Gunung Yong Yap

Height: 2168m

Date: June 2006

Gunung Yong Yap

Gunung Yong Yap as seen from the way to the campsite(June 2006)

Throughout the Titiwangsa range, wild animals such as elephants and tigers still roam in the vast forest and high mountains. Although signs of logging can be seen deep into the mountain ranges, the forest and wildlife is slowly reclaiming the once disturbed land. The starting point of the trek is at Kuala Mu where an Orang Asli village is located. Getting to Kuala Mu itself requires a four-wheel drive from the nearest small town of Lasah. The majority of the two hours drive is on logging trail where logging activity can still be seen nearer to the main, tarred road. Away from the main road, the condition of the logging trail deteriorates. Muddy depressions and potholes on the ground made the trip bumpy. Not a comfortable ride at all when you are sitting on the hard truck bed. Orang Asli villages can be seen scattered along the logging trails and at certain parts, small scale oil palm plantations are found.

Summit view

View of the surrounding mountain ranges can be seen from the summit of Gunung Yong Yap (June 2006)

Crossing the Kuala Mu river, we entered the wilderness where there are no longer any permanent settlements. The ascent to the campsite is gradual and the trail is a mixture of old logging road and small forest trails. The guide may point out tiger droppings or the unmistakable elephant dung can be seen scattered on the trail. If you are observant, you may be able to spot the footprints of elephants and other wild animals. Where a pondok used to mark the campsite, elephants had bring them down to earth and our guides have to clear an area in the forest beside a stream between pondok one and pondok two.


Kubuk Buaya waterfall which is located near Kuala Mu (June 2006)

At the campsite, you will be reminded that you are staying in a forest. Sandflies can be found in abundance and occasionally, horseflies (“giant” biting flies about an inch in length) may pay a visit to the campsite. Leech, although uncommon may be found along the trail or at the campsite. Nevertheless, the stream beside the campsite makes the temporary stay just about bearable.

From the campsite, the rest of the way to the summit of Gunung Yong Yap is through forest trail. The initial part of the ascent is gradual. This is quickly followed by a steeper gradient which will lead to the ridgeline. The gradient along the ridgeline is rather gentle although it can get quite muddy. There is a slight descent after Anak Yong Yap peak where there is a water point at the saddle. The water is about 5 mins away from the main trail. From the saddle, the rest of the way to the summit involves going on steep and muddy trail. Clearings at certain part of the ascent offer great view of the titwangsa range. The summit is about an hour and a half of trek from Anak Yong Yap. Once again, clearings at certain part of the summit offer a superb view the mountain ranges.


Getting There (With Guide)

From Singapore to Medan Gopeng
Take a bus 170 from Singapore to Larkin terminal in Johor Bahru

Take an Express bus from Larkin to Medan Gopeng

Cost : Rm 40 (Super VIP)
Duration : 8 hrs 30mins
Meet the guide
Take a bus from Medan Gopeng to Lasah
Duration : 1 hrs 15mins
4WD ride from Lasah to Kuala Mu, Orang Asli village
Duration : 2hrs


Trek Details

Note: There are many junctions in the forest which is not reflected here. A guide is compulsory for this trek

Duration Description Remarks
00 Kuala Mu, Orang Asli Village
10 mins Bridge, river crossing
3 hrs 30 mins Pondok 1 Destroyed by elephants
40 mins Stream, campsite Campsite is across the stream
10 mins Pondok 2 Destroyed by elephants
2 hrs Mossy forest
35 mins Anak Yong Yap
15 Last water point Water source is 5 mins away from the main trail. Start of muddy ascent
1 hr 30 mins Summit of Gunung Yong Yap

NB: There are sandflies at the campsite

Permit can be applied from the Forestry Department with the assistance of the guide

Mr Goh (aka Taiping Goh – organiser/lobang king): +60126247446 (hp) (email)

Syafiq (4wd or guide): 0125330297 (hp) (email)

Ham (silver outdoor guide): 0125729493 (hp) (email)

Emergency Contact Numbers

Nearest Police Station: 05-2424222 (Ipoh)

Nearest Hospital/Clinic:

Hospital Ipoh

Jalan Hospital 30450 Ipoh

Tel: 05-2533333 Fax: 05-2531541

Hospital Sungai Siput

Jalan Felda Lasah 31100 Sungai Siput

Tel: 05-5983333 Fax: 05-5971834

Singapore Embassy (KL)

Tel: (60-3) 2161-6277

Acknowledgement: I would like to thank NUS ODAC for organising this trek and sharing the valuable information on it.



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  1. #1 by jeremytongclimbs on May 26, 2014 - 12:01 am

    Well written piece of information. I’m planning to do this. Just wanna check with you. The climb can be done in 1-2days?

    Jeremy Tong

  2. #2 by themttrekker on May 27, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    I would say that it will take at least 2 days. I took 3 days for this trek spending 2 nights at the same campsite.


  3. #3 by Andy 2244 on October 7, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    -Permit perhutanan
    -laporan polis
    -khidmat nature guide berlesen
    -kit perubatan (asas)
    -walkie talkie
    -Khidmat 4×4(return)


  4. #4 by Gourish on June 16, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    Very helpful post… Can you pls tell me how much distance you guys covered from start to summit.? And what is the average distance you covered in one day.?

    • #5 by themttrekker on June 16, 2017 - 6:09 pm

      Not sure about the distance. But you can estimate the duration from the time given.

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