• 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…

  • Ophir Sagil
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    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 is an achievable day hike of 4-5 hours up and 3 hours down, peppered with the thrill of some ladders and rope sections but nothing too dangerous. It is also an inexpensive journey (relatively) which makes it a good weekend day trip to do. This post is on the Sagil route. *There are 2020 updates in this post! WHY YOU SHOULD GO Mount Ophir is…

  • Batulao,  Hiking,  Philippines,  Pico De Loro,  Short Trips,  Talamitam

    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 from Manila that involves only day hikes. It consists of 3 mountains and all of them are easy to hike, have nice views and are easily accessible from Manila. Do all these in less than 350 SGD! That is including flights. This is a great short getaway from the urban jungle and city stress of Singapore, or from whichever city you are in.  It was an extremely memorable…

  • Batulao
    Batulao,  Hiking,  Philippines

    Philippines : Mount Batulao

    THE ENDLESS ROLLING HILLS OF MOUNT BATULAO Mt. Batulao (811m) is a beginner friendly hike situated in Nasugbu, Batangas and is just a 2.5h journey from the chaotic city of Manila. It is known as the place with endless rolling hills, as there are the 12 peaks of Batulao. If you are a first time hiker and wish to get some good views and photo moments, this is the trek for you to enjoy. It is a trek with a high reward to effort ratio with many picturesque viewpoints along the trek. There are some basic rope moments and marginally steep ascents, but it can be easily completed in 4…

  • Talamitam
    Hiking,  Philippines,  Talamitam

    Philippines : Day Trip from Manlia : Mount Talamitam

    Mount Talamitam: Batulao’s other face Mount Talamitam is like the little sister of Batulao. It has very gradual slopes, verdant grassland which makes you feel like lying down and have a picnic and nice viewpoints along the way. If you had done Batulao, Mount Talamitam is like doing 1 peak of Batulao, a good relaxing hike to enjoy the evening sunset or a nice place to have a picnic. Perfect for beginners! I highly recommend doing this together with Mount Batulao as it is very close-by. You can do it as part of the Nasugbu Trilogy. You could also do it and traverse to Mount Apayang beside. For me, the best…

  • Pico De Loro
    Hiking,  Philippines,  Pico De Loro

    Philippines : Day Trip from Manlia : Pico De Loro

    Pico De Loro : The Monolith Mount Pico de Loro, a name which sexily rolls off your tongue like a place to rendezvous with a lover, is a dormant volcano located in the Cavite province on the island of Luzon, Philippines.  It is also known as is also known as Mount Palay-Palay, but Pico De Loro sounds way nicer. The mountain has a clearly distinctive monolith summit, which is also known as “Parrot’s Beak”. Rumors has it that Spanish sea-farers coined it as the pointed summit resembles the shape of a parrot’s beak from far. They used it as a signal to turn east to get to Manila Bay.  According to the some locals, the monolith is…

  • Agung
    Agung,  Bali,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Agung (3,031m) – See The Milky Way With The Mother of Volcanoes

    Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island, being the home to the ‘Mother Temple’, temple of Besakih. According to Wikipedia, it “dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green while the east dry and barren.” Balinese legend has it that Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru (the spiritual axis of the universe) and formed Mount Agung with a fragment. 2020 Update: Agung is still not open for hiking due to its constant volcanic activity. This has been the case for a few years.…

  • Batur
    Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Batur (1,717m) – The Appetizer to Trekking in Bali

    Mount Batur Mount Batur is an active volcano at 1,717 metres. Most visitors do the sunrise trek or hike, which means doing a night climb and watching the sunrise from the summit (if you make it in time). The climb is extremely suited for beginners, with a great view at the summit, a variety of scenery and trail which makes it slightly fun as well. The only downer is that it is usually misty/rainy but that adds to the feel of it most of the time.  It is a good warm-up to Mount Agung. It is an easy climb of about 1.5h up, ending with 15-20 mins of volcanic ash which…

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