Friday, May 30, 2008

HSBC TreeTop Walk (part 1) - plan your route...

What is the HSBC TreeTop Walk (HSBC TTW)?
This is a freestanding suspension bridge that connects the 2 highest point (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and supposed to offer a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest. The length of the walkway is about 250m and its height from the forest floor varies with the highest point at 25m.

Why is it named HSBC TreeTop Walk (HSBC TTW)?
Because HSBC and NParks established the HSBC-GCF (Garden City Fund) TreeTop Walk Fund to support programmes and activities meant for conservation, education and outreach.

When can I go there?
Opening Hours: Tue to Fri: 9am to 5pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 8.30am to 5pm
Note: The HSBC TTW is closed on Mondays except public holidays for maintenance and research.

Which are the routes I can hike to reach the HSBC TreeTop Walk? And how long does it take me to reach the entrance of the TreeTop?

From Venus Drive - this route leads you through an old village ground featuring fruit trees and trickling stream.
Distance: approx 7km
Approx. walking time: 3 to 4hrs
Trail grade: moderate to difficult

From MacRitchie Nature Trail - the MacRitchie forest contains the last substanital stands of mature secondary forest of more than 150 years old. Take a deep breath of the forest fresh air and take a moment to appreciate the mother nature around you.
Distance: approx 10.3km
Approx. walking time: 4 to 5hrs
Trail grade: difficult

From Rifle Range Road - look out for vehicles along Rifle Range Road. Almost halfway, you can choose to turn left into Kampong Trail or continue walking before turning right onto the path leading to the reserve.
Distance: approx 9.5km
Approx. walking time: 4 to 5hrs
Trail grade: difficult

Note: The time and distance stated above are for round trip including the TreeTop Walk. However, it will be very much depends on your own walking pace.

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