- Elevation: 1,036 m (3,399 ft)
- Prominence: 986 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
This pleasant National Park is named after the two rivers in the region. There is plenty of information available on the Endau Rompin Park itself but very little on getting to its highest peak, Gunung Besar (‘big mountain’). In 2019, things are slowly changing with the Park actively promoting hikes including a day-hike to the top of Gunung Besar. Reports suggest it can be hiked from Kampung Tenang, and that most groups require 2 days to complete the trek although it can be done in one long day.
Unfortunately, there is a bizarre policy of a minimum of 7 participants and a high cost of RM150 per person! That means, should you be a small group or individual, you would need to cough up an astonishing RM1050 (!!!!) for a day hike in the forest here. Not only is this policy discriminatory towards the less wealthy or those who do not have 6 friends who want to do exactly the same thing as them, but it also seems utterly ignorant of the fact that larger groups are noisier and more harmful to the wildlife that calls this forest its home. It seems that money is more important for the time being.
If anything, smaller groups should be encouraged in order to minimise the impact on the environment. If senior management are reading this and would like to discuss how these issues could be improved, and are keen to make this forest accessible to all responsible trekkers, then please feel free to get in touch for some suggestions.
- Getting there: coming soon.
- Accommodation: Yong Peng has hotels and is near the expressway.
- Permits: Required from Johor Forestry Dept. Speak directly to Endau Rompin Selai for help with this and for a guide.
- Water sources: Unknown
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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