17 Dream Destinations Adventure Villagers want to visit in 2017/8!

17 Dream Destinations

a collaborative blog post by The Adventure Village

There are some adventures that we do on a regular basis because they are fun or having meaning to us in some way. Then there are the adventures that we dream about doing one day.

We talked to our community members of Adventure Village to see what their dream adventures and destinations would be. Here are the top trekking destinations that members would like to see organized in the future. [Read more…]

I Climbed My First Mountain, and It Changed My Life Forever

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By Gemma Wang

I have always been the type of person who loves challenges. I love to push my limit and see how far I can get, expand my comfort zone and generally, just continue becoming a better individual at any chance I can get. So naturally, when the opportunity came that offered me to climb my first mountain in 2015, I took the chance and said yes. It was one of the most amazing and memorable “yes” I made.

I wasn’t prepared for it. I was not specifically training to navigate rigorous and steep terrain, and who knows whatever challenges there are in climbing a mountain. So when dawn came that we had to start the climb, I was mentally telling myself “You can do this!” [Read more…]

Gunung Semeru @ 3,676m.a.s.l (The highest volcanic mountain in Java Island, Indonesia)

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By Lily Ho, Malaysia

Mt. Semeru is the second volcanic mountain summited after we climbed Mt. Rinjani last year on the same day. We did not have good experience on Mt. Rinjani as we were only able to reach the summit approximately an hour after the sunrise. In total, it was 5 hours from the base camp to the summit.

Therefore, I decided to choose a volcanic mountain which is lower than Mt. Rinjani, thinking that it would be an easier one. With this, we invited members, bought tickets, and planned accordingly. Only when this process was complete was when I realised that Mt. Semeru is actually more technically demanding if compared with Mt. Rinjani. [Read more…]

The Things You’ll Leave Behind on the Gosaikunda Trek, Langtang, Nepal (Part 3)

The sun sets at Lauribinayek, bringing the day to a close.

The next morning, despite the smoke-filled cabin where some felt sick, the team was ready and at full strength. All 19 of us were up before our alarms, excited for the beginning of the day. [Read more…]

The Things You’ll Leave Behind on the Gosaikunda Trek, Langtang, Nepal (Part 2)

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The moon shone brightly down. It was so bright, in fact, that it kept us up on Day 1 at Thuro Sybesi. A good excuse for peanuts and Everest beer. It continued to shine down like this on Day 2 at Thulo Syabru.

And its light reminded me of my first visit to Nepal with the Annapurna Base Camp trek. The night spent under the starlit skies at Jhinu Danda, dancing to Jazz, enjoying beer and raski. It’s a beautiful memory.

Every trip is meant to be unique in its own way. Each offers a different experience, but one that still relates to our past. This is what drives us forward in hope toward future days. We keep exploring for more moments like these. The heart keeps yearning for nights of bright moonlight, cascading down with its gentle embrace. [Read more…]

The 7 Mantras of Travel

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One of the things we review as a group before setting off on a journey together are the 7 mantras of travel. Some may call these mantras “rules” or “expectations,” but they are offered more as an opportunity for personal reflection. The goal is to have each person enjoy the journey, experience something new and meaningful, while finding out something about themselves along the way.

Yet these 7 mantras aren’t just for the days when we set foot on Earth that is new. Each step we take through our daily routines is also an opportunity to see and experience something new. We travel each day to work, to run errands, or have a family meal together.

If we approach each journey in life, whether to a summit or just down the street, these mantras can help every one of us find the perfect moments of life that are just waiting for us right now. [Read more…]

Amazing Hikes You Must Do Before You Die: The Great Himalayan Trail (The Holy Grail)

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The Himalayas are one of the most impressive, magical, and daunting places our planet has to offer. One of the most impressive ways to enjoy the vistas offered by these massive monoliths is the Great Himalaya Trail [GHT]. It offers opportunities for trekkers and hikers who wish to challenge themselves. The high route requires some degree of mountaineering, while the low route allows the opportunity to travel from village to village, enjoying Nepalese culture.

Either way, the adventurer has a unique opportunity to explore the world and themselves on the GHT – whether they spend a few days there or a few months.

There are 9 trails in particular which are a joy to complete. [Read more…]

10 Reasons Why You Should Do the Everest Base Camp Trek

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The Everest Base Camp trek is hands down a fascinating experience you will go through if you plan to go on this trekking route. This is the not just one of the best trek of Nepal but one of the most exciting journey in the world. Let’s look down for some must reasons to do the Everest Base Camp trek. [Read more…]

Hiking and Exploring In (and Around) Gunung Arong, Mersing – Here’s 6 Reasons Why You Should Go!

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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…]

6 Reasons Why We Left Our Hearts in Myanmar (After Travelling 100km on Foot)

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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…]