Langkawi is a popular beach holiday destination in Malaysia, consisting of 99 islands, there is no shortage of picturesque islands, surreal bays, and breathtaking beaches. But not known to many, Langkawi’s lush rainforest is one of the oldest in Malaysia thus this makes it a great destination for hiking and trekking.
The island is covered with condensed rainforests, particularly along the slopes of its two tallest mountains, Gunung Raya and Mount Mat Cincang.
Despite being Langkawi’s tallest mountain, Gunung Raya is suitable for beginners. The Gunung Raya Reserve forest covers an area of nearly 5,000 hectares.
To reach the summit of Gunung Raya, you will pass through the dense rainforest by climbing the staircase from the foothill. This staircase is known as Tangga Helang Seribu Kenangan, or Thousand Memories Eagle Stairs which consists of 4,287 steps (about 3.1KM) and some of the steps are quite steep. On average, it takes about 2 hours and 15 mins to reach the summit at a slow pace.
Although you can hike this trail on your own but to spot and understand various flora and fauna of the rainforest, you can hire a local guide. Gunung Raya Reserve Forest is home to dusky leaf monkeys, giant squirrels, the Great Hornbills, white belly sea eagles, and more.
With an altitude of 881 meters, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the island and magnificent sunrise or sunset at the summit of Gunung Raya.
Bring along a water bottle and some snacks. There are no stores along the trail. If you want to return at night, be aware that it will be entirely dark on both the road and the stairs.
Gunung Mat Cincang
As Langkawi’s second-highest mountain, Gunung Mat Cincang offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the island. But as compared to Gunung Raya, this Gunung Mat Cincang is more challenging to hike. After a certain point, the trail becomes steep and is suitable for experienced hikers who are physically fit.
The ascent to Gunung Mat Cincang is interesting because you will experience the shift between varied landscapes including spectacular rock formations, rainforests with enormous trees at the base of the mountain, and small trees, plants, and orchids at the summit.
The expedition begins at the base of the Telaga Tujuh (seven wells) waterfall. From the base of the waterfalls, there are approximately 638 stairs to climb, which can be quite tiring. Once you reach the waterfalls, you will be able to see seven pools. Take a rest and enjoy the breathtaking views of Burau Bay and Pantai Kok.
After passing the waterfalls, there will be a marker for Trail 701. The walking distance to the summit is around 980 meters, and it takes approximately three hours to reach the summit. The first part of the trail is simple; you won’t get lost if you follow the trail.
You will reach a spot where a sign indicates the trail ahead will be difficult as it will be narrow and steep.
As the trail gets steeper, the rope support on the side of the trail will come in handy. After you have crossed the wall of rocks, you will observe that the dense forest is gradually replaced by bushes, smaller trees, and orchids.
Eventually, if you continue hiking, you will be above the tree line, and the summit will be right around the bend.
At 701 meters above sea level, you will be able to view Langkawi’s breathtaking landscape, the cable car traffic, and Pantai Kok.
- Wear hiking shoes and comfortable hiking clothing, preferably long pants and a cap. Prepare some snacks and water to help.
- Wear comfortable hiking footwear and attire, especially long pants and a cap. Prepare some snacks and water to restore your energy.
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