Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fashionista's Escapades: Climbing Bukit Gasing

So two days ago we decided to take advantage of all the free time that we have now that the exams are over to roam about in the city and try to experience the different things that the city (Kuala Lumpur - Petaling Jaya area) has to offer. And we had so much fun climbing Broga the other day (you can read about Broga [here]) that we decided to try and climb another hill this time, one that is definitely closer to the university, Bukit Gasing. 

Bukit Gasing is located at Jalan Gasing, and I am not that well versed with the roads in Petaling Jaya to show you how to get there but here's a blog that has the directions on how to get there (click [here]).

Here's a photoblog of the trip:

Map of Bukit Gasing at the front of the entrance.

The hikers representing their various countries (in alphabetical order): Brunei, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Singapore. 

And the hike begins!

We walked on a paved road for about 50 meters.

Some obstacles along the way.

The hiking part (i.e. climbing up) was maybe about 200 - 300 meters.

The reason for the hike starting at 10 am is because unlike Broga, Bukit Gasing is very shady, thus the hot sun will not affect your hike as much.

After about 40 minutes, we reached the top =). There's several hiking paths that you can take at Bukit Gasing and one of them is to the telecommunications tower.

There's a wide clearing on top of Bukit Gasing, where the telecommunications tower is located.

The view from the top. As always, this is my favourite part of any hike =).

10 minutes later, we started to descend down the hill. 

At some point, we decided to try and reach the watchtower, which is at another part of the hill.

The path is slightly different from our first path to the telecommunications tower. This one had more steps (i.e. proper stairs).

The route to the watchtower is definitely shorter than the one leading to the telecommunications tower. I'd say that the hiking part for the watchtower is perhaps only about 150 meters. Although I must admit this climb is harder for me because I think my energy levels were low after the first climb to the telecommunications tower.

The view from the top =).

We were able to see the telecommunications tower clearly from here.

The watchtower is quite dilapidated so it's definitely not advisable to try going up the watchtower.

It's always feels good to reach the top.

Along the way, you might find some ferns.

And a small stream.

And some spiky palm trees.

Forest flower and insects.

So nope, we did not take the watchtower back with us =).

So we completed the hike to the two hill tops (i.e. the telecommunications tower and the watch tower) in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Alhamdulillah!

Now, the question is, should you try Bukit Gasing?

I'd definitely recommend Bukit Gasing to nature enthusiasts and hikers and even those who'd just like some quiet time outside the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. The hike is pretty short (definitely shorter than Broga) and the trail is pretty okay (i.e. there's a clear pathway so you definitely know the direction to where you are heading to). And although there are some blogs which had reported on mosquitoes, we didn't find any during our hike, but we did lather some mosquito cream on ourselves before the hike.


xoxo Mrs Fashionista