Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands Photo

The Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands is one of the very interesting places to visit when you are on holiday up here. I have personally been to Cameron Highlands more than 20 times in the last 4 years but I only visited the Mossy Forest once.

This unique and amazing moss covered forest is located in the Batu Gangan Forest Reserve of Cameron Highlands, 2031 meters (6,700 feet) above sea level. Sometimes this 200,000 year old Mossy Forest is called Lord Of the Rings Forest or Fantasy Forest by the local tour guides there and you will not be disappointed when you explore this fascinating place.

4WD Cameron Highlands4WD at the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Getting to the Mossy Forest was pretty simple but you needed to get a guided service there. Well, for the backpackers, you could take a long hike there which would not cost a cent. Just your time involved. So, I had engaged a personal guide named Bala in Tanah Rata town.

Bala was a pure bred Cameron Highlands guy so he knew everything there is to know and that was my bonus - plus he had the baddest 4WD truck too. The entrance to the Mossy Forest is just outside the Equatorial Hotel on the highest point of Cameron Highlands. Update 2015 - Note the hotel is now called Copthorne Hotel.

Cameron Highlands Moss JungleMossy Forest in Cameron Highlands - Entrance by the road

We started our journey from Tanah Rata town in his custom Land Rover and we drove through the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantations through some very narrow and curvy roads. The drive to the entrance of the Mossy Forest would take about 10 to 15 minutes only. But if you plan to self drive there, please be warned that these roads are brutal so a 4WD is suitable for the journey there. I have heard some people driving their cars up but if you have a small engine capacity car, it is not advised.

Cameron Highlands Moss ForestMoss growing by the road

On arrival at the Mossy Forest entrance, I was already surprised that the moss grew out on to the side of the road. This was really something not what you see normally so it was going to be great. Camera armed and ready, we started to make our way in.

Walking into the forest was like going into another world as the moss covered almost everything in sight. All the trees and branches were literally mossed up. It really looked like a set from Lord of the Rings in there and I was absolutely amazed with the entire experience.

Cameron Highlands MossMoss growing on a tree stump

I was also told by Bala, my personal guide, that we should follow the path inside the Mossy Forest and not to venture off as it can be dangerous at certain points. The ground was damp, soft and spongy while there were no leeches or mosquitoes there due to the weather. This was most excellent for my partner Lilian. So ladies, no worries here.

Moss Forest Photo
The Cameron's Mossy Forest
Trees which have fallen over are covered in moss and plant life is abundant here. Apparently some orchids are found in the Mossy Forest but the star plant which is the Pitcher Plant is easily spotted here.

Cameron Highlands Pitcher Plant
A Pitcher Plant in Cameron Highlands
On my exploration here, I must have seen at least ten wild pitcher plants. They are found hanging from trees and please do not touch them. some of the pitcher plants are about 10 inches long. Besides pitcher plants, there are many ferns and other flora found here.

Malaysia Mossy ForestMossy Forest path

Bird watching is apparently popular too as there are about 70 species of montane rainforest birds that dwell in this forest. There have also been sightings of small wild creatures by some of the guides. None of them man-eating though. Snakes and lizards are common so be a look out for them. Usually if you have a guide, they will point it out to you.

Mossy Forest Photo
Monkey Cups at the Mossy Forest
Certain parts of the trek may take you vertical so you are advised to hold on to the tree barks, roots or branches along the way for support. Note that these branches may be covered in moss too. Apart from this, the trek will be a muddy one so do not expect a clean trek here.

Photo Mossy Forest Cameron Highlands
Apparently, a series of wooden platform and walkways have been built last year to make it easier to move around the area here. However, my last trip to the forest was back in 2007. So I probably need to go explore it again to update my posting. Any takers?

Lookout Tower Cameron HighlandsCameron Highlands telecommunication look out tower

On completing out Mossy Forest exploration we headed to the Brinchang Look Out Tower. The telecommunication tower is located a couple of minutes from the Mossy Forest and is the tallest point of Cameron highlands. This three story 50 feet tower has the best views of the mountain range and on a good day, you can see all the way to the neighbouring state of Perak. But usually the tower is covered by mist so check when you are there. The only way up the look out tower is via the tower staircase and you can see 360 degrees around.

How to get to the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands;
  • If you engage a guide, they will drive you there
  • If you self explore, the entrance is just outside the entrance of the Equatorial Hotel
  • There is a huge sign in brown that says 'Mossy Forest' on the left side of the road
  • Average time spent there is about 2-4 hours
  • Best to engage a local guide as they know the forest well
  • You can self explore this place but go in a group
  • The forest is huge so stay close
  • There are no toilets or shops near by
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks
  • Bring a tripod for excellent photography
  • Wear proper trekking shoes and clothing
For more detailed information, visit this site - Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

Tour Guide Services for Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands
  • Contact: Mr.Balan
  • Tel: +60175941192
  • Office: Tanah Rata Town, next to Starbucks Coffee
Map to the Mossy Forest

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Overall, this is a pure nature lovers trek and if you love this kind of thing, the area is wide and full of flora and possibly fauna. It is also suitable for all ages and walks of life, just that you need a nature guide to go along with you. Make sure that you engage a local Cameron guide to see the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands.