- Elevation: 2,168 m (7,113 ft)
- Prominence: 638 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Peninsular Malaysia
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none.
Gunung Yong Yap is considered to be one of the tougher treks in Peninsular Malaysia, with leeches, sandflies and even the vague possibility of Malayan tigers! There are also several river crossings.
Most hikers require a minimum of 2 full days and 1 night and given that you need a 4WD to reach the trailhead it makes sense to go with a fairly large group. One route starts at an Orang Asli village at Kuala Mu. The other route is from Pos Brooke, 25km from Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands. Both trails take about the same amount of time but the latter starts at a higher elevation so it considered slightly easier.
The mountain can also be combined with Tok Nenek (1,905m) and Gunung Bubu (1,974m – not to be confused with the separate mountain range near Kuala Kangsar) but this requires several days.
The word ‘yong’, used for the similarly-named Gunung Yong Belar, is apparently a very old local word meaning ‘older or eldest brother’ so it could perhaps be understood to refer to the respect with which local communities regard these mountains.
- Getting there: Ipoh is the closest train station.
- Accommodation: coming soon.
- Permits: A guide is mandatory and permit required. You can register and pay for an e-Permit online from the Forestry Department of Malaysia website.
- 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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