Hiking at Bukit Tabur West

Brief Information

Bukit Tabur (also known as Bukit Hangus by the locals) is a famous quartz ridge located at Taman Melawati. Only 20 minutes from the city centre, Bukit Tabur can be seen from the Middle Ring Road 2 highway serving as a long ridge background to the high-rise buildings and houses in the vicinity. The convenience of access and distance from the city centre make Tabur a vastly popular place for a weekend hike.

My Experience

Everybody seems to have hiked at Bukit Tabur before. If I were to throw a pebble into a crowd of people, at least one would’ve visited Tabur right? It’s not surprising when we consider the convenience of getting there and the amount of information on the hill that is shared over the internet. Nevertheless it’s a wonderful place for a 2-4 hour hike which also offers a panoramic view of KL city on one side and a contrasting view of serene nature on the other.

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The best time to begin hiking is either morning or if you’re adventurous enough you could start in the evening. Most people go for morning hikes and begin between 6-9am depending on whether you want to avoid the sun, catch the sunrise, bathe in the morning sun, or just simply because you love waking up at 5am. This write-up was based on my second trip to Tabur for a solo hike.

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Not very difficult to spot the entrance

I started at 10.40am and greeted many fellow hikers who were on their way down. At one point I began to wonder why some of them gave me a certain ‘look’ and how come nobody was behind me? I soon realised why through the intensity of the heat on my back as I emerged out of the foliage, increasing the level of my hike. Lesson learnt! Oh and I was wearing a singlet by the way, genius! With no sun-block and later I had sunburn one time!

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On the initial ascent
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The whitish appearance on the rocks is quartz (please do not excavate the quartz and leave it for others to appreciate)

What’s great about Bukit Tabur is that after less than half an hour of ascending you’d be able to see the ridge separating urban and nature settings. It feels as though you’re standing at the city’s boundary.

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Once you’ve completed the initial ascend, the rest of the hike is relatively less intense with occasional obstacles as you cross from one peak to another where you either have to do a bit of rock climbing or descending with a rope. DO TAKE PRECAUTION AS THERE ARE RISKS INVOLVED IN GOING THROUGH SUCH OBSTACLES.

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Clockwise from top left: Swinging across using the bars installed; looking down after climbing up; looking up before a climb; using a rope to climb down

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I recalled the worst part of my hike that day; hearing music from the ice-cream man somewhere far below. Having been under the scorching sun with my body losing a hefty amount of salt and water with little replacement; I began to wonder, “Is my mind playing tricks on me?” Moreover I was the only hiker traversing the peaks at that point in time so I had to get myself together and move quickly.

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You’d come across this area with a green rope on the right; red arrow indicates the exit route or you can hike a further 20mins if you follow the green arrow; I went straight during my first Tabur hike and ended up at a dead-end albeit noticing a change in vegetation and a closer view of the city
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When you see ‘KL’ you know you’re on your way home; the house is about 15mins from the KL signage

I was down by 12.40pm which meant that I only took 2 hours to complete. However I did jog my way downhill as I was uber thirsty and couldn’t get the image of isotonic or sweet drinks out of my head. Bukit Tabur is a fantastic place for a quick hike near the city and all fantastic hikes deserves to be rewarded with nice cold drinks, cheers!

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What to bring/wear?

  • You may want to wear track pants as there are hungry mosquitoes out there
  • 500ml Water and isotonic drink
  • Change of shirt and a small towel
  • Camera
  • Sun-block or hat (for those starting late morning)

Jo’s ratings (ratings are subjective and biased towards participant(s) experience)

  1. Accessibility: 10/10 (It’s easily accessible via car)
  2. Difficulty: 4/10 (Apart from the initial stair climbing section and several obstacles, the rest of the hike is relatively relaxing)
  3. Rewarding Experience: 6/10 (Panoramic view of city and lake view of Klang Gates Dam within half an hour from starting point)
  4. Overall Rating: 6/10 (The ease of access to Bukit Tabur along with its scenery on top makes up for a fantastic place to hike or getaway from city life)

Additional Info

WARNING: DUE TO ITS POPULARITY, BUKIT TABUR CAN BE CROWDED DURING WEEKENDS. You might want to bring more water as you’d be exposed to the heat for longer periods while waiting for other people.

Getting there

GPS Coordinates (Decimal Degrees): 3.233611 101.748611

  1. On MRR2 Highway, exit at Taman Melawati
  2. Head straight and at the first roundabout take the 9 o’clock exit
  3. Next roundabout take the 12 o’clock exit
  4. At the T-junction turn right, immediately after stray to the right (do not go up the slope as it leads to some apartments)
  5. Head straight all the way (you should be on a narrow road behind the housing area) until you see the Klang Gates River Dam
  6. Park your car along the side of the road

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