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Air Trekking & Canopy Tours ~ Langkawi, Malaysia

September 21, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 21, 2009

Canopy Adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

Canopy Adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

Costa Rica’s not the only place on the planet where you can have fun in the jungle. Safe fun, that is, encapsulated from any real or imagined harm from the wildlife, with the assistance of experienced jungle guides… while you maneuver the thick jungle and fly from tree to tree… on a zipline!

Heard of Air Trekking? Langkawi, Malaysia is the only place outside of Costa Rica to offer this Fear Factor-worthy activity!

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.


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Langkawi Canopy Adventure’s founder-guide Juergen Zimmerer leads an uphill walk through the bush, to a slab of rock where you’re taught how to abseil and familiarize yourself with the equipment. Once you’re 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.

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There are 3 flying foxes and you remain 8 to more than 40m above the forest floor as you glide from tree to tree, most of them so-called Strangler Figs! Short treks in between require you to negotiate steep boulders with the aid of a tightrope –also called a postman’s walk – (and put all your balancing and rappelling skills to practice). At the last stop, you whiz 140m into a fig tree before abseiling down its 30-m tall trunk – and here it is where you get an idea, how that young German couple must have felt, that got married there, high, high up in Langkawi’s rainforest canopy , during the First Canopy Wedding in the World on December 4th, 2004!

Holy Matrimony goes to new heights, for an adventure worth a lifetime of memories. Especially on this special day! Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

Holy Matrimony goes to new heights, for an adventure worth a lifetime of memories. Especially on this special day! Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

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The adventure lasts four 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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Canopy Adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

Canopy Adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo: Langkawi Canopy Adventure

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