Bears. They’re so cute and fluffy. Until you see their claws.
You could say the same about the aptly named Bukit Beruang in Melaka. Directly translated from Malay to English as Bear Hill, at a mere 116.3 meters tall, it may sound tame but, depending on your route to its peak and back, it’s ferocity can vary.
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Never judge a book by its cover, or a hill by it’s height. At a mere 120 meters above sea level, Bukit Jugra doesn’t seem like an obvious hiking destination. Yet, rising out of the monotony of monoculture, this virgin forest covered hill surprises for its dramatic views and short but sweaty challenge.
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To sum up your adversary you must first size it up, and Mount Ashigara aka Mount Kintoki is supposed to be one of the best places to view my next day’s challenge – the iconic Mount Fuji. If it weren’t for the clouds….
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Located in Hulu Langat, not far from the turn off to Gabai Waterfall, the hike up Gunung Hitam is not unlike a condensed version of the hike up Nuang. Shorter by 5km, it must be steeper, because what it lacks in distance it makes up for in calf-shredding inclines.
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Sri Bintang epitomises the urban hike. Neither park with paved trail nor forest reserve, this tiny swatch of green doesn’t even appear on the map – unlike nearby Desa Park City.
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Set on the border of Pahang and Kelantan, the hike up Gunung Swettenham and back can easily completed in a day and should be included in the itinerary of any hiker or mountain bagger visiting Cameron Highlands.
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I love getting dirty. But not everyone does. So if keeping your shoes clean and dry is important … Stop. Right. Here.
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