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Start Trekking to Beautiful Mt Hehuan

Mt Hehuan was our inaugural trek for our Start Trekking initiative and has continued to be popular.

The beautiful mountain scenery and friendly terrain is suitable not only for beginners but also for families or anyone who want to embark on a short scenic trek.

The trek covers four peaks above 3000m with an overnight stay in a local hotel in town. At the end of each day’s trek, there’s a sumptuous dinner, hot shower and nice comfortable bed to look forward to.

Every year, we schedule our Mt Hehuan trek during the Dragon Boat Festival. Our participants will get to enjoy delicious Taiwanese rice dumplings!

Keep a lookout for our talk on Mt Hehuan to be held on 21 Feb in collaboration with Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Singapore.

Our next Start Trekking to Mt Hehuan is on 18-21 Jun 2020. For package details, refer to our website at http://aceadventure.com.sg/even…/taiwan-mt-hehuan-hehuanshan

Women On Mountains

Women on Mountains is an Ace Adventure Expeditions’ initiative to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing and to support a charity cause to help other women.

This 19-28 Dec 2018, we will have a team of women heading to climb Kilimanjaro! The trek leader is Sim Yihui,  co-founder and co-leader of an all-women’s team from Singapore to climb Mt Everest via the South side in Nepal.

Included in the Women on Mountains’ package cost is a $100 contribution to Project Pari. Each Women on Mountains’ participant will also received a Women on Mountains’ t-shirt and a copy of the Singapore Women Everest Team’s book.

Through Women on Mountains’, we hope more women will be inspired to challenge themselves and greater awareness can be generated for women’s causes.

 

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.

Mountain Climbing Challenges for 2016

What is your plan for 2016? If you have yet to decide, we have some plans here for you to consider!

Peak Climbing Challenge
Mt Damavand – 28May – 6Jun – S$1980 / pax
Elbrus North – 28Jul – 8Aug – S$2800 / pax
Stok Kangri – 7-20 Aug – S$1290 / pax
Mt Malchin – 12-21 Aug – S$2850 / pax
Island Peak – 30Nov – 20Nov – S$3950 / pax
Mera Peak – 13Nov – 4Dec – S$4200 / pax

2016 Multi Peaks

 

Our annual Twin Peaks Challenge 
Siguniang Twin Peaks – 20-30 October – S$1950/ pax
Taiwan Twin Peaks – 27Nov – 4 Dec – S$1290/pax

2016 - Twin Peaks Challenge (Taiwan + China)

Email to contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Climb On!

Via Ferrata on Mt Kinabalu

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Mount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is well climbed by people around the world, including Singaporeans. The highest point on Mount Kinabalu is called Low’s Peak; it lies on the Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Achipelago.

IMG_4429Mount Kinabalu never fails to awe me. I had first climbed it in 1996, and thereafter, I returned to the mountain several times. In 2009, I participated in the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon, and a month after I spent one week on the same mountain to explore the beautiful peaks, engaged in rock climbing and Via Ferrata. It was a rejuvenating experience.

What draws me to return to Mount Kinabalu again and again? It is the scenic views, the fresh air, the elevation, the people, and the idea of getting away from hustling and bustling city life. It is that simple.

I spent a few days on Via Ferrata and I really enjoyed it. It was thrilling, and I must admit, it was scary at first. Frankly, if anything is too easy, you won’t be challenged to do it.

 

So what is Via Ferrata?

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Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations.

The origins of Via Ferrata date back to the nineteenth century, but Via Ferratas are strongly associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. However, many more have been developed in recent years, as their popularity has grown and the tourism benefits have become recognised.

The essence of a modern Via Ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 3 to 10 metres) fixed to the rock. Using a Via Ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. Thus via ferrata allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or need for climbing equipment (e.g. ropes).

Via Ferrata enable the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying the dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, Via Ferrata can be seen as a distinct step up from ordinary mountain walking. Conversely, the modest equipment requirements, ability to do them solo, and potential to cover a lot of ground, mean that Via Ferrata can also appeal to more experienced climbers.

Via Ferrata can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour, to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres or more of ascent), and taking eight or more hours to complete.  You don’t have to go to Italy to experience Via Ferrata. The nearest to Singapore, and will not cost you a bomb, is on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

Mount Kinabalu has the world’s highest Via Ferrata at 3,800m above sea level. You trek to the summit of Borneo’s highest peak – Low’s Peak and descent using Via Ferrata; you get the combination of trekking on the traditional route up to the peak and enjoy scenic view from the Crocker Range on Via Ferrata.

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Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

There are 2 types of routes on Via Ferrata that you can choose from.

1. Walk the Torq (WTT)

This is a shorter and simpler version of the Via Ferrata and can be completed leisurely within 2-3 hours. Length of route is only 430m. You’ll get to try out a few obstacles such as the 2 cable Monkey bridge & Balancing beam.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

2. Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC)

This is the more challenging and tougher route. The distance is about 1.2km, almost 3 times longer than the “Walk the Torque” route. You’ll need an estimated 4-6 hours to complete this. The low peak circuit will eventually connect to the walk the torque and hence you won’t miss out on anything.

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

 

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

Photo credit: MOUNTAIN TORQ

You don’t have to be a super human to climb a mountain, not to mention to experience Via Ferrata. There will be a practical training session before you make an attempt on the Via Ferrata. From training to the actual attempt, the entire process will be conducted and supervised by Mountain Torq Ferrata Trainers. Having scaled a couple of 8000m peaks and a climbing instructor myself, I am impressed with the Trainers’ dedication to safety and the welfare of the trekkers. Because the safety aspect was already taken care of, I could focus on creating my own new experiences on Mt Kinabalu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can sign up for Via Ferrata based on the number of days you want to spend in the mountains. Here are your options:

4D/3N Via Ferrata Walk-The Torq (WTT)

Day 1 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Meals on your own
Day 2 Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Packed Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3 Summit climb – VF WTT – descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu townOvernight at 3* Hotel Supper before summit climb / Breakfast after summit climb*Lunch & Dinner on your own
Day 4 Depart Kota Kinabalu Breakfast
Cost: 2 pax – S$690 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax

You can upgrade from VF Walk The Torq to 5D/4N VF Low’s Peak Circuit (LPC) with a top up fee at S$260 per pax

Day 1 Arrive at Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Meals on your own
Day 2 Transfer to Kinabalu Park HeadquarterStart your trek to Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Packed Lunch / Dinner*Breakfast on your own
Day 3 Summit climb – VF LPC – Pendent HutOvernight at Pendent Hut Supper before summit climb/ Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4 Descend to Park HeadquarterTransfer to Kota Kinabalu town. Overnight at 3* Hotel Breakfast
Day 5 Depart Kota Kinabalu Breakfast
Cost: 2 pax – S$690 per pax + S$260 per pax
3 pax – S$620 per pax + S$260 per pax
4-9 pax – S$590 per pax + S$260 per pax

Do contact me or my colleagues at Ace Adventure Expeditions for your Via Ferrata climb on Mt Kinabalu.  You can pick your preferred dates to travel; we will assist you with all the other arrangement. Email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Why we climb

Climb ON!

Joanne Soo
ACE ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS
 
Source:
wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_ferrata
Mount Kinabalu Ferrata