Heard of Air Trekking? Langkawi is the only place outside of Costa Rica to offer this Fear Factor- worthy activity! This tour is at Gunung Raya, Langkawi’s tallest mountain and home to more than 400 species of wildlife. A guided trek up the 890m tall Grantoid Mountain is a popular rough outdoor option through a few hundred meters into the primary rainforest.
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.
There are three 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!