Also known as Mount Ophir in English, it is apparently the sixth most difficult mountain to climb in Malaysia. Many hikers use it as a training ground before attempting Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.
Standing at a height of 1,276m tall on the northwestern tip of Johor, Gunung Ledang National Park is in fact located at the border of both Melaka and Johor. It is most accessible from the towns of Muar and Segamat in Johor.
Trekking along Gunung Ledang will bring you to the rugged hills that characterise Malaysia’s tropical rainforest landscape, and encounters with the jungles’ waterfalls and its many unusual flora and fauna are not uncommon – such as giant butterflies, funghi, coloured spiders and wild tropical flowers.
As the 64th highest mountain in Malaysia, Gunung Ledang is suitable for both amateur and seasoned trekkers. The park headquarters has an office ticket that also provides guides, programmes and expeditions. Camping overnight at the base or the summit of the mountain is also popular.
Gunung Ledang, which means ‘mountain from afar’ is riddled with local folklore of a princess who lived in the mountains and who refused the Sultan of Melaka’s request to be married. The legend today has been romanticised in a number of local films, plays and musicals.