Besides being the home to the glorious Mount Tahan, Taman Negara is also the habitat of thousands of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna that create one of the most diverse and complex ecosystems in the world. Not only that, it is also the home to some indigenous people called, the Batek clan. This phenomenal nature diversity in Taman Negara is a veritable treasure not only to Malaysia but to the planet.
One Native American proverb accentuates that, “Treat the earth well; it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth form our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
With the height of 2187m (7186ft), Mount Tahan is the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia. It is located deep in the tropical rainforest National Park (Taman Negara), Pahang, one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests that are more than 130 million years old. Despite of being the highest, it is also renowned for its breathtaking and awe-inspiring panoramic view that puts it in the list of must-dos for keen hikers or any avid outdoorsy types cum nature lovers.
The name, ‘Tahan’ which means ‘to endure’ depicts the arduous trek that requires hikers to be physically fit and a strong willed mind. There are three routes to hike the mountain; the classic trail which is the longest, is from Kuala Tahan, and the trail from Merapoh, and from Kuala Koh (the latest) are relatively shorter than the original trail. However, the most common trail for hikers is to traverse from Merapoh to Kuala Tahan that takes around five to six days. Hikers will be guided with a certified and licensed trekker that has been specially appointed by the Taman Negara authority. The experienced trekker will not only guide the hikers to the summit of Mount Tahan but will provide the group with abundance of knowledge on the rainforest along the journey.
If you are not really a fan of the jungle, mud, leeches, camping and stuff but wanted to try for at least once in a lifetime, you can plan your holiday to Taman Negara. They have a very nice and luxurious resort. They will provide you with details of activities that you can do with a guide so it’s not really necessary to hike Mount Tahan. You can feed the fishes at the sanctuary, try the canopy walkway, caving, river cruise using the traditional long boat, jungle trekking, sightseeing or night walk and many more. Cheaper hotels, chalets and hostels are available too.
Just hop on the bus to Jerantut, Pahang and from there, ask around for transport to Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan. Even if you’re not a fan at first, I guarantee that you are not going to regret but be glad that you’ve been there.
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