Shady and Hilly Trail Southern of Klang Valley

If you are looking for a hill to hike close to Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Bangi, Kajang or Sepang area, you can consider Melati Hill in Nilai. It is approximately 30 minutes drive  from these areas.

I spend my Saturday evening there with Fazu and hike for about 3 km. At Melati Hill, there are four peaks named Centipede Hill, Monkey Hill, Mosquito Hill and Cobra Hill.

Kudos to the Residents and Community for making the trail fun and hiking-friendly. Photo taken at Monkey Hill

Melati Hill is located next to a residential area (google map) , and I was made to understand the trail is maintained by the community. You can park along the road and walk to the entrance and start your hike.

The trail is mild – you can easily hike up the trail until you reach Centipede Hill. It takes 5-10 minutes to get there. Once you you reach Centipede Hill, you will see a signboard with directions to subsequent hills. Just follow the direction to get to Monkey Hill. You can stop for a few minutes to enjoy the view of Nilai before continuing your hike. There are many hikers from various ages, from a 4 year old child to 60+ year old lady. Some regular and a few, like me – new to the trail.

The hike from Centipede to Monkey Hill is longer and you’d go down and up hill. The canopy of trees gives good shade throughout the hike. You’d go through a trail surrounded by rubber and palm oil trees and pass a small pond.  Before you reach Monkey Hill, you’d need to climb pretty steep steps.

The landing area at Monkey Hill is pretty spacious. Don’t be deceived by the name. There is no sight of monkeys when I was there. You could take a rest, enjoy the view or continue your hike to either Cobra or Mosquito Hill. If you want to cut your hike short, follow directions to Mosquito Hill.

Continue your hike and if you want to find your way out, just follow the “OUT” signs.  Watch your steps as you go down the hill.

The trail gets easier as you reach the exit. Your hike ends once you reach the roadside. You could see areas where the community put up tents for shade and to sell recreational items. Apparently, items are put on sale there on Sunday morning.

I would definitely continue the hike to Cobra Hill the next time I go to Melati Hill. It is also a  good place to do hill training.  It takes us 1.5 hours to go through the three hills and we stop many times to enjoy the 3 km hike. It is family friendly, well-maintained by a friendly community.  Don’t forget to bring water and put on visible sportswear and a good pair of hiking shoes. I wear Nashata white hoodie gen and the red riada salasa pants.

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

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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.