A Complete Hiking Guide to Cameron Highlands - Best Jungle Trails, Hiking Maps, Things to Prepare and More

A Complete Hiking Guide to Cameron Highlands

Best Jungle Trails, Hiking Maps, Things to Prepare and More


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Cameron Highlands is an excellent place to go hiking in Malaysia. With its comprehensive network of walking trails built during World War 2 through the jungles and mountains of Cameron Highlands, it can be quite confusing for travelers to wrap our heads around them all and pick the best trails to hike.

Within this guide, you will find complete information for the 14 hiking and jungle walking trails in Cameron Highlands and which one I would personally recommend you to do. Let's begin!

7 Best Things To Do In Cameron Highlands.

Cameron Highlands Hiking Map

Cameron Highlands Hiking Map

When to Visit Cameron Highlands

The clouds coming into Cameron Highlands from the top of Gunung Jasar

It rains a lot throughout the year in Cameron Highlands and so there is no escaping it but one thing you can avoid is the crowds and the best time to hike in Cameron Highlands is from February to April on weekdays. The temperature is perfect for hiking at around 21 - 24°C and since it's not during the school holidays, Cameron Highlands is unlikely to be as crowded as peak season (May - September).

How to Get to Cameron Highlands

First and foremost, you will have to get yourself to the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and to do that, I would recommend you browse through Skyscanner or Momondo for a cheap flight from your home country.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands

From Kuala Lumpur, you can get a direct bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan to Cameron Highlands (Tanah Rata) for 35 MYR and it will take around 4 hours each way. You can easily book your bus ticket online at Easybook.com.

Getting to the Hiking Trailheads

Most of the trails either start from or ended in Tanah Rata which is where you will be basing yourself out of so walking is possible to get to the trailheads.

Most of the hiking trails ended somewhere else though and you can either walk back along the road or simply hitchhike your way back to Tanah Rata (very easy as there is a lot of traffic going through this area). I don't like walking back on the road so I ended up hitchhiking instead.

Some trails are recommended to do with a guide and they often provide transportation so you don't need to worry about this part.

Where to Stay in Cameron Highlands (Tanah Rata)

Budget - Traveller Bunker Hostel - 6.14 USD/Night (Dorm)

Mid-Range - Gerard's Place - 26 USD / Night (Double Room with Private Bathroom)

Travel Insurance

If you are looking for travel insurance to go along with your trip to Malaysia, I would recommend WorldNomads.com, which is what I use to look for travel insurance that fits my kind of adventure.

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Things to Prepare Before Hiking Cameron Highlands Trails

It gets quite muddy along the trail so prepare good shoes when hiking in Cameron Highlands

  • Water Bottles: Even though the weather in Cameron Highlands is nice and cool, you will often be in impenetrable thick forest where the wind can't get through causing you to sweat a lot. Stay hydrated and bring enough water for the trail.
  • Sturdy Shoes that can withstand muddy trails: It rains a lot in Cameron Highlands and the forest are extremely thick and barely getting any sunlight so the trails can get quite muddy and slippery so be sure to have a shoes that you don't mind walking on muddy trails.
  • Rain Jacket: As I mentioned earlier, it rains a lot in Cameron Highlands and you might accidentally get caught it light rain and so a having a rain jacket with you on the trail is recommended.
  • Snacks: Some trails take up to 4 hours and so it is best that you have some snacks with you just in case you are hungry along the trail.
  • Maps.me: Not all hiking trails are available on Maps.me but they have all the major ones in Cameron Highlands. Fortunately, the trails I recommended here are available on Maps.me. The app is available on both Android and iOS. Make sure you download the offline maps before you hit the trail.

14 Hiking Trails in Cameron Highlands

Trail #1: Brinchang Town to Gunung Brinchang

Trail #1: Brinchang Town to Gunung Brinchang

Duration: 3 - 4 hours one-way
Difficulty: Tough
Guide Required: Yes

This trail begins in the Brinchang town, north of Tanah Rata and it climbs all the way up to Gunung Brinchang (2,032m). It takes around 3 - 4 hours to hike one-way. Most people often take a taxi up to the summit of Brinchang (road access is available) and hike down.

The trail isn't well-marked however at it is recommended that you do it with a guide.

Trail #2: Sam Poh Buddhist Temple to Trail #3 (Gunung Berembun)

Trail #2: Sam Poh Buddhist Temple to Trail #3 (Gunung Berembun)

Duration: 1.5 hours one-way
Difficulty: Tough
Guide Required: No

This trail starts at Sam Poh Buddhist Temple in Brinchang north of Tanah Rata and it will take you some really rough and unmarked up and down terrain for about 1.5 hours until it merges with Trail #3.

Trail #3: Arcadia to Gunung Berembun

Trail #3: Arcadia to Gunung Berembun

Duration: 2.5 hours one-way
Difficulty: Moderate to Tough
Guide Required: No

This trail is a popular choice for a half-day hike with a combination of Trail #7 or Trail #8 (more below). The trail begins at Arcadia Cottage near the Cameron Highlands Sultan Ahmad Shah Golf Club, and it goes all the way up to Gunung Berembun (1,841m). It's a steep 2.5 hours climb so prepare accordingly. Unfortunately, the viewpoint up there is overgrown and may not as great as how it used to be.

Trail #4: Forestry Department to Parit Waterfall

Trail #4: Forestry Department to Parit Waterfall

Duration: 30 minutes one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Guide Required: No

This is an easy 30 minutes stroll trail that will take you to Parit Waterfall. The trail begins at the Forestry Department and ends in Tanah Rata. This trail is popular among those who are hiking Trail #3 and #7 as it is on the way to/from the beginning/end of trail #3.

Trail #5: MARDI to Trail #3 (Gunung Berembun)

Trail #5: MARDI to Trail #3 (Gunung Berembun)

Duration: 1 hour one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Guide Required: No

This is an easy 1 hour walking trail that starts at MARDI and merges with Trail #3 with an option to either go to Arcadia Cottage or up the Gunung Brinchang summit. On your way to Arcadia Cottage, you will also have an option to hike Trail #2 to Sam Poh Buddhist Temple instead.

Trail #6: Cameron Valley to Gunung Jasar

Trail #6: Cameron Valley to Gunung Jasar

Duration: 2.5 hours one-way
Difficulty: Moderate to Tough
Guide Required: No

This trail begins at the Cameron Valley Tea House 1 and goes all the way up to Gunung Jasar (1,670m) where the trail merges with Trail #10. The trail is unmarked and especially hard to navigate once you are going up Gunung Jasar. I would recommend doing this from the another side instead (Start from Trail #10 and then take Trail #6 to go down, more below).

Trail #7: MARDI to Gunung Beremban

Trail #7: MARDI to Gunung Beremban

Duration: 2 hours one-way
Difficulty: Very tough
Guide Required: No

This is another popular trail to take if you want to go up Gunung Beremban. The trail begins at MARDI and it's all straight up to the summit for 2 hours one-way. The trail merges with Trail #3 and Trail #8. Most people recommend taking Trail #3 down as it is more scenic and easier to navigate.

Trail #8: Robinson Waterfall to Gunung Beremban

Trail #8: Robinson Waterfall to Gunung Beremban

Duration: 3 hours one-way
Difficulty: Very tough
Guide Required: No

A difficult 3 hours climb from Robinson Waterfall all the way up to Gunung Beremban. The trail merges with Trail #3 and Trail #7 at the end.

Trail #9: Tanah Rata to Robinson Falls Weather Station through Robinson Waterfall

Trail #9: Tanah Rata to Robinson Falls Weather Station through Robinson Waterfall

Duration: 1 hour one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: No

This trail begins in Tanah Rata going down to Robinson Falls and then the trail descend steeply with some difficult scrambling towards the Robinson Falls Weather Station where you can take a local bus back to Tanah Rata.

Trail #9A: Robinson Falls to Habu Village

Trail #9A: Robinson Falls to Habu Village

Duration: 2 hours one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: No

This is an alternative trail to Trail #9 that you can take from Robinson Falls. It is less steep than Trail #9 and it should take around 2 hours go get to the end at the BOH Tea Plantation Road near Habu Village.

Trail #10: Tanah Rata to Gunung Jasar

Trail #10: Tanah Rata to Gunung Jasar

Duration: 1 hour one-way
Difficulty: Moderate - Tough
Guide Required: No

This is a great trail to do in conjunction with Trail #6 to create an epic half-day hike. The trail begins in Tanah Rata near H2O Apartment and it goes up for one hour to the top of Gunung Jasar and you will be rewarded with an unobstructed view of Tanah Rata and Cameron Highlands.

The trail eventually merges with Trail #6 first where you can continue down to Cameron Valley or if you continue north from the summit towards Gunung Perdah (1,551m), the trail will merge with Trail #11 and Trail #12.

Trail #11: Tanah Rata to Trail #12

Trail #11: Tanah Rata to Trail #12

Duration: Unknown
Difficulty: Unknown
Guide Required: Yes

This is an alternative trail to Trail #10 if you are looking to avoid climbing up Gunung Jasar. The trail goes directly in parallel with a path up Gunung Perdah and merges with Trail #12 and ended at the Power Station.

Trail #12: Trail #11 to Tanah Rata Power Station (Closed)

Trail #12: Trail #11 to Tanah Rata Power Station (Closed)

This is a trail that connects Trail #11 to an exit via Orang Asli village. Apparently, this trail is permanently closed as the area has been used for construction for a real-estate project.

Trail #13: Cameronian Holiday Inn to Trail #14

Trail #13: Cameronian Holiday Inn to Trail #14

Duration: 1.5 hours one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: Yes

This is a trail that begins at Cameronian Holiday Inn and connects you to Trail #14. Not much information is known about this trail however so I wouldn't recommend doing it alone unless you are planning to do Trail #14 with a guide.

Trail #14: Trail #13 to Gunung Mentigi to Tanah Rata

Trail #14: Trail #13 to Gunung Mentigi to Tanah Rata

Duration: 4 hours one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: Yes

Another elusive trail that begins from Trail #13 where it continues up Gunung Mentigi (1,535m) through mossy forest to the end of the trail at the Tanah Rata Road, way south of Tanah Rata where you will have to hitchhike or take a local bus back to Tanah Rata. The hike supposedly take around 4 hours and I would recommend you take a guide with you on this one.

1. Climb up to Gunung Jasar and down to Cameron Valley (Trail #10 + Trail #6) (Half-Day)

Trail #10 and Trail #6 hiking map in Cameron Highlands (Half-Day)

Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: No

This trail that most people recommended to me and the one I chose to do is a combination of Trail #10 and Trail #6 which starts from Tanah Rata near H2O Apartment, an easy walk from your accommodation.

The trail #10 begins right around the corner of H2O Apartment near Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Make sure you have Maps.me installed on your phone so you can follow the right trail. The trailhead begins just off the corner of H2O Apartment where you turn right towards Tan's Camellia Garden.

Hiking Trail sign in Cameron Highlands

You should see a sign with an arrow and a blue text saying "Jungle Walk No 10" as shown above. Follow this sign.

In 2019, there was a construction site in Cameron Highlands that cuts off trail #10. Go through it.

When I was there (early 2019), there was a construction site that cuts off the trail. You will have to walk through it until you find a trail that leads you out of the construction site and up a hill into the forest. If you are not sure where, ask a construction worker there and they will point it out for you.

A confusing sign that signifies the merge of Cameron Highlands' Trail #10 with Trail #11. Go straight up to continue Trail #10.

The trail begins zig-zaging through thick forest without much up or down for about 15 - 30 minutes and then you will stumble upon an intersection with a very confusing as seen above. This is where the trail merge with Trail #11 but that's not what doing now, so simply go straight when you see this sign.

Hiking trail condition that goes up to Gunung Jasar, Cameron Highlands

From that point, it's all straight up to Gunung Jasar for 30 minutes. You will arrive at an opening and an intersection going left and straight up. This is where Trail #10 merges with Trail #6 where we will be hiking down to the exit but not just yet, we have to summit to see first. Continue straight to the summit.

The view of The Cameron Highlands Heritage Hotel from Gunung Jasar.

Once at the top, you will be rewarded with an unobstructed view of Tanah Rata and the stunning surrounding landscape. This is one of the best view you can get in Cameron Highlands, that's why I recommend you to do this trail instead of all the others.

This is the beginning of Trail #6 that takes you down to Cameron Valley, Cameron Highlands.

Once you are done absorbing the epic view, continue down the same way to that intersection again but instead of going back the same way, turn right and descend along the trail #6 that follows the power line.

This trail is overgrown and the path so narrow, you might think you are on the wrong trail. When you are not sure, check Maps.me as often as possible to make sure you are heading in the right direction. Be careful, as this trail can get quite slippery especially when you are going down.

Once you hit a paved road, stick to your right and continue on along Cameron Highlands' Trail #6.

It will take you around 1 - 2 hours walking through bushes and people's chayote farm before you arrive at a paved road and an intersection. Stick to your right and continue along the road until you started seeing tea plantations. Yes, you will get to walk through it!

Me walking in the endless tea plantation in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Once the road started turning sharp right, instead of following the road, go left and follow the trail through the tea plantation. This is by far my favorite part of hiking this trail. You will get to experience the tea plantation up close without the crowds.

The endless rolling hills of the Cameron Valley tea plantation in Cameron Highlands.

It should take you around 30 - 40 minutes to walk through the plantation, more so if you are like me and can't seem to control myself and always stopping for photos. 😅

Panoramic view of the Cameron Valley tea plantation from the tea house.

At the end of the trail, you will be at the Cameron Valley Tea House where you can rest, have a nice cup of tea and enjoy the tea plantation from the platform above or you can hitchhike back to Tanah Rata.

2. To Gunung Berembun and Down to Acadia and Back to Tanah Rata through Parit Falls (Trail #7 + Trail #3 + Trail #4) (Half-Day)

Trail #7, Trail #3 and Trail #4 of Cameron Highlands Hiking Map (Half-Day)

Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Guide Required: No

Another trail that people recommend but I didn't have time to do is a combination of Trail #7, Trail #3 and Trail #4. You begin hiking from Tanah Rata, all the way up to Gunung Berembun (2 hours) via Trail #7 and then you take Trail #3 down to Arcadia Cottage (2.5 hours) before finishing your journey with a Pirit Falls visit (30 mins) via Trail #4.

Thick forest of Cameron Highlands that sunlight barely penetrates.

The reason why I did the Trail #10, Trail #6 combination instead of this one is that I heard that the view from Gunung Berembun is overgrown and it is no match to the view you get from Gunung Jasar. Also, I was more interested in hiking around tea plantation rather than a forest and Trail #6 is the best for that.

That said, if you have the time, Trail #7, Trail #3, and Trail #4 will keep you occupied for another day in Cameron Highlands.

Further Reading for Malaysia

Malaysia may often be overlooked by travelers, but the country has so much to offer that you can’t get anywhere in Southeast Asia.

Here is a selection of articles you might want to read about Malaysia:

And there you have it, a comprehensive hiking guide to Cameron Highlands. If you have any question, please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

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