• Amazing Fitspiration Places Around Klang Valley

    It’s the weekend. You’re bored out of your wits. The city is clouded in smog, but a short weekend getaway is out of the question. What do you do? Check out these amazing locations around and outside the Klang Valley! We’ve curated our Top Five picks for amazing fitspiration places in Malaysia that’s perfect for a day trip, where you can work hard without feeling like you’ve worked out.

    Published (with minor editing) with permission from ashbenimble.com

    #1 Paya Indah Wetlands, Dengkil
    Fitness level: Beginners
    Located in Dengkil, on the outskirts of Putrajaya, Paya Indah Wetlands is a wonderland of flora and fauna. Run or cycle (yes, there are bicycles for rents if you don’t fancy bringing your own) over 30km of trail through the swampland and bamboo forests. Take a short break by the watering holes and try your hand at fishing. Enjoy the serenity of the crystal clear waters, amaze at the beauty of the natural flora, and wonder at the sight of hippos and crocodiles! Don’t miss out on the croc feeding sessions. Paya Indah Wetlands is kid friendly so bring the whole family along!

    #2 Broga Hills, Semenyih
    Fitess Level: Beginners to Intermediate

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    Nestled in an oil palm plantation in Semenyih is Broga Hills, famed for it’s gorgeous ‘lalang’ (imperata cylindrica) that line the trails. Broga Hills is perfect for trail sprint training due its clear paths and three peaks. Once you summit its third and highest peak (approximately 400m), stop for a breather and take in the gorgeous views of plantation, rainforest, nearby communities and faraway mountains. The gorgeous landscape at sunrise makes for a dramatic background when you strike a yoga pose on one of Broga’s boulders at the peak.

    #3 Bukit Segar, Cheras
    Fitness Level: Intermediate to Advance
    Bukit Segar goes by many names – Bukit Saga, Bukit Apek, Bukit Putih, but if you find yourself within the vicinity of Taman Cheras Awana or Taman Segar Perdana, then you’re at the right place. At an elevation of almost three times that of Bukit Gasing, Bukit Segar provides an added challenge to the weekend trail lovers of Bukit Kiara and Bukit Gasing. The trails are clearly marked from Station One to Station Six. At Station Five, choose between summitting the peak at Station Six, or brave a steep descent to the Bukit Segar’s not-so-secret waterfall. Our personal favourite is the waterfall, so come prepared to take a refreshing dip! Bukit Segar is an ideal training spot for those planning to climb Mount Kota Kinabalu, but do not have time to train at Gunung Nuang.

     #4 Bukit Tabur, Melawati
    Fitness Level: Intermediate to Advance

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    Located in Taman Melawati, Bukit Tabur is not for the faint hearted. Exercise great caution along the steep and rocky quartz mountain ridge with its vertical drops. Some rock climbing and bouldering is required, and hikers with a fear of heights should probably sit out for this trail. For the adventurous, don’t rush and take your time to marvel at the breathtaking views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline on your left and the serenity of the Melawati Dam on your right. The trail can sometimes be confusing so going with an experienced guide is strongly advised.

    #5 Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat
    Fitness Level: Intermediate to Advance

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    There are three entrances to Gunung Nuang – Kuala Pangsoon in Hulu Langat, Kampung Kemensah in Gombak and Janda Baik in Bentong. Whichever you choose will lead you to the summit of Gunung Nuang at 1,493 metres high. There’s not much of a view at the summit, but for Nuang, it’s the journey that matters. If you’re taking the Hulu Langat entrance, start your hike with a run or jog along the old logging trail into the bamboo forests. Keep up that jog, but at some point, you’ll be faced with the infamous red earth and rocky scramble, which will require some climbing. Watch out for the ‘false peak’, the actual summit is a good 30 minutes passed it. There are two river crossings no deeper than knee length so bring extra socks if wet socks are not your thing. It can take up to 12 hours to ascend and descend the summit of Gunung Nuang, depending on how fast or slow you go. It’s important to note that you should turn back if you don’t reach the peak by lunchtime, unless you fancy descending through the dense jungle in the dark (on this note, bring a headlamp just in case).