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Malaysia – Chemerong-Berembun-Langsir (CBL)

20 Jun 19

Malaysia – Chemerong-Berembun-Langsir (CBL)

Chemerong-Berembun- Langsir (CBL) is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful treks in West Malaysia. Located in Hulu Dungun, Terengganu, the crystal clear emerald green and turquoise pools gives this place the nickname of "Jiuzhaigou (Jiuzhai Valley) of Malaysia". The trek was first made famous by Chemorong Waterfall (370m)  - one of Malaysia’s highest waterfalls. The towering waterfall can be seen, from a distance, on the drive to the start point of the trek, and appears like a giant human figure close up. The hike to the waterfall is later combined with a trek to Gunung Berembun (1038m) and Langsir Waterfall (801m) to form the CBL trek.

There are two ultra-clean and pristine rivers on the CBL trail. At the lower part of the mountain, Sungai Chemerong runs all the way up to the impressive Chemerong Falls and past the beautiful Camp B and Camp Y. Further up, Sungai Langsir's brooks and streams starts from Gunung Berumbun all the way down to the breathtaking Langsir Falls .

The trail and campsites are so well maintained that hardly any trash can be found. There is almost NO mosquito, NO cockroach and No rat in the mountains.

To preserve and protect the mountains of its pristine conditions, the trekking permits are limited to only around 6o people a day. With only a small group of trekkers allowed on the mountain each day, the trek is hardly overcrowded, allowing trekkers to enjoy the beautiful trails and campsites without having to  jostle for space with a crowd.

About The Climb

The Chemerong-Berembun- Langsir (CBL) trek starts from the trail head at Hutan Lipur Chemerong to Chemerong Waterfall with a loop to Gunung Berembun and Langsir Waterfall. The total distance is around 27km. Trekkers can start and end from either side of the loop.

Our 3D/2N trek  starts from the trail head at Hutan Lipur Chemerong and follow the CLB route ...Chemerong-Langsir-Berembun. This route allows for a more leisurely trek with ample time to spend at each scenic spot and campsite.

Day 1 will bring us to the magnificent Chemerong Waterfall, after about an hour of walking on gradual tropical rain forest terrain from the trail head. Spend some splashing good time at the waterfall and have a picnic lunch. The trek to Kem Balak (Camp B campsite) from Chemerong Waterfall, is another short walk of about 2 hours. This section is a steep vertical ascend that require some scrambling, passing Seraya Besar (Big Tree / Y junction point) along the way. Go for a "fish spa" in the crystal clear Sungai Chemerong by Kem Balak while waiting for dinner. Enjoy star gazing once the night falls and, if you are lucky, spot some fireflies.

Day 2 is a slightly longer day of around 3.5-4 hours of trekking. The terrain is more undulating, with river/stream crossings, rather than steep vertical ascend. There are more scenic spots along the way, such as the turquoise pool of Sungai Bangan Balu and Bongsai area. There is a short section of steep uphill after crossing Sungai Bangan Balu to the Bongsai area, before the terrain becomes more gradual leading to yet another beautiful campsite at Langsir Waterfall. After settling in at the Langsir campsite, visit and have a dip at the multi-tiered emerald green Jeram Lesung pools. In the evening, head down to the rocks area of the Langsir campsite for sunset view before heading back up to the campsite for dinner and another night of star gazing.

Day 3 is the longest and toughest day of the trek. The start of the day is a short walk along Sungai Langsir to Jeram Lesung pools, before the steep uphill ascent of about 200m to the top of Gunung Berembun. This section will take around 1-1.5 hours. The descent from Gunung Berembun to the trail head is the loop to Big Hole Tree and Kem Y. After Kem Y, the loop will eventually lead back to Kem Balak (Day 1's campsite). The estimated timing to reach Kem Balak is around lunch time for a lunch break before moving on. From Kem Balak, it is another 45mins to 1 hour walk to the trail head, passing Seraya Besar (Big Tree / Y junction point) again, but skipping the detour to Chemerong Waterfall, for a shorter descent route out to the trail head to end the 3 days of scenic trek.

After the trek, we will drive to the idyllic seaside town of Kuantan to spend a night and enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner, as well as, chill and relax, before the long drive back to Singapore the next day.

Experience Required

Good to have some tropical rain forest or below 2000m trekking experience. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can complete this trek and have an enjoyable time. You will be trekking for 4-6hrs daily, with a 5-6kg day pack, in tropical rainforest mountain terrain, crossing some rivers and camping for 3 days/2 nights.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring rain gear, a light jacket/sweater and long pants for the night and waterproof your backpack. You will need to bring a lightweight/tropical sleeping bag and sleeping mat too. Drinking water is from the river by the campsites. For those with sensitive stomach, good to bring water purifying tablets or water filter.

Available Dates Price Qty*
20-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $490.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
12-15 Sep 2019 (with Trip Leader) $490.00 (SGD)  / person  

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Group size: 8-11 people

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Night 112am: Meet up and board vehicle to Terengganu. -/-/-
Day 1-3Arrive Terengganu around 8am. Breakfast stop. Continue to drive to trail head. After meet up with local guide and registration, start 3D/2N trek. Overnight in Kuantan on Day 3B/-/D (except for day 1 breakfast)Kem Balak - 400m
Langsir - 800m
Kuantan - 22m
Day 4Depart from Kuantan around 1pm and drive back to Singapore.B/-/-

Inclusions

  • Chartered air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 1 night at local 3* hotel in Kuantan (twin/triple sharing), 2 nights camping in open tents (5 trekkers to 1 open tent)
  • Trek support: Trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks) and local trekking guide(s)
  • Permits & fees: trek permit
  • Safety management and first aid support
  • Travel insurance @S$18 (Can be deducted if you have your own)

Exclusions

  • Visa (if required)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinking water and beverages
  • Personal expenses during the trip –  packed lunch, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Personal hiking & travel gear - sleeping bag and sleeping mat 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
  • Any expenses including meals & transfer outside the stipulated itinerary

Grading: 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 one-two month 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
20-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $490.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
12-15 Sep 2019 (with Trip Leader) $490.00 (SGD)  / person  

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  • 20-23 Jun 2019
    June 20, 2019 - June 23, 2019
  • 12-15 Sep 2019
    September 12, 2019 - September 15, 2019

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Iran – UIAA Youth Camp Twin Peaks Alam Kuh + Damavand

20 Jul 19

Iran – UIAA Youth Camp Twin Peaks Alam Kuh + Damavand

Mt Damavand (5610m) is the highest peak in Iran and Alam Kuh (4850m) is the second highest. Both mountains are part of the Alborz Mountain Range that is located in the north of Iran.

Mt Damavand, the most prominent feature of Iran looming majestically near the southern coast of the Caspian, is well known for several reasons. It is not only the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, but, also the highest volcano in Asia. The word "Damavand" means snow. Indeed, snow can be found on Mt Damavand, almost all year round, including in summer. A sub-active volcano, there are fumaroles that are still emitting steam and volcanic gases near the summit crater. An inescapable pungent sulfur smell from the steam and volcanic gases dominants a part of surrounding air, near the summit, and is often described as rotten-egg smell by climbers. In early summer, a large array of bright and colourful flowers, like the red-hot Tulipa Montana, blankets the lower terrain of Mt Damavand, giving a dramatic contrast to the barren or sometimes snow-covered peak.

"Alam" means some sort of object standing straight like a flag and "Kuh" means mountain. Alam Kuh, a very beautiful rocky mountain, is mainly made of tertiary intrusive rocks of granite and diorite. Part of the Takht-e Suleyman Massif, the mountain range is supported by permanent snow and glaciers with lots of peaks surrounding the main Alam Kuh peak. There are several routes with different level of difficulties suitable for technical training in the area. The southern slopes range tend to be dry and barren, the northern valleys leading to the Caspian Sea (which offer the best approaches to the mountains) are wet and lush with vegetation. Like Mt Davamand, Alam Kuh is covered with bright and colourful flowers during summer. Set in the lush green and stunning valley, Alam Kuh is without a doubt, a beautiful mountain to climb in summer.

About The Climb

We climb Alam Kuh first, followed by Mt Damavand. From Tehran, we transfer to Vandarbon to stay a night. The next morning, transfer and take a short and easy trek (4 hours) straight to the base camp at Hesarchal (3400m). Hesarchal is a very huge, colorful and green flat ground, surrounded by high mountains on all sides. Day 2 of Alam Kuh trek is an acclimatization climb on scree terrain, and, possibly with some ice and snow, to the nearby beautiful glacial lake - Lashgarak (4000m). The summit day is on Day 3. Spend another night at the base camp after the summit climb. We descend the same way from the base camp to Vandarbon on the last day of the Alam Kuh trek and transfer to Roodbarak for a relaxing and recovery time near the Caspian Sea before climbing Mt Damavand.

After Roodbarak, we transfer to stay at the Federation Mountain Lodge in Polour for a night to prepare for the climb on Mt Damavand (South Route). The Mt Damavand climb begins with a drive from Polur to Goosfand-Sara (3250m) and a moderate uphill trek (4- 5 hours) to the high camp at Barghahe-Sevom (4250m). The uphill terrain to the high camp can be filled with summer flowers. Nearer the high camp, there may be snow and ice conditions.

Mt Damavand summit climb is about 10 to 12 hours round trip. The first part of the climb is on loose scree terrain, followed by a steep ascend up some rocky sections, that require some scrambling. The final 500m is usually a mixture of loose scree, snow, ice and slush. The most challenging part of the summit climb is about 300m below the peak, known as “Doud Kouh” or sulphuric hill. The pungent smell of the sulphur can make the already difficult breathing at above 5000m even harder.  A huge ditch lies ahead after “Doud Kouh” and leads directly to the top of the summit. On a clear day, the view from the summit includes the green jungles in the north of Iran, the Caspian Sea, the city of Tehran, and the lake of Lar.  Part of the descend may be on a glacier  slope, that may require the use of snow cleats/crampons, depending on the snow level and conditions. The descend the same way from the high camp to Goosfand-Sara. After the descend, head back to the Federation Mountain Lodge in Polour for a quick wash up before driving back to Tehran.

Experience Required

Good to have above 4000m high altitude trekking experience. Climbing the two peaks in summer does not require technical skills. However, it is highly demanding on fitness, strength and endurance. It also requires steady footwork on loose scree, rock scrambling and ice and snow terrain. There may be a need to wear snow cleats/crampons on glacier slope, depending on the snow and ice conditions.

You will be climbing 2 peaks, mostly on vertical mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 4 to 8 hours each day. For summit day, be prepared to trek for 10 – 12 hours starting at pre-dawn and in extreme zub-zero temperature.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a t-shirt and trekking pants during the approach trek. Thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket are required. When at the campsites and after sundown, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A  down sleeping bag is also needed.

Note: All female travelers who enter Iran MUST obey Islamic rules including Hijab or Islamic dress-code.

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 climb/trek.

Available Dates Price Qty*
20 Jul-1 Aug 2019 $1,150.00 (SGD)  / person  

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  • Dates listed is for UIAA Youth Camp for young mountain climbers from around the world. Adult mountain climbers are welcome to join too, to share experience and climb with the youths.
  • Group size - 15 people to unlimited
  • You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Tehran -/L/D1189m
Day 2Transfer to Kelardasht (1107m) and Vandarbon (2250m) B/L/D2250m
Day 3Transfer to the trailhead in HesarChalB/L/DHesarchal-3750m
Day 4-5Trek to Lashgarak. Attempt Alam Kuh's summit (4848m) the next morning. Descend back to Lashgarak's base camp after summit.B/L/DLashgarak - 4256m
Day 6Descending to Vandarbon and drive to a city on the shore of Caspian Sea.B/L/DBarghahe Sevom-4200m
Tehran-1189m
Day 7Transfer to Polour Village.B/L/D2200m
Day 8-9Transfer to Goosfand-Sara (3250m) and trek to high camp at Barghahe Sevom. Attempt Mt Damavand's summit (5610m) the next morning. Descend back to high camp at Barghahe Sevom after summit. B/L/D4200m
Day 10Descend to Goosfandsara, transfer to Polour to wash up and pack up before driving back to Tehran B/L/D1189m
Day 11Sight seeing tour in TehranB/L/D1189m
Day 12Depart TehranB/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Tehran
  • All land transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • Sight-seeing tour is Tehran as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Twin/triple sharing accommodation in Tehran
  • Camping Equipment: Sleeping tents, sleeping mats and dinning tents
  • Trek support: Mountain climbing guide(s) and porterage service using horses
  • Permits & Fees : Trekking permit
  • Trekking insurance coverage within Iran – Emergency evacuation and medical expenses on injuries and illnesses
  • Entry Visa fee and code

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Single supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and travel to Iran)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses outside Iran
  • 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 trip:
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 safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides are registered guides with Iran Mountaineering Federation. They have extensive experience in guiding treks in Iran, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in technical mountaineering skills and emergency rescue.

Grading: 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
20 Jul-1 Aug 2019 $1,150.00 (SGD)  / person  

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


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  • 20 Jul-1 Aug 2019
    July 20, 2019 - August 1, 2019

Mt Damavand (5610m) is the highest peak in Iran and Alam Kuh (4850m) is the second highest. Both mountains are part of the Alborz Mountain Range that is located in the north of Iran. Mt Damavand, the most prominent feature of Iran looming majestically near the southern coast of the Caspian, is well known for several reasons. (more…)

Nepal – Twin Peaks Mera+Island via Amphu Laptsa Pass

20 Oct 18

Nepal – Twin Peaks Mera+Island via Amphu Laptsa Pass

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Mera Peak (6460m) and Island Peak (6189 m) are two famous peaks in the Himalayas. Climbing the two peaks combined with crossing the spectacular and challenging Amphu Laptsa pass in a single season is demanding yet thrilling. This twin peaks challenge gives the diversity of terrains, through lush and dense forests, villages and farmlands in the lower elevation to crossing of a high pass and peak climbing in alpine ice and snow terrain, hanging on rope and crossing challenging crevasses, all with panoramic views of mountains in sight everyday.

About The Climb

The trek begins and end in Lukla on a circuit route. We take the regular route to Mera Peak through the lush forests of rhododendron and pine and Pangum La up to Mera Peak Base Camp (5300m) via Tangnang. Beyond Mera Peak Base Camp is the uninhabited alpine areas of the upper Hinku Valley. The summit attempt is from Mera Peak High Camp (5800m). After the Mera Peak summit, we head eastwards exploring the less used route towards Makalu Base Camp (4800m) and the wilderness of the Hinku Valley. We camp at Seto Pokhari (White Lake), a sacred lake that is part of a series of lakes that occupy the upper Honku Basin at over 5000m. The lakes are nestled beneath the stunning ramparts of Chamlang with Lhotse and Everest dominate the horizon. Next, we cross the challenging Amphu Laptsa Pass (5700m), which require fixed rope to abseil from the rocky crest and from the top of the pass to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m). The summit attempt is from The summit attempt is from the Island Peak Base Camp. After. After the summit attempt to Island Peak, we return to base camp. We take the same route as our Island Peak climb to return to Lukla.

Mera Peak and Island Peak offer a great Himalayan summit thrill with vastly different summit challenges. Mera Peak's summit route is a long gradual extreme altitude climb, never quite steep enough to get too scary but completely exhilarating. Island Peak,  though of a lesser height, is slightly more skill demanding and exposed, with a 200m vertical ice wall to scale on fixed rope to reach the summit and may involve crossing crevasses with ladders. Both summit attempts require rope up, ice axe, crampons and mountaineering boots.

Trekking Seasons

There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts

Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.

Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.

Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers  paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.

Experience Required

Important to have above 5000m peak climbing experiences, as well as, rope up and fixed rope skills. Both peaks and Amphu Laptsa Pass require rope skills. The route to Island Peak summit has a 200m vertical ice wall to scale on fixed rope and may involve crossing crevasses with ladders. Both summit attempts require rope up, ice axe, crampons and mountaineering boots. The initial acclimtisation phase to Mera Peak High Camp is a more than 10 days trek on undulating mountain terrain. You are required to walk with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 8-10 hours a day to reached Mera Peak High Camp. The trek to Island Peak Base Camp, after Mera Peak, is another 5 days of long hours walk with the same backpack load of 5-6kg and crossing Amphu Laptsa Pass. The high pass crossing involves fixed rope to abseil from the rocky crest and from the top of the pass to Island Peak Base Camp. For both summit days, be prepared to trek for 12 – 16 hours starting  at around 1-2am and in extreme cold temperature of -10°C to -15°C.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a lightweight base layer or a quick dry t-shirt and long trekking pants for the daily trek, especially in spring. From 4000m onwards and in autumn, a light weight long-sleeve base layer and long trekking pants is better attire for the trek. An outer shell is essential to protect from the weather elements. When at the tea house/campsites and after sundown, a basic layer of thermal, fleece jacket and down jacket are needed to keep warm. For the summit attempt, you will need the basic 3 layers, a down jacket, water and wind proof pants and gloves. A  down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.

The following climbing equipment are required and provided for the summit attempt:

  1. Mountaineering or double boots
  2. Crampons
  3. Climbing harness
  4. Walking ice axe (optional)
  5. Sewn slings
  6. Ascender & abseil devices
  7. Locking karabiners

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*
20 Oct-16 Nov 2018 $5,530.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
14 Apr-11 May 2019 $5,670.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6 Oct-2 Nov 2019 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
27 Oct-23 Nov 2019 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
4 Apr-1 May 2020 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
18 Apr-15 May 2020 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
10 Oct-7 Nov 2020 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
24 Oct-20 Nov 2020 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  

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  • Dates listed are for open international group
  • You can also form a private group. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu-/-/D1330m
Day 2Day tour & final preparation in KathmanduB/-/-1330m
Day 3Domestic flight to Lukla. Trek to PhuiyanB/L/D2796m
Day 4-13Approach trek to Khare - Mera Peak Base Camp. The trek starts from Dudhkoshi Valley, crossing Pangom La pass (3140m) to Hinku Valley and the phenomenal lake junction of Kholakharka before reaching the base camp.B/L/DKhare - 4940m
Day 14-15Base Camp - High Camp - Summit (Mera Peak, 6476m) - High Camp
B/L/DHigh Camp - 5800m
Day 16-18Climb to Amphu Laptsa base camp through Kongmading and Seto PokharIB/L/D5000m - 5300m
Day 19Cross the Amphu Labtsa pass (5630m)B/L/D5000m - 5300m
Day 20-21Trek to Island Peak Base Camp / Rest day B/L/D4970m
Day 22Base Camp - Summit (Island Peak, 6189m) - Base Camp B/L/D4970m
Day 23-25Trek to Lukla (via Namche)B/L/DLukla - 2860m
Day 26-27Fly to Kathmandu/ spare day B/-/-1330m
Day 28Depart KathmanduB/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
  • Round trip airfare, airport departure taxes for domestic (KTM-Lukla-KTM) flight (max 15kg check in baggage)
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Half day city tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu & during trek (teahouse/tent )
  • Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
  • Camping equipment and crew: sleeping tent (twin sharing), dinning tent and kitchen crew
  • Climbing gear: ropes, mountaineering boots, harness, ascender, slings, abseil device, karabiners, ice axe and helmet.
  • Trek support: Trekking guide, climbing guide, assistant  guide and porters (1 porter to 1 trekker)
  • Portable oxygen cylinder and comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  • Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping (Budget around 10 to 15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6500m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • 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 safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is the top 10 companies out of around 2000 trekking companies in Nepal, awarded by the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in all regions in Nepal, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue. They carry a portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit for emergency purpose.

Fair Treatment to Porters

Our porter to trekker ratio is 1:1. This is to ensure fair treatment to the porters that each porter does not carry an excessive heavy load for the duration of the trek. The 1:1 ration also provide extra support during the trek and helps to create more jobs for the locals who work as porters for a living.

Grading: 3D+

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 five to six months of training would be a good preparation for this climb.

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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
20 Oct-16 Nov 2018 $5,530.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
14 Apr-11 May 2019 $5,670.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6 Oct-2 Nov 2019 $5,950.00 (SGD)  / person  
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Mera Peak (6460m) and Island Peak (6189 m) are two famous peaks in the Himalayas. Climbing the two peaks combined with crossing the spectacular and challenging Amphu Laptsa pass in a single season is demanding yet thrilling. This twin peaks challenge gives the diversity of terrains, through lush and dense forests, villages and farmlands in the lower (more…)

What is in store for 2017?!

Our adventure begins tomorrow but the planning starts today.

Time passes by so fast, we will soak into the last quarter of 2016 in just another 2 weeks. Have you wondered if your first half of 2016 had been fruitful ? In a blink of an eye, so fast does time fly.

While it is always nice to relive all those wonderful memories, we don’t forget to look forward.  We have scheduled our popular mountain climbing trips that you can look forward to participate. We have planned three trips specially catered to women-only under the Women On Mountain series, we also have 3000er, 4000er and 5000er scheduled treks that are suitable for both men and women.

To kick start 2017, we planned for a frozen river trek in India, Leh.

We have also scheduled a preview talk on Fri, 23 Sep at Campers’ Corner at 7pm.

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Click the link below to go to other specific destinations.

Anyone looking at “upgrading” their trekking resume by advancing to higher elevation and more challenging treks, we have planned for twin peaks (two peaks in a single trip) challenge accompanied by a trip leader:

Or single peak above 5000m (treks or ice/snow terrain) accompanied by a trip leader:

Some of you may want a little more demanding in technique and skills, these two peaks offer suitable fulfilling challenge:

 

Women on Mountains

We love our men, and enjoy every bit of their companionship when in the outdoors. But (there is always a but) on some occasions, women only activities are appealing. Women understand women, and women together can be very encouraging. We like to see each other doing well and as a group this can prove to be a great advantage when trying to reach a goal.  Women on Mountains aims to provide a platform to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing, at the same time, to raise awareness and fund for a women’s cause.

Join us on Sun, 16 Oct at SCWO (96 Waterloo Street) from 2pm to 6pm. We have invited our past female participants to share about their extraordinary journey to scale Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, and trekking to the Everest Base Camp. To RSVP, email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

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If you think that 2016 is moving real fast, then think about 2017, you blink and it will be gone in no time. Plan ahead so that when 2017 comes, you are all ready to embrace it.

Malaysia – Mt Ophir

14 Jul 18

Malaysia – Mt Ophir

Mt Ophir (1276m) is located near a small town called Sagil within the Gunung Ledang National Park in Tangkak District, Johor, Malaysia. The summit is the highest point in Johor and situated between the border of Muar and Malacca. It is one of the most popular day trek destination with hikers from Singapore, as well as, the locals living in Johor, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. The summit offers spectacular view and the Straits of Malacca.

At 1276m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in Johore. Being so near to Singapore, it is one of the most popular day trek destination with hikers from Singapore. A trek to the summit can be very challenging for those new to hiking and a good level of fitness will be required. Some of the steepest portion have ropes or ladders to assist the hikers, a daunting task for those afraid of height. A round trip to the summit & back would take about 9hrs or more, therefore it will be important for day trippers to start early in order not to be caught in the dark on the descent.

About The Climb

Mt Ophir is one of the more challenging day trek among the mountains in West Malaysia.

Our Mt Ophir itinerary starts with a 4am pre-dawn 2.5hrs to 3hrs drive to Mt Ophir's foothill. The aim is to reach the foothill by 7-30am and start trekking by 8-830am. After meeting the local guides and settling all the pre-climb arrangements at the National Park Office, we will start trekking.

Our trek to the summit is via the main Lagenda trail.

There are 8 Check Points on the Lagenda trail to the summit with a split route after CP3. We will trek from CP1 to CP3 and take the more direct route up to CP5 and KFC (Killing Fitness Centre), skipping the longer diversion to the right, eastward to CP4.

The route starts from the National Park Office with a series of concrete steps to gradual rainforest terrain from CP1 (Bukit Semput) to CP2 (Hentian Meranti) to Cp3 (Batu Orkid). The steep and challenging sections are all after CP3.

After CP3, the trail gets steeper with the need to use ladders and ropes in certain sections. Skipping Cp4, the next check point is at CP5 (Sg Segi Tiga), which is also a water point, where the local guides and some hikers will gather water from the stream to drink. Then comes the KFC (Killing Fitness Centre) - the infamous stretch of Mount Ophir, where ladders are in place to help hikers clear the steep section to reach CP6 (Gua Kambing). And, the challenges continue after CP6 with boulders and rockfaces to clear! A series of seemingly endless ladders and ropes will bring us past Batu Hampar and Taman Bonsai to reach CP7 (Bukit Botak). From CP7, the summit at CP8 (Puncak Mahligai) is a short distance away past dense lalangs and a final short section of ladders.

At the summit, the telecommunication tower in the next summit and view of the Straits of Malacca is visible on a clear day.

After a quick lunch break and enjoying the view at the summit, we start our descend, which will take another 4 to 6 hours. The ascend is around 5-6 hours.

Have a quick wash up at the foothill, followed by dinner in Tangkak town, before driving to Malacca to check-in to a hotel for a well deserved rest.

To lower the risk of having to rush back to Singapore past midnight, we stay in Malacca for 1 night after the trek. Trekkers can enjoy the good food, massage and Jonker Street etc in Malacca before heading back to Singapore the following day.

The next day, i.e. Sunday morning after breakfast, it is be a free & easy time to explore Malacca town before boarding the transport at 3pm for Singapore. Depending on the jam at the immigration check point, the  group will arrive back in Singapore at about 8pm.

Update on the cut-off time (COT)
Y-Junction (before CP5): 10.30am
CP7: 12.30pm
Trekkers to arrive at the summit not later than 1.30pm

Experience Required

Good to have some tropical rainforest or below 2000m trekking experience. You will be trekking for 8 to 9hrs with a 4-5kg day pack on mostly vertical terrain. The terrain from Cp3 to CP8 is steep and challenging, mainly huge boulders and rock faces, with many ladders and ropes to clear.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt, sports shorts/tights or trekking pants and trail shoes. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack.

Available Dates Price Qty*
14-15 Jul 2018 $240.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-17 Mar 2019 $240.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
13-14 Jul 2019 $265.00 (SGD)  / person  

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Group size: 10 - 12 people

DayItinerary
Day 13:30am: Meet Up. Board vehicle to Malaysia.

6:30am: Breakfast in Tangkak.

730am: Arrive at Mt Ophir foothill, meet local guides, registration & start trek to summit.

1pm-1.30pm: Arrive summit. After a quick lunch and photo taking at the summit, start the descend to the foothill. (The turn around time is at 1pm)

5pm-6pm: Arrive at foothill. Change / Wash up. Board vehicle to Malacca for overnight.
Day 2Free & easy in Malacca.

3pm: Board transport and drive back to Singapore.

8-9pm: Arrive in Singapore.

Inclusions

  • Chartered air-conditioned mini-van
  • 1 x trek leader (first aid responder + experience with good track records in leading Malaysia treks)
  • Trekking guide(s) (1 guide to 7 trekkers)
  • Permit fee
  • Packed lunch for the trek (prepared by the national park)
  • Accommodation:  1 x night in hotel in Malacca (twin/triple  sharing)
  • Safety management and first aid support
  • Travel insurance @S$18 (Can be deducted if you have your own)

Exclusions

  • Visa fee (if any)
  • All meals (packed lunch during the trek is provided)
  • Single supplement
  • All tipping
  • Drinking water and beverages
  • Summit certificate (can be purchased at RM15 per certificate after the climb at the Npark's office)
  • Personal expenses during the trip –  shower fee, soft drinks, souvenirs etc
  • Personal hiking & travel gear
  • Compensation for damage or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Extra expenses incurred for change of itinerary

Grading: 2A

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 2 months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
14-15 Jul 2018 $240.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-17 Mar 2019 $240.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
13-14 Jul 2019 $265.00 (SGD)  / person  

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