February 13, 2008

An Urban Gem at Klang Gates, Kuala Lumpur

Location: Bukit Tabur at Klang Gates, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (3°14'6.94"N101°44'44.71"E)
Date: 10 February 2008; 8.42am
Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5
Bukit Tabur at Ulu Klang, next to the Klang Gates catchment area in Kuala Lumpur is of the most surprisingly fabulous walk in Kuala Lumpur. The line of limestone and quartz ridge consists of nine ridges and is supposedly the longest quartz ridge in Malaysia. It is not high- the highest point is only 448 meters- but it affords a panoramic view of the dam of the catchment area and the skyline of Kuala Lumpur city. The ridges can be seen from many places in the northeast corner outside of KL city. I was told that it is one of the choicest places to watch fireworks over KL.
The starting point of the approximately 2+ hours trek is next to the Klang Gates Dam entrance (see this article for instructions). The "walk" is not exactly a stroll- it involves a fairly steep quick ascend at the start and a series of climbs (though easy) onto rock outcrops. Some of these outcrops are fairly steep and high and permanent ropes are in place to assist trekkers. It can be a little nerving for real starters.
The trail supposedly continues all the way till the other end close to the Karak Highway. However most people loop back after the highest point, following a trail through a durian and rambutan orchard back to the starting point.

1 comment:

Jinghui said...

Very beautiful photos ! Reminds me of my climb up Mount Kinabalu !

You have a great travel & photography blog here ! Would drop by often to read about travel adventures and view the great photos !