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G12: G. Ulu Sepat Training 8/10 - G. Ledang 2D/1N


Gunung Ledang 1276m

The legendary beauty of Mount Ophir (Gunung Ledang) has made it one of Johor's most popular attractions for hikers and birdwatchers.

There two known ways of reaching the summit. One is from Sagil, a town in Johor, the other is through Asahan, Melaka. The shorter route is from Asahan. Gunung Ledang (or Mount Ophir as it is otherwise better known) is the most visited mountain in Malaysia. It is not peculiar to find people who has climb the mountain more than 10 times.

The reason being, the place is easily accessible and suitable for beginners who wants to feel what mountains in Malaysia are really like. Some groups are using this mountain as a training ground for other challenging venues.

The Ledang trail starts from Gunung Ledang resort, near Sagil village is close to the Malacca and Johor border. The other way of reaching the summit is through Asahan trail in Melaka, an easier route. The paved road starts besides the river leading and leads towards a few staircases till an open gate, where the real climbing begins.

If you want to trek up Gunung Ledang, it's about five hours to the summit from the park. Alternatively, one can arrange a 4WD transfer for a quick and easier trip which interestingly, offers an equally beautiful view of the surrounding Sagil area and a breathtaking sight of Gunung Ledang Dam.

Gunung Ledang is believed to have the richest flora species in the world. It has a 50 metres high waterfall with a wide drop of 50 metres. It has icy cool waters charge down upon large boulders, then break into rushing rapids before plugging into the large sandy pool below.

This waterfall, discovered some 50 years ago, is name the "Puteri Waterfalls". Over the period it has witnessed thousands of tourists almost every week, picnicking, backpacking or just bathing in the refreshing water of the pool.

You'll see giant butterflies, brightly coloured spiders amidst wild tropical flowers of bright yellow, crimson and orange. Crickets and frogs singing song of the jungle, chirping sounds of birds become the music of this tropical wonderland.

The summit was just beyond the boulders. There's a flat ground revealed at the summit of Gunung Ledang at 4187ft. Wide and flat, mystical and lovely. I can get a panoramic view of Segamat and Jementak town of Johor, and the historical Melaka.

According to the legend, the princess was of slim build and medium height and had a stunning beauty. Further, she was also endowed with a sinuous movement, that accentuated every curve of her little body.

Men were naturally attracted to her but amongst the many, she was claimed to have spurned was the Sultan of Melaka.

The legend tells us, that the princess eventually married one Nakhoda Ragam, a hero whose name unfailingly struck terror into the hearts of those, who had dared to oppose him. But this hero was later to die at the hands of his princess-wife.

Ragam was found of tickling the Princess's ribs and one day, in an uncontrollable burst of reaction. The Princess stabbed her husband in the breast with a needle she was handling.

Therefore the Princess returned to Mount Ophir and vowed never to set eyes on another man. Ragam's boat, not long after, was crushed during a storm and legend tells us that the debris of the wreck transformed into the present six islands off Melaka.
Height: 1276 meters (Highest in Johor State)
Location: Asahan, Melaka
Summit temperature: 10-20 degrees Celsius


Gunung Ledang. The name itself brings forth an aura of awe and mystic and in my books, the best mountain to climb in all of Malaysia. It is the 64th highest mountain in the country, but it's terrain is the most varied, and includes a couple of 'caves' you need to crawl through, a 2-storey high boulder you need to rope yourself up to, and one of the deepest and widest waterfall pools you can find south of Kuala Lumpur.

It is also the very first mountain I attempted to climb as a young boy, some 30-odd years ago ... but never did make it to the summit until May of 2010.


The drive to Tangkak from Kuala Lumpur is about 2-3 hours, depending on whether or not you adhere to the speed limits. But once there, we will sample the famous Tangkak Beef Noodles at Restoran Kuang Fei, Jalan Solok (opens from 0830 - 1730).

Meetup point is at Nanyang Kopitiam, Jalan Paya Mas (where we can pack our lunch for the day); it's near the bus station and these two locations are just 5 minutes' walk apart. We will meet at Nanyang and for those who wish to try this famous local delicacy, we will proceed to Kuang Fei.

We will trek to our campsite at Kolam Gajah after our registration and tagging-in at the Park HQ and enjoy the waterfalls and pool till dinner time.

The following day will begin early so that we can all make it to the summit and return to camp in time for tea, and then onwards to Park HQ to tag out and collect your well-deserved certificate.

As spaces are limited, no guests will be allowed. The only way around this is to get your guests to sign up to KLHiking.

When you sign up, you will be asked four (4) questions. Please answer all of them as I need them for communications and registration purposes.

Please be aware that you will need FULL camping gears for this trip. There are no eataries or stalls at the camp grounds. If you do not have any of the basic camping equipment, please shout out at the comments below and see if anyone can help. You will need, among other things: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, head/torch light, sturdy backpack, light daypack, trail food, stove and gas, food for one day: breakfast, lunch & dinner, toiletries, change of clothes and of course, your swimming gear.


Day1 30Jun
0800 Meetup, various points
0830 Push off to Tangkak, via PLUS Highway
1030 Arrive Tangkak. Meetup point: Nanyang Kopitiam, Jalan Paya Mas. Pack lunch
1045 Sample famous Tangkak Beef Noodles
1130 Convoy to Ledang Park HQ
1200 Arrive Park Office: registration, tag-in and briefing
1300 Start hike
1400 Arrive CP2. Lunch
1600 Arrive Kolam Gajah. Set up tents, dip in pool
1900 Dinner
2000 Free & Easy till lights out
2200 Lights out

Day2 01Jul
0600 Rise & shine, breakfast
0700 Roll call. Summit attempt with daypack
0900 Sg Tiga Segi
1100 KFC-Gua Kambing-Batu Hampar
1230 Arrive summit. Lunch
1330 Descend
1530 Arrive Kolam Gajah. Break camp, continue descend
1800 Arrive Park HQ. Tag out, collect your certificate
1830 Leave for home

Hike Rating (click on [Read more about us...] at top of left-hand bar for more info)

Average: 4.6
Height difference: 5
Terrain: 5
Distance: 4


The cost for this trip is RM70 for Malaysians, while non-Malaysians pay RM90. This covers: entrance fees, hiking and camping permits, insurance, guides (1:10) and a certificate of achievement. We have to book the camp spaces in advance and I have placed a booking for 20 people. I would appreciate it if those signing up for this trip can pay up before 09Jun. Your place is confirmed ONLY when you pay the fees as above. I will inform those attending particulars of my bank account separately.

We will arrange car-pooling through this forum and hope to get this settled before 16Jun. Carpool fees is to be arranged between the drivers and their respective passengers. FYI, the distance travelled (from KL to destination) is roughly 180km each way and tolls are RM20.10 one-way from Sg Besi to Tangkak.

Although this is part of the training for those going to the G12: G. Ulu Sepat trip, it is open for all the rest to join in. For those keen to sign up for the Ulu Sepat trek, click here for more info and to RSVP:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike, great people and amazing weather!

    July 4, 2012

  • Cheong Poh W.

    Thanks Henry. And those who have group photos in their cameras, can you please upload them here for sharing? Thank you.

    July 4, 2012

  • Henry

    To all G. Ledang campers: your well-deserve Certificate is with me. I will arrange with you guys to hand them to you ...

    July 3, 2012

  • Cheong Poh W.

    Very nice camping experience. Thanks to Henry, the wonderful and friendly organiser. Additionally, thanks to all fellow hikers for your jokes, sharing of experience and words of wisdom. Cheers.

    July 3, 2012

  • Nadza A.

    An exciting camping and hiking trip. The campsite was spacious enough to fit many more tents, the summit attack was a great hike, with lots of different vegetation, different terrain profiles, different challenges, and lots of rope sections. The KFC section (Killer For Climbers) was really a test. I was sweating like a pig there. View from the peak could have been a lot nicer if there was no cloud cover to block the views.

    July 2, 2012

  • Henry

    Although I've been to Ledang on several occasions - all day trips - this is the first time (in 37 years) that I've camped there! And the route to the summit isn't the usual one we normally use during day trips.
    But no trip to Ledang will be complete without having to go through KFC, Gua Kambing and Batu Hampar!
    ALL of us successfully made it to the summit, and a COMPLETE group pic was taken ... thanks to the patience of the frontmen and the endurance of the stragglers! Everyone was very cooperative.
    Good job guys!

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Ledang Recreational Park coordinates are
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    June 29, 2012

  • Henry

    I'm sorry Yan I don't have the coordinates for the Park HQ.
    Can anyone help?

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Henry, would you please post coordinates for Ledang Park HQ so we could arrive straight over there?

    June 29, 2012

  • Ray L.

    Vincent Goh, if i join this trip can share tent with u?

    June 20, 2012

  • Ijay N.

    Hi Henry, how can i pay the fees to you? FYI, Cyong and me will be coming from Melaka...

    June 11, 2012

  • Julius C.

    i mainly just need to share a tent - the rest of the stuffs i can pretty much settle. I'm good to go if tent-sharing is available. I PM-ed you earlier bout the 4 questions during the sign up, which i'm not sure if it got through as my internet connection got cut off as i was filling it up. let me know and i'll resend it, thanks!

    June 11, 2012

  • Henry

    Julius: certain things during a camping trip can be shared, such as a tent for eg. Others can't: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack, clothes etc. You will also need to consider how you going to cook your food. For this, you'll need: stove, gas, mess tins, and of course, your food. Then you need to decide WHAT to cook/eat. Alternatively, see if you can initiate a common cook-off - but there's no guarantee! Will work ONLY if someone volunteers to cook. (Clean?)

    June 11, 2012

  • Julius C.

    Hi, i'm quite keen on Ledang but don't have camping tents/equipment. possible to share with someone? thanks

    June 10, 2012

  • Cheong Poh W.

    Hi Henry, how can we pay the fees to you?

    May 30, 2012

  • Henry

    I have created a carpool list for this trip, accessible at:
    I suggest 2 Meetup points: (1) Shell Station, KL-Seremban Highway and (2) Petronas, Persiaran Kewajipan USJ20.
    You may make arrangements on your own, but we MUST ALL meet at Nanyang Kopitiam (location as above), Tangkak at 1030H Sat 30Jun.

    May 29, 2012

  • Azmah

    Thanks, Sainul. Are you into Greek/Mexican food? Might make some dips like hummus, guacamole and salsa to eat with dry bread for packed lunch.

    May 28, 2012

  • Hazrini

    Dear Henry,
    May I hv your contact no as I will be meeting u guys straight in ledang park. I am staying in Segamat currently. Also, hope for your kind consideration to allow my guest a place though I know you have stated otherwise. Tried to register but failed. Don't want to loose that limited place. Tqvm.

    May 26, 2012

  • Sainul Haizan B.

    Hi.. need carpool, for camping equipment I have... Azmah you can share the tent with me..

    May 22, 2012

  • Munintaran S.

    Only on saga hike?

    May 13, 2012

  • KaYee

    Please don't miss out the Tangkak Beef Noodles :) 2 days ago I "tapau" 11 Big Packets home.. no wonder full of power when doing my Saga hike :p ...

    May 13, 2012

  • Henry

    For those who need car pooling or need to share equipment/gear, please post your requests here. This includes camp meals too. TQ.

    May 11, 2012

  • Henry

    Ann, I'm open to suggestion as far as travelling goes. For some, it may be nearer to go south from the USJ toll via ELITE. Ditto for those in Klang or Puchong. We'll play by ear and confirm once we know everyone's travel plans.

    May 11, 2012

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