Hello all. Dan here, co-founder of Gunung Bagging.

After a very successful 5-week trip to Malaysia in 2023, I am in the early stages of planning a series of hikes for this year. July and early August 2024. As permits need taking care of early and some treks require 4WD to reach the trailheads, I am going to open these trips to other participants now and registration will close very early too, probably March or April 2024.

This is a provisional outline – specific dates are available on request:

1. Borneo (Sabah). Day-hike (traverse) on Crocker Range to Minduk Sirung (2,081m). Start/finish in Kota Kinabalu. National Park guide. Pleasant forest hike along a high ridge. JUST 3 SPACES REMAINING. Early July 2024

2. Borneo (Sarawak). 3 days at the world-famous Mulu Park for the Mulu Pinnacles (1,179m) hike. National Park guide. No camping. Popular and with good reason. Start/finish Kota Kinabalu Airport or Miri Airport. JUST 1 SPACE REMAINING. Early July 2024

3. Borneo (Sarawak). 5-day expedition from Bario to Batu Lawi (2,046m) hike. Local expert guides. Rarely undertaken, and one of the most scenic, iconic spots in Southeast Asia. We aim to reach the top of the female peak. 4 nights in shelters/camping. Start/finish Miri Airport. SORRY, FULL! Early July 2024.

4. Peninsular Malaysia. 3-day hike to Gunung Benum (2,107m), one of Peninsular Malaysia’s 4 Ultra-prominent peaks. This is a compressed version of what is normally a 4 or 5 day trek, as the easier route in from the west remains closed. 2 nights camping. Local guide. You need to be fit and fast for this compressed version. OPEN. Mid July 2024.

5. Peninsular Malaysia. Day hike to Gunung Irau (2,110m), highest in Cameron Highlands. Via Mossy Forest entrance. Farily easy but muddy. Local guide. OPEN. Mid July 2024.

6. Peninsular Malaysia. 2-day hike to Gunung Rabong (1,538m), a little-known peak near Gua Musang that is on the edge of Taman Negara National Park and has great views at the top. 1 night camping. Local guide. OPEN. Mid July 2024.

7. Peninsular Malaysia. 3-day hike to Gunung Chamah (2,171m), one of Peninsular Malaysia’s G7 peaks. 2 nights camping. Local guide. OPEN. Mid July 2024.

8. Peninsular Malaysia. Half-day hikes to Gunung Kerunai (1,000m) and Gunung Alai. Both very scenic with amazing views but not very high so suitable for the fit but inexperienced. No camping needed but headtorch and 2am start required. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024.

9. Peninsular Malaysia. Day hike to Gunung Arang Para (999m), the site of a former colonial plantation and bungalow. Rarely visited, rough trail, but of considerable historical interest. No camping needed. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024.

10. Peninsular Malaysia. Half-day hike to Bukit Kledang (808m). This one is a popular jogging spot for Ipoh residents, not very high, suitable for the fit but inexperienced. Again, of historical interest as there was once a hill station here. No camping needed. No guide needed. OPEN and FREE EXCEPT FOR PERMIT FEE. Late July 2024.

11. Peninsular Malaysia. Half-day hikes to Gunung Baling and Gunung Pulai (620m). Both very short and scenic with amazing views but not very high so suitable for the fit but inexperienced if you have a head for heights as the trails are steep. No camping needed. Headtorch and 2am start required. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024.

12. Peninsular Malaysia. 3-day hike to Gunung Ulu Sepat (2,161m), one of Peninsular Malaysia’s G7 peaks. 2 nights camping. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024.

13. Peninsular Malaysia. Day hike to Gunung Telapak Buruk (1,193m) and plane crash site.  No camping needed. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024.

14. Peninsular Malaysia. Day hike to Bukit Baginda (450m).  Half-day hike to a stunning ‘wave rock’ formation. No camping needed. Local guide. OPEN. Late July 2024. 

15. Peninsular Malaysia. Day hike to Gunung Besar Hantu (1,462m). No camping needed. Local guide. OPEN. Early August 2024.

16. Peninsular Malaysia. 3-day hike to Gunung Yong Yap (2,168m), one of Peninsular Malaysia’s G7 peaks. 2 nights camping. Local guide. OPEN. Early August 2024.

17. Peninsular Malaysia. Long day hike with night-time start to Gunung Rajah (1,685m). No camping needed but a very long day-hike with head-torch and stamina essential. Local guide. OPEN. Early August 2024.

..and several other day-hikes near KL to be confirmed.

These are all not-for-profit hikes where the costs are split equally between participants. You therefore participate at your own risk and are encouraged to get relevant travel insurance – especially if you are not a Malaysian citizen. Given how time-consuming planning is, these deposits are non-refundable except in the event of us having to cancel.

I put a huge amount of time and effort into running this site, maintaining it, and arranging trips such as this, and contributions/donations of whatever size are always received gratefully towards a project that is not likely to ever be profitable!

Please email danpquinn AT gmail DOT com with expressions of interest in joining the hikes.

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