Bukit Timah

Background information:

Altitude:  535’

Tidbits:  Highest spot in Singapore.  Technically, this is a hill, not a mountain.

 

Summitted, November 12, 2002

 

Time Zone: GMT +8 hours

Maps:     None

 

When to go:

Anytime.  The weather will be hot, humid, and probably rainy.

Route Selection:

There is only one way to get to the top…along the paved road which begins at the base of the Bukit Timah Nature Preserve.

 

Hotel and Climb Reservation:

No guide, permit, or trail reservations are required.  There are numerous excellent hotels located throughout Singapore.  Taxi fares are quite reasonable and it is unlikely that you will need to travel more than 45 minutes from ANYWHERE in the country to get to the nature preserve.  If you have your own car, there is adequate parking at the base of the trail.

 

Packing List:

Standard light hiking gear and water for a day hike. 

Trip Description:

A friend drove me to the base of the Bukit Timah Natrure Preserve and I immediately noticed the large troop of monkeys wandering freely at the trail base and in the trees.  There are signs posted clearly stating not to feed the monkeys and one thing you should know about Singapore, is that when the government says not to do something, they mean it. 

There is a visitors center located at the base of the trail, along with rest rooms.  The trail itself is a paved road going through a tropical forest.  The trail is crowded and the weather is miserably hot and humid.  There are no views on the trail up, which is about 500 vertical feet and a little over a mile long.  There is a shelter located at the summit, and , if you struggle, you can get some partial views of the island.  On the way up the trail you can hear gun-fire from the military training grounds which is located close to the trail.  A well-guarded military communications tower occupies ˝ the summit...I liked the international symbol for "No Trespassing" (a silhouette of a man holding his hands up with a soldier pointing a machine gun at his head).  Total time from base to summit was about 30 minutes.

 

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