The setting is at Gunung Raya, Langkawi's tallest mountain and home to some 400 tree species and an array of wildlife including the flying lemur, mouse deer, lorries, wild boar, civet cat and at least 40 species of snakes. A guided trek up the 890m tall granitoid mountain is a popular rough-it-out option, though a different sort of adrenaline rush can be found just a few hundred meters into the primary rainforest.
Langkawi Canopy Adventures guide Ashraff Zimmerer leads an uphill walk through the bush, to a slab of rock where youre taught how to abseil and familiarize yourself with the equipment. Once youre certified fit to proceed, trek a little further to a network of cables and ropes. Safety is paramount. You're hooked to a multitude of safety devices and whoosh! you take the leap of faith and sail, Tarzan-like, through the million-year-old rainforest.
The adventure lasts 2 to 3 hours. But the buzz in your head stays and some aching muscles remind you of the but mind-blowing experience. The views from up there - every now and then you have the chance to stop and admire the forest canopy - is pretty awesome.
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