Start Trekking – A Trekking Programme For Beginners

10 Apr 19

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/High Altitude Health Knowledge Sessions

To help prepare for your first trekking adventure, we have included a training session and a gear/high altitude healthcare knowledge session prior to your trip. The training session will cover the basic trekking techniques on footwork, pacing, use of trekking poles, etc. The gear/high altitude healthcare knowledge session will introduce the layering system, footwear, hydration and high altitude health concerns such as Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), etc. For each trek, a packing list is provided to all our participants. You can also refer to our Resource Centre page to pick up tips about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Start Trekking 2019 Destinations

We have handpicked a few treks for the Start Trekking programme to ease you into your first trekking adventure. These treks offer breathtaking sceneries, without overly taxing your fitness, therefore, are well suited for beginners.

Make new friends with trekkers of similar experience, pick up trekking tips and skills from the trek leader(s) and embark on exploring new adventures together.

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek with Chitwan Safari: 10-21 Apr 2019

The Poon Hill trek is one of the most scenic short treks in the Annapurna region in Nepal.

It offers magnificent snowcapped 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 snowcapped mountain range is breathtaking 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 trekking.

We have combined the Poon Hill Trek with a Chitwan National Park safari tour to create an unique way of experiencing Nepal beyond trekking.  Chitwan National Park is a preserved area in the Terai Lowlands of south-central Nepal, designated as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984 for its biodiversity value.

Mt Hehuan Trek: 5-8 Jun 2019

Hehuanshan, 合歡山, Mt Hehuan (also called Joy Mountain) at 3417m 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 without having to stay overnight at high elevation in camps or mountain lodges.

Druk Path Trek with Black Necked Crane Festival: 3-13 Nov 2019

The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular and shortest trek in Bhutan. The 4-day trek connects the valley of Paro to the valley of Thimpu. The trail passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges above 4000m and pristine lakes with stunning views of Mt Jomolhari and Mt Gangkar Puensum (one of the highest unscaled peak in the world). At the same time, it offers the opportunity to visit some ancient lhakhangs, dzongs and villages.

Staying in tents during the trek camping near alpine lakes, it is perfect for those who are new to high altitude trekking and want to experience camping at the same time.

We have combined the Druk Path Trek with the Black Neck Crane Festival to create an unique way of experiencing Bhutan and to generate greater awareness of the endangered cranes.

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek: 30 Nov-7 Dec 2019

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 various 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.  The cool (at times maybe HOT) but not cold hill climate means you do not need to invest in a lot of gear.  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.

 

Available Dates Price Qty*
Mt Huhuan: 14-17 Jun 2018 $750.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
Poon Hill Trek with Chitwan Safari: 10-21 Apr 2019 $1,580.00 (SGD)  / person  
Mt Hehuan: 5-8 Jun 2019 $750.00 (SGD)  / person  
Druk Path with Crane Festival: 3-13 Nov 2019 $4,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
Kalaw To Inle Lake Trek: 30 Nov-7 Dec 2019 $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 6 - 20 people.
  • Package fee for Mt Hehuan Trek is based on a group size of 10 - 20 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 Druk Path Trek with Black Necked Crane Festival is based on a group size of 10-20 people

 

 

 

Poon Hill Trek

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu. -/-/-1330m
Day 2 Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Drive to Pokhara.B/-/-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 Hille B/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. Flight arrival before 1pm. 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 Lushan. B/L/D3150m
Day 3Transfer to trail head -Trek to Mt. Hehuan North Peak (3422m) - back to trail head. Transfer to Taipei. B/L/D346m
Day 4Depart Taipei B/-/-

Druk Path Trek with Black Necked Crane Festival

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Paro-/-/D2200m
Day 2Acclimatization hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest/Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger Nest/3120m). On the way back visit places of interest like Dumtse Lhakhang temple. B/L/D2200m
Day 3-6For the next 4 days, trek the famous Druk Path trail. Day 6 drive to Thimphu for overnight.B/L/DJangchulakha-3760m
Jimilang Lake-3870m
Semkotha Lake-3830m
Thimphu-2330m
Day 7Spend the morning sight-seeing in Thimphu. In the afternoon, drive to Punakha (3 hours), via Dochu La (3050m)B/L/D1250m
Day 8Drive to Gangtey (3 hours) and spend the afternoon exploring Phobjikha Valley with a nature walk to villages and visiting of cultural placesB/L/D2900m
Day 9Black Necked Crane FestivalB/L/D2900m
Day 10Drive back to Paro (7 hours) via Wangdi (originally considered Bhutan’s second capital). Spend the afternoon visiting some handicraft shops in Paro.B/L/D2200m
Day 11Depart ParoB/-/-

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 7 Transfer to Yangon (around 10hours drive). Overnight in Yangon.B/-/-59m
Day 8Depart Yangon.(Programme ends here.)B/-/-

 

 

The inclusions and exclusions can be found on the trek's web page:

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek with Chitwan Safari

Mt Hehuan Trek

Druk Path Trek with Black Necked Crane Festival

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek

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)

For Start Trekking : Training and Gear/High Altitude Health Knowledge Sessions

To help you prepare for your first trekking adventure, we have included a training session and a gear/high altitude healthcare knowledge session prior to your trip.
The training session will cover the basic trekking techniques on footwork, pacing, use of trekking poles, etc.
The gear/high altitude healthcare knowledge session will introduce the layering system, footwear, hydration and high altitude health concerns such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), etc.

 

Grading: Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek and Mt Hehuan Trek: 1A/Poon Hill Trek: 1B / Druk Path: 1B+

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
  4. Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good three 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.