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! Our Start Trekking programme is, as much as for those who are new to trekking, as it is for those with some trekking experience and simply want to embark on a short duration scenic trek.

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 2020 Destinations

We handpicked the treks for the Start Trekking programme. The treks selected are well suited for beginners with average to above average level of fitness. They are great picks to ease anyone into their first trekking adventure or for those who enjoy short duration treks.

These treks are entry level and offer breathtaking scenery. The terrain are straight forward and well-trodden trekking routes. Each trek is accompanied by a trek leader to provide guidance to the team, has different level of exposure to high altitude and weather elements (ie: cold), offers a short duration of 2-5 days of trekking, demands different fitness level and provides different “comfort level” in terms of accommodation during the trek (local hotel, home stay and tent etc). The altitude ranges from as low as 1500m to 2000m to as high as above 3000m to 4000m.

Each trek is unique and offers different level of challenges to a beginner’s level trek. It can be easy to above moderate. Depending of each person’s aptitude to coping with the conditions in the mountain and fitness level, there is something for everyone to pick a suitable trek and START TREKKING.

Tiger Leaping Gorge-Haba Village Trek with Jade Dragon Mountain: 5-10 May 2020

This trek includes the famous Ancient Tea Horse Trail/High Trail in Tiger Leaping Gorge and a day hike to a 3500m peak in Haba Village in Yunnan, China. Total number of trekking days is 3 days.

The highest point on the 2D/1N Ancient Tea Horse Trail/High Trail trek is below 3000m at 2650m on a viewing point. The trek takes around 6-7 hours to complete on day 1 and 3 hours on day 2. The day hike to the 3500m peak in Haba Village takes around 6 hours (round trip). The accommodations, all located at below 3000m, are comfortable guesthouses on the Ancient Tea Horse Trail/High Trail and home stay in Haba Village.

With a 2/1N days short trek of below 3000m and a day hike to a 3500m peak, this trek is ideal for those looking for a short duration trek, without having to go too high up into the mountains, sleep at below 3000m and does not have to give up basic creature comforts of nice warm meals, hot shower and flushing toilets.

Mt Hehuan Trek: 18-21 Jun 2020

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 trek is for those who want to experience high altitude trekking to above 3000m in a short duration without having to sleep overnight in high elevation, and do not have to give up on basic creature comforts of nice warm meals, hot shower and flushing toilets.

Druk Path Trek with Black Necked Crane Festival: 1-14 Nov 2020

The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular and short treks in Bhutan.

The 5 days trek connects the valley of Paro to the valley of Thimpu on an ancient trading route and covers an altitude from 2500m to 4200m. The daily walks are short duration of around 4-5 hours, with the last day being the longest day 0f around 6-7 hours. Each day of the trek ends at a splendid campsites from Jele Dzong (3560m/fortress) to Jangchulakha (3760m/ a pasture for yaks) to alpine lakes – Jimilang Tsho (3870m) and Semkotha Lake (3834 m). The trail passes through through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine and and juniper forests, high ridges and pristine lakes with stunning views of Mt Jomolhari, Mt Gangkar Puensum (one of the highest unscaled peak in the world) and other Himalaya peaks. It is also dotted with ancient lhakhangs and dzongs.

Trekking at altitude from 2500m to 4200m and staying in tents, this trek is suitable for those who have good fitness and would like to attempt a multi-days high altitude camping trek.

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: Dates TBA

This rustic trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake is gaining popularity among travellers to Myanmar. It covers a total distance of 61km over 3 days – 21 km the first day, 23km the second and 17km the third. 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. The cool (at times maybe HOT) but not cold hill climate means that you do not need to invest in a lot of gear. The comfortable home stays also means that you do not have to lug along 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.

This relatively flat 3D/2N trek from 1300m-1500m is for those who enjoy long scenic walks, want to keep to low altitude trekking of below 2000m and do not mind taking cold showers during the home stay in the villages.

Refer to the relevant trek's page for the package details.

 

 

Tiger Leaping Gorge-Haba Village Trek with Jade Dragon Mountain

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Lijiang. 2400m
Day 2-32D/1N Tiger Leaping Gorge High Trail Trek. Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge and transfer to Haba Village on Day 3B/L/D2400m
Day 4Day hike to a peak (3500m) in Haba Village B/L/D2600m
Day 5Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Transfer to LijiangB/L/-2400m
Day 6Depart LijiangB/-/-

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 3Acclimatisation hike with a drive Chele La (3900m) and a short hike up Gung Karpo La (4300m)B/L/D2200m
Day 4-8For the next 5 days, trek the famous Druk Path. Day 8 drive to Thimphu for overnight.B/L/DJele Dzong-3560m
Jangchulakha-3760m
Jimilang Lake-3870m
Semkotha Lake-3830m
Thimphu-2330m
Day 9ThimphuB/L/D2330m
Day 10Drive 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 11Black Necked Crane FestivalB/L/D2900m
Day 12Drive to Punakha B/L/D1250m
Day 13Drive to ParoB/L/D2200m
Day 14Depart 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/-/-

 

 

Refer to the relevant trek's page for the package details.

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 two to 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.