• Datuk
    Datuk,  Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Datuk (885m): The “Beginner” Trek to Malaysia Mountains

    Mount Datuk (885m) is located at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, about an hour away from Malacca. It is one of the most popular treks in Malaysia for both locals and Singaporeans due to the accessibility and ease of doing it. It is also one of the shortest treks in Malaysia but with a challenge and a view at the top. If you ask me, it is one of the best short treks from Singapore. especially for anyone who wishes to get out, or you are a nature or adventure seeker looking for some exercise over the weekend. You can also easily pair it with sightseeing and extremely good food in…

  • Kilimanjaro
    Expedition,  Hiking,  Kilimanjaro,  Tanzania

    All You Need To Know About Kilimanjaro (5,895m) On A Budget

    Kilimanjaro(5,895m) is a dormant volcano located in the heart of Tanzania that can boost two mighty titles, the highest mountain in Africa as well as the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Everest might be the ‘holy grail’ of all mountains, but Kilimanjaro is the ‘holy grail’ of trekking mountains. Here is a post on all the details you need to know on Kilimanjaro as well as the factors and decisions you need to make for a trip to Kilimanjaro. If you wish to know more in detail about what the trek is like, check out my Lemosho 7 day trek! If you are looking for someone to arrange your Kilimanjaro…

  • Kilimanjaro
    Expedition,  Kilimanjaro,  Tanzania

    Kilimanjaro (5,895m): Lemosho 7 Days Route

    Kilimanjaro(5,895m) is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Additionally, it is a dormant volcano and located in the heart of Tanzania. Everest might be the ‘holy grail’ of all mountains, but Kilimanjaro is the ‘holy grail’ of trekking mountains. Firstly, its location is in a continent known to as the cradle of mankind due to being near (relatively) South African and Ethiopia. Africa is a pretty mythical region due to the lack of knowledge and information for most tourists. I know I am stretching it, but Holy Grail, Africa, Cradle of Mankind, Kilimanjaro, all these do add up to sound like some ignorant…

  • Stok Kangri
    Expedition,  Hiking,  India,  Stok Kangri

    Stok Kangri (6,153m) : My first high altitude summit

    Introduction Stok Kangri was my first high altitude trek. I had no real experience going past 4,000m, the highest being Kinabalu (4095m) and the longest time I have stayed outdoors in the mountains was during Rinjani for 3 days and 2 nights. To set the context, my initial plan was not to go to Stok Kangri, but a Markha Valley Trek and paying a visit to Ladakh because I had heard and read so much about it. Luck had me link up with random people who were intending to do a summit trek, all 1st timers, so I decided to join in. The group of us consisted of me, Darren,…

  • Leh
    Hiking,  India,  Leh,  Short Trips

    Leh : What to do in and around Leh

    Leh (3524m) is the capital and the entry point into the Ladakh region for Stok Kangri (one of the most accessible 6,000m peaks), Markha Valley or any of the Indian Himalayan peaks. Leh is situated in between the three parallel ranges of the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram as well as the 3 rivers, the Shyok, the Indus and the Zanskar Rivers which flow between these ranges. Littered with fluttering Tibetian flags, surrounded by dramatic and unforgettable landscapes, Leh is an amazing place to visit. Getting in Road-Trips Leh is connected by road via the National Highway 1 to Srinagar or via the Leh-Manali highway to Manali in the south. Both…

  • Stok Kangri
    Expedition,  Hiking,  India,  Stok Kangri

    Stok Kangri (6153m) : Planning your trip

    Introduction Stok Kangri (6153m) is a trekking summit in India and more importantly, also known as the “easiest 6,000m peak”, serving as the gateway into experiencing high altitude mountains. Situated in Hemis National Park, it is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Indian Himalayas in the Ladakh region of India. Despite having such a high altitude, climbing Stok Kangri does not require any technical skills or advanced mountaineering knowledge. It is suitable for experienced trekkers who have a good level of fitness and is extremely popular amongst novice mountaineers and trekkers seeking their first high altitude summit. In fact, Stok Kangri was my first foray into high altitude treks. Around South-East…

  • Expedition,  Hiking,  Manaslu,  Nepal

    Manaslu Circuit Trek : Detailed Itinerary

    Detailed Route I will try to detail the whole route through and mention the notable points and information. There are many small villages that one would pass through and could stop at, but I would only highlight the more prominent ones. I did my trip in September-October 2017, which is during the peak season in Nepal but just slightly before the real crowds. Before reading this, please first read my post on the guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is important to first understand the regulations and requirements for the Manaslu Region. There is also more information on the side-treks you can do. My Proposed Itinerary For me, I have…

  • Manaslu
    Expedition,  Hiking,  Manaslu,  Nepal

    The Complete(Almost) Guide To Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Introduction Honestly, nobody really needs an introduction to Nepal. Nepal is famous for, well the highest mountain in the world obviously, Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmāthā in Nepali or Chomolungma in Tibetan. However, that is not the main reason why many backpackers and hikers are drawn to Nepal. It is host to the Himalayan range of mountains which contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks. This leads to endless beautiful circuit treks with jaw-dropping scenery and 8000m+ snow mountains every step of the way. Supposedly, one such circuit is the Manaslu Circuit Trek. There are many treks in Nepal with various difficulties. The most famous and accessible ones are…

  • Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    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 -> Dambulla/Pidurangala/Sigiriya-> Kandy -> Airport For a more detailed breakdown, please visit the individual days of my trip. You could also read my tips and guide on how to travel on a budget in Sri Lanka. Expenses My exchange rate was 1 USD for 151.35 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR).  The following will give you an estimate on how much you spend on items in Sri Lanka. My budget…

  • Sri Lanka Kandy
    Short Trips,  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 quite impressive as a city as it is the central hub of Hill Country, where most buses and trains go through Kandy. This contributes to the sprawling mess of the bus station, but also the energy and vibe to the city. There are many restaurants, food places, a growing number of cafes and a better infrastructure built in Kandy as compared to the other areas…

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