Start Trekking – A Trekking Programme For Beginners

23 Mar 18

Start Trekking – A Trekking Programme For Beginners

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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!
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/heathcare 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.

Where Are We Start Trekking in 2018

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.

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!

The trek starts from Nayapul (1070m) through the scenic Gurung villages of Ghandruk of the Annapurna foothill to Ghorepani (2850m). At Ghorepani, you'll do a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise view. The descend is via a different route through Tikhedunga (1525m) to Nayapul, making the trek a circuit  from Nayapul - Ghandruk - Ghoerpani - Tikhedunga - Nayapul.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the tea houses and after sundown, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.

A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Mt Hehuan Trek: 14-17 Jun 2018

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.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, trekking shirt or light weight thermal with trekking pants. You will need a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.

A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek: 3-10 Nov 2018

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.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt or trekking shirt, trekking shorts or pants and trail shoes for this trek. In the evening, at the home stay, a warm jacket (an insulating layer) may be needed. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.

A recommended packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

 

Available DatesPriceQty*
Poon Hill Trek: 23 Mar-1 Apr 2018$1,380.00 (SGD)  / person  
Mt Huhuan: 14-17 Jun 2018$750.00 (SGD)  / person  
Kalaw To Inle Lake Trek: 3-10 Nov 2018$890.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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  • Package fee for Poon Hill Trek is based on 5-15 people.
  • Package fee for Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek is based on a group size of 10 - 20 people. 7-9 people: $950 per person
  • Package fee for Mt Hehuan Trek is based on a group size of 10 - 20 people.

 

Poon Hill Trek

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu.-/-/-1330m
Day 2Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Drive to Pokhara.B/L/-827m
Day 4-6Drive to Nayapul (1080m). Start trek to Ghorepani through Ghandruk (2000m) and Tadapani (2600m)B/L/D2850m
Day 7Pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m). Trek to HilleB/L/D1800m
Day 8Trek to Nayapul (1080m) and drive to PokharaB/L/-827m
Day 9Drive back to Kathmandu.B/L/-1330m
Day 10Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

Mt Hehuan Trek

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Taipei. Transfer to Lushan.-/-/D1200m
Day 2Transfer to trail head -Trek to Mt. Hehuan Main Peak (3417m) - Mt. Shimen (3237m) - Mt Hehuan East Peak (3421m) - back to trail head. Transfer to Hualien.B/L/D3150m
Day 3Transfer to trail head -Trek to Mt. Hehuan North Peak (3422m) - back to trail head. Transfer to Taipei.B/L/D10m
Day 4Depart Taipei (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.-/-/-59m
Day 2Transfer to Kalaw (around 10hours drive). Overnight in Kalaw town.B/-/-1320m
Day 3-5D/2N Kalaw to Inle Lake trek. 1st night home stay at Ywa Pu (a Danu tribe village), 2nd night home stay at Pattupauk (a Paoh tribe village) and last day boat ride from Tone Lae to Nyaung Shwe (main town in Inle Lake area).B/L/D (except day 5 dinner in Inle Lake)1320m to 1500m
Day 6Free & easy day to explore Inle Lake area.B/-/-884m
Day 7Transfer to Yangon (around 10hours drive). Overnight in Yangon.B/-/-59m
Day 8Depart Yangon.(Programme ends here.)B/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation for Poon Hill Trek: local 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin/triple sharing) and tea house during trek (twin/triple sharing)
  • Accommodation for Kalaw To Inle Lake Trek: Local 3* hotel in Yangon (twin/triple sharing), Kalaw and Inle Lake andhome stay during trek (mixed dorm style with mattresses, pillows and blankets)
  • Accommodation for Mt Hehuan Trek: Local 3* hotel (twin/triple sharing)
  • Trek support: Trekking guide(s) and porters (1 porter to 2 trekkers) for Poon Hill Trek. Trekking guide(s) for Kalaw To Inle Lake Trek and Mt Hehaun Trek
  • Drinking water during trek: Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals for Poon Hill Trek. 2liters of bottled water per day for Kalaw To Inle Lake Trek. Boiled drinking water for Mt Hehaun Trek
  • Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags for Poon Hill Trek.
  • Permits & fees: All trekking and permit fees and national park entry fees. For Kalaw to Inle Lake trek includes boat ride to Inle Lake
  • For Poon Hill Trek: Half day city tour
  • For Poon Hill Trek: Comprehensive first aid kit carried by the guide

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if any)
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and  trekking up to 4000m for Poon Hill Trek and Mt Hehuan and 2000m for Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • For Poon Hill Trek: Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

Our Local Trek Operators

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure a high standard of service and safe participation by everyone.

Our local trekking guides have extensive experience in guiding treks, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture.

In Nepal and Taiwan, our trekking guides are mostly trained in wilderness first aid. Our trekking guides in Nepal carry a portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit for emergency purpose.

Grading:

  • Poon Hill Trek: 1B
  • Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek and Mt Hehuan Trek: 1A

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
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  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.