Taman Negara Kuala Tahan is one of the best places to do trekking in Malaysia. There are many trails in Kuala Tahan and one of the most popular trails is to Bukit Teresek. Trek under the high density rainforest canopy about 1.7 km from Wildlife HQ to Bukit Teresek. It takes about 30 – 45 minutes to reach its peak. From the top of 334 m height, enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of Gunung Tahan (can be seen on clear weather) and fabulous rainforest canopy throughout the hills and valleys.
Other popular trails are Lubok Simpon (20 – 30 min), Gua Telinga (2 hr 30 min to 3 hr), Bumbun Kumbang (4 hr) and Lata Berkoh (5 hr). Trail to Gunung Tahan is the longest distance, 53 km from Kuala Tahan and normally takes 7D6N trekking. Tenor Trail is one of the most challenging trails and seldomly being explored.
Feel the real different experience. Walk on the world’s longest canopy walkway, 530 m long and 40 m above the ground level. This is a must do activity in Taman Negara and one of the most memorable memories for you to bring home. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of flora and fauna along the walkway.
The canopy walkway was initially built for research purposes, turned out to be, main attractions for local and international tourists to Taman Negara. The Wildlife Department supervise on safety aspect and manage the daily operation. The canopy walkway is about 1.2 km from Wildlife HQ and can be reached by boat or trekking.
Gunung Tahan Climbing (2187 m – the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia)
Trekking to Gunung Tahan is one of toughest and adventurous activities in Taman Negara. This activity is suitable, if you are physically and mentally fit. The trail is well known as one of the most challenging routes to trek in Malaysia. If you have enough courage to ascend and descend mountains, cross the rivers, long distance trekking, and camp for a few nights in the jungle, this is might be the best hiking experience you will ever make in your hiking life experience.
You have a few optional routes to Gunung Tahan. Kuala Tahan – Gunung Tahan – Kuala Tahan is the first route, open to public for hiking. This classic trail is 53 km from Kuala Tahan and normally, groups take 7 days 6 nights to complete the route. Since 1999, Kuala Juram – Gunung Tahan – Kuala Juram route is open to public. This route is now getting more popular among climbers. It shorten your hiking distance to 32 km only and you just need 4 days 3 nights hiking.
Visit Kg. Orang Asli (Aborigine Settlement)
Visit Kampung Orang Asli or aborigine settlement is one of main attractions to Taman Negara. Many of us are keen to see how this group of people are still living in remote area which is far from modernization. The settlements can be found alongside the trail and river. There are two ethnics of Orang Asli in Taman Negara, Batek and Semokberi. In general, they are gentle folks with dark skin, and tight curly hair who live a nomadic lifestyle in Taman Negara.
During your visit to their village, they will share with you how to use their bamboo hunting blow pipe and making fire. They speak their own language however our nature will help to translate and explain in English. Orang asli are friendly and know how to respect outsider and people like us. In return, please do the same to them. Respect their individual and family privacy. To take their photo, please ask for permission.
Rapid shooting is one of the best activities in Taman Negara. In a wooden boat, you are going to ride through seven (7) rapids along Sungai Tembeling. This full of excitement and fun activity starts from Kuala Tahan jetty to Kuala Terenggan vice versa.
For your safety reason, please follow the boatman and your guide instructions. And you are required to put on your life jacket throughout this activities. You are advisable not to bring along your electronic devices such as mobile phone, digital camera and etc unless you put them in your dry bag. Be prepared to get wet!
Boat Cruise to Lata Berkoh & Kelah Fish Feeding
Cruise upstream of Sungai Tahan to Lata Berkoh and relish the riverside flora and fauna. Lata Berkoh is one of the jewels in Taman Negara and favorite spots for visitors to the park. You can see and photograph the natural beauty of Taman Negara as what have you seen the most promotion photographs were taken.
On your way, stop by at Kelah Sanctuary, Lubuk Tenor, Sungai Tahan. Kelah or Red Mahseer is the king of freshwater fish in Malaysia. Watch them come to you for the pallets and feed them. Feel the bites and test your skills to touch and hold the fish with your bare hands. Truly an extraordinary nature experience.