A desire arises in the mind. One will never be satisfied until its desire has been fulfilled. It's been some time since I heard and read about Broga Hill. Just a half hour drive there yet I've never heard of it until now.
Broga Hill, also known as Bukit Lalang （茅草山）[yes, the hilltops are filled with weeds], is located at Kampung Broga in Semenyih. Very near to Kajang and Seremban. And it's just a stone throw away from the expansive University of Nottingham.
Woke up at 4am+ to reach there in time for sunrise. Got lost in the way although I had directions with me. It rained on the way, so some part of our sporty spirit has been dampened thinking it will be cloudy and sunrise cannot be seen.
Reached at 6am+. The sky was still pitch black but many cars were already parked at the roadside of the way leading to the hill. You can either park at the roadside in front of the rabbit farm or inside the palm oil estate opposite the rabbit farm where u have to pay RM2.00. Walk through the palm oil estate and off you go up up and away!
The road up was ok, not to say very steep or muddy. With the place being so overrated, the steps have already been 'laid out' for you, but there are still certain challenging parts though.
It took us about 30 minutes to reach the first peak. Fuhh! It's been quite awhile since I did outdoors, luckily my stamina is still okay. By the time we reach halfway, the sky was already starting to get bright, hmm, kinda disappointed. Reach at 6am would be perfect.
There are a total of 4 peaks, according to the signboard it's 1.7km, but it was wayyyyyyyy more than 1.7km definitely! There were a lot of people up on the hilltop already when we reached, mostly avid photographers carrying all sorts brand of SLRs, we even saw two kids with their family who is so semangat-ed and keep saying 'majulah ke depan! jangan maju ke belakang!' Lol!
Well, although the sunrise was not the sunrise I expect it to be, it was nice to hike a bit and feel the
Going down is tougher than going up. You need to be very careful, one slip and you'll end up being a squashed swiss roll. Kekeke. And you need to be careful cuz some 'monkeys' might bang into you when they 'drift' down the hill. And you still will end up being a squashed swiss roll.
Things to bring if you go for sunrise: Torchlight - a must (if you forgot, there's a stall selling it there), mosquito repellent (you can apply before you go), water, towel (if you have short fringe like me that irritates you at the forehead it helps a lot!), camera. And try not to wear black.
Directions to Broga Hill: Head towards Puchong, you will pass IOI Mall, Tesco on your right, follow Putrajaya/Kajang signboard. Pass RM1.60 toll, you will come to a fork where putrajaya/cyberjaya go straight and Kajang (exit 6A) turn left. So you follow the Kajang way (exit 6A). Go all the way straight. You will pass by exit 5, exit 4 and so on. Just go straight (follow Semenyih signboard). Then you will pass two RM1.00 toll. After the second RM1.00 toll, keep left at Jalan Semenyih.
Turn right at the traffic light. You will be on some small road similar to truck roads. You might be thinking you're already heading to Seremban or something but yes you're on the right track don't worry. After some while you will pass by Restoran 69 on your left. Then a Maybank on a row of shops on your right, and then a Petronas on your right (at the Petronas also got Maybank ATM). Turn left at the traffic light where you see the Petronas. Go all the way straight, you will be in total darkness if you go before sunrise. After quite some while, you will see University of Nottingham on your left, can't miss it. Go straight still, and you will see cars parked at the roadside. You will notice a rabbit farm on your right and on your left is the palm oil estate where the Broga Hill path is located. Warm up and let's go! :)
After that, we adjourned for breakfast! Another mission accomplished! Klang bak kut teh for breakfast! Woo hoo! From one end to another end. I slept in the car :p We went to Yap Eng Bak Kut Teh at Taman Sentosa, Klang. Soup BKT, Dry BKT, Otak Otak, yum! Although it's cooked the dry way but the meat is still so tender!
All squeeky clean! Typical chinese-lang, we all love to drink soup.
The bill came up to RM74 for 5 of us.
Directions for Yap Eng Bak Kut Teh: Using the Kesas highway, go towards Klang direction. Exit at the Kampung Jawa/Kampung Bukit Kemuning exit (turn right at the traffic light), go straight until you come to a roundabout and turn left (9 o'clock), go straight for about 1km I think then you will see Yap Eng BKT on your right (red signboard), just U-turn at the nearest junction and ta daa!