Mount Tahan

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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; 102.23417Coordinates: 4°37′57″N 102°14′03″E / 4.63250°N 102.23417°E / 4.63250; 102.23417[1]
Mount Tahan is located in Malaysia
Mount Tahan
Mount Tahan
LocationTaman Negara National Park, Pahang, Malaysia
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. It is located within the Taman Negara national forest, in the state of Pahang. 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.


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  1. ^ a b c "Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia". Retrieved 2014-05-28.

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