• Gunung Belumut
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m): Kluang’s “tougher” mountain

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m), is located in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia, just beside the other more popular hike, Gunung Lambak. The name “Belumut” is supposedly derived from the word ‘Berlumut’, which kinda means mossy. The trail itself isn’t really mossy, but I can tell you it is definitely forest-y. The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult even though it might seem higher than Gunung Lambak or Gunung Datuk. In fact, at 1,010, the third tallest mountain in Johor, and slightly shorter than Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir. Therefore, many people use Gunung Belumut as a training hike, to prepare them for tougher hikes like Kinabalu or Mount Ophir/Gunung Ledang. Gunung Belumut is frankly not the…

  • Gunung Angsi
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Angsi (825m): Trans Hike via Ulu Bendul – Bukit Putus

    Gunung Angsi (825m), is located in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Many people compare it to the other hike in Negeri Sembilan, Gunung Datuk (885m), as it is similar in height and in the same area. The good thing about Gunung Angsi is that it has 2 different trails to the summit. One can choose to ascend from either Ulu Bendul, or from Bukit Putus. This means that you can do a “trans hike”, or a loop, ascending from one trail and descending from the other. However, there is a 4 km distance between both trail-heads, so if you do a trans hike you would have to cross that distance! The trail…

  • Broga Hill
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Broga Hill (400m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Broga by Yourself

    Broga Hill (400m), also known as “Bukit Lalang” by the locals is located in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia, and just about 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. It is an extremely popular weekend hike because of its panoramic view and various viewpoints (3 hilltops). This is especially so for most Malaysians, or for the urbanites who live in KL. For Singaporeans, it is a popular beginner sunrise hike, one that gives you a chance to see the “sea of clouds”. I honestly think the idea of seeing the “sea of clouds” is overrated. It is a beautiful sight for sure, but you see it in almost every hike in Asia. In…

  • Semeru
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Semeru

    Mount Semeru (3,676m): All You Need To Know About Hiking The Great Mountain ‘Mahameru’

    Introduction Mount Semeru (3,676m) is the highest mountain in Java and also an active volcano that erupts a plume cloud every few moments. It is also called “Mahameru”, which means the Great Mountain or where the gods reside. It is easy to see why because of its imposing stature and constant eruption. Having said that, it is safe (relatively ha!) to hike it despite it being active, as long as the national park allows it. It is said to be similar in difficulty to Rinjani, although some dispute and say that it is tougher. Most itineraries are a 3D2N trek. It is very similar to Rinjani having 3D2N and 4D3N,…

  • 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…

  • 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 Adam's Peak
    Adam's Peak,  Hiking,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    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 the summit which supposedly is the footprint of Buddha. It is revered as a holy site not only by the Buddhists, but by many other religions such as the Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It is one of the more important pilgrimage site, where Buddhists all over the world travel to scale the mountain. The pilgrimage season lasts from December to May, where it can be unbearably…

  • 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…

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