The main island of Langkawi has an area of over 470 square km and two third of it is covered with rainforests. Mount Mat Cincang and Gunung Raya dominate the eastern and western half of the Island. The virgin rainforest and towering mountains make Langkawi an excellent trekking destination.
Gunung Raya is the taller of the two mountains with its peak situated 880 meters above sea level. However, trekking Gunung Raya is the easier of the two, due to the 4287 steps built for trekking. The steps start at a park near the Lubok Semilung Recreational Park. The starting point is marked by a large blue board with details of the trek. Fit and experienced trekkers can complete the hike in 2-3 hours. Monkeys and hornbill birds can be spotted by lucky travellers, but a variety of exotic insects will greet everyone. The trail is easy to follow due to the steps and makes it difficult to get lost.
Trekking to the top of Mount Matcincang is a different affair even though it is a tiny bit smaller than Gunung Raya. The Seven Hills Waterfall is the starting point for this trail that passes through well worn paths, rocky outcrops and bridges. The trail is not well marked, and it is possible to lose the way. Joining a trekking group is advisable to avoid getting lost and the moral support for the challenging trek. The summit has several ridges instead of a single peak that gives multiple views of mountains and the archipelago. Pack your bathing suit to cool off in the Seven Wells pool on the way down.
The weather in Langkawi is very humid and carrying extra water is important to stay hydrated during the climb. Insect repellents are essential to avoid the onslaught pesky insects looking for their next meal.