Hiking In Kuala Lumpur: A Guide Around Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya

A difficult course that takes 1 hour and 42 minutes…
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
August 11, 2022

Due to its proximity to densely populated places, Bukit Gasing is a well-liked location for locals to get some exercise, work their hearts and lungs, and lose any excess weight. The city of Petaling Jaya, within the Selangor state, and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur are separated by a 100-hectare green belt. 

A former rubber plantation, the park has been transformed into a lush secondary forest with some rather huge trees thanks to the wonderful restoring abilities of nature and the subsequent 60 years. Bukit Gasing park offers a variety of hiking paths for people of all energies and athletic ability

Discover this 4.3-kilometer circular route in Selangor, close to Petaling Jaya. It requires an average of 1 hour and 42 minutes to accomplish this course, which is often regarded as fairly difficult. Since mountain biking, long distance runs, and trekking are all fairly popular activities here, you can stumble across other individuals while exploring. The route is lovely to explore at any time of the year and is open all year. 

But don’t worry; Glitz has gathered the necessary details below to guide you on your first hike in Bukit Gasing.

Bukit Gasing Entrances

Bukit Gasing, located halfway around Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, has two entrances. Petaling Jaya serves as the primary entry, while Kuala Lumpur serves as the secondary access.

1. Via Petaling Jaya

There is a shortage of parking spaces at the Petaling Jaya entrance. Therefore, if you’re going in a big group, it would be better if you carpooled with your pals. If not, I would advise using Kuala Lumpur’s side entrance, which has plenty of parking. Skip the yellow lines because they are strictly enforced there.

2. Via Taman Rimba, Bukit Kerinchi 

By default, Waze or Google Map will take you to the Petaling Jaya entry if you type in “Bukit Gasing.” Therefore, individuals who want to park at Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi should enter “Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi” in your Waze or Google Maps. 

Get An Online Map

You will need to first download the trail map if you want to, before we get into the many attractions and locations along Bukit Gasing Trails. But it’s also okay if you’d rather not. In Bukit Gasing, helpful hikers will be happy to direct you. Alternatively, depending on where you’re headed, you can follow the arrows. 

However, the trail maps can also be deceptive and perplexing but are excellent for providing you a general idea of the routes. You may also join Friends Of Bukit Gasing (FOBG) on Facebook to obtain their copy of the trail map and stay up to date on trail-related information.

Attractions At Bukit Gasing

1. Steel Bridge

This charming steel bridge will undoubtedly be crossed by visitors entering through the Taman Rimba Bukit Kerinchi (KL) gate. It should not be mistaken with the suspension bridge because they are totally unrelated. Important to specify a steel or suspension bridge when asking for directions; otherwise, you can end up being sent to the wrong bridge. 

2. Hindu Temple

The Hindu temple is situated on Bukit Gasing in a somewhat remote area. There were countless monkeys on the telecom tower and basically no active hikers on sight. Be aware that there are several trails that have diverged here, so be careful to stay on track and avoid getting lost.

3. River Streams

Walking up to the Hindu temple requires you to cross a few wooden walkways and crystal-clear rivers. When travelling to the suspension bridge from the KL entry, make sure to walk around the place so you don’t regrettably miss as many streams. 

4. The Abandon House

The deserted home is perhaps Bukit Gasing’s second or third most Instagrammable location. There are really two abandoned structures here, but people always go toward this big one. 

5. The Suspension Bridge

The suspension bridge is not the least, though. The suspension bridge was the main reason that most tourists ascended Bukit Gasing. Don’t worry , it has undergone high maintenance and appears to be quite durable.

Things To Consider At Bukit Gasing

  • Get yourself the online trail map. 
  • Keep an eye on your possessions because there have been a few robberies. 
  • Near the Hindu temple, there are a lot of monkeys, and they can make very alarming noises. 
  • Be there really early. Weekends will be packed. Most experts recommended 6:30 to 7:00 am. 
  • If you become lost, always ask the kind hikers for directions. 
  • There are several short cuts, most of them are quite steep slopes. Do proceed with care. When unsure, go back. 
  • Avoid hiking during the rainfall since the trails will be slick and muddy. 
  • Bring ointment or balm for insects or mosquitoes.

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