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Start Trekking – A Trekking Programme for Beginners

Start Trekking 2017

More and more people are discovering the regenerative power of the outdoors, both physically and spiritually. Trekking is one of the BEST ways to enjoy the outdoors and immerse oneself in nature! For those of you who have been wanting to put on a pair of trekking boots to start trekking, this Start Trekking programme is FOR YOU!

We have handpicked 3 treks for the Start Trekking programme. The treks selected  are well suited for beginners. They are great picks to ease you into your first trekking adventure.

These treks offer breathtaking sceneries without overly taxing your fitness. Make new friends with trekkers of similar experiences, pick up trekking tips and skills from the trek leader(s) and embark on exploring new adventures together.

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek (4 to 11 Nov 2017)

This rustic trek is gaining popularity among travellers to Myanmar. The trek goes through the hilly countryside and villages in the western part of Shan State, offering a glimpse into the rural lives of the different tribes. The journey from village to village, through bamboo and pine forests, farmlands, railway and dirt tracks, with a mountain view in the backdrop, has a straightforward terrain without much undulation between 1300m-1500m. Any one with an average fitness is able to complete this trek. The cool (at times maybe HOT) but not cold hill climate means you do not need to invest in a lot of gear. For attire, a quick dry t-shirt, trekking shorts and trail shoes with any light sweater for the night is sufficient! The comfortable homestays mean you do not have to lug a sleeping bag or sleep in a tent! The trek ends with a boat ride to the famous Inle Lake where you will get to spend a night before heading back to Yangon.

Mt Hehuan Trek (23 to 26 Nov 2017)

Hehuanshan, 合 歡山, Mt Hehuan (also called Joy Mountain) 3416m is one of the most accessible high altitude hiking trails in Taiwan.  This trek covers the Mt Hehuan Main Peak (3417m), Mt Shimen (3237m), East Peak (3421m) and Mt Hehuan North Peak (3422m). The peaks are among the “Hundred Peaks” (百岳) identified by Taiwanese as great mountains of Taiwan. At the end of each day, we return to the hostel or hotel to stay overnight. Covering four peaks above 3000m in just 2 days, this is ideal for an experience of high altitude trekking in a short duration of days.

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek (23 Mar – 1 Apr 2018)

The Poon Hill trek is one of the most scenic short treks in the Annapurna region in Nepal. It offers magnificent snow-capped Himalayan mountain views without drastic ascend to high altitude. The sacred Machapuchare, also known as “Fish Tail Mountain” is constantly in sight. The sunrise at Poon Hill with a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain range is breath-taking and world famous. Passing through mountain villages, farmlands and rhododendron forests, this trek starts at 1600m with the highest point at 3200m on top of Poon Hill. The risk of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) is low. Accommodation will be in teahouses with comfortable basic amenities. Perfect for those who are new to high altitude or trekking!

Training and Gear/Trekking Health Knowledge Sessions

To help you prepare for your first trekking adventure, we have included a training session and a gear/healthcare knowledge session prior to your trip.

The training session will cover all the basic trekking techniques on footwork, pacing, how to use the trekking poles etc.

The trekking gear/ healthcare knowledge session will cover the layering system, footwear, hydration and high altitude health concerns such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) etc.

Ladakh Marathon 2017

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Ace Adventure Expeditions – Exclusive Singapore Partner of Ladkah Marathon

We’re SO HONORED to be the exclusive Singapore partner of the Ladkah Marathon !!!

The 6 Edition in 2017  will be held on 10 September 2017.

The Ladakh Marathon is the highest and amongst the toughest marathons. The various races take place in and around Leh, the historic capital of Ladakh and offer runners the unique opportunity to run with local Ladakhis through the most beautiful landscape offering stunning vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys and will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran the Ladakh Marathon !

Participants have the options to join these races:

7km Run

21.1km Half Marathon

42.1km Full Marathon

The Khardung La Challenge (71.12 km) – the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World! (9 September 2017)

The Importance of Acclimatization – Ladakh Marathon Packages

Unlike other marathons, the Ladakh Marathon requires you to arrive in Leh at least a week in advance to acclimatize for race day. You are running at 3500m above sea level so it is imperative that you’re acclimatized to the high altitude.

One of the best approaches to acclimatization is keep active. Hence, we have packaged with the races, a climb to the highest peak in the Stok Range – Stok Kangri (6153m), a scenic trek in Shang Valley and a tour with sight-seeing in Leh, rafting and visit the famous Pangong Lake before the race day.

Find out more about the Ladakh Marathon and the packages here : Ladakh Marathon

 

What is in store for 2017?!

Our adventure begins tomorrow but the planning starts today.

Time passes by so fast, we will soak into the last quarter of 2016 in just another 2 weeks. Have you wondered if your first half of 2016 had been fruitful ? In a blink of an eye, so fast does time fly.

While it is always nice to relive all those wonderful memories, we don’t forget to look forward.  We have scheduled our popular mountain climbing trips that you can look forward to participate. We have planned three trips specially catered to women-only under the Women On Mountain series, we also have 3000er, 4000er and 5000er scheduled treks that are suitable for both men and women.

To kick start 2017, we planned for a frozen river trek in India, Leh.

We have also scheduled a preview talk on Fri, 23 Sep at Campers’ Corner at 7pm.

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Click the link below to go to other specific destinations.

Anyone looking at “upgrading” their trekking resume by advancing to higher elevation and more challenging treks, we have planned for twin peaks (two peaks in a single trip) challenge accompanied by a trip leader:

Or single peak above 5000m (treks or ice/snow terrain) accompanied by a trip leader:

Some of you may want a little more demanding in technique and skills, these two peaks offer suitable fulfilling challenge:

 

Women on Mountains

We love our men, and enjoy every bit of their companionship when in the outdoors. But (there is always a but) on some occasions, women only activities are appealing. Women understand women, and women together can be very encouraging. We like to see each other doing well and as a group this can prove to be a great advantage when trying to reach a goal.  Women on Mountains aims to provide a platform to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing, at the same time, to raise awareness and fund for a women’s cause.

Join us on Sun, 16 Oct at SCWO (96 Waterloo Street) from 2pm to 6pm. We have invited our past female participants to share about their extraordinary journey to scale Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, and trekking to the Everest Base Camp. To RSVP, email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

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If you think that 2016 is moving real fast, then think about 2017, you blink and it will be gone in no time. Plan ahead so that when 2017 comes, you are all ready to embrace it.

Ace Adventure Expeditions’ Initiatives

Beyond organizing treks & climbs, we’re constantly coming up with special events. These special events, under our Initiatives, have multiple aims to promote mountain climbing and other causes.

Mountain Climbing Challenges and More Than A Trek are two of our Initiatives.

Mountain Climbing Challenges

To promote mountain climbing and to encourage people to challenge themselves physically and mentally, we have initiated and introduced a few annual mountain climbing challenges into our calendar. The mountain climbing challenges are accompanied by a team leader.

These are the mountain climbing challenges we have initiated. We’re not stopping with these few and will continue to introduce new challenges from time to time:

  • International Women’s Day (IWD) Challenge
  • Twin Peaks Challenge
  • Beyond 5000ers Challenge
  • Ice & Snow Peak Challenge

Find out more about our 2016 Mountain Climbing Challenge’s schedule

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About More Than A Trek

More Than A Trek is Ace Adventure Expeditions’ charity initiatives to give back to the local communities we travel to. The aim is to help improve the living standards of some of the world’s most marginalized groups or communities, including in Singapore. We identified and tie-up with charities or NGOs to raise awareness and fund for their projects.

The latest More Than A Trek is to raise School Scholarship Fund for D2N. Education is free in Nepal, but many children cannot afford school supplies, uniforms, backpacks or even adequate shoes and a winter coat. The scholarship fund preferentially selects women of lower castes.  As long as the kids are attending school and progressing, their scholarship will be renewed annually. It cost $100 to sponsor a kid per year.

We schedule a few treks in Nepal each year under More Than A Trek. Included in the package fee is a contribution of $100 to sponsor a kid for a year. More Than A Trek’s participants are also encouraged to raise more fund through their friends and networks to sponsor more kids.

Find out more about other charity initiatives under  More Than A Trek

More Than A Trek 2016