Located in Mersing, the Johor state of Malaysia, the hike up Gunung Arong (275m) is simple by definition and offers intricate views and experiences for those who make the trek. Taking around an hour to get to the top, hikers will have plenty of time to take in the scene and enjoy the journey which is really what hiking is all about. If this isn’t enough to convince you to tie on the hiking boots and get started, here are 6 more reasons why you must explore Gunung Arong and its surrounding places. [Read more…]
We spent 3 days/2 nights trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, which was 65km in total. Then we spent another 2 days/1 night in Hsipaw for another 35km. Seeing 100km as the total distance covered is something special for me, but that’s not the reason why we left our hearts in Myanmar.
There’s something special about being able to take what you’re given and turn it into something magical. So often we take for granted all of the blessings we have been given in daily life. We like the idea of visiting a mountain village or to lend a helping hand there, but could we thrive there if that was our home? In Myanmar, they call what we would see as a disadvantage being part of the very core of what makes them human.
Here are 6 other reasons why I and the team feel like we’ve left part of ourselves behind after our recent visit. [Read more…]
continued from Part 1: Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek
Hsipaw is one of the most popular trekking routes in beautiful Myanmar. When you see it, you begin to understand why so many have called it one of the best treks available in the world today.
What makes Hsipaw so interesting is the fact that the region is completely self-sustaining. It’s one of the few accessible locations for trekkers to see authentic rural Burmese village life. You won’t find ancient ruins or temples or other relics of antiquity here. The roads are mostly unpaved. Ox carts outnumber vehicles. The local market features truly local products.
Its beauty has been held back from the world for far too long. This landscapes here really are one of the few hidden gems left today. It’s only been recently opened to the public because of several years of internal strife.
Now it’s a nation that offers numerous parks to explore, mountains to summit, and is the home to bustling markets that leave lingering memories.
Myanmar. It’s an experience that will literally take your breath away. [Read more…]
Wide View from the Peak of Gunung Tahan
Story by Lily Ho, Puchong
On a usual night, a hiking friend paid a visit to our home and talked about his sad love story and some of the incidents happened in Gunung Tahan. But then, all of a sudden, he encouraged us to do Gunung Tahan, which is way beyond our dreams. Since childhood, I’ve heard a lot of hikers talk about Taman Negara, wild lives, and Gunung Tahan, which I’ve never have the fascination to do. One needs a very good strength/stamina to carry a big backpack by herself, which is something that is beyond me.
Yet with the encouragement given, we started to prepare the trip from planning the date, contacting the forestry office, inviting friends around, discussing gear to be brought (ladies are only carrying approximately 6-8kg, while gentlemen carry all the heavy stuff from tents, sheets, and rations) at approximately 18kg.
In a nutshell, this was a lady VIP trip. [Read more…]
Located to the west of Tibet, Mount Kailash is known as one of the world’s holiest mountains. Tourists visiting Tibet for two weeks or more often make time to take the trek to Mount Kailash.
Background on Mount Kailash
Trips to Mount Kailash are often referred to as pilgrimage treks because Buddhists and Hindus travel there as often as Tibetans do. Chinese and Western travelers also often visit. In general, the altitude when engaging in this trek is close to 5,000m, making it challenging even for those experienced at treks. Embarking on this trek affords participants an opportunity to see snow -capped peaks, beautiful, clear lakes, and spacious green valleys. [Read more…]
One might consider themselves a trekker and accomplished many great things, but paying pilgrimage with a trek to Nepal changes everything. Many think of Mount Everest when they think of Nepal, but it is home to 8 of the tallest peaks in the world. There are numerous summits in the world that can provide you with an awesome view, but the Himalayas inspire awe on their own.
Since that is something which is virtually impossible to put into words, I thought I’d put together a list of the lessons I learned from my recent trek pilgrimage to Nepal. That way, when you plan your first-time trek in Nepal, you’ll be ready for some of the experiences you may encounter. [Read more…]
One of the most popular treks in the Himalayas is the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek. Very few journeys offer such a wide variety of challenges and landscapes. You’ll find high altitudes, rhododendron forests, and rice paddies along the way. It is unique, spectacular, and something that changes your perspective about life itself.
Our group put together some of the personal lessons learnt while trekking ABC. Although we all had our own reasons for embarking on this adventure, ABC brought us together. [Read more…]
This is the third year I have visited the Philippines representing Trek For Hope, and in many ways it still feels like every step I take is a first footstep. Every year I feel like we get closer to the goal of providing a hand up to all those who need it, yet so many find themselves in circumstances which many would consider to be unfathomable.
We do this not to bring glory to ourselves, but to give glory for the hopes, efforts, and daily striving of the people we were so privileged to serve. As with every trip like this, my heart has been changed in numerous ways.
Here is our 2016 journey. Come join us. [Read more…]
By Samatha Kwok, 12
To be honest, this climbing mountains trip was pretty fun; I made new friends like Aunt Bew, aunt Lay Hoon, brother Peter and sister Lydia, Even the 笨笨 trio who made jokes and uncle Mike sim who taught us to improve our brains took extremely good care of my sister and me.
The climbing part taught me to persevere and to work hard in order to achieve our dreams and………. most importantly, believing in ourselves.
After at that, if there was one thing I will have to learnt which meant the most to me, it was ‘ gratefulness ‘. I am 12 and I don’t really fully understand the true meaning behind this word. I learnt it after our trip to smoky mountains, it’s not just a word in fact it’s the actions we do, thee feelings we feel and the thoughts we think.
Their thoughts every day is to worry what they are going to eat? How they are going to bathe and how do we get water to drink. Most of the people in Singapore take things for granted as we have money, but can money buy everything? Happiness? love? [Read more…]