6 Hiking Trails to trek around Selangor & Kuala Lumpur

6 Hiking Trails to trek around Selangor & Kuala Lumpur

The best hiking routes in the region that will give you scenic views of nature

Get the most out of Malaysia’s bustling states and gear up for an adventure through the woods. Aside from the spectacled megamalls and elegant cityscapes, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur possesses a natural charm in the form of cascading waterfalls and immersive hiking routes that’s only a drive away from the capital city.

These spots promises to give you some of the best sights to take in and it’ll make sure you’ll get a good sweat in in the process.

Got your equipment ready? Here are 6 hiking trails to attempt around Selangor & Kuala Lumpur.

 

1 – Broga Hill

Lookout point at Broga Hill

Photo by Loo Seng Yee

Broga Hill, also known as Bukit Lalang, is one of the more popular hiking locations in Selangor. Located in Semenyih, the hill is near the University of Nottingham and sits on the edge of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range.

Sunsets on Broga Hill

Photo by taufuuu

The peak of Broga Hill stands 400 metres above sea level, and while it is divided into three different peaks, the first peak is said to have the best views. The relatively flat landing on the first peak itself overlooks the plantations, estates, and distant hills that encircles Broga Town.

Hiking up to the highest point of Broga Hill (the third peak) will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on your fitness level.

A group of friends looks over Broga Hill

Photo by Andy Saiden

Most visitors often hike up in the early mornings to catch the sunrise, but this site is also seen as one of the top stargazing spots in Selangor, especially during astronomical events like meteor showers and lunar eclipses.

Fun fact: Broga Hill was one of the filming locations for the local hit movie Ola Bola in 2016!

Duration: 45mins – 1 hour
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
What to bring: Headlamp, hiking stick, water, proper hiking shoes

 

2 – Chiling Waterfalls

Chiling Waterfall

Photo by GoKelah

Chiling Waterfalls is managed by the Selangor Fisheries Department and the Selangor Forestry Department. The two bodies oversee the maintenance of Chilling Waterfall as well as the Mahseer (Ikan Kelah) Fish Sanctuary nearby.

Cascading waters

Photo by The Quantum Singularity

There isn’t too much of an incline on the route up, but you will be crossing the river 5 times on your way to the waterfall. Certain river crossings are deeper than others, and some water levels may even be up to your hips. Be careful of the strong undercurrents sweeping your feet, especially if it rained the night before as the currents will be stronger. You’re advised to also tread your footing carefully as the rocks in the river are very slippery, making it easy for you to lose balance.

The cool water of Chiling Waterfall

Photo by lee yuen

After you’ve navigated your way through the river and trudged the remaining path, you’ll be met with the beautiful cascading waters crashing in the pool below. Once there, dive in and wade in the cool waters of Chiling Waterfall.

Note that hiking at night is prohibited, so make sure you plan for the morning or afternoon hike. The entire site is only open on Fridays to Sundays; for the rest of the week, all hiking activities are off.

Duration: 45mins – 1 hour
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
What to bring: water, proper hiking shoes, extra clothes if you want to swim, dry pack to protect your phones & cameras etc)

 

3 – Bukit Tabur

Bukit Tabur in the morning glow

Photo by alang alangraphy

Bukit Tabur is probably the most challenging hike route in the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor areas. Situated just 30 minutes from KL, there are two routes up the quartz ridge: Tabur East, and Tabur West. Although the route begins on two separate ends, both are physically demanding and requires a great deal of confidence and experience.

Misty fogs cover the base of Bukit Tabur

Photo by chee.hong

The terrain is made mostly of quartz, and interestingly, 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. There have been numerous cases of serious injuries and even fatalities throughout the years with hikers slipping on loose soil or tripping over the ridge. Hence, it is advisable to stay clear of Tabur on rainy days.

The beautiful sight that awaits at the end of your hike

Photo by @melongray

But dangers aside, your successful and safe climb to the peak is rewarded with a picturesque view of the Klang Gate Dam, surrounded by lush greenery, and the undulating hills in the distance.

Our advice on your mission to conquer Tabur is to ensure you go in groups and have somebody who is familiar with the route. Confidence in your hiking abilities is pivotal to avoid mishaps, and it may be a worthwhile idea to ensure you have a few recent hikes under your belt before you ascend.

Duration: 2hrs – 2hrs30mins (don’t rush, take your time)
Hiking Difficulty: Very Hard
What to bring: Water, proper hiking shoes with good grip (worn-out trek shoes not recommended), torchlights, headlamp, phones (in case of any mishaps, call), hiking gloves (quartz/rocks can be sharp), whistle.

 

4 – KL Forest Eco Park

The instagrammable canopy walk at KL Forest Eco Park

Photo by Couple Travel The World

KL Forest Eco Park offers a tamer, and much safer level of hiking routes. Previously known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (some locals still call it that), the park is located amidst the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur and was part of the ancient rainforest that stood for millennia on the city before its development.

Aerial view of the trees

Photo by @theonewithmo

Now, the 9.3 hectares of green lung has evolved into a popular instaworthy location for enthusiast, who have particularly taken to the 200-metre canopy walk.

Though the park is relatively small, it is abundant with various species of birds and silver leaf monkeys hanging about the area. The park also has jogging and nature trails, the most popular of which is the Jelutong Trail which will take you through the Bamboo Walk; and the Penarahan Trail, where you’ll see the rope-like intertwining liana vines coiling around ancient trees.

The trails at KL Forest Eco Park

Photo by Teja on the Horizon

KL Forest Eco Park isn’t the most adventurous of nature excursions, but it does provide a much needed green relief from the smoke-choked and exhaustive pace of the capital city.

Duration: as long as you like
Hiking Difficulty: Very easy
What to bring: mosquito repellent

 

5 – Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) Kepong

Trees align the path at FRIM Kepong

About 16 kilometres away from the city is one of Malaysia’s prime sites for leisure hiking activities. FRIM Kepong was founded in 1929 and remains an important site for forestry-based research and education. FRIM spans over 600 hectares of land and houses a full natural ecosystem consisting up to 15,000 species of flora.

There are much to do in this sprawling forest. Many locals have considered this a favourable spot for birdwatching, jungle trekking, and cycling. Within the confines of the jungle is also a mini waterfall suitable for a calming picnic (just remember to pick up after yourselves!).

Waterfall at FRIM

Photo by Forest Research Institute Malaysia

It’s easy to discern FRIM through photographs. What makes the greenery iconic is the ‘Crown Shyness’ of Kapur Trees, a phenomenon where the leaves at the crown of the tree doesn’t touch each other, forming a canopy with gaps in between that resemble cracks.

The Crown Shyness at FRIM Kepong

The Crown Shyness phenomenon | Photo source:  Wikipedia

The best time to visit FRIM is in the early mornings where the air is cooler and the morning is bright.

Duration: as long as you like
Hiking Difficulty: Very easy
What to bring: mosquito repellent, extra clothes and towel (if you want to visit the mini waterfall)

Spend A Day in the Rainforest exploring the secrets of this ecosystem for only RM170!

 

6 – Kanching Waterfalls

Kanching Falls

Kanching Waterfalls is truly one of the more unique waterfalls in Selangor. It is essentially 1 massive waterfall divided into seven different tiers, with each tier comprising of one level.

Hiking to the first three tiers of the hike is easy and doesn’t require too much from anyone. Concrete steps and foot paths are secured and maintained from level 1 to level 3, but from level 4 onwards the climb gets a little more difficult as the paved route begins to give way to dirt paths.

Cascading Waterfalls at Kanching

Photo source: Wikipedia

Levels 6 – 7 becomes increasingly difficult. At 208 metres high, level 7 may prove a little more challenging than the lower levels, which also makes it the most secluded and cleanest as it is further away from human pollution.

Hikers wading in the pool

Photo by Polycarp Norbert Nyulin

Picnics are suitable in the lower levels, but be wary of monkeys patrolling the area. Take good care of your belongings, and clean up after you are done.

Duration: 1.30mins to level 7
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
What to bring: mosquito repellent, extra clothes and towel (if you want to swim), sunblock

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