Kajang

Facts

  • Elevation: 1,038 m (3,406 ft)
  • Prominence: 1,038 m
  • Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi
  • Province: Peninsular Malaysia
  • Google Earth: kml
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  • Other names: none.

Bagging It!

The extinct volcano of Gunung Kajang is the only significant mountain on the islands off Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast and is home to some endemic species. The most commonly-used trail starts in Kampung Paya and it takes around 5 hours to reach the peak. Most hikers start early and do this as a long day-hike, but camping at the summit is apparently also possible. There is another trail up from Kampung Juara but much less well-used.

There is apparently a metal pyramid (beirut) at the summit but only very limited views due to the vegetation. Watch out for leeches on this trail.

Tioman island also has a couple of very interesting near-vertical cliffs known as Nenek Si-Mukut which look to be of real interest to rock climbers.

Practicalities

    • Getting there: The closest major airport is in Johor Bahru but many folk come from Singapore and KL too. Most people take the ferry from Mersing to Tioman (which takes just under 2 hours), but Tanjung Gemok (40km further north) is an alternative and increasingly popular option as it is not as reliant on the tides. Ferries from both ports call at several key villages on the west coast of the island, usually from south to north i.e. Kampung Genting, Kampung Paya, Tetek, Air Batang and Salang. The basic return ticket costs around RM70 and there are usually a minimum of 2 crossings per day, but book ahead during the holiday season. There is also an airport on the island with occasional flights from KL those these seem to have bee unavailable to the general public since 2014.
    • Accommodation: Plenty available to suit various budgets.
    • Permits: There is a Tioman island fee (RM20) and a Marine fee (RM30) that all visitors must pay at the ferry terminals.
    • 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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  1. Just back from Tioman Island for a week. We spent a couple nights in Paya hoping to arrange a climb up Gunung Kajang. After 2 days of no one seeming to know anything about how a human could take on such a mission, we threw in the towel and moved onto Juara. We got a lot of: “I don’t know”, “you cannot climb to the top of Kajang”, and “it is too far, not possible”…..that kind of thing. I did a few recon walks to try to find something resembling a trail up to the summit, but after a couple hours of walking around the jungle among the web of small trails one finds in the forests of Asia, it quickly became futile to think we could just start hiking up the mountain, i.e., there isn’t an obvious trail, and/or summit in sight. Finally, after we had made our arrangements to leave Paya early the next morning, we tracked down a local guy named “Lambak” (tel: 012-761-4101). We had a chat, but because he was fighting a cold/flu, he was in no shape to climb, and we had already decided to leave the area.

    Long story short though, is that if you find yourself in Paya, and are keen on climbing Kajang, just ask around for this guy (Lambak — everyone seems to know the guy). He seemed reasonable, speaks decent English, and indeed said he knew the way to the top, and normally would be keen to take people up. Although, he did warn that it is a long, arduous journey, and by his description “the trail” seems sketchy to non-existent. Sounds like an adventure to be sure! Anyway, just adding that to the information base. Good luck!

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