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Indonesia – Mt Rinjani – Aik Berik with Pink Beach

19 Jun 19

Indonesia – Mt Rinjani – Aik Berik with Pink Beach

Mount Rinjani (3726m) is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, second only to Mount Kerinci on Sumatra. It is an active volcano that is part of the “Ring of Fire” and dominates the landscape of the relatively small island of Lombok.

In August 2018, the unfortunate tremors on Lombok caused damages to the trails on Mount Rinjani, the trails had been closed since, until surveys on the safety of the routes are completed. The good news is, the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) has re-opened an existing old trail that leads to the south rim, this trail was untouched and there were no damages to it. The trail is via Aik Berik village, located at the southern slope of Mount Rinjani.  The approach to the south rim includes trekking through dense forest, which gives plenty of shelter from the scorching sun. On most days, it is possible to spot the city of Mataram and its grand mosque from Umar Maye Rim. The view from the rim is spectacular.

This south rim trek do not lead to the summit nor to the crater lake (Segara Anak).

**Our aim of organising this trek is to bring trekkers back to Lombok to support the community and local economy. Around 90% of tourism operations in Lombok are back in business. However, many of our guides and porters are still jobless as Mt Rinjani remain closed.

About The Climb

The trek to Mt Rinjani's south rim is via Aik Berik village.  We will start from Senggigi, drive about 1.5hrs to arrive at Benak Stokel, before that, we will stop over at the National Park office for registration.

We hike through the tropical rain forest with opportunities for wildlife viewing.  It takes about 3.5hrs  to reach our lunch point (Kayuk Malang/1400m), after lunch, it is another 4hrs walk to reach the south rim (Umar Maye Crater/2500m). We will camp overnight at the crater rim;  the dazzling sight of the crater lake, Segara Anak is in full view on a clear day.

The next day, we enjoy the spectacular view of the sun rising, casting lights onto the crater lake.  After breakfast, we descend using the same route to return to Benak Stokel, then take the vehicle to Senggigi.  The next day, we plan for a day trip to visit the bustling fish market of Tanjung Luar, then take a boat to Pantai Tangsi to visit the Pink Beach.

Trekking Seasons

The monsoon season in Lombok is from December to early March. During this period Mt Rinjani will be closed for trekking by the National Park and is usually opened from mid March onwards.  The rainy season can last through March to April and the rain can start to pour from November. Hence, the best period to trek Mt Rinjani is from May to October.

Fringe season : November - December & April

Best season : May - October

Experience Required

It is good to have some prior trekking experiences (eg: Gunung Arong, Gunung Lambak, Gunung Ledang (Ophir) etc). You will be trekking in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 4-5kg for 6-8 hours each day for 2 days.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt/trekking shirt and trekking shorts/ pants for the trek to the rim. In the evening, a thermal set, an insulating layer (such as a fleece jacket) and an outer shell jacket are needed. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack. A sleeping bag is needed and will be provided.

A recommended 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*
19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $550.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired

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Group size: 10-15 people.

6-9 people: S$590 per person

Day5D/4N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Lombok. Transfer to Senggigi -/-/-50m
Day 2Trek from Benang Stokel to Rim ( Umar Maye Crater )B/L/D2500m
Day 3 Trek from Rim ( Umar Maye Crater ) to Benang Stokel. Transfer to SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 4Day trip to Pantai Tangsi, visit Pink Beach. Transfer to Senggigi. B/L/-50m
Day 5Depart Lombok. B/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Lombok
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water, coffee & tea on trek
  • Twin/Triple sharing accommodation in Senggigi (3 nights)
  • Camping service: sleeping tent(twin sharing), toilet tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Trek support: climbing guides (1 guide to 8 trekkers) and kitchen crew, porters for communal and personal items
  • Permits and fees: Conservation and National Park fees
  • Emergency support: Rescue fee (for rescue by emergency rescue crew on foot and land transfer to the nearest clinic or hospital) , basic first aid kit and Oxican  (oxygen in can)

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa fee (if any)
  • Single supplement
  • Meals no indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 4000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel and trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • 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 Mt Rinjani, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. They are trained in emergency rescue, carry a 1st aid kit and Oxican (oxygen in can).

Our local partner include a rescue management service as part of the trek service. Should an accident happen, the rescue from the mountain on foot by an emergency crew of porters will be activated and transport to the nearest clinic and hospital arranged at no extra cost.

Our local partner also inculcate environmental consciousness among the mountain guides and porters to bring the trash out of the mountain after each trek. They also initiate and organize clean up of Mt Rinjani, bringing the mountain guides and porters to clear out trash left behind by others, every year.

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
  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good five to six 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*
19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $550.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired

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


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  • 19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader)
    June 19, 2019 - June 23, 2019

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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  

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


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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…)

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.

China – Basic Ice Climbing Course + Mt Siguniang Dafeng Climb

16 Dec 17

China – Basic Ice Climbing Course + Mt Siguniang Dafeng Climb

Ice climbing

The ice climbing course is aimed at those with little or no ice and snow terrain walking experience and would like some training in ice and snow mountaineering skills. Participants will learn to climb on vertical ice fall with the focus on developing good footwork, rope skills, and proper handling of ice equipment.

 Ice Climbing Course in Sichuan

Ice climbing in Sichuan provides one of the most accessible and affordable venue to all adventure seekers. The varieties of the climbs are suitable for beginners to expert climbers. The ice climbing course is conducted in Shuangqiao Gou. Shuangqiao Gou has many spectacular waterfalls. These waterfalls freezes in winter providing the perfect playground for ice climbing.

The course involves introduction to basic ice climbing and mountaineering skills to enable participants to develop the motor skills in using climbing equipment such as ice axes, crampons, gloves, ice boots, etc. A series of lessons will be conducted to equip clients with sufficient knowledge in dealing with use of equipment, cold and high altitude environment.

About Dafeng/1st Sister Peak

Mt Siguniang is rise between Haizi Gou and Changping Gou. Mt Siguniang encompasses four peaks: DaFeng (Big Peak or 1st peak / 5038m), ErFeng (2nd peak / 5276m), SanFeng (3rd peak, 5355m), and Yaomei Feng (4th peak, 6250m).  Aside from Yaomei Feng, the other three lower peaks are regular mountaineering destinations through all seasons.

Mt Siguniang DaFeng (四姑娘山大峰 or 大姑娘山; literally: "peak of the oldest sister", 5038 m) is suitable for those who have trekked or climbed peaks below 5000m and want to attempt a 1st 5000m peak. While DaFeng is rated as relatively easier to climb than ErFeng and SanFeng, the climb can be strenuous due to the altitude. In winter, the climb can become tougher due to the colder weather. In extreme snow conditions, it may warrant the use of crampons, and, at times, double boots for the summit climb.

Ice Climbing & Trekking Seasons

The climate in the high mountain region in southwest Sichuan, mainly the Aba Tibetan Autonomous region depends on the altitude. The climate is alpine and even arctic in the highest peaks. In the valleys, the dry season and the rainy season are obvious. May to September is the wet season and October to April is the dry season.

The best time to climb Mt Siguniang is during the autumn and winter season from September to December. Mid October is when the leaves change colour to the autumn hue of red, brown, orange and yellow.

From March to May, there are usually deep snow after the base camps near the peaks. The deep snow can make the summit attempt difficult and success chances low.

The ice climbing season is only in winter from mid December to February.

Pre-Requisite to Join the Basic Ice Climbing Course

For ice climbing course: No experience required but good to have Sports Climbing Level 1.

For Dafeng/1st Sister Peak climb: Good to have trekking experience to above 3500m. You will be trekking at above 3500m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg. There may be snow condition. On summit day, the terrain will be rocky, at times, icy and with snow.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket, a down jacket, an outer shell jacket, outer shell pants, a pair of waterproof gloves and warm gloves. A down sleeping bag is also needed for DaFeng and provided.

Ice climbing gear (provided): Harness, ice axe, helmet, crampons and double boots.

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.

This Basic Ice Climbing Course and DaFeng Climb is a collaboration with Incredible Journeys.

Available Dates Price Qty*
16-25 Dec 2017 (FULL/CLOSED) $2,500.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6-15 Jan 2018 $2,500.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
14-23 Dec 2019 $2,800.00 (SGD)  / person  
19-28 Jan 2020 $2,800.00 (SGD)  / person  

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


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  • Group size: 5 - 12 people
  • This Basic Ice Climbing Course and Dafeng Trek is a collaboration with Incredible Journeys.

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive ChengduNIL500m
Day 2Transfer from Chengdu to ShuangQiao Valley. Night theory lesson 1 in lodge. O/N ShuangQiao Valley.B/L/D3400m
Day 3Ice Climbing Practical Session 1 in Shuang Qiao Valley. Night theory lesson 2 in lodge. O/N ShuangQiao ValleyB/PL/D3400m
Day 4Ice Climbing Practical Session 2 in Shuang Qiao Valley. Night theory lesson 3 in lodge. O/N ShuangQiao ValleyB/PL/D3400m
Day 5Ice Climbing Practical Session 3 in Shuang Qiao Valley. Night theory lesson 4 in lodge. O/N ShuangQiao ValleyB/PL/D3400m
Day 6Ice Climbing Practical Session 4 in Shuang Qiao Valley. Night theory lesson 5 in lodge. O/N ShuangQiao ValleyB/PL/D3400m
Day 7Trek to Dafeng/1st Sister Peak base camp. O/N base campB/L/D4200m
Day 8Summit trek (Dafeng/1st Sister Peak, 5038m) – return to Rilong. O/N RilongB/L/D3200m
Day 9Transfer from Rilong to Chengdu. O/N ChengduB/-/-3200m
Day 10Depart Chengdu. (Programme ends here) NIL500m

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer in Chengdu
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Chengdu, Rilong and Shuangqiao Gou
  • Ice climbing equipment: Ice axes, harnesses, crampons, helmets and double boots
  • Camping equipment during trek: sleeping tent (twin sharing), dinning tents with dinning table and chairs, sleeping bag and mat
  • Ice climbing support: ice climbing instructor and crew (1 Singapore trainer & local assistant trainers)
  • Trek support: climbing guides cum kitchen crew, porterage services by horses and herders
  • Boiled drinking water during ice climbing and trek
  • Permits & fees: Conservation, National Park fees, trek permit

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if any)
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agency insolvency, trekking up to 6000m and ice climbing)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, trekking boots, 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 and Incredible Journeys

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 climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Siguniang, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in emergency rescue.

Our DaFeng climbing guides carry a portable oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose. The ratio of guide to climbers is 1:2

The ice climbing course is conducted by Edwin Siew and his associate of Singapore and China instructors.

Grading: 2B++

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 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*
16-25 Dec 2017 (FULL/CLOSED) $2,500.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
6-15 Jan 2018 $2,500.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
14-23 Dec 2019 $2,800.00 (SGD)  / person  
19-28 Jan 2020 $2,800.00 (SGD)  / person  

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


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