As Malaysians enjoy tropical weather all year round, hence, the weather here is quite hot and humid and interspersed with tropical rain showers. What’s more? Malaysia is also a gateway paradise as there are many well-known beaches, rainforests and mountains that would excite any adventurous souls. Hiking is truly a unique activity where you can get up close and personal with nature and experience the picturesque sceneries with your own eyes. Besides, breathing in the fresh air will make you feel energized as well!

So come and check out this list of 9 best hiking trails for a beginners out there who would love to grab a taste of what hiking is like!

1. Broga Hill (Bukit Lalang)

Level: Easy

Duration: 3.4km, 1-2 hours

Fee: RM2 for parking

Highlight: 3 summit points and it’s popular for its sunrise spot, especially for people who love to see the sunrise, they will usually start to hike at 5am-6am to catch the beautiful moment of sunrise slowly lighting up the sky.

Location: Semenyih, Selangor

2. Bukit Gasing

Level: Easy to moderate

Duration: 2.5km, 1-2 hours

Highlight: There are 6 different routes to hike which includes suspension bridge or a more challenging ways with a steep flight of steps aptly named the “Killer Stretch”. Some lead up to a Hindu temple and others to the watchtower, either of which will provide a scenic view.

Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor

3. Ayer Hitam Forest (Wawasan Hill)

Level: Easy to moderate

Duration: 3.7km, 1-2 hours

Highlight: The forest is part of the University Putra Malaysia (UPM), hence, it’s considered as a private property. Some portions are open to public, but most areas are restricted. Besides, there are also a ‘blue lagoon’ lake which is the highlight of the hike, but normally it is opened for research purpose.

Location: Puchong, Selangor

4. Forest Research Insititute Malaysia (FRIM)

Level: Easy

Duration: 1-2 hours

Fees: RM5 for Parking

Entrance – RM1 (Malaysian); RM5 (Non Malaysian); FOC (children below 12)

Canopy walk – RM5 (Malaysian); RM20 (Non-Malaysian)

You will need to pay extra RM5 if you bring your DSLR along

Opening hours: 6am to 7.30am and from 8.30am to 7pm on weekdays. Subjected to weather conditions.

Highlight: Water falls, picnic areas, tropical rainforest in the city. Also, there are several trails within FRIM with one of the more popular is the Rover Track which leads towards the Canopy Walk, however, it has closed permanently in 2017.

Location: Kepong, Selangor


 5. Saga Hill

Level: Easy to moderate

Duration: 3.9km, 3-4 hours

Highlight: There are 2 entry points in Cheras (Cheras Awana & Cheras Hartamas) and the third one is in Ampang (Taman Saga). These three trails which is Trail A, B and C, whichever trail you take, you will be lead to the summit of Bukit Saga and its two waterfalls and they offer varying degrees of difficulty and distance.

Location: Ampang, Selangor


6. Sungai Pisang Falls

Level: Easy

Duration: 3.9km

Highlight: Waterfall, a set of tunnels under the Karak Highway, nice picnic and camping spots near the top of the falls. The Montanic Outdoor Team had ventured into this beautiful place not too long ago. Fore details please kindly refer to Hike N’ Fun #1 – Sungai Pisang Waterfalls

Location: Gombak, Selangor


7. Bukit Nanas (KL Forest Eco Park)

Level: Easy to moderate

Duration: 1.8km, 1hour plus

Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 7pm. Subjective to rainy conditions.

Highlight: Nearby KL Tower and Pavilion KL, 200m canopy walk, herbal garden

Location: Kuala Lumpur


 8. Rainbow Waterfalls

Level: Easy

Duration: 1km, 45 minutes – 1 hour

Fees: entrance – RM10

RM50 per person, including insurance and transport (booking with travel agency)

Highlight: The rainbow appears between 9am, 10am to 11am and the best seats in the house are at the right side of the waterfall. However, the short time of rainbow visibility makes visitors need to arrange a strict timing tour so you can arrive at the waterfall in time to see the beautiful rainbows scene.

Location: Sungai Lembing, Pahang


9. Bukit Batu Putih Trail

Level: Easy

Duration: 4.2km, 1-2 hours

Highlight: Beautiful wild flowers, Port Dickson sea view, Cape Rachado Lighthouse, rock climbing

Location: Si Rusa, Negeri Sembilan


So which hiking trails in Malaysia you would like to conquer? By the way, before embarking on any type of hike, it’s always important to be adequately prepared so that you can avoid any untoward incidences. What are you waiting for? Let’s gather some friends and make plans for this weekend!