Explore Selangor’s Hidden Nature
“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 some peace of mind and soul. The hiking excitement from the starting point to the peak is really worth it. So here are The 5 Most Spectacular Hiking Trails in Selangor.
Gasing Hill is located at Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. This hill is very unique because it is being 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 level can choose from. Every trail will lead to a suspension bridge, watchtower, and Hindu temple. The highest point of Gasing Hill is about 160 meters. For those who come on the weekend, Gasing Hill can get a little crowded. There is no fee to hike up the Gasing Hill.
Broga Hill has one of the best hills to catch the glorious sunrise and sunset from its peak. It is the only hill in Peninsular Malaysia that is covered in lalang grass instead of trees making the view from the top are phenomenal. It is a good place not too far from the city center to break a sweat, take in some fresh air, and enjoy the natural environment. The trail is pretty easy for hiking beginners. Along your way, you can find a stall that sells coconut water to refresh and energise yourself before continuing your journey to the top of the hill. The entrance fee is RM 1 per person and free parking is available at the location.
Forest Research Institut Malaysia (FRIM)
Forest Research Institut 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 at the same building as the information counter. Ticket price for adult is RM 5 and for children is RM 1. It is open every day except Mondays and Fridays from 9.30 am until 2.30 pm.
Saga hill is located in the 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 on-going construction while 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 stunning 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 great for picnics and chill out space. It is a perfect place to seek calmness and for having a relaxing time with family and friends.
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 the Kampung Orang Asli at Kampung Pertak to go to Bukit Kutu. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to hike up to its peak. It is a popular picnic spot. However, you will need a permit before you start your hike at Bukit Kutu. There is an office at the foothill entrance to apply for a permit which only costs RM 5 per person.
In Selangor, hiking has become one of the trendiest activities to carry out during free time. 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.
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