Bukit Jugra (Jugra Hill) at Banting, Kuala Langat, Selangor
Bukit Jugra is situated in Banting, Kuala Langat, Selangor. This hill has an elevation of 120 meters above sea level. Although 120 meters may sound short to some, the view at the end is pretty worth the hike—the lighthouse and Langat River that drains into the Straits of Malacca!
As a virgin jungle reserve (Hutan Simpan), Bukit Jugra is full of old and mature trees. For that reason, the entire hike allowed us plenty of chances to admire these old-grown trees, making the hike so much more enjoyable and educational!
Bukit Jugra’s lighthouse is 146 meters above sea level. Built in 1976, this lighthouse functions to guide ships at the sea as it’s facing the Straits of Malacca. If you’re coming to Bukit Jugra for a hike, definitely don’t miss out on the lighthouse! Although it’s another thirty-minute from the supposed peak, it sure is worth the 30-minute walk!
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Total estimated duration: 2 hours or more.
The suggested entry point to start the Bukit Jugra hike would be at Masjid Al-Muttaqin in Permatang Pasir. Most of the cars would park at the side of the road and walk up the hill. As we visited on a late morning on a Saturday (10.44 A.M), we realized that there weren’t as many hikers and cars.
Google Map: Start of the hike at Masjid Al-Muttaqin
Coordinates: 2.838398, 101.429580
Alternatively, drive up the lighthouse to the place where they’ll have paragliding so you can skip the hike altogether, but why would you do that?!
Google Map: Bukit Jugra Lighthouse
Coordinates: 2.835906, 101.417816
The Trail To The Lighthouse
How are you supposed to know if you’re on the right track (pun intended)? At the start of the hike, you will notice these huge water pipes.
Choose Longer Or Shorter Route
Take the left and shorter route (15 minutes) and you’ll find yourself huffing and puffing up a steep and slippery incline to the supposed peak.
How To Get To The Gigantic Old Tree
On the other hand, take the right and longer route (25-30 minutes) and you will go through gradual incline passing through mature and old-grown trees, with a surprising detour to a gigantic tree (which I think is so worth it!) before finally arriving at the supposed peak.
On the way to the lighthouse, make a right to the route with green fences on your right. Follow the fences (some crawling skills are needed), walk through a ruined and abandoned air force barracks before coming out to a tarmac road.
Start of the hike to the lighthouse: ≥ 1.15 hours
Time spent at the lighthouse: 30 minutes
Lighthouse back to the car park: ≥ 1 hour
Things To Bring And Take Note
As this hike could potentially have you spending 2 hours or more on the trail, it’s best to take note of certain things on the trail.
Use mosquito repellent as there are mosquitoes here (as did every other hike)
- Wear good hiking shoes or shoes with a good grip
- Use a hiking stick if you have bad knees
- Wear sunscreen as there are quite a few exposed areas to the lighthouse
- Carry at least 1 L of water
- Sweat towel
- No toilets
- Look around you and you will notice many interested mature trees!
Paragliding And Price
If you did decide to go paragliding, do remember to book online in advance. As of 2020, the price for paragliding cost around ≥ RM240.
Alternatively, you can be a spectator for free! Take note that we arrived at the lighthouse on a Saturday noon, so we can’t be sure if you will be able to catch them in action when you’re there. However, based on online review, it was said that paragliding usually takes place in the morning and afternoon depending on the weather and wind conditions.
In A Nutshell
Bukit Jugra is a virgin jungle reserve in its rawest and most majestic form. A must-visit highlight of the trail is definitely the lighthouse with a bonus of watching others paragliding for free with the Langat River as the most magnificent backdrop!
Hiking in Bukit Jugra isn’t complete without trying the locally famous Beggar’s Chicken (stuffed chicken wrapped in clay and lotus leaves) or dining in Kang Guan Restaurant (pork-free!) for some scrumptious seafood and some pretty dope fruit juices!
Now go get your cameras charged and tie up your shoelaces for an adventure!