More and more people are discovering the regenerative power of the outdoors, both physically and spiritually. Trekking is one of the BEST ways to enjoy the outdoors and immerse oneself in nature! 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!
We have handpicked a few 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.
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 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.
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 without having to sleep overnight in high elevation.
The Druk Path Trek is one of the most popular and shortest trek in Bhutan.
The trek connects the valley of Paro to the valley of Thimpu. The 4 days trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress) on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north and camping at Jangchulakha (3760m) – a pasture for yaks. Day 1 is the longest day of the trek of about 7 hours. The next 3 days are short trekking days of around 4-5 hours. Day 2 and 3, we climb above the tree line and cross several high ridges of above 4000m, camping near alpine lakes – Jimilang Tsho (3870m) and Semkotha Lake (3834 m), with splendid views of Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border. On the final day of the trek, we descent through pine and juniper forests via Phajoding Gompa to Thimphu.
Staying in tents during the trek, 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.
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. 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.
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/healthcare 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.