Hiking Spots You Must Visit Around the Klang Valley
Ever hear the expression “take a hike” which is actually a polite way of telling someone to go away? That’s actually not a bad idea, considering that some of the best hiking spots can quite literally take you to greater heights and offer up opportunities to view things from a different perspective, often involving some surprisingly beautiful sights to behold. With that in mind, here are a few of our favourite hiking spots around the Klang Valley that, in our humble opinion, hikers shouldn’t miss.
Bukit Sri Bintang—Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Starting off this list is Bukit Sri Bintang, which takes about 40–90 minutes to hike all the way up where you’ll get a nice view of the Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower and even Batu Caves. It’s right next to Desa Park City, and so on one side you can even take a look over the residential area, but that’s not to say the old rubber plantation you’ll be hiking through doesn’t offer any escape from urban life as you’ll also encounter macaques along the trail. For those who find it not challenging enough, there’s even a makeshift gym along the way. The incline isn’t too steep, so this is one of those hiking spots that even children are able to hike up without requiring much effort.
Bukit Kiara—Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Kiara is another option for those in Kuala Lumpur. There are several trails for this which would take between 80–100 minutes to complete, but that doesn’t mean this is one of the easiest hiking spots since the routes are unpaved and difficult to navigate for beginners. However, the hike is rewarding for nature lovers as there is an abundance of wildlife along the trail: macaques, dusky leaf monkeys, skinks, squirrels, birds like the yellow-bellied oriole, and even tortoises, not to mention monitor lizards, scorpions and snakes, though they are generally harmless unless provoked. Speaking of provocation, never smile at monkeys as they see teeth-baring as a sign of aggression.
Bukit Kembara—Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Hiking up Bukit Kembara takes between one to three hours, depending on the route you choose. The distance isn’t long, but there are several areas with steep inclines which require not a little effort to climb. Trekking poles or hiking staff are recommended. Is it worth it though? Yes! The climax of the climb is the lake which is actually an old reservoir; in fact, it is the first reservoir to be built for supplying drinking water to Kuala Lumpur all the way back in 1892. You can rest well in this area while allowing the tranquil waters to soothe your mind before making the trek back.
Bukit Saga + Apek Hill—Ampang, Selangor
Among all hiking spots in the Klang Valley, none are like the two connecting hills of Bukit Saga in Ampang and Apek Hill in Cheras, each with its own waterfalls in the middle. There are several trails from beginner level to more challenging ones that would take up to a whole day to get through, so it also serves as a training ground for those seeking to hike up Gunung Tahan or even Mount Kinabalu! There is another hill beside, Bukit Ketumbar, which is also a popular hiking spot for some because of the opportunity to encounter wild boars along the way.
Bukit Kutu a.k.a. Treacher’s Hill—Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor
Despite its name, Bukit Kutu isn’t a lousy hike at all (“kutu” is the Malay word for louse, hence the “lousy” pun). It takes about three to four hours to get to the top, and another two hours to climb downhill, but in between, there are several breathtaking scenes such as a magnificent 50 metre-high stone wall and the ruins of an old mansion which used to be on the hill. To top it all off, there are two small rivers that one can cool off in at the beginning and end of the hike. At 1092 metres above sea level, the summit offers an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings.
Gunung Nuang—Border of Pahang and Selangor
Gunung Nuang is one of the tallest mountains in Selangor whose peaks border Pahang and Selangor, including Gunung Semangkok and Gunung Ulu Kali. What makes it stand out above the other two, however, is that it is one of the most challenging hiking spots in the Klang Valley, with one reviewer even saying that it is harder than climbing Mount Kinabalu. It may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it generally takes around 11 to 14 hours to go up and return from the mountaintop, especially when there’s a gruelling 5 km stony track between the car park at Pangsun in Hulu Langat, Selangor, and Camp Lolo where some people choose to camp overnight before continuing to the next stage of climbing up the mountain. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter some local boys offering to ferry hikers across the 5 km road back to the car park on their motorcycles for a fee.
Those are some of the hiking spots around the Klang Valley that we thought we should highlight to anyone interested in hiking. Are there any other places you think deserves a mention? Let us know in the comments section down below!
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