainforest to a more littoral forest of rather smaller trees and orchids. The climb covers some steep terrain and although a mere 713 meters high it may take 3 ½ hours to summit and another 2 hours to decent the mountain.  We end our hike with a swim in refreshing mountain stream and have some refreshments.

Walk Three: Nyior Cabang

This easy walk covers the very scenic and quite back roads that weave through rice paddies, tropical fruit orchards and rubber small holdings. Along the way we pass fields of water buffalo, cattles, country homes and plenty of the local garden bird varieties. We end this walk with a late breakfast at a local café and savour our local coffee. This easy walk of about 10 km starts at sunrise and with a terrain that is mostly flat. For the most of us this would be the best chance to get to know the local islanders and their daily lifestyles. This walk can also begin in the late afternoon and end with sunset.

The Birds and other Wildlife

If you enjoy your birds than this island is a gem of a place for them, with over 220 species of birds recorded. This number includes the migrant species from Siberia, Manchuria and China that visit the island between the months of October until April. It offers some Malaysian rarities like the Mountain hawk Eagle, Jerdon”s Baza, Large Green Pigeon, Brown Winged Kingfishers, Black Hooded Oriole and Plain Backed Sparrow. This is probably the best place in the country to see the Great Hornbills and Wreathed Hornbills. Because of its diverse range of habitats there are good varieties of water-birds, rainforest birds, mangrove forest birds, reed lands birds and scrub forest birds.

There are many interesting species of mammals including the Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Macaque Monkeys, Slow Loris, Flying Lemurs, Flying Squirrels, Flying Foxes, Civet Cats, Porcupines, Wild Pigs, Mouse Deer and many others. In the waters off Langkawi there are several species of Dolphins, whales, whales that visit and some of the further islands there are some good diving and snorkeling sites.

The Accommodations

Being quite an established destination the island can offer a wide range of accommodation types, that will suit any budget and preferences.

What’s included?

  • Hotel or guest house accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • All meals, breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurant
  • Services of fully trained, experienced guide for the duration of the tour.
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Walk Frasers Hill

Walk Frasers Hill

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The hill resort is named after an English adventurer, James Louise Fraser, who came to the hills in the 19th century to embark on a lucrative trade in tin ore.  In 1910, Bishop Ferguson Davie of Singapore came in search of Fraser, but instead he discovered a perfect mountain getaway. Since 1920, Fraser’s Hill established itself as a mountain retreat.

The Climate

Today, Fraser’s Hill still retains its natural charm. Cool throughout the year, at the average temperature of between 58°F to 65°F (14.4°C to 20°C).

The trails

Fraser’s Hill also boasts of adventurous jungle trails ranging from half a kilometer to five kilometers long. There are six well-known trails, namely The Hemmant Trail, Maxwell Trail, Bishop Trail, Mager Trail, Kindersley Trail and Abu Suradi Trail. They are very popular with the birdwatchers and nature lovers. The longest trail is the Pine Tree Trail. There are also plenty of paved trails throughout the hill resort and the surrounding areas. The cool mountain air makes for a pleasant walking environment, an escape from the warm and humid tropical conditions of the lowlands.

The beauty of Fraser’s Hill is best experienced when you walk in the green splendor of a jungle trail. Small animal life like monkeys and squirrels can be spotted with luck, while larger animals like clouded leopards and tapirs are unusual. Jungle trails are graded and marked to indicate the varying degrees of difficulty.

The Birds

Fraser’s Hill has long been a favorite destination for local and international bird watchers. The relatively undisturbed jungle clad mountain terrain and the cool climate attracts over 250 species of birds, some coming from as far as Siberia. The best times to see the migrants as well as the residents are between October and April. We recommend you pack your binocular along with you.

Around the middle of the year, international as well as local bird watchers gather at the hill resort to participate in the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race, a non-competitive event that requires bird watchers to race against time to spot as many bird species as possible within the routes in Fraser’s Hill. Some of the species found here are silver tailed mesia, chestnut-capped laughing thrush, blue-winged minla, golden babblers, mountain bulbul, mountain fulvettta, bronze drongo and greater yellow-necked woodpecker.

The Accommodations

We have a choice of several bungalows which has retained its historical charm. Each bungalow offers its own breathtaking view of the surrounding hills. Whether it’s a romantic escape for you and that someone special in your life or away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, stay at one of our bungalows and enjoy what nature has to offer. The bungalows are named after some of the first British residents of Pahang. The bungalows take the surname of their first owners hence Dacres (Brinchang) is named after Dacres H. Wise, and Kindersley (Raub) is named after R.C.M Kindersley.

What’s included?

  • Hotel or guest house accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • All meals: your choice of  Western and Asian meals.
  • Services of fully trained, experienced guide for the duration of the tour.
  • All land Transfers.
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