• Gunung Belumut
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m): Kluang’s “tougher” mountain

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m), is located in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia, just beside the other more popular hike, Gunung Lambak. The name “Belumut” is supposedly derived from the word ‘Berlumut’, which kinda means mossy. The trail itself isn’t really mossy, but I can tell you it is definitely forest-y. The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult even though it might seem higher than Gunung Lambak or Gunung Datuk. In fact, at 1,010, the third tallest mountain in Johor, and slightly shorter than Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir. Therefore, many people use Gunung Belumut as a training hike, to prepare them for tougher hikes like Kinabalu or Mount Ophir/Gunung Ledang. Gunung Belumut is frankly not the…

  • Gunung Angsi
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Angsi (825m): Trans Hike via Ulu Bendul – Bukit Putus

    Gunung Angsi (825m), is located in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Many people compare it to the other hike in Negeri Sembilan, Gunung Datuk (885m), as it is similar in height and in the same area. The good thing about Gunung Angsi is that it has 2 different trails to the summit. One can choose to ascend from either Ulu Bendul, or from Bukit Putus. This means that you can do a “trans hike”, or a loop, ascending from one trail and descending from the other. However, there is a 4 km distance between both trail-heads, so if you do a trans hike you would have to cross that distance! The trail…

  • Broga Hill
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Broga Hill (400m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Broga by Yourself

    Broga Hill (400m), also known as “Bukit Lalang” by the locals is located in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia, and just about 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. It is an extremely popular weekend hike because of its panoramic view and various viewpoints (3 hilltops). This is especially so for most Malaysians, or for the urbanites who live in KL. For Singaporeans, it is a popular beginner sunrise hike, one that gives you a chance to see the “sea of clouds”. I honestly think the idea of seeing the “sea of clouds” is overrated. It is a beautiful sight for sure, but you see it in almost every hike in Asia. In…

  • Lambak
    Datuk,  Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Lambak (510m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Kluang’s Mountain

    Gunung Lambak (510m) is located in Kluang District, Johor, Malaysia, 2 hours from Singapore. It is another extremely popular hike in Malaysia for both locals and Singaporeans. It is free to hike with no logistical hassle, short in duration (~2h of hiking), has a variety of routes and also only a short distance from Singapore. Additionally, one can easily combine it with some famous Kluang coffee for a day trip from Singapore! Don’t be confused with Klang (which is much further away) However, the hike itself isn’t particularly spectacular. There isn’t much of a view at the top of the summit. It can also be quite confusing as there are…

  • Asahan
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    All You Need To Know About The Asahan Trail For Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir!

    Gunung Ledang (1,276m), or Mount Ophir, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first-time hikers. Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor, Malaysia. There are 2 main trails to the summit. The commonly used Sagil trail (or also know as Lagenda) and the lesser known and supposedly tougher Asahan trail. To find up more about the Sagil trail, you can read up on my original post. This post concerns the lesser known and used Asahan Trail.  I only decided to do the Asahan trail because I was quite bored of organizing the Sagil trail. The Asahan Trail is a slightly more…

  • Datuk
    Datuk,  Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Datuk (885m): The “Beginner” Trek to Malaysia Mountains

    Mount Datuk (885m) is located at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, about an hour away from Malacca. It is one of the most popular treks in Malaysia for both locals and Singaporeans due to the accessibility and ease of doing it. It is also one of the shortest treks in Malaysia but with a challenge and a view at the top. If you ask me, it is one of the best short treks from Singapore. especially for anyone who wishes to get out, or you are a nature or adventure seeker looking for some exercise over the weekend. You can also easily pair it with sightseeing and extremely good food in…

  • Stok Kangri
    Expedition,  Hiking,  India,  Stok Kangri

    Stok Kangri (6153m) : Planning your trip

    Introduction Stok Kangri (6153m) is a trekking summit in India and more importantly, also known as the “easiest 6,000m peak”, serving as the gateway into experiencing high altitude mountains. Situated in Hemis National Park, it is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Indian Himalayas in the Ladakh region of India. Despite having such a high altitude, climbing Stok Kangri does not require any technical skills or advanced mountaineering knowledge. It is suitable for experienced trekkers who have a good level of fitness and is extremely popular amongst novice mountaineers and trekkers seeking their first high altitude summit. In fact, Stok Kangri was my first foray into high altitude treks. Around South-East…

  • Ophir Sagil
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir : DIY Full Day Hike in Malaysia

    Gunung Ledang, or Mount Ophir which is what us Singaporeans are more used to calling it by, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first-time hikers situated in Malaysia. Gunung Ledang is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor. It is an achievable day hike of 4-5 hours up and 3 hours down, peppered with the thrill of some ladders and rope sections but nothing too dangerous. It is also an inexpensive journey (relatively) which makes it a good weekend day trip to do. This post is on the Sagil route. *There are 2020 updates in this post! WHY YOU SHOULD GO Mount Ophir is…

  • Batulao,  Hiking,  Philippines,  Pico De Loro,  Short Trips,  Talamitam

    Philippines : The Nasugbu Trilogy of Day Hikes

    Mt.Pico De Loro – Mt. Batulao – Mt.Talamitam If you are looking for a cheap and short get-away with fresh air and easy mountain hikes, look no further than the Philippines and the Nasugbu Trilogy. This is a good 3-4 day DIY short trip itinerary from Manila that involves only day hikes. It consists of 3 mountains and all of them are easy to hike, have nice views and are easily accessible from Manila. Do all these in less than 350 SGD! That is including flights. This is a great short getaway from the urban jungle and city stress of Singapore, or from whichever city you are in.  It was an extremely memorable…

  • Batulao
    Batulao,  Hiking,  Philippines

    Philippines : Mount Batulao

    THE ENDLESS ROLLING HILLS OF MOUNT BATULAO Mt. Batulao (811m) is a beginner friendly hike situated in Nasugbu, Batangas and is just a 2.5h journey from the chaotic city of Manila. It is known as the place with endless rolling hills, as there are the 12 peaks of Batulao. If you are a first time hiker and wish to get some good views and photo moments, this is the trek for you to enjoy. It is a trek with a high reward to effort ratio with many picturesque viewpoints along the trek. There are some basic rope moments and marginally steep ascents, but it can be easily completed in 4…

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