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1 Week in Sri Lanka : My Itinerary

1 Week in Sri Lanka : My Itinerary

I was looking for a short getaway for a week and decided on Sri Lanka.   If you wish to see it on google map, here is the link : https://goo.gl/maps/7CDjXjzhYU82 This was my Sri Lanka 1 week itinerary. Airport -> Ella ->Travelling Day -> Adam’s Peak […]

Kandy : A sweet stop for city kids in Sri Lanka

Kandy : A sweet stop for city kids in Sri Lanka

Every backpacker knows Kandy, maybe because it sounds like “Candy” so everyone wants to visit somewhere sweet. We chose Kandy to be our last stop before flying back to Singapore. Kandy is positioned as the capital of the central province and hill country. It is […]

Dambulla in a day : Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, Pidurangala

Dambulla in a day : Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, Pidurangala

To the north of the hill country in Sri Lanka, lies most of the historical and cultural sites. Dambulla is host to 2 of the more prominent and culturally significant sites. The Dambulla Cave Temple (aka Golden Temple) and Sigiriya (aka Lion’s Rock) are both declared […]

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) : Climbing Sri Lanka’s most sacred mountain

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) : Climbing Sri Lanka’s most sacred mountain

Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada, is often considered a sunrise hike, usually done in the early mornings so that one can see the sunrise at 2,243m on the summit. “Sri Pada”, which is Sacred Footprint” in Sinhalese gets its name from the rock formation near […]

Ella : The Scenic Train Ride

Ella : The Scenic Train Ride

The train rides around the hill country of Sri Lanka are touted to be the “World’s most scenic train ride”. That is of course a grave exaggeration, but it might be the most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka. Just google that Sri lanka trains/Sri […]

A day in Ella : Ella’s Rock and Little Adam’s Peak

A day in Ella : Ella’s Rock and Little Adam’s Peak

Ella is famous for 3 main sites. Ella’s Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and the Demodara Nine Arches Bridge. Although we did not visit the Nine Arches Bridge, I think it is possible and ideal to do all 3 within a day. https://goo.gl/maps/FdA1LCLgWcM2   If I […]

SRI LANKA : HOW TO TRAVEL SRI LANKA ON A BUDGET

SRI LANKA : HOW TO TRAVEL SRI LANKA ON A BUDGET

Why Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka isn’t as massive as its gigantic neighbour India, but it makes for an inexpensive 1-2 week trip in Asia. I spent only 500 SGD in total for my 1 week trip in Sri Lanka. This is inclusive of my flights […]

IRAN : THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR TRIP (ALMOST)

IRAN : THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PLANNING YOUR TRIP (ALMOST)

THE LAND OF BEAUTY, HOSPITALITY AND MISCONCEPTIONS Going to Iran had always been a dream of mine. It was planted in my head to go there as the haven for hospitality. Throughout my travels especially in Eastern Europe, I met many couchsurfers and hitch-hikers and […]

Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir : DIY full day hike in Malaysia

Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir : DIY full day hike in Malaysia

Gunung Ledang, or Mount Ophir which is what us Singaporeans are more used to calling it by, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first time hikers situated in Malaysia. Gunung Ledang is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor. It […]

Philippines : The Nasugbu Trilogy of Day Hikes

Philippines : The Nasugbu Trilogy of Day Hikes

Mt.Pico De Loro – Mt. Batulao – Mt.Talamitam If you are looking for a cheap and short get-away with fresh air and easy mountain hikes, look no further than the Philippines and the Nasugbu Trilogy. This is a good 3-4 day DIY short trip itinerary […]


Best Trek in South-East Asia

Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

All You Need To Know About Trekking Rinjani (Almost)

Gunung Rinjani ( 3,726 m) contains one of the best treks South-East Asia has to offer. In fact, in my opinion, it was one of my most memorable and enjoyable treks. Okay, “enjoyable” might not be the best word to use. This trek is a pretty holistic and all-encompassing trek, with its breath-taking amazing sights, wide variety of trails, tiring yet not too technically difficult which makes it possible for amateurs to complete.

“If I had only 1 trek that I could do in South-East Asia,  it would no doubt be Mount Rinjani.”

Just a teaser : volcanic lakes to swim in, savannah grass to breeze through, boulders and rocks to climb, breath-taking sunsets and sunrises you’ll never forget, plus the innumerable stars you’ll try to count while camping at the top of a mountain. What is there not to love about this?

Having said that, a certain amount of fitness, combined with iron-will is most likely required to enjoy the trek and complete the trek. Like most treks, I believe if you have a strong enough will and is able to keep going one-step at a time, you’ll be able to complete it, it is just about how long you take.

You need at least 3 days for the trip unless you’re crazy and decide to do a 2 day 1 night climb ( by the same route) or you’re running up and down Rinjani so you can complete it in a day. Most people combine it with exploring Bali (massage, beach, relax, important things after a 3 day climb), or going diving at the Gili islands after the climb. Others explore the Flores islands to the east of Lombok. Therefore, climbing Rinjani makes a good 4 day trip by itself, or a 1-week trip when combined with other sites.

*Shoutout to Yuk Lun and Jingzhou (the king) for coming on this trip with me and celebrating my birthday!

Essential Trip Expenses :

Total Budget : SGD 280-350

As I did this trek in 2013, prices have changed from then in terms of the trek prices, but the price estimates are pretty much accurate.

Return Flight to Bali SGD 126. 

Accommodation : Free! In the mountains!

Transport :  

Taxi to Padang Bai : ~300,000-350,000 Rp

Slow Ferry to Lombok and back : 45,000 X 2

Package Trips :

3D2N Rinjani Trek with Ariee :  RP 1,250,000 (~SGD 125)

Others – 
Tips : Up to you, but seeing how much they carry, your food, water, tents, I think they deserve quite a bit. 150,000 RP is usually the standard.

Essential packing list : A good jacket that can withstand cold and the wind. Headlights. Hiking pole if you have. Rain cover for your bag. Emergency dry set of clothes. Tripod + Camera to capture the night sky!  

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