For hikers and trailblazers in the country, Tasek Lama is a well known spot for carrying out their weekly or even daily cl
imbs around the hills. For some, the forested green hills are perfect for a scenic hike, as you can see parts of the capital from atop its hills. Some parts of the hills are cool as the areas still retained most of its green.
With seven hills in total, the list includes Bukit Sarang Helang, Bukit Karamunting, Bukit Laur, Bukit Markuching, Bukit Luba, Bukit Nangka and Bukit Sipinang. All of these hills also run parallel to Jalan Subok, ending at Tasik Sarubing which is located near the Subok Health Clinic. From end to end, the shortest route would be about nine or so kilometres or a five-hour hike for beginners, although it is not advisable for beginners to use it.
Among all the hills, Bukit Sarang Helang is the closest to Tasek Lama with two main jungle trails leading off from the park area. Visitors are now also able to use the newly renovated jungle trail that leads up there. Completed in February last year, the jungle trail was part of the park’s ongoing renovation and beautification works of its facilities. It was also done to heighten overall safety of visitors.
The 1.8-kilometre hike up to the peak of Bukit Sarang Helang has two rest stops with wooden benches where you can have a quick rest before continuing on your journey. I would recommend you to take your time and take in the jungle scenery, unless you’re in a rush or in a race of course. The most challenging part of the hike, had to be the climb from the foot of Sarang Helang. The 128-metre-tall climbing trail was steep and was already straining. Reaching the peak, we rested for a while as I took in the picturesque view of the capital.
From then on the hike back to Tasek Lama was mostly downhill, which is a bit tricky. To make it easier for hikers to find their way, signboards with maps have also been placed at points along the jungle tracks.