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Adventure at Keppel Hill

by Connie Ong,  BAcc (Hons) 1987

This is definitely NUSBSA’s most adventurous walk to date!  Not only were the terrains rugged, but we had the chance to explore abandoned places rarely visited by other trekkers. Even the entrance to the trail is unique and challenging to find – believe it or not, it’s actually through the squeezy, small opening in the fence beside a giant 40m thorny heritage Kapok Tree at Seah Imm car park.

We took the left, more challenging trail.

A total of 9 BSA members and friends, aged 20+ to 70+ years old, came together to attempt the hike up Keppel Hill to Mt Faber today.  What’s interesting about Keppel Hill is not its height, but its forgotten reservoir known as Keppel Hill Reservoir. This reservoir was believed to be operating since 1905 and served the needs of the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar docks. However, in the 1950s, it vanished from the map - only to be re-discovered recently in 2014. Now a re-discovered gem for the public, just follow the path uphill at the first steep slope near the Seah Imm Bunker at the start of the hike, and hold onto the ropes by the side to assist you with the climb.

I really love this hike. I feel so grateful to have this beautiful unspoilt forest to trek within Singapore.  If you are looking for some therapeutic forest bathing, this is definitely it!  Do however remember to wear proper hiking shoes and bring along a hiking pole to assist you as the terrains are not only steep, but rather rugged with many fallen tree trunks and plenty of on-ground tree roots everywhere. Try to stop and not rush the hike, and do take some time to take beautiful photos in this gorgeous jungle environment.

I hope you will enjoy our exciting photos taken during our hike and try this trail in the future if you feel adventurous like us! You can contact me at BSA if you have a group of friends keen to do this trail – I will try my best to help you plan and advise for your intended hike.

Rugged steep terrains

Lots of fun challenges

The forgotten Seah Imm Bunker & Keppel Hill Reservoir

Finally we all made it!

Time to rest and take a breather!

All outputs must come with inputs!” 


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