Bukit Timah Hill
Bukit Timah: Singapore’s No.1 Hike
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Mountain Stats
- #1 Highest Point In Singapore
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Natural Form and History
Natural Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Natural history
Bukit Timah hill is made up of igneous rocks, considered to be formed in the Lower to Mid – Triassic Age. The Upper Triassic Jurong Formation was thereafter deposited on the Bukit Timah granite which underlies about a third of the island of Singapore.
Natural Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Climbing history
Bukit Timah hill was at one point a dreaded tiger-infested forested area. It was in June 1827 that the hill was first summited by Singapore’s then Resident Councilor John Prince and his men. They had to cut their way through about 22.5 kms of plantations, hills and swamps. They planted a white flag on the tallest tree they could find and this could be seen all the way to Fort Canning Hill, which was then the seat of Government in Singapore. A road to the summit was built in 1843.
Natural Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Current status
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was officially opened in 1992 and has become a common highlight on itineraries for tourists exploring Singapore. The park was closed for renovations in 2014 and reopened in 2016 with far greater facilities for visitors including trails of varying difficulties, boardwalks over swampy areas, rope handrails and non-slip surfaces. Designated Singapore’s second ASEAN Heritage Park in 2011, the Reserve and the hill are home to about 40% of Singapore’s natural flora and fauna.
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Climbing Experience & Itinerary
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Climbing Experience
The trek to the summit of Bukit Timah is quite straightforward and can usually be accomplished in less than 90 minutes. There are well marked trails offering different views of the reserve forest and varying degrees of difficulty. Bukit Timah can be a fun family activity.
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Trail options
There are 3 official walking routes in the Reserve that lead up to the summit, designated easy, moderate, and difficult respectively. All routes start at the same point – the Visitor Center.
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Support facilities
Guides and porters
Food & water
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Safety & Accessibility
The temperature in Singapore remains in the range of an average low of 20 degrees and an average high of 30 degrees Celsius. There are two marked monsoon seasons – the North East Monsoon from December-March and the South West Monsoon from June-September. However, rain is a pretty frequent occurrence in Singapore and it is best to check for the daily forecast before planning a trip to Bukit Timah as entry to the Reserve may be prohibited during stormy weather.
Bukit Timah Hill is accessible all year round. June – July and November – December are peak tourist seasons in Singapore. February to April is also quite cool and pleasant. The weather does not change much at the summit of Bukit Timah from its base – it might just get a tiny bit colder and windier. It is best to avoid the hot sun and make this trek early – right as soon as the Reserve opens at 7 am.
Insects: While walking through a tropical forest, insects can be menace and it is advisable to use insect repellant before you start.
Slippery surfaces: Some amount of rain is never too surprising for Singapore and though the trails are mostly laid out in anti-slip surfaces, it pays to be cautious if you are taking the longer and more rugged paths.
Singapore is exceptionally safe, and this is a popular trek. You are very unlikely to encounter any personal danger.
Permits, Fees, and Regulations
Bukit Timah Reserve is free to enter and enjoy.
Emergency Ambulance & Fire: 995
Police Emergency: 999
Getting there and away
The nearest airport is Singapore’s Changi Airport. The Bukit Timah Hill is 30km from the airport, but most hikers tend to go here from their hotel / home.
Bukit Timah summit is an easy hike from the entrance of Bukit Timah reserve. You can most readily get there by road. You can also take a bus up Upper Bukit Timah road and get off at the Bukit Timah Shopping Center, or take the Downtown Line MRT and alight at Beauty World MRT station and walk 10 minutes walk along Hindhede Drive to the Visitor Center.
Bukit Timah reserve is free to enter.
Climbing Bukit Timah Hill Singapore - Special Tips
Tips for amateur climbers
Get a map of all the walking trails at the Visitor Centre and mix it up for a varied experience.
Tips for advanced climbers
This is a one and a half hour max climb with no special skills required. If you want to make an adventure of it, opt for a mountain run instead of walking, or go for the longer and less visited routes.
There are also specially tailored adventure trek routes around the Reserve and including the summit, devised by adventure enthusiasts that you could check out online before trying it out yourself.
Tips for women
Singapore has a reputation for being a safe country and women can expect to have a hassle free experience.
Tips for trail runners
Trail running has been rising in popularity at Bukit Timah Hill. Being a relatively easy terrain and having very little elevation, this is a great place to try out trail running for the first time.
Tips for nature lovers
Take a picture with the GPS stone placed at the summit and make sure to get your fill of the tropical flora and fauna by going on as many of the routes as possible. The trails are clearly marked and all the shelters have detailed maps showing where you are and which way to go, so there is no fear of getting lost.