Semenyih: That First Hike to Broga Hill.

 

My first hike up Broga Hill.  

I did it! I did it! For someone who doesn’t exercise much, I was quite concerned about whether I would be able to climb for 5 minutes without stopping to pant! For this adventure, we woke up at 3:30am to get ready, prepare our bagpack (with coffee & currypuffs), and started our journey at 4:30am. It takes about 45min-1hour to Semenyih if you’re coming from Petaling Jaya and it’s quite easy to find.

 

Follow these directions to Broga Hill, Semenyih:

  1. Head towards Putrajaya using the Puchong Perdana way. Go straight after passing the toll (RM1.60).
  2. Follow the Semenyih signage and just go straight.
  3. Pass 2 tolls (RM 1 each) and head towards Semenyih.
  4. After the 2nd toll, keep left and at the first traffic light, turn right.
  5. Go straight until you see the Petronas station on your right. THere’s a small signage that says “Broga” on your left. Just look out out for this sign.
  6. At the Petronas traffic light, turn left.
  7. Go straight and pass the Nottingham University.
  8. Go straight until you see an estate of palm oil plantation on your left and park inside. A rabbit farm will be on your right so if you passed that you’ll have to make a U-turn.
  9. You have arrived, along with many other people who will join you up the hill.
Climbing a hill at this hour proved to be a challenge for me.

Climbing a hill at this hour proved to be a challenge for me.

 

Making our way up in the dark. 

We took an hour to climb up and reached at the first point around 6am. Take your time and don’t rush because some parts of the hill is kind of steep. Also bring an umbrella, stick or cane to help you stable yourself as you hike upwards. Oh and slap on some mosquito repellant just to make sure the mosquitoes don’t bite and also a reliable torchlight (it’s pitch black ok..). I also can’t believe I was so determined to get up here.

The sun didn’t come out as quickly as we thought it would be, so we sat around took more photos and waited out. The view was quite pretty especially with the wispy grass swaying back & forth dancing to the wind.

Waiting for the sun to rise.

Waiting for the sun to rise.

Still waiting for the sun while enjoying the view.

Still waiting for the sun while enjoying the view.

Finally made it to the top. Achievement unlocked!

I felt like I was on top of the world! While waiting for the sunrise, I had a chance to reflect on the years’ experience especially to the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and a solid appreciation for the things that took place. It was such a wonderful feeling to breath in, breathe out and just let go.

Obviously there’s no Starbucks up here at this point, but you could do yourself a favour by bringing along your own cup of ‘joe to keep you awake while you wait for the sun to shine. It’s also quite “feel-lah”.

Besides coffee, bring along your milo or whatever favourite drinks you have and like us, bring some snacks or food but I personally wouldn’t reccomend a whole picnic basket… I mean, it would be difficult to carry up and this ain’t no Red Riding Hood trail. We had currypuffs! *Nom nom* By the way, there’s no toilet up here so best not to eat anything spicy and to make sure you do all the business before you head up.

After what seemed to be like decades (haha, drama only-la), the sun finally showed up and the weather was super perfect. Simply gorgeous and breathtaking.

I can't go anywhere without a sip of my morning coffee!

I can’t go anywhere without a sip of my morning coffee!

Also bring some light food such as hot curry puffs to eat after the long climb up.

Also bring some light food such as hot curry puffs to eat after the long climb up.

Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun!

Feeling happy and on top of the world.

Feeling happy and on top of the world.

People making their way down after the sunrise showed up.

People making their way down after the sunrise showed up.

Come early to avoid the crowd. 

At this point, I was the happiest kid alive. 1) for waking up so darn early to get here. 2) for keeping myself entertained until the sun rose. 3) I was suddenly craving for nasi lemak so luckily it came out when it was supposed too.

People were still making their way around 7am and they even brought along babies and small children too (the poor souls). How they managed to bring the kids up on a hill like that really amazed me. Be careful as you head your way down because there were people who rushing down and walking quite fast/running. Try to get out of the way if this happens.

My friend actually slipped and sprained her ankle when we walk downhill and because she wasn’t able to hop on one leg, we had to slowly carry her down stopping sometime to let her slide down instead. Imagine using your hands on the rough dirt while your ankle is in major pain. A few people stopped to help and a few also had walked passed us.. except for a man.. this uncle who actually carried her on his back the remaining journey downhill.

Whoever you are, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we will pay this kindness forward to someone else who needs it … later.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

3 Responses to Semenyih: That First Hike to Broga Hill.

  1. Anonymous says:

    ok cool..thx!

  2. Fie-Nuts says:

    Thanks! More photos will be posted on Bit by the Travel Bug page or you can click on Flickr above.

  3. Anonymous says:

    amazing shots..especially d sunrise..was hoping to view more photos 😉

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