Discover Singapore’s Hidden Outdoor Gems: Hiking and Climbing Trails

Hiking in Singapore

While often known for towering skyscrapers and shopping malls, miles beyond the capital Lion City lie green spaces and hidden hiking gems that offer a lot to discover. This comes as no surprise to environmentally-conscious residents in a country that has made green building mandatory since 2008. Hiking and climbing in Singapore is heating up, and you’ll want to grab your gear and let your adventurous side show while getting closer to the plant and wildlife all around the island.

MacRitchie Reservoir Park
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Fairly Easy Treks with Stunning Views

If you’re looking for a breathtaking view and a fairly easy hike, you’ll want to head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park. The trek will take about three to four hours but offers panoramic views of the forest and the chance to walk 25 meters above the lush greenery when you cross TreeTop Walk, a 250-meter-long freestanding suspension bridge. Offering similarly stunning views, The Southern Ridges are another great option for outdoor fun and Instagram-worthy pictures. Here you’ll get to experience scenic views of the Singapore skyline and cross Henderson Waves, the country’s highest pedestrian bridge.

Natural Challenge

Searching for a Natural Challenge

For those looking to challenge themselves and explore a little bit deeper, you can head over to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is a fave amongst Singaporean hikers due to the fact that it is home to the tallest natural hill in Singapore. Measuring at 163.8 meters, the trail is pretty inclined and a 0.2KM flight of uneven, natural steps await you at the end of your trek. For a really intense adventure and one that will allow you to use your climbing skills, you can make a day trip out of going to Malaysia and visiting Gunung Pulai. You can decide on taking the jungle road or the paved one, with both offering views of the rainforest and mountains either way. You’ll be rewarded with a waterfall at the end, so be sure to bring clothing that you can swim in.

climbing trek

Prepping Your Body for a Trek

When preparing for your hiking or climbing trek in Singapore, you’ll want to ensure that you have the right gear and that you train with it on. This means wearing the same hiking boots and socks, using trekking poles and carrying the items you’ll take on the same day as your trek in order to ensure your body is accustomed to the weight. Due to the fact that you will likely be going up and down in elevation a bit, you’ll want to practice that change as the altitude can cause you to experience shortness of breath. Experts recommend that for hikes and outdoor treks in Singapore that you first focus on training for distance-focused hikes and then move to elevation-focused hikes before mixing them both together.

Natural Beauty of Singapore

Discovering the Natural Beauty of Singapore

Singapore is more than meets the eye, with numerous hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Adventure beyond the limits of the hustling, bustling city and unlock the natural beauty of the native plant and wildlife while also participating in an activity that can keep you fit, fresh and healthy.