Broga Hill (Bukit Broga) is also known as “Bukit Lalang’ due to the abundance of the species called ‘lalang’ grass which grows on the hill. Located in Semenyih, Broga Hill stands at 400 meters high and is located roughly about 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Broga Hill can be reached a short distance after the University of Nottingham, where the entrance trail starts from an oil palm estate facing a rabbit park across the road. The entrance to the car park is marked on the map below.
Broga Hill is very popular among the locals as it gives a very panoramic view of the surrounding area and is a very short hike which makes it suitable for the lesser experienced hikers. It has become quite commercialized as there is a MYR2.00 charge for every vehicle that parks in the area. The car park itself is very organised however the surface can be quite uneven, a caution for those who have a very low clearing for their vehicles.
The journey from the car park will be take between 20 to 40 minutes to reach the first peak depending on one’s fitness level. There are three peaks all together, each one ascends above the other through a clear path fringed by tall ‘lalang’ grass on each side.
This is was my first trip to Broga Hill, and I was perhaps not amused by the sheer number of people on the trail heading up the hill. As I have been hiking on more secluded mountains and hills it was quite a shock to me. Also I was very sad to see the vandalism done to the boulders in the surrounding area, where people have inscribed their names and messages on to them.
What is truly appealing about hiking up to the peak of Broga are the panoramic views of the landscape. The view from the top of Broga Hill has been described as incredible and offering one of the best sights from such a low hill. Lush valleys of green rain forest and a few towns, can be seen vibrantly on a clear day. With the backdrop of several mountains in the distance it does give a sense accomplishment even for such a low hill.
I spoke to the lady who was taking care of the car park, and according to her there are not so many people during sunset as the vast majority come to enjoy the sunrise. Regardless if you plan to catch the sunrise or sunset be sure to have a good torch light with you as hiking the pure darkness is not fun and can be dangerous.
Sadly even the signage that indicates the height of the hill has been heavily vandalized. The peak of Broga Hill which is 400 meters above sea level is located on the third peak. The sign sits under a dying tree one of the few trees around Broga Hill, which made me question why are there no trees in just that particular area.
The scenery becomes a bit different as the sun rises and the day heats up. The hills will suddenly be empty and the sea of people would have gone home, leaving a sight of greenery with contrasting blues skies. And yes it becomes hot very fast due to the lack of trees.
From the summit of Broga hill, hikers will have the option to decent back to the car park or continue on a proper jungle trail through the rainforest which leads to Gunung Tok Wan (675 meters). The hike is roughly a one and a half hour hike on meandering slopes.