Women On Mountains

20 Apr 18

Women On Mountains

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Women on Mountains is an Ace Adventure Expeditions' initiative to celebrate womenhood by encouraging women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing and to support a charity cause to help other women.

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.

Where Are Women On Mountains Going in 2018 / 2019

We have handpicked a few treks to cater to all level of fitness and  trekking experiences, such that any lady can be a part of Women on Mountains!

10D Mt Kilimanjaro: 19-28 Dec 2018

Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), lies just 3° south of the equator,  is the famed snow capped mountain in Tanzania. Being the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, it has earned itself another well known name as The Roof of Africa.  Mt Kilimanjaro towering over the surrounding African plains has long been Tanzania’s most famous and remarkable landmark. The majestic view of the mountain on the flat African plains on a clear cloudless day, especially during sunrise or sunset, is simply breath taking.

Mt Kilimanjaro is also the fourth highest peak of the Seven Summits and has many interesting aspects. These are some of the more distinct ones :

  • It is a giant stratovocano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone.The mountain was built by successive lava flows.
  • It is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo (5895m); Mawenzi (5149m); and Shira (3962m). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.
  • It is one of the few mountains on earth that supports five ecosystems: tropical jungle, savannah, and desert to montane forests, subalpine plants, and the alpine zone.
  • The glaciers on top of the mountain are constantly evolving. They melt and shrink in dry season but regenerate in the wet. However, the glaciers are diminishing and have lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912.

There are six main routes leading up the slopes of  Mt Kilimanjaro. They are:  Shira route, the Lemosho route, Machame route, Umbwe route, Marangu route, and Rongai route. They are all named after the places from where they begin.

Of the routes choices, the Marangu route has sleeping huts for overnights but the least scenic. The huts are basic but have solar lighting. On the other routes, tents are used for overnights. Shira route is rarely used by trekkers because of the dirt motorway for rescue vehicles. The more popular and scenic routes are the Lemosho route, Machame route and Rongai route.

The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west.  The Marangu, Machame and Umbwe routes approach from the south. The Rongai route approaches from the north. Mweka route is used for descent only.

Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is a relatively new route that runs along the north side of Mt Kilimanjaro and allows almost a complete circumnavigation of Kibo. The gradual route provides for better acclimatization to help the body to cope better in the mountain. This route isn’t incorporated as a standard section of most of the routes. It has lower traffic, avoiding the main stream of trekkers. The circuit begins in the remote west, following the Lemosho route up to the Shira Plateau before turning into the north eastern direction around the back of the mountain and onto the circuit itself. The remoteness of part of the circuit allows trekkers to see the more “un-touched” part of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Experience Required

Good to have above 3500m high altitude trekking experiences. While Mt Kilimanjaro is the least difficult to climb of the Seven Summits and a superb first 5000m peak for those who have not trekked beyond 5000m, the success of ascending to the summit is not a given and requires great effort. For the most part, it takes just putting one foot in front of the other. Although this sounds simple, it requires excellent physical fitness and the ability to endure the extreme cold and rough conditions of the mountains . The biggest challenge and danger of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is the high altitude.

You will be trekking at above 3000m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 8 to 10 hours each day for up to 8 days . For summit day, be prepared to trek fo 12 – 15 hours starting  at midnight and in extreme cold temperature of -10°C to -15°C.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the campsites, after sundown and for the summit, 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.

About Mt Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Trek Leader

Sim Yihui’s first foray into the outdoors was climbing a snow-capped mountain during a Technical Mountaineering Course in New Zealand back in 2003. She has since developed a passion for hiking and climbing mountains in extreme places.

In 2009, Yihui was the co-founder and co-leader of an all-women’s team from Singapore to climb Mt Everest via the South side in Nepal. She was privileged to be able to stand on top of some of the most beautiful mountains like Mera Peak in Nepal, Mt Damavand, Iran, Mustagh Ata in Xinjiang, China, Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet, China and Denali (Mt McKinley) in Alaska, USA.

Besides snow and ice environments, Yihui is also fascinated and drawn to deserts, in particular desert crossings using camels. In 2011, she spent 51 days walking across 1,600km of the Gobi desert in Mongolia, assisted by wayward, bile-spitting Bactrian camels. In 2013, she also hiked across the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, assisted by yaks and horses.

Beyond the attraction of the sheer immensity, as well as the physical and mental challenges inherent in such expeditions, Yihui is also motivated by the opportunity for such expeditions to be used as educational platforms - to inspire and engage people to develop an appreciation of nature and extreme environments.

As part of the Singapore Women's Everest Team, she and her team were inducted into the Singapore Council of Women's Organisation (SCWO) Hall of Fame in 2014.

18D Everest Base Camp Trek: 19 Apr - 6 May 2019

About The Trek

The trek to Everest Base Camp is on a scenic route that passes through several well known villages in the Everest region. We will start the trek a domestic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, there will be many suspension bridge crossings on the ascend to the bustling village of Namche. We stay 2 nights in Namche to acclimatize. After Namche, there is a split path to Everest Base Camp. The path merge again at Lobuche (4940m). We will be ascending to Lobuche via Khumjung (3780m / the village where Sir Edmund Hillary and his team built their first school in the Everest region) and Phortse (3800m / where most of the Mt Everest guides are from). Ama Dablam will be a constant feature of this route.  It is also possible to spot Mt Everest if the weather conditions are great! The alpine sceneries become more rugged as we trek above the tree line on the Khumbu glacier moraines to Lobuche and then Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is the last settlement before the base camp. Trekking to the landmark destination of  Everest Base Camp can be challenging but very rewarding for the sense of achievement. After leaving our footprints on Everest Base Camp, we climb up the Kalapathar (5545m) the next day to have a view of Mt Everest and some of the highest Himalayan peaks. We descend via a different route down to Lukla via the Pheriche and Thyanboche Monastery.

On this trek, aside from breathtaking scenery, you can experience unique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way. Days are filled with long hours of walking, passing colourful prayer wheels, villages and cross swinging bridges with the majestic Himalayas snow peaks mountain view constantly in sight. Evenings are rewarded with hot food and conversation with like-minded people around the dining-room.

Experience Required

You should have above 4000m trekking experience. You will be trekking from 2800m to above 5000m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for more than 10 days. Days are filled with long hours of walking, going up and down the mountain route through villages and cross many swinging bridges. After Namche Bazzar, you will be trekking and sleeping at above 4000m. At the altitude above 4000m, the air is thin and weather is more hash.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the tea house, after sundown and at above 4000m, 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
Mt Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit: 19-28 Dec 2018 $3,780.00 (SGD)  / person  
Everest BC: 19 Apr-6 May 2019 $2,850.00 (SGD)  / person  

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


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  • All Women On Mountains treks are accompanied by an experienced female trek leader  from Singapore.
  • Group size 5-15 people.

 

Everest Base Camp

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu. -/-/-1330m
Day 2 Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding.B/L/D2600m
Day 4-5Trek to Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation & rest day in Namche BazaarB/L/D3440m
Day 6-10For the next few days, trek to Lobuche (the last 2nd village before Everest Base Camp) via Khumjung (3780m), Phortse Village (3800m) and Dingboche(4340m).B/L/DLobuche - 4940m
Day 11Trek to Gorak Shep (the last village before Everest Base Camp(5380m). Afternoon excursion to Everest Base Camp.B/L/D5140m
Day 12Morning excursion to Kalapathar (5643m). Start descend trek to Pheriche.B/L/D4200m
Day 13Trek to Namche Bazaar via a different route.B/L/DNamche - 3440m
Day 14-15For the next 2 days, continue to descend to Lukla via Phakding.B/L/DLukla - 2840m
Day 16-17Lukla to Kathmandu. Contingency day.B/L/D. (Only breakfast in hotel is included in Kathmandu if contingency day is not used on trek)1330m
Day 18Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

Mt Kilimanjaro Northern Cricuit

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive MoshiD/-/-950m
Day 2-7Transfer to Londorossi Gate (2250m) for registration before transferring to Lemosho Gate (2100m) to start the trek. For the next 6 days, trek towards northwest and through the less visited northern circuit to School Hut (4715m) – one of the two last campsites on the north side of Kilimanjaro before the summit trek. B/ Packed L/DBig Tree - 2800m
Shira Camp 1 - 3570m
Moir Hut - 4100m
Buffalo Camp - 4150m
3rd Cave - 3880m
School Hut - 4715m
Day 8Summit day. Start the trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m) from School Camp at around 12am. Descend to the south side via Barafu Camp (4680m) to Millennium Camp.B/ Packed L/D3820m
Day 9Descend to Mweka Gate (1640m). Transfer to Moshi.B/L/D950m
Day 10Depart MoshiB/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer
  • For Everest BC: Return domestic KTM-Luka airfare (max 15kg check in baggage)
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • For Everest BC: Half day city tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • For Everest BC: Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and in teahouse during trek
  • For Mt Kilimanjaro: Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Moshi and tents during trek
  • For Everest BC trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
  • For Mt Kilimanjaro camping gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags and sleeping tents
  • Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters
  • Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  • Permits & fees: Trekking permit and National Park entry fee
  • Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
  • $100 contribution to Project Pari
  • Singapore Everest Women Team's book
  • Women On Mountains T-shirt

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • For Everest BC: 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)

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 climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Nepal and Kilimanjaro, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. They are mostly trained in wilderness first aid and/or basic and advance mountaineering skills.

Grading: EBC and Mt Kilimanjaro: 2C

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 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.