Best Hike Spots in KL
If you're looking for a great workout and some stunning views, look no further than the hiking spots around Kuala Lumpur. With plenty of hills and trails to choose from, there's something for everyone. And if you're not sure where to start, don't worry - we've got you covered. In this blog post, we'll discuss the best hiking spots in KL.
1) Broga Hills, Semenyih (Length: 3.5km, 1-1.5 hour hike)
For beginners who are looking for an easy challenge, Broga Hills is the perfect place to start. With an elevation of only 400 meters, fit climbers should be able to complete the hike in around 30 minutes (beginners around 1-1.5 hours). Being one of the few hike spots where the peak is covered in lalang instead of tress, it offers some jaw-dropping views for hikers.
(Note: It can get crowded at Broga Hill even as early as 6 am, so make sure to prepare for human traffic on your climb)
2) Chiling Waterfall (Length 4.7km, 1h-1.5 hour hike)
If you decide to take this trail to hike up to the Chiling waterfall, get ready to get soaked as you will have to cross the river on six occasions to reach the top (the water can get waist deep in some places). Although the hike itself is relatively easy, crossing the rivers can add an extra challenge.
The rivers are full of fish which adds to the charm of the hike, but remember that fishing is prohibited as it is protected under the wildlife department.
3) Gasing Hill (Length 4km, 1-1.5 hour hike)
An abandoned rubber estate turned nature trail, Gasing Hill is one of the most popular hiking routes around KL. The trail is fairly easy although some parts are steep depending on which route you take. It can feel like a mini maze because of all the different splits on the trail but don't worry as there are enough fellow hikers to ask from who will happily point you in the right direction.
4) Saga Hill (Length 3.9km, 2-2.5 hour hike)
Saga Hill is a short but intense trail, especially at the beginning the steep elevation will offer a challenge even for fit climbers. Although the hike can be moderately challenging, the waterfall at the top makes up for it. The collecting pool is shallow, but the cool refreshing water will reenergize you for the hike back down.
Be prepared as the trail to the waterfall is quite challenging as there are no proper steps but there will be ropes at certain spots. Pay attention to the ribbon markers on the trees to ensure you are on the right track.
5) Gunung Nuang (Length: 17.9km, 8-9 hour hike)
Gunung Nuang is the toughest climb on this list and not for the faint-hearted as the distance and technical climbs can wear out even regular climbers. The summit is not that special, with no view to speak of, but the hikethrough a gorgeous ancient rainforest all the way up and the bragging rights of conquering Nuang makes it all worth it!
(Note: To enter this trail you will need to register for a permit at least a week in advance)