I’ve been coming to Kuala Lumpur since 2010 and in time I’ve racked up 26 visits to this amazing place. The main reason for coming here is that it is that Air Asia is run from here, meaning just about every cheap flight comes through here

The city has it’s charms. You can explore on foot a lot of the main areas and when you can’t there is GRABCAR and also a great MRT/LRT to get you around. There is little India, where you can get some seriously good Indian curries. There is also a huge China town as many Chinese came here to settle long ago. The mixture of cultures and acceptance of everybody makes this city a great place to be.
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Like all cities though it is great to get outside and see what other things there are on offer. A few years ago my friend showed me pictures of this place called Bukit Tabur, a huge quartz ridge that sticks up hundreds of metres about the surrounding forest. Often called the dragons back, it is shrouded in mist early in the morning and has some really steep and sketchy parts that you have to climb up to get to the top. I thought it looked awesome, but what I didn’t realise was actually how close it was to the city.
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To get to Bukit Tabur isn’t all that time consuming and will take around an hour from KL Sentral. I booked myself into a guesthouse called Preece’s B&B right near the National Zoo of Malaysia. It was the closest place within my budget that I could find and it turned out to be a really nice homestay experience.
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From Preece’s B&B it was a quick 30 minute walk/run to the base of the hill along some suburban roads. As you walk or jog along you can see the huge cliffs of Bukit Tabur and you really can’t believe that soon you’ll be climbing up there. I passed though a small neighbourhood and then I saw some big water pipes. I followed the trail but this just leads to the Klang Dam. I went back to the start of the water pipes and the trail actually goes past someones house to the right and then up a steep hill. Now be warned that this hike is very steep and there are a lot of mosquitoes so if you are scared of heights then I wouldn’t recommend this hike.
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I met a guy on the path called Tarzan. He said there was a house on the left and when I got there he said to pay 10 MYR and then go and climb. I got to the point where I saw the house and instead of going towards the house I went the other way, to the right. From here the wide road turns into a trail and you just follow it along. It is pretty flat at this point but then it takes a sharp right and goes up the hill. As you can see from the photo below the way up is very steep and not for the faint hearted.
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From the house where you’re meant to pay it takes around 15-20 minutes to reach the top and then the same to get down again. I climbed only to Bukit Tabur west summit and then descended the same way but there are reports that you can do a traverse along the whole ridge. Find the Alltrails map here. It says its closed but as at May 2019 it’s open.
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I didn’t have the time or energy to do the traverse so I just did a quick trip up. The views from Bukit Tabur east are magical. If you look west you can see the Klang Dam and the hills behind and if you look the other way you have the whole city of KL spread out before your eyes. If I had my time over I would most likely have just stayed in the city and come out here for an afternoon. The hike really isn’t very long and there isn’t a whole lot to do in the area if you don’t have transport.
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Here are some logistics for getting there:
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I took the LRT to SRI RAMPAI station and then caught a GRABCAR. GRAB is a great way to get around out here and the cost is very affordable. From Sri Rampai to my accomodation it was just 10MYR and to Bukit Tabur it would most likely be around 10-15MYR. The entire trip can be done for around 30MYR from KL Sentral and back again.
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If you wanted to do this hike while in KL I would suggest either leaving very early from KL on the LRT, take a GRAB from the station to the base of the hill, climb the hill, take a GRAB back to the station and then back to KL. This can also be done in the afternoon which I also highly recommend. Be sure to wear good shoes as it is very steep and you need all the grip you can get. Also long sleeves and pants, or mosquito repellent would also be a good idea.
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I don’t have the GPS track for this one but if you download maps.me and get the map for Malaysia it is easily shown on there. Alternatively check the trail on Alltrails.
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Did you complete this hike? If so leave a comment and let me know how you went.
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