Gunung Ledang, Mount Ophir
Gunung Ledang, also known as Mount Ophir is situated in the Gunung Ledang National Park located in Ledang District (northwestern Johor), Malaysia – it is known among the locals for its mystical character and as a camping destination rather than a hill resort.
The summit is located between the border of Muar and Malacca. Standing at 1,276 m (4,186 ft), with a clear trail leading to the peak, the mountain is a popular destination among amateur climbers, it is a natural beauty with its challenging mountain trails, icy waterfalls, cascades, diverse birdlife, flora and fauna.
Gunung Ledang is also the 64th highest mountain in Malaysia and arguably the most climbed mountain in the country, despite it having one of the higher climbing fatalities in the region of South-East Asia. The mountain’s plateau-like summit peaks at 1,276m above sea level, and offers a panoramic view of the Straits of Melaka and Sumatra coastline on a clear day. Camping on the mountain has been forbidden after the death of campers who were crushed by falling trees in separate incidents.
A resort at the foot of the mountain was opened in the recent years. Called Gunung Ledang Resort, it offers decent accommodation and adventure programmes. However, the access to the top of the mountain can only be made through the National Park office, which is a few kilometres away from the resort.
Geology of Gunung Ledang
The Gunung Ledang granitic mass is made up basically of a medium to coarse-grained non-porphyritic granite grading, in parts, into adamellite. Leucocratic varieties are also present, although such rocks are generally less common. The granitic mass intrudes into the Middle to Upper Triassic sedimentary rocks in the central portion of the area. The age of this intrusive. It is estimated at 57 million years (Lower Tertiary).
From Kuala Lumpur (KL) or Johor Bahru (JB):
Take the North-South Highway and exit at Tangkak. Head for Tangkak Town, then follow the signboards for Sagil and Segamat. The turn-off to the Park HQ is about 2km after Sagil town. After you get clearance from the guard at the post, drive for another 2.5km along a laterite road that goes through an oil palm plantation, following the small signboards for Taman Hutan Lagenda.
There is an express bus service from Kuala Lumpur to Tangkak (Cepat Express, 06-9784162), as well as from Johor Bahru to Tangkak (Express Cepat Sedia, 06-9783533). Arrangements can be made at the time of booking with the JNP Head Office for a private van operator to pick you up at Tangkak bus station and ferry you into the park.