"A trek to Mt Ophir" Tangkak by bkarjee

Tangkak Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 61 photos

Highest mountain in Johor

Mt Ophir is one of the most trekked summit in Malaysia and stands tall at 1276 meters. This is Johor's highest mountain.

It is located at the border of Melaka and Johore states of Peninsular Malaysia. The summit falls in Johor state. Among locals, Mt. Ophir is popularly known as Gunung Ledang.
As is true with most of the local attractions, there is a fable associated with Gunung Ledang and I am not going into the details of this. A colleague of mine told me that there was a Malay movie made, based on the legend of Gunung Ledang. Not sure if the movie was a box office hit.

There are a few trails leading to the summit and the two popular ones are
1. Asahan trail and
2. Air Panas trail (also called Sagil route).

Between the two, Asahan is supposed to be an easier, shorter and straight forward trek route. It starts from the Melaka side, at the Asahan water work near Asahan village. Our plan is to take the Asahan trail, starting the trek at around midnight, reach the summit by early morning hours, watch the much talked about sunrise and trek down the hill to the Johor side, ending at the Resort.

This trek is called a crossover trek because we start trekking at the Melaka side and crossover to the Johor side, via the summit

The flora

The entire trail is through the tropical rain forest of Taman Negara, full of varied plants, trees, algae, fungi and insects. At several places, there were numerous wild flowers. We could hear the sound of several birds and animals. We truly felt ourselves as a part of nature.

Versatile trek

I have never done a short trek with so much variety in terms of climbing methods. Most of the treks I have done so far was simply uphill or down hill or a mix of both. In Mount Ophir trek, we had to go uphill, downhill, use rope for climbing big rock faces, climb with the help of ladders, climb through the caves (yes, the trekking route passes through blinding caves), cross river with the help of ropes etc.
Overall, it was a lovely experience and would encourage everybody with a nominally fit body to undertake this trek. Best part is that, we dont need a week long holiday to do this trek. Just start in the morning and finish off in the evening. Or if one is interested in watching the sunrise, do the midnight trek, as we did.

Please look at my Mt Ophir travelogues (Chapters 0,1,2,3) at the bottom of this page, for a complete description of the trekking experience.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Its all adventure
  • Cons:Yet to discover
  • In a nutshell:Tangkak is home to the highest mountain in Johor state
  • Last visit to Tangkak: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2006
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  • May 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Hello Bkarjee! Good day! Very nice and informative blog you have here! I was just wondering if you still have the contact number of the driver who brought you there and also I would like to know how much did you pay him. Thank you very much!

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    Aug 17, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Great insight into the famous Mt Ophir trek! Although this trek is famous, I have not tried it yet and would love to do it one day :-)

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    Jul 9, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    a very good write up - enjoyed your detailed stories & comments. cheers!

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    Jan 14, 2007 at 4:45 AM

    There is lots of useful information in your travelogue. Very nice pics also. Keep up the good work.


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