Mount Tahan

Coordinates: 4°37′57″N 102°14′03″E / 4.63250°N 102.23417°E / 4.63250; 102.23417
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Mount Tahan
Gunung Tahan
ڬونوڠ تاهن
Gunung Tahan. Snapped from Gunung Tangga Lima Belas.jpg
Highest point
Elevation2,187 m (7,175 ft)[1]
Prominence2,140 m (7,020 ft)[1]
Coordinates4°37′57″N 102°14′03″E / 4.63250°N 102.23417°E / 4.63250; 102.23417[1]
Native nameGunung Tahan (Malay)
Mount Tahan is located in Malaysia
Mount Tahan
Mount Tahan
LocationTaman Negara
Jerantut District, Pahang
Gua Musang District, Kelantan
Parent rangeTahan Range

Mount Tahan (Malay: Gunung Tahan), is the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia with an elevation of 7,175 ft (2,187 m) above sea level, on the border between the states of Pahang and Kelantan, with the peak lies on the Pahangese side. It is part of the Taman Negara that straddles Jerantut District in Pahang, Gua Musang District in Kelantan and Hulu Terengganu District in Terengganu. The mountain is part of the Tahan Range in the Tenasserim Hills and is popular with local climbers.

Gunung Tahan is considered by many to be one of the toughest treks in Peninsular Malaysia.


There are three trails to the summit, commonly referred to as:

  • Kuala Tahan-Kuala Tahan
  • Merapoh-Kuala Tahan or Kuala Tahan-Merapoh
  • Merapoh-Merapoh

The Kuala Tahan classic trail is the oldest and most scenic trail. A return trip on this trail typically takes seven days. Climbers have to trek across undulating ridges and make several river crossings before finally reaching the foot of the mountain to make the final ascent. Climbers without adequate physical fitness or training are not advised to attempt Gunung Tahan.

The other two trails are from Merapoh (Sungai Relau). The Merapoh-Merapoh trail is significantly shorter than the other two. A return trip on the Merapoh trail takes 3–4 days. A traverse from Kuala Tahan to Merapoh (or the other way around) takes around 5 days.


Mount Tahan can be very cold at night. Temperatures can range from 4 °C to 18 °C between December and January, and 7 °C to 27 °C between June and September. Frost can sometimes appear at the summit.

1905 Expedition by Federated Malay States Museums[edit]

In 1905, the director of the Federated Malay States Museums, Leonard Wray Jnr, and Selangor Museum curator Herbert Robinson led a museum collecting expedition to Gunung Tahan.[2]

The expedition involved sixty-five men and lasted five months.[3] Dato’ To Muntri Idin and Penghulu Panglima Kakap Husin laid the groundwork before the main party arrived.[4][5] On July 15th, Bulang, Che Nik, Mat Aris, Mu’min and Robinson were the first to reach the summit[2].

Hikers Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia". Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  2. ^ a b Shaughnessy, Elaine (2020-09-03). "The 1905 ascent of Mount Tahan (Malaysia) and fate of the bird collection". Society for the History of Natural History. Retrieved 2023-03-31.
  3. ^ Federated Malay States.; States, Federated Malay; Museum, Perak State; Museum, Selangor State (1908). Journal of the Federated Malay States Museums. Vol. 3. Kuala Lumpur: the Museums.
  4. ^ Xmpsp (2008-05-17). "iNfO LiPaTaN SeJaRaH : KONSPIRASI GUNUNG TAHAN". iNfO LiPaTaN SeJaRaH. Retrieved 2023-03-31.
  5. ^ "RRC: Gunung Tahan trail: some history and background". Retrieved 2023-03-31.

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