Kuala Lumpur, the beautiful capital of Malaysia with millions of visitor each year, is like a small valley surrounded by mountains. It would be incomplete to think that Kuala Lumpur only has skyscrapers, busy shopping centers or bustling entertainment places. The beautiful Kuala Lumpur is also an ideal destination for visitors who love exploring the nature. With beautiful scenery and fresh air, hiking in Kuala Lumpur is surely one of the most memorable experiences if you have the opportunity to travel to Malaysia.
1. Hiking in Broga Hill (Bukit Broga)
Just 35 km from Kuala Lumpur to the south, Broga Hil is a set of 3 peaks, about 400m high at sea. From the top of Broga, you can see the northern area of Kuala Lumpur and the green palm forests of Selangor in the south. The reward for the hikers getting up early to welcome the sunrise on Broga peak are the sky on the hiking trail and the cool air in the morning. Hiking in Broga hill is not too difficult and it takes about 2 to 2.5 hour to complete (50 minutes for climbing up and 40 minutes for climbing down).
How to get there
There is no public transport from Kuala Lumpur center to Broga Hill. You can take the train to the nearest station, Serdang, and then take a taxi to Broga Hill (about 4km). It is noted that this way does not apply for visitors who want to admire the sunrise because the train begins at 6 a.m, while you have to start climbing from 5 a.m – 5.30 a.m to catch the first rays of sunshine.
The second way is taking Uber taxi. It is convenient and can help you saving money if you go in the group of 3-4 people. The estimated cost from Kuala Lumpur center to Broga Hill is 60 RM and it takes 45 minutes. In addition, remember to tell the Uber driver to wait for you because Broga has no taxi.
Moreover, the Couchsurfing community in Kuala Lumpur occasionally organizes hiking trips in Broga at weekends to go with other hikers.
Note when hiking in Broga Hill
Because Broga is just a low mountain, the hiking journey is short so you only need to bring 1 liter of water per person and snacks if you like. Besides, you should bring fruits and wear good sport shoes. The morning atmosphere in Broga is bustling at weekends: many groups of hikers come here for trail running and a few groups go camping overnight to catch the dawn.
If you climb in the afternoon, the sunset here is pretty nice and impressive, but you have to arrange your time of enjoying the sunset so as to return when it is not too dark. Otherwise, you can prepare a flashlight.
2. Hiking in Bukit Tabur
For those who love adventure, you cannot ignore the opportunity to conquer Mount Bukit Tabur in Kuala Lumpur. The first important thing that you will be alerted when hiking this mountain is the steep and slippery terrain. Only half of an hour from Kuala Lumpur city center, Bukit Tabur has become a popular sight-seeing spot for locals and tourists because of the stunning views from the top of the mountain. Hiking in Bakit Tabur has a moderate difficulty and takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours to complete.
How to get there
You can take a taxi from Kuala Lumpur center and it takes about 30 minutes to get there.
Note when hiking in Bukit Tabur
Bukit Tabur or Tabur Hill is a range of narrow and long marble mountains that are dividied into Tabur West and Tabur East. The altitude at the highest point is only about 400 meters above sea level, but due to the steep topography and numerous erect cliffs, the difficulty is highly noticed. Therefore, you should prepare the necessary climbing tools such as specialized shoes, climbing sticks, and ropes…
From the foot of the mountain up to the destination you will have to cross many different peaks, many of them are almost vertical lines. Tabur West is maybe harder to climb than Tabur East. Depending on the hardness you want to conquer, you can choose Tabur West or Tabur East to hike.
Hiking in Bukit Tabur is physical exercise so you should bring water before going because when climbing you cannot find any place to buy water. The best hiking time is probably in the early morning with the cool and fresh air. Moreover, you could have the opportunity to watch the nice clouds or bright sunrise from the top on good weather days.
With the high difficulty, when hiking Bukit Tabur, being careful is the most important thing, especially when taking a picture.
Finally, the spiritual optimism and careful preparation will be a mark on your journey of exploring Kuala Lumpur.
3. Hiking in Penang Hill
Penang Hill is an ideal destination to enjoy panoramic views of Penang from above. Cafes, botanical gardens with cool, pleasant atmosphere will help visitors feel relaxed. Penang Hill opens from 6:30 to 23:00, and visitors will spend 2.5 – 3 hours to hike in the area. To go to Penang Hill, visitors can catch the train for both moving and sightseeing.
How to get there
To get to Penang Hill you can take the bus or Uber taxi, or if possible, hire a motorbike to be free in moving. Another choice is train. The ticket price in Penang Hill for foreign guests is 30 RM for two ways and you have to wait for a long time because many tourists choose this type of transportation.
Notes when hiking in Penang Hill
You should come here in the afternoon and can stay up until night to see the city shimmering at the lights. In the morning, if you are not lucky enough to encounter the fog, you will not see anything.
If you choose the train to go to Penang Hill, when you buy a ticket, you will not receive a paper ticket as usual in other tourist sites, but a plastic card. You must keep the card during the trip because if it is lost or damaged, you will have to pay for it. When going back, out of the gate, you have to put the card back into the slot of the electric door to get out.