Nov 9, 2008 – 5.00 a.m. Have not woken at such ungodly hour except when we had to catch the early morning flight to Hanoi last November. Nevertheless, the alarm rang to remind me of my intention to catch the sunrise at Broga Hill. Thought of snoozing for another 5 minutes but Mei wouldn’t allow me to do so.
Honestly I have not heard of Broga Hill until I received an invitation from Hong, my Waterfalls Survivors mate last Saturday. Since I work Saturdays, I couldn’t join him but the pictures taken during that trek flamed my interest. Since it is so close to home, I had to check it out.
Left the house at 5.30 a.m. for our sunrise jaunt. We got lost in Semenyih and wasted about 10 previous minutes. Finally, found the correct junction and arrived at the starting point at 6.35 a.m. We were rudely shocked to see about 6 cars arriving at the same time just ahead of us. Soon there was a long queue in front and we decided to fall back and take it easy. The only sad thing is that we will not reach the peak when it is still dark. The silver lining is that we won’t be lost.
The trek to the first summit took 30 minutes. The first 5 minutes was through a palm oil plantation, 20 minutes uphill trek through secondary jungle and the last 5 minutes was through field of “lalang”. The first summit is a great spot to catch the sunrise.
It is another 3 minutes to the second summit. It is much windier here than the first summit and offers a great view of the surrounding rolling hills.
The real and 3rd summit is just another 3 minutes up. The 3rd summit offers a spectacular view of the 2nd summit.
Beyond the 3rd summit, lies a trail down the hill through a field of fern, some secondary jungle, a durian orchard, a rubber estate, a fruit farm and a palm oil plantation. It was an endlessly long walk and we finally reached our car after a one and a half hours trek where we were relentlessly attacked by mosquitoes. Insect repellents helped repelled some of the mosquitoes but in the end, Mei had more than 50 bites while I had at least 30.
11.00 a.m. we proceed to Broga town for the famous Pan Mee and Ice Kachang. Found out that the stall is only opened for lunch. A little wait wasn’t going to stop us so we just sat and relax watching the small town idling its time.
Broga Hill is a nice short outing for a morning work out.
The close proximity to KL is just perfect as we were home by 1.30 p.m. to catch up on our sleep.