You may not initially associate Kuala Lumpur with hiking and mountains but hiking in Malaysia is something all visitors, locals, and expats should do at least once.  Whether you are an avid hiker or a complete beginner, there are hills and trails for you.  I have hiked several of the more common trails and share with you 5 of my favorite not-to-be-missed hikes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

1. Broga Hill

Broga Hill is a great hike done in the morning for sunrise – many set out around 5am to catch the beautiful views as the sun comes up.  I did this hike to practice elevated trail running in preparation for a race so I went during the early-mid morning.  It was hot and humid but gratifying to reach the top and everyone should take a few minutes to enjoy the full 360-degree surroundings.

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Level of Difficulty: Easy

Description:

Broga Hill is also known more locally as “Bukit Lalang” which is the name of the grass that grows in the area.  The hill entrance is near a palm oil plantation and rabbit farm.  Using Google Maps it wasn’t that difficult to find.  It is a series of 3 hills or peaks with the 2nd peak being the one that is most popular for viewing the sunrise early in the morning.  The hill starts with more of a jungle walk but quickly turns into a steep, uncovered incline that works the leg muscles!  The intensity of the climb can come on fast so be prepared with water and stretched muscles!  The steep and exhausting incline may be why most enjoy doing this early as the late morning/afternoon heat can make the climb more challenging and tiring.

At its highest point, Broga hill stands at around 400m and can be reached from the city in about 45 minutes.  It was busy on the weekend when I went and full of local, avid hikers who were out to enjoy the morning views.  There are various stalls near the entrance selling water and local snacks so you can easily hydrate and eat if you are hungry before or after coming back down.

Location: Seminyih (GPS Coordinates: 2.938398, 101.901086 )

Broga Hill Hiking Tips
  • Small charge of 2rm on weekends/public holidays for parking
  • Bring sunblock if you are not doing the sunrise trek
  • Drink lots of water before, during & after the hike

 

 UPDATE : Broga Hill is currently closed for the next 3 months – Sept, 2017.  

 

2. Bukit Tabur

Bukit Tabur is a great hike but comes with a fair bit of warning. There have been several accidents here but if you follow the rules, it offers some of the most fantastic views of Kuala Lumpur city and some great opportunities for photographs.  It is divided into 2 parts: Bukit Tabur East & Bukit Tabur West.

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Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult (Tabur West is a little bit easier)

Description:

Bukit Tabur East is the sister to Tabur West and is more difficult generally because there are less hikers climbing and so the trail is a less traveled.  The main difference between both hikes is the end point.  Tabur East ends with a very steep cliff that is not for the faint of heart!  Be careful if you are walking in this area and venturing for a popular cliff-side photograph.

Bukit Tabur West is the more common hiking trail and is known as the “Dragon’s Backbone” and offers some great views.  The trail can be a bit precarious because of the rocky terrain and there are some technical spots to the climb that may be difficult for anyone with fear of heights or lack of climbing experience.  The initial ascent is short but intense and the majority of the hike consists of trekking along the ridge of the hill.  On a clear day you can see Genting Highlands on one side and the KL skyline on the other including the famous twin towers.

Location: Taman Melawati

{East GPS Coordinates: 3.234341, 101.749541, West GPS Coordinates: 3.232645, 101.749899}

Bukit Tabur Hiking Tips
  • Both trails take about 2.5-3 hours.
  • West Tabur costs 5rm for entrance, East is free
  • East: 446m ,West 275m

Here is a short video I put together about the hike:

 

3. FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia)

FRIM is a research insitute that is open to the public and is a very popular place for those that are active and looking for some outdoor space to run, walk, climb or bike.  I visited FRIM to do the Canopy Walk on Christmas Eve which proved to be a great time because there weren’t many people there.  We did the canopy walk followed by the nature walk which offered fantastic views and the hike was equally as great.

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Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Description: FRIM has several trails with the most famous one being the one that leads to the Canopy Walk (

FRIM has several trails with the most famous one being the one that leads to the Canopy Walk (its called the Rover Track).  If you want to do the canopy walk, you must purchase tickets at the one stop shop near the entrance and parking lot.

The trails at FRIM are not steep and the path is well marked offering an experience for beginners, children, and families.  There are limited spots for the canopy walk so make sure you get in early! Other activities that you can do at FRIM include: having lunch at one of the waterfall streams, or hire a nature guide to bring you around the forest and learn in detail about the various flora and fauna.

Location: Kepong (GPS Coordinates: 3.236079, 101.634778)

FRIM Hiking Tips
  • Fees: Entrance – RM1.05/Malaysian & RM5.30/Non Malaysian | Car Entry – RM5.30 | Canopy walk – RM5/Malaysian & RM20/Non-Malaysian
  • It takes about 1-2 hours to complete the trail
  • Plan to spend at least a few hours here as there is lots to see and do!
 UPDATE: CANOPY WALK is now closed – this seems to be indefinite, but please take notice.  There are still lots of other walks and hikes around that you can enjoy, though! 

 

4. Kanching Falls

Hiking Kanching Falls was more of an accident because the plan was to hike Chilling Falls but it was closed due to a recent accident.   In the end, this turned out to be a really fun hike with a steep waterfall that you could hike up the side of.  It is really popular with people coming for picnics, overnight camping and day trips to swim in the waterfall.  Many do not ascend the steeper hiking portion so this meant the trail was fairly empty despite there being hundreds of people on the ground-level walking trail.

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Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate (depending on how far you hike).

Description: Kanching Falls are located in Rawang near the more famous Chilling Falls.  They are magnificent falls that can be reached after about a 1 hour walk.

Location: Rawang (GPS Coordinates: 3.236079, 101.634778)

Kanching Falls Hiking Tips
  • It’s a little difficult to find, use the GPS coordinate and ask for assistance if needed.
  • You will along side a river, keep walking for the waterfall hike
  • Not much for sale at entrance.
  • There is a small parking fee.

 

5. Bukit Gasing

The Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve is a long stretch of green belt that divides the city of Petaling Jaya (PJ) with Kuala Lumpur (KL) that used to be a rubber estate but is now a lush forest boasting some very beautiful, large trees and other flora.  Thie Kuala Lumpur hike is surrounded by a populated area so it is extremely common to see large neighborhood crowds out to stretch their legs, get in some cardio and enjoy the beautiful surroundings so close to their homes.

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Level of Difficulty: Easy

Description: Bukit Gasing means “Top Hill” and at its highest point reaches 160meters.  In relation to other hills in Kuala Lumpur, it is quite a small hill but it has some fairly steep inclines that will get the heart pumping.  If you are training for larger hills this is a great place to start!  We had a great morning hiking around this hill.  There are ample rest stops and view points and you get a really nice view of Petaling Jaya at a few points as well.  There are lots of hikers out on weekends and public holidays and the whole scene was positive with lots of people who love being active! Definitely worth checking it out. Below I will detail exactly how to find it.

Location: Petaling Jaya (GPS Coordinates: 3.095138, 101.656131)

Hiking Tips for Bukit Gasing:
  • There are no shops or toilets, so bring your own water
  • Fortunately, no leeches!
  • Be aware of the monkeys!
  • Wear long pants and bring moquito repellent. 

 

Finding Bukit Gasing Park:
  • From KL, exit at the EPF building signposted Jalan Gasing. From Jalan Gasing turn left into Jalan Lembah 5/2.
  • Fork right onto Jalan Tanjung 5/4. The main entrance to the park is on this street.
  • Park somewhere and walk until you see the entrance arch.

CONCLUSION

Kuala Lumpur offers some great hikes for all levels and they are easy to get to if you are staying in the city.  One of my favorite websites for finding hikes of all levels and abilities as well as specific locations is Waterfalls of Malaysia.  This is a fairly comprehensive list of waterfall hikes in Malaysia that is added to and commented on regularly.  You can find out the distance, level of difficulty, how to get there and search by other filters like location and region.

 Map of all 5 hikes (Use this as a guide only!) I don’t take responsibility for faulty Google Map Coordinates.

OTHER GREAT POSTS ABOUT HIKING IN MALAYSIA:

1. Taman Negara Rainforest| A Complete Hiking Guide by One Fit Nomad

2. Hiking Kinabalu Mountain: Is It Difficult? by One Fit Nomad

 


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