There is nothing quite like going on a hike as you look for new ways to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors. No matter the time, there are plenty of beautiful trails to follow and scramble up in the city, not to mention lots of fun to be had. Plan ahead to marvel at the beautiful sunrise view on top of Broga Hill with other nature lovers. You’ll also get a great view of the surrounding forest and farmland as well as the city skyline in the distance. To get your heart pumping, make your way to Bukit Sapu Tangan in Shah Alam. Largely a quiet and less crowded trail, the route passes by a picturesque lake where you will be able to snap photos before continuing on your hike.
Meanwhile, sitting on the edge of Selangor is the beautiful Chiling Waterfall. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state where you will need to walk for about an hour and wade across the Chiling River several times before reaching the waterfall!
If you’d rather stay close to the city centre, prepare to pass through some tough trails when you tackle the highest point at Bukit Tabur where you will be rewarded with glorious views of the city. You can also head to Taman Tugu Forest Trail for an invigorating and educational hike amidst 40 acres of approximately 5km of lush forest trails.
Just half an hour from the city centre lies the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), a world renowned centre for tropical forestry research with forest reserves filled with unique flora and fauna. You’ll feel miles away from the city as you explore the area’s popular nature trails and scenic tracks.
As you go off on your next hiking adventure, you’ll still want to look your best so here are some easy hiking style tips to follow!
A Jacket Staple
Striking the balance between looking fashionable and having the right clothing and accessories for your hike can be tricky. Step up to the challenge with the Giordano Anti-UV Lightweight Hooded Jacket for women as you explore the outdoors. Choosing clothing like this jacket equipped with UPF50+ that has been designed for sun protection gives you greater control over your overall level of UV exposure. It is also made from lightweight waterproof fabric and can be kept tidily in a storage bag easily. Meanwhile, the Giordano Kanga Pocket Long-sleeve Jacket for men packs a lot in terms of functionality, from the cotton-polyester fabric to the durable, soft finish. The Kanga pocket in front also offers space to carry essential small items you can’t get through a hike without.
Comfort makes or breaks a hiking trip and being comfortable on the trail starts with the type of pants you choose to wear. To see you through your hikes, the perfectly comfortable Uniqlo Women Ultra Stretch Active Ankle Length Pants is your go-to-pants. Thanks to its DRY-EX material that quickly dries sweat and moisture. a stretchy waistband and jogger-style tapered cut, you’ll stay comfortable even when you’ve been hiking in them for hours. For those more adventurous hikes, the Uniqlo Men Ultra Stretch Active Jogger Pants is a good option. With a pattern around the crotch area for a comfortable feel and ultra-stretch fabric with quick drying technology, this relaxed fit jogger pants is made to keep up with you all day.
Your Load Carrier
For your next hiking adventure, make sure you carry a backpack that offers comfort, organisation, and weight. The Puma Men Puma X Backpack is just right for the task with its multi-functionality and sleek design. The perfect backpack, it is made from lightweight material that is durable, has essential pockets and is generously sized.
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The Right Shoe
Whether you’re on a short day hike or an ambitious backpacking route, you’ll need to keep your feet protected and your ankles stabilised. Durable and comfortable, Skechers GOtrail boots (which come in men’s and women’s versions) are perfect for those rough and slippery trails. They offer all the essential features you’ll need on a hike, including durable trail-ready stability and versatility with 5GEN, midsole cushioning, solid traction and support as well as breathable and waterproof materials.
Keep Skin Protected
Protecting your skin from the sun is a given when you are hiking outdoors. Reach for The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion SPF 50+ PA++++ on your next hike as it is a multitasker with an improved matrix of UV filters. This lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen helps protect skin against UVA rays, which penetrate deeper and cause discolouration, as well as daily aggressors like pollution. Like all good SPFs, it helps future-proof your skin and prevent pigmentation and premature ageing, and also contains red algae extract and vitamin C.