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Kemensah waterfall
Kampung Kemensah waterfall. Photo: Joyce Koh

Best secret hiking trails in Klang Valley

Take a hike at these trails less travelled

By Joyce Koh
1. Kampung Kemensah (Sungai Ampang) waterfall
Behind Zoo Negara
Oft-used as an ATV track, this well-trod path goes through bamboo forests and ends at the four-tier Sungai Ampang waterfall. Watch out for leeches.
Duration: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy peasy

2. Jeram Perlus
Sungai Gabai Waterfalls, Hulu Langat
Sharing the same entrance as the ever-popular Sungai Gabai, this hike includes some steep climbs, beautiful views and the bonus? Jeram Perlus, one of the tallest waterfalls in the area. Pack a picnic or camp overnight. 
Duration: Three hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Hire a guide from the orang asli village 

3. Bukit Kutu
Kampung Pertak, Kuala Kubu Bahru
After passing through an orang asli settlement, the trail continues with some streams, a huge overhanging rock, a former British colonial hill station and cool panoramic views of the Titiwangsa range.
Duration: Four hours
Difficulty: Moderate, with a few steep spots 

4. Lata Medang
Kampung Pertak, Kuala Kubu Bahru
Avoid the crowds at Sungai Chilling and head to Lata Medang instead. This hike shares the same trailhead as Bukit Kutu, but it deviates at the second fork (take the left). Take a dip at Lubuk Mecu (a large pool around 200m away from Lata Medang) before heading on to Lata Medang, an impressive near-vertical waterfall. 
Duration: Four hours
Difficulty: Moderate. Hire a guide from the orang asli village

5. Bukit Chenuang
Congkak Recreational Park, Hulu Langat
Do not underestimate a trail that's related to Gunung Nuang. After an easy walk through the park, the hike gets tougher the higher you go. Plenty of stream crossings, bamboo and rattan patches, steep climbs and views of the Klang Gates dam on a clear day. Good for physically fit beginners who want to experience the jungle.
Duration: Four to five hours
Difficulty: Tough

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