Thursday, December 29, 2016

Morning Hike @ Broga Hill Semenyih

If you are searching for a hill to hike, may I introduce to you a hill that needs no introduction- Broga Hill! If you have not been to Broga Hill, you most probably have at least heard of it from your fitness junkie friends who make you seem like the laziest person on earth for choosing sleep over hiking early morning. The 400m high hill is really quite a popular hiking place in Selangor that is famous for its sunrise view.
Reached foot of Broga Hill when still dark
Well, your fitness friends are not all wrong. Hiking Broga Hill IS worth waking up for. There is so much positivity to receive and pure happiness from standing at the peak welcoming the day at the first peek of the sun. The air is bursting with freshness and tingles with its chill.

6 Things to Prepare and Expect when Hiking Broga Hill

1. Prepare a hiking buddy. At least 1.
It is best not to hike alone. A buddy should be there in case of anything. But please don't let that 'anything' deter you from the adventure and reward that awaits

Food stalls are open early in the morning at the foot of the hill
2. Expect to wake up very early and have some food
Sun rises from 7.00 am- 7.30 am. Therefore, you need to plan time to reach Semenyih, park your car, reach the top and wait for the sunrise. Do not hike with an empty stomach or a stomach too full.
When the city glows before dusk is an extremely beautiful view. Makes you want to stop time to admire it all day. Bring a good camera.
3. What to wear
  • Sweat absorbent shirt (a change of shirt if you like)
  • GLOVES- you will need it as you will be holding ropes to help ascend and descend the hill. You won't want to skin your delicate hands.
  • Shoes with good grip. The bald earth can be slippery especially after rain.
Hike up up up! It is going to be worth it
Reached the first peak!
4. Essential things to bring
  • Torchlight/ Headlamp
  • Water and energy bars but there are stalls at the foot hill, so you are not totally cut from food supply.
  • Good camera/ handphone camera/ selfie sticks, tripod (there will be breathtaking views at the top and not to mention, the grand sunrise)
  • RM3- RM1 for parking, RM1 for restrooms and RM1 for hiking fee which I have further commented at the end of the post.
So cool and fresh
5. Be prepared to hike for 30 minutes and meet some challenging terrains
While the duration (approximately 30 min) for hike is not too long even for an amateur, the terrain is quite a challenge. Do expect steep and slippery slopes.
There are now 4 peaks at Broga Hill due to more visitors which leads to more exploration...not exploitation hopefully
6. Bring a positive mind and appreciation
This is a great way to practice positivity and cleanse the aura. All virtues are needed in this activity- perseverance, discipline, responsibility (to not throw rubbish), appreciation etc. Sometimes, when the weather is cloudy, sunrise might be blocked by mist. That was what happened when I hiked the first time. But I didn't give up!
I managed to reach the 3rd because the 4th is a little narrow and crowded although higher
Nothing better than to just chill and wait for the birth of a new day
Witnessing the birth of a new day is so REWARDING and AWESOME!
The sun is out! The beautiful yolk is a sight to behold
Let it float up to sky
Yeay! I did it!
Whoop dee doo daaa
Get ready to descend the mountain
Becareful because the bald slopes are slippery adding to the danger factor
Use the ropes to help you down
Nothing happier than food waiting after all the arduous climb
Quenching my thirst with a good cool coconut
However, when things become popular, there is bound to be some exploitation. Recently there is a hiking fee of RM1 collected at the foot of the hill. RM1 is also collected for parking and use of restrooms. Although I resent these fees, I understand that certain facilities like toilets, banister ropes and poles needs funding. Attempting to be positive, RM3 for a good sunrise view is still acceptable to me. Lets hope there is control over these fees and it stays that way for many years to come. If not, those fee collectors better be ready for an up roaring protest!
Photo from my 1st climb
It is misty but still worth the climb. The air is bursting with freshness
Broga Hill is approximately 400m in altitude
For hiking guides, do contact 

GSA Event Management at 03-87370019 or 019-3808889 or visit them on FB at www.facebook.com/GSA-Event-Management-424680204370293
or
Badrul Hisham at 017-6245344