For those looking to author an adventure away from the cruise ship ports and overpriced boutiques of the world, head east from Ipoh to the Cameron Highlands, where the peak known as Gunung Brinchang crouches amid a setting of rolling hills, strawberry farms, and terraced tea plantations.
This 2,032 meter (6,667 foot) mountain is accessible by both a paved route that culminates in an observation tower and the aptly named Jungle Walk #1, which is a moderately difficult, two-hour hike through forest to the top. Robinson Falls is a nice detour on the way and Mossy Forest is a worthwhile stop once at the peak to, if weather permits, enjoy the view of the surrounding highlands. Just be prepared for a full day's hike if you're taking off from Brinchang. Read through the included blog for much more on getting up the mountain.
If you conquer Gunung Brinchang in your time in the Cameron Highlands, we suggest dusting the hiking boots off for its sister peak, Gunung Irau , which is considered a more challenging up and down climb.