How to climb Bukit Kledang

There are two ways to get to the top of Kledang Hill in Menglembu, Perak; on tarmac road or trail. With an elevation of 808 meters, the Kledang Hill can be spotted from Ipoh city. It houses four broadcast stations on top of the hill.

Look down for motivation

I took the easiest route, a 7 km walk up on a tarmac from the main car park area. (map) There were many people hiking up the hill over the weekend from all walks of life; young and old. As you ascend, you will see lesser people and more friendly faces. If you walk non-stop, you could reach the top within 1.5 hours. You will reach a T junction when you are about 1km away from the top. Take left if you want to reach the top. Both paths take you to broadcast stations.

Some tips:

  1. Wear suitable shoes, especially if you choose to go on the trail route. If you are not used to walking or running down the hill, don’t rush.
  2. Bring enough water, especially during hot weather
  3. Bring energy bars or other lightweight food to fuel up yourself
  4. Put on or bring along sun block as the round trip journey would take 3 hours
  5. Come early if you don’t want to get caught in the sun.
  6. The climb is pretty easy so keep moving and do not give up. There are many stops with shades and good views for you to rest at
  • Centipede as long as my shoe
  • You don't need to ascend high to get a good view
  • The view from the top of Bukit Kledang
  • The top. Make sure you take left at T junction

Some facts on elevation of other popular hills which are about 3 hours away from Bukit Kledang :

  • Bukit Gasing : 160 meters
  • Bukit Tabur 396 meters
  • Bukit Broga 400 meters
  • Bukit Saga 402 meters

So, if you want to try out higher elevation go climb and forest bathe at Bukit Kledang. If you have 3-4 hours to spare while in Ipoh, just hike up and concur the hill! Go for an injury-free hike!

As for me, I will go back to Kledang Hill again, but the next time on a trail route.

Unbelievable Achievement for Beginners

Going to the mall every weekend can be quite boring; not knowing what to buy and experiencing the same thing in a concrete building. To make our weekend interesting, my sister and I decided to go on a trail hiking at Bukit Kledang, Ipoh. The place is quite famous for the residence living nearby.

Everyday, this place will be crowded with visitors, especially during holidays. The fresh face and friendly smiles from the young generations to the old ones given to each other spreading positive vibes are something that I don’t always get in the mall. Everyone is enjoying the view of nature.

 

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See that red circle? Yeah, that’s where our goal is.

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Stunning View from Up Hill

Along the way up to the hill, is well-equip with toilets on few checkpoints, outdoor exercise equipments and they also have a plant nursery where you can snap photos. All these facilities are only provided half way through the journey. The next half way won’t be any proper toilets for you to use.

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I would love to wake up to gardening every morning. It’s just so peaceful and refreshing.

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Half way there!

Based on what we’ve learnt from the others and my GPS, the distance is almost 14km total from going up to the hill and going down from the hill. It took us 2 hours to climb up to the top of the hill and almost another 2 hours to get down. Our legs were wobbly as we went down and we had to walk flaccidly to loosen up our muscles.

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Found a highly dangerous baby blue coral snake. We didn’t know it was venomous till we made research on it. So, avoid getting too close to anything that you know nothing about it. You don’t want to end up in a hospital.

Make sure you fill up your tummy before hiking up and bring enough drinking water or food (if required) as there is no stalls or places for you to fuel up half way up onwards. There are only stalls selling fruits at the foot of the hill. It is quite a shady walk, so you need not bring hats. Go up light! But do put on sunblocks just in case.

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Yay! Mission accomplished!

Alhamdulillah. We made it to the top! I never thought I could do it. The key to this achievement is to have a supporter or motivator that keeps you moving on because the only thing the stops you is your mind.

It’s a perfect place for a family weekend! So, what are you waiting for? 😀

Photo credits:

http://mohdreffi.blogspot.my/2010/08/bukit-kledang.html

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2014/03/22/nature-lovers-create-garden-group-clear-undergrowth-and-fill-it-with-beautiful-plants/