Tourism Malaysia has kicked off a new campaign, “Now is the time, cuti-cuti Malaysia”, and you know what that means… Time to hit the road and go on an adventure!

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to truly challenge yourself, how about crossing off these Malaysian hiking trails from your list?

We’ve done some research to see what some popular local hiking trails are, with some lesser-known gems thrown in too. All of them can be completed within a day.

Each hiking trail is categorised between easy, moderate, and hard, and is listed with other criteria like how long they take to be completed, their distance from the entrance to the peak, and what views await you along the way or at the end of your journey.

EASY 

These trails are for first-timers, amateur hikers, families, older folks, or those who just want to get fresh air and enjoy gorgeous views at a more leisurely pace. They have a shorter distance and are less technical.

1. Taman Tugu, KL

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Address: 94-1, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Distance: 6km (across various trails)

Time taken to complete: Set aside at least 1 hour

Highlights: Paths with clear signage, an abundance of flora and fauna

Potential challenges: Lots of steps and rocky paths

Price: Free

Opening hours: 7AM – 6.30PM

2. Wawasan Hill*, Puchong

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*Note: This hill is part of University Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) private property for research, and hikers are only allowed to go on Trail A and Trail B (follow the signs).

Address: Persiaran Bukit, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Distance: Approx. 3.2km

Time taken to complete: Set aside at least 2 hours

Highlights: Spot large mushrooms and monkeys

Potential challenges: Scorpions along the path, steep elevation

Price: Free

Opening hours: 8AM – 4.30PM

3. Broga Hill, Semenyih

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Address: Jln Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor

Distance: Approx. 3.54km

Time taken to complete: 30 mins – 1 hour

Highlights: Sunrise watching, panoramic view of the rainforest and city 

Potential challenges: Potentially slippery tracks

Price: Permit from Selangor Forestry Department – RM5/Malaysian, RM15/non-Malaysian

Opening hours: 4AM – 5PM

4. Bishop Trail Loop, Pahang

Address: Jalan Lady Maxwell, Bukit Fraser, 49000 Bukit Fraser, Pahang

Distance: 5.1km

Time taken to complete: About 2 hours

Highlights: Knotted ropes to help with climbing, birdwatching opportunities, cooling environment

Potential challenges: Large roots and steps to climb, leeches (bring salt)

Price: N/A, but likely free

Opening hours: 24/7

5. Bukit Gasing, Selangor

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Address: Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Distance: 4.7km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 1 hour

Highlights: Unique tropical ferns and interesting plants, platforms for picnicking, suspension bridges

Potential challenges: Steep trails, rocky paths

Price: Free

Opening hours: 6AM – 7PM

6. Bukit Besi, Cheras

Address: 1, Jalan Alam Damai, Alam Damai, 56000 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Distance: 2.9km

Time taken to complete: 1.5 hours

Highlights: Scenic hike with multiple viewing points of the city

Potential challenges: Steep trails, rocky paths, lots of forks in the trails (use a GPS map)

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

7. Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan

Address: Rizab Melayu Sungai Kuyoh, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Distance: 4.5km

Time taken to complete: 1.5 hours

Highlights: Scenic hike, fish pond, small farms

Potential challenges: Watch out for wild dogs and monkeys

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

8. Shah Alam Community Forest Trail

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Address: Setia Eco-park, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor

Distance: 6.6km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 3 hours

Highlights: Ample checkpoints and benches, wildflowers and mushrooms

Potential challenges: Lots of tree roots

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

9. Bukit Sri Bintang, KL

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Address: Jalan 11/36, Taman Sri Bintang, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Distance: 2.3km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 1 hour

Highlights: Dog-friendly, view of Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, and Batu Caves, wasteland accessed with ropes, outdoor gym

Potential challenges: Wild monkeys, some steep areas

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

10. Panorama Hill, Pahang

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Address: Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Distance: 1.9km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 1 hour

Highlights: Panoramic cityscape views, a sea of clouds

Potential challenges: Some steep areas, lots of staircases

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

11. Bukit Batu Putih, Negeri Sembilan

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Address: Puncak Bukit Batu Putih, Tanjung Tuan

Distance: 3.9km

Time taken to complete: 1.5 hours

Highlights: Historic Rumah Api Tanjung Tuan, Tanjung Tuan Beach

Potential challenges: Steep road path

Price: RM1

Opening hours: 8AM – 6PM (weekdays), 8AM – 8PM (weekends)

12. Mount Jerai, Kedah

Address: 08300 Yan, Kedah

Distance: 5.6km

Time taken to complete: 1.5 hours

Highlights: Cooling environment, scenic view of paddy fields, small strawberry farm

Potential challenges: Can be slippery

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Kedah Tengah – RM5/Malaysia, RM10/non-Malaysian

Opening hours: N/A, but should be 24/7

MODERATE

These trails are for those who’ve been hiking before and want to take it up a notch with the terrain and challenges along the way. These are less suitable for family trips with kids, as they can be further in distance or a lot more technical.

13. Setia Alam Community Trail, Shah Alam

Address: Setia Eco-park, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor

Distance: 10.1km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 5 hours

Highlights: Mirror Lake

Potential challenges: Wild animals, leeches (bring salt)

Price: Free

Opening hours: N/A, likely 7AM – 5PM to be safe

14. Kiara Hill Peak, KL

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Address: Changkat Abang Haji Openg, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Distance: 5.6km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours

Highlights: Picnic areas, Bamboo Eye, Kiara Waterfall

Potential challenges: Could be slippery near the waterfall

Price: Free

Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM 

15. Gunung Baling, Kedah

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Address: Baling, 09100 Baling, Kedah

Distance: 3.2km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours

Highlights: 360° scenic view of surrounding hills and forests, knotted ropes to help with climbing

Potential challenges: Large tree roots, sharp rocks at the peak that require climbing (bring suitable gloves)

Price: Permit from Pejabat Pendakian Gunung Baling – RM5/Malaysian, RM15/non-Malaysian. Hiring a local guide is also mandatory, at the cost of RM70/guide for a group of 1-10 pax.

Opening hours: 8AM – 2PM

16. Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve, Petaling Jaya

There are 17 total trails here, but two of the most popular ones are Unity Peak and Denai Tiga Puteri.

Address: Jalan Merbah 10/1, Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Distance: 

Unity Peak2km
Denai Tiga Puteri1.5km

Time taken to complete: Set aside at least 3 hours for each trail

Highlights:

Unity PeakSmall streams, wide variety of palms and herbaceous plants, view of Batu Caves (on a clear day)
Denai Tiga PuteriScenic view overlooking the NKVE highway

Potential challenges: Gets steeper near the peak, possible congestion up and down the one-way path near the peak

Price: RM2

Opening hours: 7AM – 5PM

17. Kembara Hill, Selangor

Address: Ulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor

Distance: 6.4km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 3 hours

Highlights: Mini waterfalls, streams, ropes to help with climbing, benches

Potential challenges: Can get steep, leeches (bring salt)

Price: Permit from Selangor Forestry Department – RM5/Malaysian, RM15/non-Malaysian

Opening hours: 24/7

18. Ketumbar Hill, KL

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Address: Jalan 6/95b, Taman Cheras Utama, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Distance: 2.1km

Time taken to complete: 1 hour

Highlights: Dog-friendly, spot monkeys and wild boars, clear signage

Potential challenges: Some parts may be muddy and slippery

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

19. Bukit Beruang, Melaka

Address: Jln TM Bukit Beruang, Taman Bunga Raya, 75450 Bukit Beruang, Malacca

Distance: 3.7km

Time taken to complete: 1 hour 40 mins

Highlights: Knotted ropes to help with climbing, Eye on Melaka lookout point 

Potential challenges: Can get steep

Price: Free

Opening hours: 7AM – 6PM

20. Chilling Waterfalls, Selangor

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Address: 44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

Distance: 4.7km

Time taken to complete: 1 hour 30 mins

Highlights: Beautiful Chilling Waterfalls, Chilling River with fish, picnic areas

Potential challenges: Stream crossings

Price: Permit from Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Selangor – RM5/person

Opening hours: 8AM – 6PM

21. Jugra Hill, Selangor

Address: Jalan Bukit Jugra, Jugra Lama, 42700 Banting, Selangor

Distance: 4.3km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours

Highlights: Jugra Hill Lighthouse, clear pathways with ropes, scenic view at Puncak Rajawali

Potential challenges: Can get muddy depending on weather conditions

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Pantai Klang – RM5/person

Opening hours: 24/7

22. Mount Pintu Wang, Perlis

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Address: Sungai Batu Pahat, 01000 Kangar, Perlis

Distance: 3.7km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours

Highlights: Gorgeous sunrise views, breezy, unique rock formations, view of the Thailand-Malaysia border

Potential challenges: Steep and rocky areas (bring suitable gloves)

Price: Permit from Pejabat Perhutanan Negeri Perlis, Kangar – RM5/person

Opening hours: 24/7

23. Bukit Keluang, Terengganu

Address: 22200 Kampung Raja, Terengganu

Distance: 2.3km

Time taken to complete: 1 hour

Highlights: Panoramic scenery of South China Sea

Potential challenges: Lots of stairs, steep climb

Price: Free

Opening hours: 8AM – 7PM

24. Bukit Arong, Johor

Address: Gunung Arong Recreational Forest, 86900, Johor

Distance: 6.4km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours

Highlights: Knotted ropes to help with climbing, a wide variety of flora and fauna

Potential challenges: Large tree roots

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Johor Selatan OR Pejabat Renj Hutan Kulai – RM10/Malaysian, RM30/non-Malaysian

Opening hours: 24/7

25. Bukit Botak, Sabah

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Address: 89200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Distance: 2.9km

Time taken to complete: 1 hour

Highlights: Knotted ropes to help with climbing, beautiful sunrise and sunset views of Sepanggar Bay, clear and wide paths

Potential challenges: Can be steep

Price: Free

Opening hours: 7AM – 6PM

26. Lintang Loop, Sarawak

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Address: Muara Tebas Peninsular, 93000, Kuching

Distance: 6.9km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours 20 mins

Highlights: Spot Proboscis monkeys and snakes, Bukit Tambi viewpoint (a bit of a detour)

Potential challenges: Can be muddy and slippery, large tree roots

Price: RM10/adult

Opening hours: 8AM – 5PM

HARD

These trails are for those who find flatter terrain easy-peasy, and want more of a challenge. Well, these throw in steep terrain, some boulder/rock climbing, river crossings, and more, into the mix, so expect highly technical trails despite their distances. Best for a fit group of experienced/advanced hikers.

27. Penang Hill Heritage Trail, Penang

Address: 11500 Bukit Bendera, Penang

Distance: 4.8km

Time taken to complete: 1 – 3 hours

Highlights: Clearly marked paths, scenic view of Penang bridge, cafe and food court at the top

Potential challenges: Steep steps (you can take the cable car back down)

Price: Free

Opening hours: N/A, likely 6AM – 8PM to be safe

28. Kledang Hill Loop, Perak

Address: Hala Rasi Jaya 1, Taman Rasi Jaya, 31450 Ipoh, Perak

Distance: 10.3km

Time taken to complete: 4 hours 45 mins

Highlights: Many species of flora and fauna, spot wild monkeys, Bukit Kledang scenic platform, monkey pots

Potential challenges: Can be steep, vehicular traffic on the tarred road path

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

29. Bukit Saga, Selangor (Trek C)

Address: 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor

Distance: 3.9km

Time taken to complete: 2 hours (4-6 hours if you’re heading for the waterfall)

Highlights: Chinese shrine, various amenities for exercise and rest (top of hill), knotted ropes to help with climbing, a stream, Saga Hill Station

Potential challenges: Can be steep

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah – RM5/person

Opening hours: 6AM – 6PM

30. Gunung Nuang, Selangor

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Address: Hulu Langat, Selangor

Distance: 17.9km

Time taken to complete: 9 – 12 hours 

Highlights: Bamboo groves, rivers, waterfall

Potential challenges: Boulder climbing

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Selangor Tengah – RM5/person

Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM

31. Kutu Hill, Selangor

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Address: 44000, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor

Distance: 10.1km

Time taken to complete: 5 hours

Highlights: Spot monkeys, various species of flora and fauna, an amazing view of the water dam, old ruins of a house

Potential challenges: River crossings, large tree roots, can be muddy

Price: Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Hulu Selangor – RM5/person

Opening hours: 24/7

32. Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan

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Address: 71350 Kota, Negeri Sembilan

Distance: 3.7km

Time taken to complete: Set aside at least 3 hours

Highlights: Rainbow stairways, 360° view of the Straits of Melaka, enormous tropical trees, ropes to help with climbing

Potential challenges: Two-storey high boulder (with metal ladders installed for assistance), slippery stairs after rain

Price: RM5

Opening hours: 8AM – 4PM

33. Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Perak

Address: 34000 Taiping, Perak

Distance: 13.5km

Time taken to complete: 6 hours

Highlights: Spot Dusky leaf monkeys, breezy, birdwatching opportunities

Potential challenges: Can be steep and slippery

Price: Free

Opening hours: 7AM – 8PM

34. Batu Punggul, Sabah

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Address: Batu Punggul, Sapulut, Sabah

Distance: Unrecorded

Time taken to complete: Set aside 1-2 hours

Highlights: Limestone outcrops, spot orangutans

Potential challenges: Quite a bit of rock climbing is involved (prepare your own gear)

Price: N/A, best to hire a local tour guide 

Opening hours: N/A

35. Teluk Bahang, Penang

Address: Lorong Rimba, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

Distance: 10.3km

Time taken to complete: 4 hours 30 mins

Highlights: Scenic view of George Town, lots of flora and fauna

Potential challenges: Steep descent

Price: Permit from Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Pulau Pinang – RM5/person

Opening hours: 8AM – 6PM

36. Youth Park, Penang

Address: Persiaran Kuari, Pulau Tikus, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Distance: 11.1km

Time taken to complete: 5 hours

Highlights: Rainbow Staircase, iconic Big Rock, several rest areas along the way, panoramic views of Penang Island

Potential challenges: Can be steep and slippery in areas

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

37. Gunung Raya, Kedah

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Address: 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Distance: 7.9km

Time taken to complete: 4 hours 30 mins

Highlights: Scenic view of Langkawi Island

Potential challenges: Can be steep and slippery in areas, leeches (bring salt), stairs all the way up

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24/7

38. Gunung Pulai, Johor

Address: 81000 Kulai, Johor

Distance: 9.5km

Time taken to complete: 3 hours 50 mins

Highlights: Stunning views of surrounding forest, mini waterfalls, streams, multiple rest points

Potential challenges: Can be slippery near waterfalls, steep in some areas

Price: Free (tarred road route) / Permit from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Johor Selatan OR Pejabat Renj Hutan Kulai – RM10/Malaysian, RM30/non-Malaysian (trail route)

Opening hours: 24/7

39. Gunung Santubong, Sarawak

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Address: Santubong, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

Distance: 4.3km

Time taken to complete: Set aside 4 hours

Highlights: Iron and rope ladders to help with climbing, gorgeous summit view of Sarawak River

Potential challenges: Lots of tree roots, can be slippery and muddy, steep in some areas

Price: Permit from Sarawak Forestry – RM10/person

Opening hours: 8AM – 5PM

40. Mount Berembun, Negeri Sembilan

Address: Loji Rawatan Air Pantai, Mukim Pantai,, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Distance: 11.9km

Time taken to complete: 5 hours 45 mins

Highlights: Spot super-sized insects, birdwatching

Potential challenges: Can be steep, slippery, and muddy

Price: RM5

Opening hours: 8AM – 8PM

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Malaysia is home to many more beautiful hiking trails, of course. 

However, at the time of writing, quite a number of them have either been permanently closed, or are under maintenance or reconstruction, and won’t be reopening anytime soon.

If any of the above hiking trails have got you rearing to go, keep in mind to do more research on the location before heading out. 

Go in a group for better safety, or hire a local guide if you want to understand the area better as you hike.

And while you’re hiking, let’s continue keeping Mother Nature pristine and beautiful, so future generations can follow in your footsteps on the same trails.

Now, go forth and conquer!

Featured Image Credit: Hafiz Haqimi

 
 
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