Bukit Besi, Alam Damai Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Besi is a 300m hill situated in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. You can choose to take a loop here or hike down using the same way you came from. There is a telecommunication tower at the peak with plenty of viewpoints of the KL city skyline along the way.
The hike itself can be particularly challenging as there were parts where we were required to maneuver ourselves up using the ropes provided. Despite that, my parents were able to conquer this hill whilst exercising caution.
Duration: 2 Hours
Getting To Bukit Besi Alam Damai
If you type in Bukit Besi Trailhead on your Google Map App or Waze App, you will come to the trailhead. However, the trailhead is situated awkwardly next to a busy road, so it won’t be possible to park at the side of the road to access the trail. Therefore, it is advisable that you park near OCBC Alam Damai, to which I’ve included the coordinates down below for your convenience.
Coordinates: 3.075596, 101.736533 (Trailhead)
Coordinates: 3.074363, 101.736271 (Parking)
Start Of The Trail
From here, there are two trailheads to access the Bukit Besi trail. You might see many people standing at the grass area as soon as you cross the road, skip that and go around until you see a tar road and a bar that closes off the tar road.
Duck under the bar and walk 4 minutes up until you see a water tank. Then, walk another 3 minutes until you see the second water tank and take a left here.
From here onwards, just follow the track that looks most trampled on. It’s not easy to lose your way here as most of them will lead you up.
Viewpoints Along Bukit Besi Trail
Within six minutes after the second water tank you will arrive at the first viewpoint slash rest area. From here, you can see the Petronas Twin Tower and KL Tower.
There will be two routes to go up from here, one with overgrown ferns surrounding us and mud under our feet, whereas another one was a more exposed and rocky route.
Then, within another six to nine minutes, you will arrive at yet another viewpoint looking at another direction of the KL city skyline. This area will be more exposed with no trees to provide you shade from the burning sun (depending on the time you go).
Walk further and you will come to an area with a deep vertical drop downwards to heavens-know-where. Despite that, this place makes for an excellent photo stop! Watch your step here.
Keep going and you will see an elevated stony platform where many hikers will stop by to take pictures or rest here. This would be the perfect place to rest and enjoy the view had the sun not burn so much.
From here, continue upward and you will see a makeshift tent, keep going and you will soon arrive at the communication tower!
Things To Bring To Bukit Besi
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun shirt
- Plenty of water
- Hiking stick
- Gloves (if you’re afraid of dirtying your hands from holding the ropes, they can be pretty muddy)
- Food (if you want to go up for a picnic!)
In A Nutshell
If you’re a sucker for KL city skyline views, then make sure to pay Bukit Besi a visit! We visited so many viewpoints here in a single hike that we were enjoying the views more than the hike itself!
Nevertheless, make sure that you’re constantly vigilant of your surroundings and it will get pretty dangerous with numerous near vertical climbs and steep drops. Also, the sun burns!
If it’s raining or had rained the night before, make sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes or it’s going to get really slippery as there were slippery rocks everywhere!