People would not usually associate Kuala Lumpur with big mountains, scenic waterfalls, and beautiful sunrises, lush green forest, but that is precisely what it has to offer! These are not just beautiful but are also great places for the public to go on a hike!
We at Kuala Lumpur Hospitality recommend you take a break from the concrete jungle in Kuala Lumpur and head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful tropical forests that our country offers! So we bring you the list of some of the best Hikes and Walks in and around Kuala Lumpur that you should check out to immerse yourself in for an exotic experience!
So Hurry up, read on-
Situated just a few kilometers away from the Kuala Lumpur Tower, KL Forest Eco Park can be considered as one of the oldest permanent forest reserves present in the country. With its convenient location, the park is the perfect spot for you to take a break from the hectic schedule of life. It is one of the best places to enjoy sweeping views of the Kuala Lumpur Skyline such as the Canopy Walk, a wood-and-steel bridge that is about 200 meters in height.- A perfect spot for a casual walk and new hikers (a win-win situation for all!).
Address: KL Forest Eco Park, Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We at Kuala Lumpur Hospitality believe that unlike other hills present in the city, Bukit Besi offers the best panoramic views at the checkpoint instead of the peak (wanna bet?!).
The beautiful view of the city trends to unfold itself as the hikers reach Checkpoint 1, a clear landing with a makeshift table. It takes about an hour to reach the summit where three communication towers surrounded by barbed wire fences are present as the towers are restricted areas.
A small tip- All the hikers should also stick to the well-trodden path on their climb up!
Address: Bukit Besi Alam Damai, 1, Jalan Alam Damai, Alam Damai, 56000 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Located in Puchong, lush green Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve can be considered as a hidden gem of our country. The Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, jointly managed by the Forestry Ministry and UPM, offers a quick respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The marked trail, about 2.8km long, is an easy hike to the peak (Yipee!).
Address: Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
If you are looking for something different, some variety in your hike, Kutu Hill Hike, should definitely be on your bucket list.
A small tip- Do not be fooled by the word "hill" as this hike will require some level of fitness and experience and is taller than other mountains in Malaysia (you can thank us later, people!). River crossings, bamboo forest trails, root climbs, huge boulders, ruins of old structures, ladder climbs, and a breathtaking view to top it all off- Kutu Hill offers everything!
Be ready to spend a good adventurous half a day on this hike as you maneuver your way up steep inclines and climbing challenges along the way.
Did you know formerly known as Treacher's Hill, Kutu hill was once a colonial hill station explaining all the ruins that you must have seen near the peak of the hike (exciting isn't it?!).
Address: Kutu Hill, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia
If you love beautiful sunrises, Broga Hill may be the perfect hill for you. Most hikers prefer to start their Broga Hill hike early in the morning (torchlight or headlamp required definitely! ) to catch a glimpse of the skies slowly lighting up in orange hues (you would not regret it!). There are 3' peaks,' and the middle one is said to be the one with the best view of the sunrise. Also, the hike itself is relatively easy with a low gradient incline ( a win-win situation for all!)
Address: Broga Hill, Semenyih, Hulu Langat District, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
We feel that it is wonderful to absorb nature every once in a while. And what better place to do so than the Forest Research Institute Malaysia. With just a minimum entry fee, you can enjoy various activities like jogging, hiking, cycling, or a leisure stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens. The best part- there are several trails for hikers to choose from – Keruing, Salleh, Engkabang, Sebastian, and Razak (yay!).
Address: Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Jalan Frim, Institut Penyelidikan Perhutanan Malaysia, 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Malay word Batu, meaning 'rock' (interesting isn't it?).
These are prominent limestone caves that hold three large and various other small temples in them. Some of these caves date back to over 400 million years and are a sight to behold during the trek, and that's exactly why it is among the most visited places of Kuala Lumpur. Cathedral Cave, Art Gallery Cave, and Museum cave are the three most paramount caves and are home to several Hindu shrines and depictions of Hindu Mythology. These caves are of great importance to the Hindu community in Kuala Lumpur. It lits up towards the end of January during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, so don't miss out on that if you ever visit Kuala Lumpur during that time!
Location: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
If exploring the unchartered, unexplored territories has always been your hobby, hiking in the Bukit Tabur in Kuala Lumpur should definitely be on your bucket list. You may also call it a hidden gem of Malaysia and it is one of the favourite destinations for hikers here. There are three main trails for hiking on the Bukit Tabur range - West, East and Far East. Out of these three trails, Western and Far Eastern parts are quite normal and are a perfect for the beginners to intermediate level hikers.
The Eastern trail has more of the rocky terrain, which makes it extremely difficult for the inexperienced hikers.
A small tip- The hikers need to take the Hike Permit before they start their hike, which costs around 5 MYR per person.
Address: Bukit Tabur, Hulu Gombak Forest Reserve, Selangor, Malaysia
The Gasing hill are conveniently located just 15 minutes off Federal Highway and perfect for anyone who wants to experience what hiking is all about as it offers various routes. This trail is popular especially amongst residents in the neighbourhood and is constantly busy with people so you need not worry about getting lost as there’s always someone you can ask for help at any point of time.
Address: Gasing Hill, Bukit Gasing Forest Park, Petaling Jaya
Located in Rawang, a stone’s throw away from Taman Eko Rimba Kanching and Taman Eko Rimba Komanwel, Templer Park (or Taman Eko Rimba Templer) is named after former British High Commissioner of Malaya and famed communist counter-insurgency leader Sir Gerald Templer (interesting isn’t it?!).
Temper Park trends to offers adventure hikers a short but more authentic bash through the Malaysian rainforest.
Address: Templer Park Hike, 48200 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by huge mountains, beautiful sunrises, scenic waterfalls, and lush green forests. It does not really matter if you are a novice hiker with little to no experience or an enthusiast looking for a bigger challenge; the best way to experience nature is via hiking, and there's always a trail for you. So put on your most comfortable shoes and get walking, people!