A Complete Guide to Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Dinding

A Complete Guide to Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Dinding

It may not seem like it at first but Kuala Lumpur is a great place to visit if you want to go hiking or trekking. This is thanks to the various parks and hiking spots, like Bukit Dinding, found across the city that break the somewhat endless sea of towering skyscrapers.

In this guide, we’re going to walk you through one of KL’s premier trekking/hiking/jogging spots, from what you can expect to how to get there and more. 

Also, we’ve included some nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions that we recommend you check out–keep on reading!

Time Zone

Malaysia Standard Time (GMT+8)

Best Time to Go

Weather-wise, we recommend visiting during the dry season (May to September), as the rain will make the trails harder to navigate. This is because steep paths will become muddy and slippery which may not be great for beginners.

This being said, the dry season can also bear overwhelming heat, which is why we recommend visiting early in the morning. During this time, the sun is just about to rise, giving you amazing views throughout your hike and keeping the temperature relatively cool at the same time.

As for crowdedness, you can expect to encounter other people every day in this hiking spot, as it’s a regular jogging spot for people living around the area.

Things to Know

Bukit Dinding is one of the most popular hiking spots in Kuala Lumpur because it’s the highest hill located within the capital. Standing at just under 1000 feet, hikers get a kick out of exploring this spot because of its easy-to-explore trails and stunning views.

Aside from that, it’s located in the capital making it an accessible jogging, hiking and cycling spot for people living within the vicinity. This is also why you’ll almost certainly encounter exercise lovers spending their time here during your visit.

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (Check the current exchange rate)
Language: Malay, English
Calling Code: +60
Address: Setiawangsa, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all year round

Parking: Facilities are limited in the hiking spot itself, but thankfully, there’s a nearby surau where visitors of the site park their cars. However, keep in mind that this space is limited so be sure to get there early to claim your spot.

If you run out of spots, don’t worry! There are other nearby stalls, eateries and gas stations where you can park your car.

Traffic: Traffic going to the hiking spot can be a bit busy, as you’ll have to go through Kuala Lumpur, which is known to have congested streets.

What to Expect When Hiking at Bukit Dinding

The trail of Bukit Dinding is relatively easy thanks to the majority of it being made out of concrete and tarmac. These roads can be found up to the summit so you won’t have to worry about going off-road if you plan on following this road alone.

It is worth noting though that the road itself is steep, so it won’t come as a surprise once you start to feel your shin and thighs burn. Also, keep in mind that this road is meant to be shared by cyclists and hikers so both should always be aware of their surroundings.

There’s also a forest trail that hikers can follow for those looking for a bit more challenge, but we’ll touch more on that later.

The biggest highlight of the trail, however, lies at the peak where you’ll find the gigantic telecommunication towers. It’s also here where you’ll get first-class seats to amazing views of the KL skyline.

How to Get to Bukit Dinding

Trains: Riding the train is one of the fastest and sometimes, cheapest ways to get to Bukit Dinding or anywhere in the city, for that matter. If you want to ride the train to this hiking spot, we recommend dropping off at the Setiawangsa LRT station, as it’s the closest one.

Buses: You can count on Kuala Lumpur’s expansive bus network to get you directly to or at least within the vicinity of Bukit Dinding. Some of the nearest bus stops in Bukit Dinding include KL845 Kelumpuk Kuang, KL843 Kelumpuk Cemperling and KL838 Menara Jentayu (opp).

Taxis: Taxi cabs are everywhere in Kuala Lumpur and they’re a convenient way of getting to Bukit Dinding. The only problem with this mode of transportation is that the price can sometimes be a bit too much.

Also, there have been reports of dishonest drivers who take advantage of their passengers, especially foreigners. When in doubt, insist on using the metre.

Grab: If you want a fixed fare when going to Bukit Dinding from anywhere you are in the city, we recommend booking a ride through the Grab app. It’s a great alternative to Uber and it’s operational across various areas in the country.

Car rental: If you want the convenience and privacy of being in your own vehicle, you can rent a car and drive yourself towards Bukit Dinding. This is a great option, as it lets you be in charge of your route so that you can avoid the traffic jams in Kuala Lumpur.

Fortunately, there are several reputable car rental companies in Kuala Lumpur so you can reserve a ride as soon as you get off the plane. Additionally, you can check out our car rental guide here to make sure that you’re all set.

Bukit Dinding Trails to Try

Bukit Dinding Climb – Am Trails

DifficultyLengthEstimated completion timeElevation gainRoute type
Moderate5.3 kmAround one hour and 49 minutes254 mLoop

The Am Trails is a 5.3 km trail that’s extremely popular among bikers, joggers and hikers because of its moderate difficulty. Also, since it’s a loop, you’ll get to cover a lot of ground within the hiking area even though you’ll essentially be following a single road.

This trail begins with a steep path, which can be challenging for those who are just new to hiking. Once you get a hang of it, however, getting to the peak won’t be much of a challenge since you won’t be going off-road.

Bukit Dinding Climb Trail

DifficultyLengthEstimated completion timeElevation gainRoute type
Moderate4.7 kmAround one hour and 46 minutes273 mOut and back

Bukit Dinding Climb Trail is suitable for beginners since it follows a cemented pavement throughout the entire trek. There is a forest trail that some people may veer off to if they find the cemented road too boring but keep in mind that this path is reserved for downhill bikers.

This trek will have you testing your cardio since it has a lot of steep paths, which can hurt your hamstring if you don’t warm up enough. The climb is worth it though, as you’ll be treated to beautiful views once you reach the top and also during the trek itself.

Bukit Dinding DH Line MTB Trail

DifficultyLengthEstimated completion timeElevation gainRoute type
Moderate3.2 kmAround one hour224 mOut and back

If you’re planning on conquering Bukit Dinding via bicycle, the DH Line MTB Trail is the perfect option for you! This trail isn’t as popular as the other ones, which is why you’re less likely to encounter other hikers as you’re cycling through the park

It’s open all year round and it allows the perfect exercise for those who aren’t too fond of hiking and jogging.

Nearby Attractions to Visit

National Zoo of Malaysia

Address: Jalan Taman Zooview, Taman Zooview, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-4108 3422

If the lack of wildlife in Bukit Dinding left you wanting to see more, then you should stop by the National Zoo of Malaysia! This massive sanctuary features one of the most diverse selections of wild animals and plants, which you’re free to admire on the other side of their enclosures.

To put things into perspective on how many animals you can spot while you’re here, the zoo contains 5,000 specimens–how crazy is that? Some of the most famous species of animals you’ll find here include Indian leopards, owls, striped hyenas and more! 

Petronas Towers

Address: Petronas Twin Tower, Lower Ground (Concourse) Level, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2331 8080

It wouldn’t be a complete Kuala Lumpur itinerary without visiting its most historical landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers. Standing at 452 m, these massive towers are marvellous to admire, even when you’re afar.

However, the best place to experience these towers is by visiting them first-hand and taking the most touristy photos you can capture. Aside from admiring it from below, you can also climb its observation deck, where you’ll be treated to 360-degree views of the KL skyline.

Address: Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara, 2, Jalan Temerloh, off, Jln Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-4026 7000

The National Art Gallery is a historic place where you can immerse yourselves through various artistic exhibitions such as paintings and statues. Plus, it’s a serene spot, making it a great place to slow down time after an exhilarating hike at Bukit Dinding.

This museum does a great job of showcasing humanity’s creativity. It does so by featuring over 150,000 art pieces ranging from paintings, drawings, photographs and more.

Where to Stay near Bukit Dinding

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Address: 5P52+G2 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60327179900
Pricing: $$$
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If all the hiking left your mind and body craving for a luxurious stay, we recommend staying in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. It’s a bit of a drive from the hiking spot but trust us, this short travel time is so much worth it once you check into your lavish rooms.

The rooms here are what you’ll expect from a 5-star hotel like this, with luxurious amenities, huge and comfy beds, amazing views and more. However, it’s outside your room where you’ll have a blast, as the hotel features world-class facilities such as restaurants, pools and bars.

Smile Hotel Wangsa Maju

Address: 36, Jalan Metro Wangsa, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-4131 1826
Pricing: $
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Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly accommodation option, the Smile Hotel in Wangsa Maju would be a solid option. Their rates are highly affordable but the stay experience they offer is anything but cheap.

It’s more than enough to provide you with a comfortable night’s stay thanks to its big rooms and plush beds. Not to mention that it’s also fitted with other amenities as well such as water kettles, TVs, hot water and even an induction cooker to help you prepare your own meals!

Oakwood Hotel and Residences

Address: 222, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2720 3888
Pricing: $$-$$$
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Oakwood Hotel and Residences is a great 4-star hotel that will pamper you with spacious and comfy rooms as well as premium amenities. For starters, the rooms we’re talking about are designed elegantly with simple colour blocking and huge windows for sunset viewing.

As for the amenities, you can expect to have everything at your disposal to enjoy a comfortable night’s stay. The main event, however, is the selection of facilities that they offer including the outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, poolside bar and fitness centre.

Flamingo Hotel by the Lake

Address: 5, Tasik Ampang, Jln Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-4256 3288
Pricing: $$-$$$
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If you’re looking for a more resort-like accommodation, Flamingo Hotel by the Lake is the nearest establishment we can recommend. Even though it’s within the concrete jungle that is Kuala Lumpur, staying here feels like a getaway thanks to its relaxing ambience.

Part of this ambience is, of course, the lake just outside the hotel but aside from that, you’ll be treated to resort-like rooms and even an outdoor swimming pool. Also, part of being in a location like this is the benefit of having the Petronas Towers visible from virtually anywhere in the hotel.

Seeds Hotel Ampang Point

Address: B2A BUSINESS AVENUE, 2, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, One Ampang Avenue, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2856 6222
Pricing: $
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Seeds Hotel Ampang Point is another great budget-friendly option that’s near Bukit Dinding. It’s not anything fancy but it does offer rooms that can serve as your crash pad for the next few days while you’re exploring Bukit Dinding and its surrounding attractions.

It features en-suite bathrooms, king/queen-sized beds, and air-conditioning–all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. If you’re going to be outside most of the time, then these rooms are perfect to accommodate you during the night.

Where to Eat in Bukit Dinding

EPL Cafe

Address: Setiawangsa, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Pricing: $

EPL Cafe is one of the nearest and best restaurants to visit before or after exploring Bukit Dinding. It’s a no-frills eatery that serves an amazing selection of local dishes and of course, coffee and non-coffee beverages.

They are mostly known, however, for their delicious roti sarang burung, which you’ll quickly see why. It’s a dish that consists of perfectly cooked roti canai topped with a generous serving of minced chicken or beef–what’s more to love?

Cafe Italian Place

Address: 23, 17, Jalan 3/27d, Seksyen 6 Wangsa Maju, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-466 7758
Pricing: $$

Cafe Italian Place is a solid option for those times when you feel like you could eat a horse, especially after hiking. Also, if you’re craving authentic pizza, pasta or anything Italian, this spot should be right up your alley.

What we particularly like about this restaurant is the variety of toppings and flavours they offer with their pizza. They have all-time classics such as pepperoni and Hawaiian, but they also introduce new ones such as the satay pizza, which we highly recommend.

Bukit Dinding Bistro

Address: Lot 15689 Au4, Taman Sri Keramat, 23, Jalan AU 4/9, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 11-3600 3017
Pricing: $-$$

Located just outside the hiking spot is a restaurant we highly recommend called Bukit Dinding Bistro. Here, you’ll get to feast on a wide selection of authentic local delicacies that can fill your tummy but won’t burn a hole in your pocket at the same time!

They have quite a few dishes that can take the cake as their best offering, but you’ve got to try their version of nasi lemak, the country’s national dish. You’ll instantly fall in love with the texture of their fried chicken as well as the fragrance of their steamed rice.

Restoran Diva

Address: 26, Jalan 11/55c, Taman Setiawangsa, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 1 2924 8747
Pricing: $$

Restoran Diva is another restaurant we recommend for those times when you crave some high-quality Asian dishes. From Indian to Malaysian dishes and more, this restaurant features tons of delicacies that we think you’ll absolutely love.

It’s also one of those restaurants where they aren’t known for one dish, which is an impressive feat considering their small-scale business. For instance, some people visit them for their roti canai while others love their nasi lemak.

Johnny’s Restaurant AEON AU2 Setiawangsa

Address: Aeon Au2 Shopping Centre, G32, Ground Floor Kuala Lumpur MY, Bandar Baru Ampang, 54200 AU2, Malaysia
Phone: +60 1 1700 15646
Pricing: $$

It wouldn’t be a complete list without a steamboat and that’s where Johnny’s Restaurant comes in! This place is everything you expect from a steamboat restaurant, from fresh ingredients, delicious hotpot broth and more!

The price is just right for this kind of dining experience, and it’s much more worth it if you consider the variety of ingredients you can dip into your broth. These ingredients include fresh veggies, meat, fishballs, fishcake and all the other staples that come with restaurants like this.

Apps to Download for a Trip to Bukit Dinding

Travel Malaysia: A pocket travel guide to Malaysia
iOs | Android

Google Translate: A handy translation app
iOs | Android

Maps.me: Offline map of the world
iOs | Android

XE Currency App: Real-time currency exchange rate app
iOs | Android

Grab: Ride-hailing app of Southeast Asia
iOs | Android

Komoot: Route planner/trail map provider
iOs | Android

AllTrails: Route-planner/trail map provider
iOs | Android

CatchThatBus: Bus ticket booking app

Kuala Lumpur Metro Guide: A detailed guide on KL’s railway system