Besi Hill

Bukit Besi Alam Damai is a 291 m (955 feet) high hill in the Sungai Besi / Alam Damai area of southeast Kuala Lumpur, just within the Federal Territory city limits. On Google Earth it shows up as a 4 square kilometer patch of greenery surrounded by housing. On the summit are three telecommunications masts.

The western side of this hill is bordered by the Sungai Besi army camp which is off-limits for civilians so hikers have to begin their climb in the north east corner where Persiaran Alam Damai joins Jalan Alam Damai.

After 175 meters you see a large water tank. Some people turn off right into the jungle here but an easier route is to continue on the tarmac for a further 100 meters up until the second large water tank where the road ends.Take the path off to the left here.

From here the path winds its way up to a ridge from where you get your first views of the city.

In places it seems there are a number of different routes you could take but the rule of thumb is take the path which looks most used and keep going uphill.

The trail is fairly easy but there are steep sections where care should be taken, especially when coming back down.

There appeared to have been some recent fire on the hill which had killed off some of the denser undergrowth.
The final section is more jungle-like. I saw a family of macaques here.
There are a lot of ferns on this hill. This is not my favourite vegetation because ferns are said to provide a good habitat for snakes.

Finally you emerge at the summit next to the communications towers, which of course are behind barbed wire fences, being a protected and restricted area.  From next to the fence you can see some more good views.

The highest point in the park is about 160 meters. That makes it a baby hill by Malaysian standards but there are a number of steep slopes in the park (including one called the Abu Baker Slope) and it is a good place to get in some training for more challenging peaks. The total duration should be roughly about 1 hour 45 minutes for the hike.

There are plenty of benches where you can take a rest.