Western Hill

Facts

Elevation: 833 m (2,733 ft) Prominence: 833 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSpesial Province: Peninsular Malaysia
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Bagging It!

Western Hill is the highest point of the island of Penang or Pinang. Many visitors visit nearby Penang Hill, which is easily accessible and features temples, restaurants, souvenir stalls, an owl museum and a pitcher plant garden. There is actually a funicular railway which starts at Air Itam and takes you most of the way to the top. The highest point of the Penang Hill area is Bukit Bendera (‘flag hill’) at around 735m.

Western Hill is about a mile along Summit Road but sees almost no visitors, however, because the summit has a private military radar station with radar domes on it. You can get close to it but ‘bagging’ the summit is not currently possible.

In addition to approaching from the easy, touristy Penang Hill side, there is another route up (or down) which is the toughest trek on the island and is a real hike. It starts in the north of the island at Taman Rimba (Forest Park) at Teluk Bahang (the dam). This trails leads up Bukit Laksamana which at 805m is the second-highest peak on the island, and the views to the north coast at Pantai Aceh are fine. It is a significant hike, though, so set out early and allow a full day if you are doing a ‘traverse’.

Practicalities

Getting there Penang has an international airport making this one of the most accessible hikes described on Gunung Bagging.
Accommodation A vast array of options across the island.
Permits coming soon.
Water sources Unknown
Local Average Monthly Rainfall Average precipitation (rain/snow) in Penang, Malaysia

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