Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bukit Gasing - Hiking (With Photos)

The beginning of the track
So, I have picked up a new hobby this week which is hiking. The reason for the sudden move is to start keeping fit since I have hit my thirties and this is when most of the health issues kick in. I have never really been fit since leaving college albeit some short stints at the gym which never really lasted mostly because it was too mundane for me.

Hiking however has seemed to have tickled my fancy. I am a nature lover and enjoy views of greenery, hills and other elements of nature. Also, I have enjoyed jungle trekking since a young age especially hiking trips during my school days namely up Penang Hill, trekking to Pantai Kerachut and also trekking through Bukit Hijau in Kulim. I am now glad to have discovered Bukit Gasing in PJ which is the only green lung in PJ and is fairly untouched at least on the Selangor border. The hill is situated near section 5, PJ and is as wide as 100 hectares. The hill sits on the border of Selangor and KL. On one side is PJ section 5 to the west and to the east is Pantai Dalam. There are a number of tracks available to suit your fancy but I chose to use a moderate trail which involves some decent amount of hiking.

Here come the steps
The trail is well maintained thanks to the members of Save Bukit Gasing. There is hardly any sight of rubbish and the the trails are well established so you can hardly get lost. The hill is nestled in between housing areas and apartments but once you're in there, you will have a feel of being in an actual jungle. To say that it is a primary forest is not true because it is actually a secondary jungle that originated from rubber plantation. When you're hiking/trekking, you will see a lot of rubber trees that had once served their time.

Most of the people who trek are senior citizens who are often polite wishing you a good morning every time they pass by. I was introduced to Bukit Gasing by a friend who is a PJ local. He hikes with the rest of my friends on the weekends but unfortunately I would not be able to join due to family commitments. I was however so tempted to go that I decided to do it over a weekday before I go to work. The first time I tried the track, I was impressed and completing the whole track was definitely an achievement because I have not been exactly physically active for some time now. I am planning to make this an every other day activity to start keeping fit.

The Canopy
I have attached a link below to the park's website for more reading and a map for the trail. If you are nearby and are looking for something exciting to do over the weekends or to keep fit, I would definitely recommend Bukit Gasing.


Click Here for Bukit Gasing Website

The Flora
My favourite part which is the suspension bridge

One of the signs pointing you to the right path
More Steps

You can barely see the summit 

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