“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Being out in the nature is very relaxing and fun at the same time. Sometimes we need to escape from the city to find peace for our mind and soul. The hiking sensation has been on-going since the community has been more proactive towards caring about health. So here is the top 10 best hiking spots located in Selangor.
1) Gasing Hill
Gasing Hill is located at Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. This hill is very unique because it is surrounded by a heavily-populated area. Gasing Hill is one of the few “green lungs” of Petaling Jaya that is hugely popular among hiking enthusiasts. There are multiple hiking trails that hikers with different level of energy or fitness can choose from. Every trail will lead to a suspension bridge, watchtower, and Hindu temple. The highest point at Gasing Hill is about 160 meters. For those who come on the weekend, Gasing Hill can get a little crowded. There is no fee and permit needed to hike up the Gasing Hill.
2) Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat
Despite being known as a thrilling hiking trails that requires a lot of energy to hike, Gunung Nuang is definitely worth the climb! Considered as one of the highest mountains in Selangor, this 1,493-meter mountain often takes around 9-10 hours. Most hikers prefer to camp overnight since it would be very exhausting to go back down the same day. Not to mention, you can witness the exotic thick forests that will take you to a whole new world!
3) Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is one of the oldest and largest re-created tropical rain forests and a leading institution in tropical forestry research in the world. FRIM offers a back-to-nature experience and the remains of an old Orang Asli settlement. FRIM is also the place to learn about nature and a great place to go hiking with family and friends on weekends. A tour guide will take you around FRIM, including the must-visit Canopy Walkway. However, you have to purchase the ticket for the Canopy Walkway from the souvenir counter which is located in the same building as the information counter. Ticket price for adult is RM5 and for children is RM1. It is open every day except Mondays and Fridays from 9.30 am until 2.30 pm.
4) Saga Hill
Saga Hill is located in Ampang/Cheras district of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor. This hill is recommended for beginners. There are 3 trails; A, B, and C. Currently trail B is closed to public due to construction but trail A and C are open to public. The trail is well maintained and has ropes to guide you. For more adventure, you can hike to Saga Hill waterfall which is one of the prettiest waterfalls in Selangor. There is an open space at the top of Saga Hill with a big noticeboard, rest huts, hammocks and a makeshift cooking area. It is a perfect place to seek calmness and for a relaxing time with family and friends.
5) Bukit Kutu
Bukit Kutu also known as Treacher’s Hill, was once a colonial hill station where remnants of buildings still exist and offers a panoramic view of clouds, valleys and Titiwangsa mountain range at the summit. You have to pass by Kampung Orang Asli at Kampung Pertak to go to Bukit Kutu. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to hike up to the peak of Bukit Kutu. It is a popular picnic spot, although few people are up for this. But you need a permit before you start hiking Bukit Kutu. There is an office at the foothill entrance to apply for a permit which costs RM5 per person.
6) Jugra Hill
When it comes to hiking trails with extraordinary view, Jugra Hill should be one of your top picks! Jugra Hill that is located in Kuala Langat was known as the royal capital of Selangor back in the 1800s. Due to its well-preserved area and building, it became as one of the popular hiking trails in Selangor. If you’re planning to do outdoor activities like hiking and paragliding, this is the right spot as Jugra Hills is best known for its astonishing view from its peak! As for the hiking trails, the difficulty level is still considered easy as it will only take 1.5 hour which is definitely not bad for beginners for a start.
7) Chiling Waterfall
There is no way we can forget Chiling Waterfall from our list! Considered as one the most impressive waterfalls in Selangor, Chilling Waterfalls offers you a thrilling yet enjoyable hiking trails where you can also enjoy the best waterfall scenery that will definitely take your breath away! Entrance fee is only at RM1 and it opens on Fridays to Sundays only. Begin your hike to the first waterfall that will take around 40-50 minutes. Here, you will find the most crowd as compared to the other levels of the fall.
8) Broga Hill
Broga Hill is one of the best hills to catch the glorious sunrise and sunset view from the peak. It is about the only hill in Peninsular Malaysia which is covered in lalang grass instead of trees so the views from the top are excellent. It is a good place not too far from the city centre to break a sweat, take in some fresh air, and enjoy natural environment. The trail is pretty easy for beginners to the hiking activity. There is a stall that sells coconut water to refresh yourself before continuing your journey to the top of the hill. The entrance fee is RM1 per person and there is no fee for parking spots.
9) Kota Damansara Community Forest
Established in 2011, the Kota Damansara Community Forest began its journey with a campaign where the community had to seek protection for its precious forest against all harms. This campaign particularly allowed groups of people to voice out their opinion and gave alternative or solutions in order to preserve Mother Nature. A fun fact is that this forest’s trails were designed meticulously by volunteers and the Temuan Orang Asli tribe under the guidance of Selangor Forestry Department. There are a total of 14 km hiking trails that was constructed for hiking enthusiasts and if you are scared of getting lost during the hike, don’t worry as there will be a personal guide that will lead you!
10) Setia Alam Community Trail
If you’re looking for a hiking trail that is suitable for all ages and fitness level, Setia Alam Community Trail can totally fit the bill! The approximately 430 acres lowland rainforest belongs to both State Government and PKNS. Good news for beginners out there as you can take route A to the Peak Garden while hikers who prefers a more challenging route, you can use route B that is 12-metre long. It will take only 20 minutes to hike towards the Peak Garden where you can sit and enjoy the view!
In Selangor, hiking activity has become one of the trendiest activities to carry out. While hiking, you may enjoy spectacular panoramic views along the way to the peak. Selangor is one of the States that emphasises on eco-tourism segmentation. We should all preserve the beauty of nature by not littering. Natural beauty is a legacy and a right for the future generation. Conserving the nature, as well as our natural resources for their benefit is our responsibility today.
For more information, log on to the official website of Tourism Selangor at Selangor.Travel.