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Scheduled Trips – Update

Here is a list of our scheduled trips. Email us for trip details:

Scheduled Trips Update 2


Mount Rinjani – 3726m, Lombok, Indonesia

4-9 August / 6-11 September

S$590 / pax (no expedition leader)

Rinjani Grp 2 (77)

Rinjani’s towering volcanic presence dominates the entire Indonesian island of Lombok.  Within its huge crater, surrounded by a complex of jagged peaks and smoking fissures, lies a stunning emerald-green caldera lake said by locals to be the home of the goddess Anjani.  The strenuous climb to the summit culminates in a breathtaking view that takes in the tropical idylls of Bali and Sumbawa as well as the winding coast and green valleys of Lombok.


Gunung Datuk – 885m, Malaysia

20-21 September

S$120 / pax (with an expedition leader)

Datuk 1

Gunung Datuk is located near the town Rembau in Negeri Sembilan.  At 885m above sea level, it is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan.

It is a popular mountain for day tripper, the trail up is not too difficult and a round trip to the rocky summit and back would take about 4 to 5hrs. It has an interesting summit made of huge rocks, with some metal ladders put up to enable climbers to get to the very top. For those afraid of height, the last portion would seem to be very challenging. The awesome view of the surroundings will make the effort well worth it.


Mount Kinabalu – 4095m, Sabah, East Malaysia

5-8 October (Limited slots)

S$590 / pax (no expedition leader)


Mount Kinabalu, standing tall at 4095m is not only the centerpiece of Kinabalu National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site – but undisputable the most prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.

Known to be one of the most accessible mountains in the world and open to trekkers all year round, tonsof people (estimated to be around 20,000), from around the world and Malaysia, of all ages and be it seasoned or novice trekkers make their way to Mt Kinabalu with the aim to reach its summit – the Low’s Peak – every year



AoTaiNa – 4800m, Sichuan, China

17-25 October

S$1430 / pax (with an expedition leader)

AotaiNa 1 AoTaiJi (奥太基 / 5300m), AoTaiMei (奥太美) / 5200m) and AoTaiNa (奥太娜 / 4800m) make up the SanAo mountain range (三奥雪山) on the eastern foot of the Tibetan Plateau in the Aba Tibetan Autonomous Region, Sichuan, China. Of the 3 peaks, only AoTaiNa (奥太娜 / 4800m) can be climbed. The terrain to the peak of AoTaiJi (奥太基 / 5300m) and AoTaiMei (奥太美) are too steep and dangerous.  It is possible to climb AoTaiNa (奥太娜) all seasons with each season showcasing different sides of the mountain. In spring, Rhododendron (杜鹃花) blooms in abundance while in autumn, the mountain range burst into  fiery colours of yellow, red, orange and brown and, in winter, it is transformed into a winter wonderland. Of the four seasons, AoTaiNa’s (奥太娜) peak is almost snow-free only in summer.


Everest Base Camp Trek – 5350m, Khumbu, Nepal

16 November – 3 December

S$2070 / pax (no expedition leader)


This expedition hopes to expand the story about ordinary people achieving extraordinary results by tracing the footsteps of the Everest climbers to the Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best adventure trekking destinations in Nepal. The experience on the trek is everything an adventure traveler could ask for. The breath taking views of the snow-capped mountain ranges are simply undeniably attractive, and the experience of the daily routine of high altitude living offers individual an opportunity to discover the inner strength hidden within.


Island Peak – 6189m, Khumbu, Nepal

16 November – 7 December (Limited slots)

S$3800 / pax (with an expedition leader)


Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest region. It not only attracts trekkers who want to upgrade their climbing credentials from trekking to climbing a snow peak, Island Peak is also climbed by many experience mountaineers as acclimatization for higher peaks like Ama Dablam and even Mount Everest.

Standing at 6189m above sea level, Island Peak is a stand-alone-peak among the surrounding majestic peaks.  This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 by a climbing team of Eric Shipton due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice.


Yushan+Xueshan – 3952m & 3886m, Taiwan

13-20 December

S$1390 / pax (with an expedition leader)


The island of Taiwan has more than 100 mountains exceeding 3000m with the highest being Yushan (3952m) and 2nd highest being Xueshan (3886m). Both peaks are part of the famous “Top 100 Peaks of Taiwan” (台灣百岳). Yushan is also known to be the fourth highest mountain on an island and highest point on the Tropic of Cancer. Yushan is sometimes climbed together with Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia and Mt. Fuji in Japan by trekkers to collect the special “Asian Trilogy” experience. As with almost all the mountain ranges in Taiwan, both mountains are located in central Taiwan with Yushan in The Yushan National Park in Xinyi, Nantou Country and Xueshan in Sheipa National Park in Dahu Township, Miaoli County.

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Ice Climbing Course, Sichuan, China

13-21 December

S$1690 / pax

Ice Climb pix

The ice climbing course is aimed at those with little or no winter walking experience who would like some training in winter mountaineering skills perhaps with a view to moving onto steeper ground.

You will learn to climb on vertical ice fall with the focus on developing good footwork, rope skills, and proper handling of ice equipment.

Some important techniques and practices common in rock climbing  that are employed in ice climbing include knowledge of rope systems, tying in, belaying, and lowering. Beginners should learn these techniques before attempting to ice climb.

Course will be conducted by Mr Lim Kim Boon, qualified mountain guide certified by Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) & certified Climbing Instructor Assessor with Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF), and the climbing coach and team manager of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team.


SNCS Sport Climbing Course Level 1 (SCCL1 – one day course)*

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*SNCS SCCL1 course fee is not included in the ice climbing course fee

* Complete the course before 12 Dec 2014



Climb Mt Kilimanjaro for a Good Cause

Mountain climbing, trekking and supporting good causes are all things close to our hearts. Hence, we have set ourselves the goal to create events that use mountain climbing and trekking as a platform to not only encourage more people to challenge themselves but also to promote good causes.

The idea to organize an all-women team to climb Kilimanjaro for a good cause and to celebrate International Women’s Day was mooted in 2013. We sent the first team in March 2014. A year on, we are not only intending to continue to organize an all-women team to climb Kilimanjaro annually during International Women’s Day but have also added a trekking challenge to The Great Rift Valley in Tanzania !

Through the IWD Challenge , we hope more women will be inspired to challenge themselves and great awareness can be generated for women’s needs.

The Ace Adventure IWD Challenge 2015 will be raising funds for Project Pari.

More information on Project Pari can be found here:

To help you find out more about what the IWD Challenge is all about, we are organising a preview talk on Fri, 11 July at SCWO at 7pm. RSVP for the talk at

IWD 2015 Preview Talk


 My Story, My Journal

This is a personal sharing by Ms Indumathi Emmanuel Alexandra who took part in the IWD Kilimanjaro Challenge 2013.

When I first heard that Ace Adventure was organising this expedition to Kilimanjaro in conjunction with commemorating International Women’s Day and in addition to that, trying to give back to society and young women in particular, I wanted to be a part of it, how could I not, when they were bringing together things that were important to me.

Ms Indu on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

Ms Indu on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

So, I went to the initial trip briefing and as I walked in to the SCWO building, I remember Vinnie at the reception desk saying to Joanne and Jack that I was her friend and that I was there to sign up. And despite all of this, it took me weeks to commit to it. It took a minor flooding incident in my office building causing us to have to walk up six floors and me panting and perspiring at the end (I still blame the high-heeled shoes) to convince me that all work and no physical challenges was not doing me any good.

I always say that I’m just a social climber. I climb maybe one significant peak or height every two or so years. I do the training and try to get physically ready for the trek but there is always the unknown of your body not acclimatising, the unexpected occurring or maybe you just didn’t train hard enough.

For me, these doubts then manifest themselves as we drive toward the mountain to start the trek and I get more and more nervous. You see the mountain getting bigger, becoming more real and even taller as you approach and I start to think how on earth am I going to manage this. But here’s what I love about this, you don’t need to be extraordinary to do it, you take it slow, resolve to keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually (admittedly at times, this take a while), you will get to the next camp site.

On the first few days, it must’ve been on average five to six hours of trekking each day. We took the longer Northern Circuit route, 9 days, but it made such a big difference for me. It is a very scenic route with the changing terrain, landscape and vegetation as you move higher. As we had more days too, the daily ascent was more gradual thus allowing for better acclimatisation as well.

The day before the summit climb and of course, the summit climb day were longer and harder days. We must’ve been close to 5000m when we started on the day before the summit climb. The weather toward late morning took a turn for the worse, it rained fairly hard with strong winds and it was cold. But the weather eased and sun re-emerged in the afternoon as we reached School Hut.

We took about seven hours to get to the summit. We started rather late in the morning and thus, we only reached the summit around 4pm. By the time we reached Gilman’s Point, I didn’t think we’d make it to Uhuru. It was getting dark and I was frankly tired. However, our guides and Vinnie seemed ever ready to push on and so I reluctantly just kept moving. Another surprise was that it started to snow, the unexpected occuring. In spite of my pessimism, we passed Stella Point before finally arriving at Uhuru.

All those days of climbing and we stayed at the summit for not more than ten minutes. The falling snow was quickly gaining momentum and shortly after starting our way to the camp site, the snow had blocked our visibility and we seemed to be in what seemed to be, a small snow storm. It was scary not being able to see past a few meters. But our guides, as they always are, were there to lead us safely and confidently to our camp site.

I can’t articulate that sense of satisfaction and gladness you feel within yourself when you’ve done something you didn’t think or doubted you could do. But I think you’ll know the feeling when it’s done, or at the very least, challenged yourself to discover something you didn’t know you had in you to do.

Nonetheless, I think the best part of any trek in my view is meeting the people. Everywhere I’ve been on treks, the people we meet and support us have been so kind and gracious. Our guides and support crew were very professional and thoughtful. They saw to all our needs throughout the trek. Every time we reached the camp site, our tents were ready and they’d have a snack or meal ready for us. In the mornings, we’d be given a hot drink, water for washing and fed well before starting our day. Without them, we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere.


???????????????????????????????It’s in this spirit of humanity that I feel encouraged and kind of proud to be involved in the IWD Kilimanjaro expeditions organised by Ace Adventure. I don’t think I do enough to support other women. So, to see women pull together and try to help other women and to feel that I’m part of it in a small way, warms my heart and makes me happy to be part of this human race.

Gunung Lambak is a hill or a mountain?

If you try to “google” to find out from the internet source the key differences between a “Hill” and a “Mountain”, the most common answer is ” there is no distinct difference”. Even the United States Geological Survey (USGS) concludes that these terms don’t have technical definitions and no scientific consensus exists to determine if a person is looking at, standing on, or merely regarding a mountain or a hill.

I find it hard to clearly define a hill from a mountain. Let’s take Poon Hill, a popular destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal, and Gunung Lambak as examples. The highest point on Poon Hill is at 3210m, while Gunung Lambak’s (Kluang, Malaysia) highest point is at 510m. The height disparity is great. Yet, Gunung Lambak is called a “Gunung”. Gunung is the Malay and Indonesia word for mountain. If I will to make comparison of the terrain of both, I dare say that Gunung Lambak has a more challenging terrain than Poon Hill. The challenge of Poon Hill lies in the wind, cold and altitude, the final walk up to the peak is by far a “walk-in-the-park” as compared to walking up Gunung Lambak. Having said that, both peaks offer different spectacular views and are attractive in its own merit.

So, let me come to my point. The height of a mountain or a hill will not determine its level of difficulty, the terrain does. If you are looking for a “tougher” day trek in our region, other than our very own Bukit Timah Hill, Gunung Lambak offers sufficient challenge for us. Gunung Lambak is in Kluang, a small town in the Johor State of Malaysia, about 2.5hrs drive from Singapore. Because it is so near to Singapore, many trekkers would either self drive up to Kluang, or take a KTM train from Woodlands to Kluang station. For us, we organise a group and hire a van to bring us to the foothill.

There are 2 or perhaps 3 trail heads leading to the summit of Gunung Lambak, and at the foothill is a resort for holiday goers. We set off the trail with a stream next to it, and made steep ascent on undulating rocks to reach a rest point with huge signboards. Beyond the rest points, there are 2 ways to get to the summit. One is a steep vertical long ascent with plenty of scrambling to do, another is a gradual slope which covers a longer distance. We took the steep rock scrambling trail, and descent via the gentler slopes.


Tarmac road leading from the resort path the way to the trail head


The tarmac path leads to a steep rocky ascent almost like climbing a staircase


Greeted by a huge sign board showing the distances. By now, 1.5km of trail has been climbed.

Group photo (Siti Johari)

An open area with another huge signboard of Gunung Lambak


Steep rocky terrain. The ropes are fixed and maintained by the climbing association of Kluang.


The steep and narrow rock trail opens up to the slopes leading to the summit.


Reaching to the top of Gunung Lambak


A clear view from the summit of Gunung Lambak.


A team shot up there.

As you can see, the terrain is definitely challenging for a 510m hill (or a mountain). It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned trekker or a newbie, it takes courage to attempt a challenge, and courage comes from the heart.

Gunung Lambak is a good mountain to climb to experience trekking in a forested area, many seasoned trekkers travel to Kluang to climb Gunung Lambak as part of their training regime. Locals climbed it to keep fit. You can do it too, whatever reasons you have to want to climb.

Our next Gunung Lambak trek will be held on Sat, 31 May 2014. Contact us at

Hill or Mountain? you decide.

~ Joanne Soo

4 Simple Tips to stay away from AMS

AMS = Acute Mountain Sickness

It really sucks to suffer from AMS during a high altitude trek/climb. As much as we want to accept that it is inevitable to be affected by altitude as we ascend, we want to avoid it since it can be managed. While I have been able to keep “AMS” in control during my climbs all these years, I had suffered from altitude sickness in my earlier climbing days. I will still be susceptible to AMS if I am not careful. I experienced mild headache when I was on Mt Damavand’s high camp at about 4600m some 4 months ago. The often you climb high, the better your body can manage at altitude. But no one is really immune to oxygen deficiency environment.

Moving slowly and feeling breathless on an ascend is normal. It is because the thin air makes you feel lethargic and prevent you from performing your best even when you have sufficient physical training prior to the climb. Therefore, feeling breathless and a bit of headache are norms, and almost always happen. What is crucial is to prevent these usual symptoms from acting up that may lead to life-threatening altitude sickness such as the Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), and Cerebral edema (swelling of the brain).

Here, I have 4 simple tips to help prevent altitude sickness:

Tip # 1 – Have sufficient sleep the week leading to your departure day

Because you are going on a 2-weeks leave, and you need to get your work done to hand over to your colleague(s). You feel bad that your colleagues have to cover your duties. So the last few days before you go on leave you spend most of your time working late into the night. You have little sleep. You think it is fine because you can catch up with your sleep on the plane. The strategy is TOTALLY WRONG! Sleep debt is hard to repay. It takes a long time to catch up with your lost sleep and before you know it you are already heading for the hills. Your chance of buying more sleep is slim. Lack of sleep is one of the reasons for having headache.

Tip # 2 – Drink enough water the week leading to your departure day

Staying hydrated during the trek/climb is important, even more so before you arrive at an elevation. Many people fail to take note of this aspect of a pre-climb preparation. We need to constantly feed our body with fluid to stay hydrated and healthy. Take extra care of your water intake. A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink. If you get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Well hydrated body don’t happen overnight.

Tip # 3 – Move like a Tortise when at an elevation

This tip is probably known by many already. But what is unknown is that a simple rush of time can cause a headache to act up. Examples – walking fast or running up/down the stairs in the guesthouses. Hopping from one rock to another during the trek. Getting up too fast from a squat. Treat yourself like an old fellow or like a tortise, avoid making drastic movement.

Tip # 4 – Drink 1 Litre of water every morning during the trek/climb

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke.  The risk of dehydration is higher when in cold and high places. So staying hydrated during a trek/climb is vital. Every night before you sleep, fill up your water bottle (1 litre preferred) with hot water and keep it with you in your sleeping bag. Drink up your water when you wake up in the morning. As you have kept your water in your sleeping bag, your body temperature will help prevent the water from turning too cold which makes it easy to drink.

As I have mentioned earlier, no one can fully immune to altitude sickness. But we can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of getting AMS.  People who have anemia, and high/low blood pressure tend to suffer more at high elevation; consult your doctor before you travel.

Plan your schedule earlier so you don’t have to rush to go out to play. Try out the 4 simple tips, it will only make your next high adventure more enjoyable.


Joanne Soo

Celebrate International Women’s Day – Climb Kilimanjaro to Promote a Good Cause

Mountain climbing and supporting good causes are both close to our hearts. Among the many goals we have set for Ace Adventure Expeditions, promoting good causes through mountain climbing and encouraging more people to challenge themselves to climb are on the top of the list.

Annually on 8 March, many events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. To join in the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014 and to achieve the goals we have set, we hope to inspire women to join us for a climb with a good cause to the highest point of Africa and one of the 7 summits – Kilimanjaro.
If you’re keen to be part of the all-women Kilimanjaro team, join us and find out more at the climb preview talk :
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: SCWO, 96 Waterloo Street