Hiking is one of the interesting activities which allows you to get closer with nature and immerse yourself in the beauty of the greenery surroundings. No matter you’re choosing to conquer a hill or mountain, you will get to explore the flora and fauna in every corner. Remember to bring enough water and all the hiking equipment. Not to forget to wear proper hiking shoes with good grip in order to avoid unnecessary injuries. Aside from the cityscapes in Kuala Lumpur, there are some peak hikes you should plan to conquer during your weekends off.
Broga Hill, Selangor
Broga Hill is one of the most popular places to hike in Klang Valley. If you’re a sunrise lover, this hill in Semenyih is definitely worth waking up for in the early morning. Most hikers would choose to start the hike at 5am to catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery during the break of dawn. At only 400 metres high, the peak of Broga Hill is divided into three peaks, which is known as First Peak, Second Peak and Third Peak (highest point).
The hike itself is fairly easy and suitable for beginners as hiking up to the highest point of Broga Hill will take approximately an hour depending on your stamina level. Broga Hill is one of the best places to hike with an easy range of Kuala Lumpur although it is steep and challenging enough to get the heart pumping. Just be careful on your descent as it can be quite slippery. On a side note, it is about the only hill in Peninsular Malaysia which is covered with lalang grass instead of trees, hence, the views from the top are excellent.
Bukit Tabur is considered one of the most challenging hike routes in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor areas and you might require basic training before conquering it. The total duration is around 2 hours 30 minutes but don’t rush, just take your time to complete the route. Bukit Tabur is also known as The Dragon’s Backbone, which is a limestone ridge with 5 different peaks. The hill is divided into two directions, which are east and west, with both different views. Although the route begins on two separate ends, both are physically demanding and require a great deal of experience and confidence.
The terrain is made mostly of quartz and the geologists believe that it is the longest and oldest quartz ridge in the world. The unique composition of sharp-edged quartz makes for a challenging climb to any hiker, and is often considered one of the more dangerous hikes to attempt. Put dangers aside, your successful and safe climb to the peak is rewarded with an eye-catching scenery of the Klang Gate Reservoir. Hence, it is advisable to go Tabur in groups or have somebody who has experience in conquering it.
Gunung Nuang, Selangor
Gunung Nuang is by far the toughest hike around the Kuala Lumpur area. At the height of over 1,439 metre, it is considered as one of the tallest peaks in Selangor. Climbing Gunung Nuang is very exhausting and very challenging. It is advisable to have a fairly good fitness level before attempting a hike at Gunung Nuang. The hike is going to take a full day so you should be prepared and make sure to plan your meals accordingly. Gunung Nuang straddles between the border of Selangor and Pahang, hence, there are two access points to this mountain, which are through Hulu Langat (Selangor) or Janda Baik (Pahang). The route is longer and tougher starting from Hulu Langat point.
Basically, it is divided into 4 stages. The first stage is described as the ‘never-ending road’, for a distance of 5km. You will go through a bamboo forest before reaching a few river crossings and a camping site, Camp Lolo. Starting from stage 2, which is after the camping site, is where the real hike begins. The path is mostly deeply rutted clay and the route is around 2km which requires approximately 2 hours to complete. Stage 3 begins after you pass Camp Pacat. The route to stage 4 is around 1.5km which will take around 1 hour (although the sign said this stage should take 40 minutes) to complete. Camp Pengasih is a false peak, which means that you are not at the top yet. It requires another 40 minutes before arriving at the summit.
Although the view at the peak is not exactly the best, conquering Gunung Nuang is satisfying for most people and is able to leave you with a great sense of accomplishment. It is also a very popular training ground for people planning to hike Mount Kota Kinabalu. As many hikers say, if you can do Nuang, Kota Kinabalu will be no problem whatsoever. To prepare yourself for this hike, make sure to stay hydrated and get enough rest. Don’t fret if you cannot complete the hike in one go as there are a few base camps for hikers to rest at.