523m | 4.1 km | 1:23 hours
Seremban is separated from Selangor by the Galla, Penda and Gangis hills. If one is travelling from Kajang on the old trunk road (Route 1) to Seremban, Bukit Galla will be the first to appear on the right hand side, just before Mantin. After Mantin, Bukit Penda will the peak on the right hand side while Bukit Gangis will be on the left hand side.
This was an attempt to climb Bukit Penda. We weren't sure if there were ready tracks to the peak although satellite maps seem to indicate that the hill is littered with trails. Given the location of the peak, if there was a track to the peak AND if there is break in the tree cover AND if the weather was good then the peak should afford great views of the vicinity of Seremban, including the mountains to the south (Gunung Angsi) and west of Seremban (Gunung Berembun). Lots of ifs...
As we were heading back, we kept a lookout for any signs of trails towards the first peak. We noticed a place (at the 3 km point from the start) where we saw enough of a break on the ground cover to scramble up the hill side. From there we squeezed past trees on to a ridge and then followed the ridge all the way to the highest point, at 545m. There was nothing there, no signs of the place ever being treated as a prominent peak. Certainly no view points. Disappointing, but still it was satisfying to know that we reached the peak of Bukit Penda. Or at least that is what I thought. Upon returning home, I discovered that the map that I had with me was incorrect. The 3rd peak at the back was higher than the 1st, and that would have been the true peak of Bukit Penda.
We made our way back to the main path, and from there down to the road.
Trail Map and Data
- Bukit Galla
- Gunung Angsi
- Gunung Berembun