Open Trip Calendar

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If you are keen in seeking new adventures, open to new experiences, making new friends, welcome to join in our open trips! We will be updating the calendar throughout the year, so do check back regularly to join in our activities. If you have any fun or interesting ideas, do drop us a note as well! We are always keen to explore new places!

See you in one of our trips soon!

Check out our Open Trip Calendar here: http://iwannatravel.com.sg/events/

 

Upcoming Open Trip: Taiwan Xueshan (Snow Mountain) Climb

Open Trip Dates: 20th-22nd Feb 2016                                     

Standing at a towering height of 3,886m, Xue Shan (雪山), which literally means Snow Mountain in English, is the second highest mountain in Taiwan. It is also the highest point of the Syue Mountain Range, which stretches northeast to southeast across Taiwan. This magnificent peak is located in the Shei-Pa National Park (雪霸国家公园) which is also home to 50 other mountains above 3000 meters. The trail goes through a variety of interesting ecosystems ranging from sub-tropical forests, grassland, cypress and cedar forests to the alpine shrubland. Snow, rarely seen in the other parts of Taiwan, is conversely commonly seen on this mountain in the winter months. With its whole peak beautifully covered in ablanket of snow – reminiscence Of Swiss Alps, this setting provides avid hikers a good opportunity to experience snow trekking on crampons. At the summit, the 360 degree panorama view at the summit with the morning sun rising from a sea of clouds and casting its first rays on the snowly landscape is a sight to behold.

Detailed Itinerary: http://iwannatravel.com.sg/2d2n-xue-shan-snow-mountain-climb

Meeting Venue: Taipei Main Station

Trekking Duration: 2D2N

Expected Group Size: 6 Pax

Price: SGD550 Per Pax

Package Includes:

  • All land transport from Taipei to Xue Shan National Park and back
  • One night accommodation in  homestay in Nan Shan Village
  • One night accommodation in  369 Cabin
  • Park entrance fee and climbing permit
  • Local trekking guide
  • 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 1 x dinner

Package Excludes:

  • Return international air tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • All meals not indicated in above
  • Porters to carry personal belonging
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Packing List: Provided upon booking confirmation.

More Questions? Read through our Xueshan frequently asked questions (FAQ) and get them answered!

Due to the small group size, registration confirmation will be on a first come first served basis.

Contact us to register your interest today!

Guide to Gunungs in Indonesia

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Here is a guide to the Gunungs in Indonesia that iwannatravel currently offers. We do note that this is only a small percent of the many many mountains in Indonesia, but do check back regularly as we strive to add in new destinations and options for you.

Name of Gunung Hiking Time** Level
Gunung Bintan 2-3 Hours Beginner
Gunung Bromo 3-4 Hours Beginner
Kawah Ijen 4-6 Hours Beginner
Gunung Batur 4-5 Hours Beginner
Gunung Sibayak 4-5 Hours Beginner
Gunung Sinabung 7-8 Hours Beginner
Gunung Gede & Gunung Pangrango 2 Days 1 Night Intermediate
Gunung Inerie 8-10 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Agung 10-12 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Kerinci 2 Days 1 Night Intermediate
Gunung Rinjani 3 Days 2 Nights Advanced
Gunung Semeru 3 Days 2 Nights Advanced

** Estimate based on a average hiker who exercises regularly (e.g.: able to jog 4 km within 30 mins)

 

Legend:
Green: Beginner
Yellow: Intermediate
Red: Advanced

Check out our list of Gunungs In West Malaysia as well!

FAQ for Goechala

1. When is the best time for the Goechala Trek?
The best time to go for the Goechala Trek is the summer period – from April to June, when the weather is cool with beautiful flowers such as Rhododendrons in full bloom, and the autumn period – from mid-September to early November, when the clear skies offer good views of the mountain ranges and their peaks.

2. Where is the gateway to the Goechala Trek?
The trailhead of the Goechala Trek is in the Sikkim town of Yuksom which is an 8 hr drive from Bagdogra Airport. Bagdogra is accessible via a 1 hr domestic flight from Kolkata City via Indigo Airline, SpiceJet or Jet Airways.

3. What is the temperature like in the mountains?
In autumn, the temperatures in the day vary between 13°C to 20°C while the temperatures at night may vary between 2°C to 7°C. For campsites at higher altitudes (like Thangsing and Lamuney), it is possible for the temperature at night to drop below freezing point.

4. What is the level of difficulty for this trek?
This is a challenging trek due to its high altitude and cold weather. You should be of reasonable fitness (a good guideline is able to run 4km within 30 min) towards the expedition date. It is not necessary to have experience in high altitude trekking but some experience in long hours of trekking (7-9 hrs trekking for consecutive days) is preferable. Please do not underestimate the difficulty of the trek.

5. How many hours do we trek each days?
In this 11D10N Goechela Trekking Program, there are 8 consecutive days of trekking altogether. The average trekking duration is about 6-8 hours daily. However, on certain days (Day 02: YUKSOM–TSHOKA, Day10: LAMUNEY–GOECHALA–THANGSING), you will have to trek for up to 10 hours a day. (Timings are estimated and depend on the individual trekker’s physical stamina, acclimatization level and actual ground conditions). The average trekking distance is about 10km per day.

6. What is acute mountain sickness (AMS) and will I experience it during the trek?
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) occurs at high altitudes of 2500m or more. As you will be trekking above 3000m on most days, reaching up to an altitude of around 4800m (at Goechala Pass), AMS is a real and possible condition that you may experience. To prepare yourself, please understand its symptoms, prevention and treatment from the link here: http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm.

7. What clothes should l wear for the trek?
A dri- fit synthetic material shirt (can be either short or long sleeve) as the base layer, a good quality fleece jacket/woollen pull-over as the middle layer and a wind- proof down jacket as the outer layer. A waterproof and windproof trekking pants is preferable. Other accessories include woollen socks, waterproof winter gloves, scarf and beanie. A pair of Long Johns for additional cold protection at night will be useful.

8. What types of footwear are recommended for the trek?
A pair of trekking shoes (that you have worn before) with good traction. Mid or high-cut shoes are preferred over low-cut ones for better ankle grips and to prevent loose soils from getting into the shoes.

9. Do I need a trekking stick for the trek?
A pair of hiking stick is highly recommended for this long distance trekking.

10. What is the accommodation like on the Goechala trek?
You will be camping in tent with winter sleeping bag and sleeping mat provided.

11. How much drinking water will be provided during the trek?
Each person will be allocated 2-3 litres of drinking water (boiled water) for each day of the trek. You will have to opportunity to top up water into your water bottle/bag during meal or rest breaks.

12. What kind of meals are provided during the trek?
Breakfast: Toast with jam, scramble egg, pancake, cereal, mashed potatoes, cereal etc.
Lunch and Dinner: Salad, sandwich, momos, noodles, rice, Dal bhat, variety of vegetables and some meat dishes. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served in between meals too. You can also have a chance to taste locally brewed millet beer in the village.

13. Can the guides and helpers speak English?
Our guides and guide assistants are conversant in English but the chef, horse-man and yak-man can only understand simple English.

14. What are the permits required for the Geochala Trek?
Two different permits are required; Sikkim Inner Line Permit and Trekking Permit.

Sikkim Inner Line Permit – All foreigners entering Sikkim have to obtain the Inner Line Permit (aka Restricted Area Permit; the whole state of Sikkim is considered a restricted area by the Indian Government). The permit can be applied on the spot at the Sikkim Tourism Office in Siliguri (about an hour drive from Bagdogra Airport). This permit must be applied for in person; i.e. you cannot rely on 3rd party (travel agency etc.) to apply on your behalf. Documents required for the permit application are 2 x recent passport size photo, 1 x passport photocopy and 1 x Indian VISA photocopy.

Trekking Permit – A trekking permit is required for trekking in any of the national parks in Sikkim. Iwannatravel will be able to apply for this permit in advance for you. Documents required for the permit application are clear scanned copy of recent passport size photo (high resolution JPEG Format), clear scanned copy of passport and clear scanned copy of Indian VISA.

15. What is the make-up of the trekking entourage?
The entourage for a group of 4-6 trekkers usually consists of a guide, a guide assistant, a chef, 2 chef assistants, 1-2 yak men and/or horse-men for managing the pack animals (either dzos or horses).

16. How much tips is appropriate for the guide and helpers (guide assistants, chef, chef assistant, horse-man, yak-man)?
Tipping is highly encouraged especially for good services. There is no minimum tipping amount; actual amount to tip is based on your own discretion. A decent figure would be around 3000 INR to the guide and around 1500 INR to each helper for the whole group.

17. Are there any specific requirement for luggage?
Please do not bring along any hard case luggage as it is very difficult to pack/secure hard case luggage onto the pack animals. Recommended bag types would be backpacks or duffle bags.

18. What happens if I get injured during the trek?
The mountain guides possess basic first aid skills and will be able to handle non-critical illness or injury. However, due to the rugged terrain, remoteness of the trekking route and infrastructure inadequacy in the region, prompt and reliable emergency recuse might not be readily available. Therefore it is of utmost important for the trekkers to be well trained and prepared for this trek, listen to the guide’s instruction, always stay together as a group and do not stray off from the designated trekking route. Listen to your own body and its signals; do not feel shy to voice out to the guide and your buddies if you do not feel well. Prevention is better than cure.

19. Is travel insurance provided in the package?
Travel insurance is not included in the package. We strongly recommend you to procure your own travel insurance (with emergency medical evacuation coverage) before embarking on the Goechala trek.

20. Do I need any specialized equipment for the trek?
This is a relatively straightforward trek along well defined path with no technical climbing skills required. Except for a set of winter wear, a good pair trekking shoes, a headlamp and trekking sticks, you do not need other specialized equipment for this trek. Upon booking confirmation, a detailed packing list will be provided to prepare you for your trip.

21. Do I need to hire additional porters to carry my luggage?
All the communal items (tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils etc.) and personal luggage will be carried by pack animals (yaks and/or horses). This portage service is included in the package price. You do not need to hire additional porters to carry your personal luggage. However, you are expected to carry your own daypack (of 3-5 kg) which should contain only essential personal stuffs like medications, water, camera, valuables, poncho, windbreaker etc.

22. How do we apply for Indian VISA?
Indian VISA can be applied directly online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
For more info, please refer to the section “e-Tourist VISA” in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_India

23. What type of accommodation will we be staying in Yuksom and Darjeeling?
In Yuksom, we will arrange for Hotel Red Palace or similar http://www.hotelredpalace.com/
In Darjeeling, we will arrange for Grace Inn Hotel or similar http://graceinn.co.in/
Both hotels are clean and comfortable 3-star hotels with good online reviews in TripAdvisor.

Customized Retreats

Whether you are planning for a family gathering, an office retreat, a school trip, a club event or looking for special getaways, we are able to customize trips to meet your requirements on any dates that you prefer!

Whatever your objectives are – to foster family ties, reward or motivate staffs for their hard work, team building, church retreat or club excursion, we have countless of fun itineraries ready for you.

Our Specialities: No Frills, No Hidden Costs, and most importantly, Reasonably Priced retreats that are more value for money than anything similar you could find elsewhere.

We can customize day trips, multi-day trips, and incorporate outdoor activities that encourage team bonding like horse riding, go-karting, leisure hiking, firefly cruise, farm visits, etc.

Whether you are a nature lover, an outdoor enthusiast or adrenaline seekers, we will be able to put together a retreat that suits you and your family, friends or colleagues.

Gather more people (the more the merrier), and let us help to plan and create your memorable trip for you!

Our Past Corporate/Organisation Clients:

Ang Partners
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Baxter Singapore
Boys Scouts of America (Stamford American International School)
Changi Airports International
Development Bank of Singapore
DSO National laboratories
Easmed Pte Ltd
Economic Development Board
Hock Chuan Heng Trading Co.
Kellogg Brown & Root
NTU Sport Club
NTU MAE Alumina
NUS ODAC Club
NUS Rover Club
NUS-Mountaineering Club
NUS-YALE College
Prison Sports & Recreation Club
SGAG Media
St Andrew’s City Church
Super Bean International
Tampines Central Community Sports Club
Warren Golf & Country Club
YCH Group Pte Ltd

Contact us today to find out more!

2D1N Kota Tinggi & Mount Lambak Trip

31 Jan 2015 – 2D1N Mount Lambak Night Adventure Climb + Zenxin Organic Farm Visit in Kluang [Completed]

Date: Saturday, 31st Jan – 1st Feb 2015

Meeting Point: 3pm at taxi stand outside Marsiling MRT

Mount Lambak (or Gunung Lambak) stands at 510 metres tall and requires about 4 hours of hiking from the mountain base to the summit and back, making it a suitable mountain for beginners.

Calling out to all the night owls, hikers who are planning to go for sunrise summit climbs in Mount Rinjani / Mount Kinabalu as well as all nature- lovers, this climb has been specially organized with you in mind. This is a great opportunity for you to experience climbing in the night, where you can train your eyes to get used to the minimal lighting available (relying solely on your trusty headlights and moonlight), and more importantly, grow confidence in hiking in the dark.

Located at Kluang town in the Johor state, Malaysia, it is about three hours drive from Singapore, we will first head for dinner and have an early rest at Merdeka Hotel or similar. The night climb will begin at 3am, where we will target to reach the summit at 6am, in time for the day break. Watch the forest come abuzz with life as you hike down, retracing your steps and appreciating the difference in the lighting. We will enjoy our breakfast at the famous Kluang Rail Coffeeshop, before heading back to the hotel for a shower and rest. The afternoon will be spent at the Zenxin Organic Farm before heading back to Singapore.

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Guide to Gunungs in West Malaysia

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Gunung, the Malay word for Mountain, are aplenty in West Malaysia, and the wide range of options available serve as an excellent weekend getaway or a training ground for hikers based in Singapore.

Here is a guide to the Gunungs in West Malaysia that iwannatravel currently offers. We do note that this is only a small percent of the many many mountains in West Malaysia, but do check back regularly as we strive to add in new destinations and options for you.

Name of Gunung Hiking Time** Level
Gunung Pulai 3-4 Hours Beginner
Gunung Arong 2-3 Hours Beginner
Gunung Lambak 4-5 Hours Beginner
Gunung Panti 4-5 Hours Beginner
Gunung Datuk 5-6 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Angsi 7-8 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Belumut 8-9 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Irau 7-8 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Nuang 10-11 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Ledang 9-10 Hours Intermediate
Gunung Stong Multiple Days Advanced

** Estimate based on a average hiker who exercises regularly (e.g.: able to jog 4 km within 30 mins)

Legend:
Green: Beginner
Yellow: Intermediate
Red: Advanced

Check out our list of Gunungs In Indonesia as well!

2014/09/13 – Horse riding at Riders Lodge Johor Malaysia [Completed]

Due to popular demand, we will be organizing another trip to Riders Lodge in Sept.

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Introduction

This will be a day trip to Riders Lodge (http://www.riderslodge.com.my/) about an hour’s drive away from Singapore. In the morning, we will go for a 1 hour horse riding lesson, a guided tour around the stables, followed by an exciting 1.5 hour trail ride in the forest. Rest and relax at the Riders Lodge, where you have plenty of opportunities to take pictures with the horses, enjoy a game of pool or simply chill at the cafe. Free wifi is available at the lodge as well. A 15-seater mini-bus will be chartered to bring us there and back.  The mini-bus will also bring us out to the nearby Kulai town (20 mins drive away) for lunch. In the evening, we will have dinner in Johor before returning back to Singapore.

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Top 5 Highlights of Mount Rinjani Trek

Mount Rinjani Highlight #1: The amazing camping experience.

  • Waking up to the gorgeous views of the Rinjani summit and lake.
  • Sleeping above the clouds. (earning you some bragging rights)
  • Bonding with your friends under the warmth of a campfire. (Bonus: Listening to your guides/ porters sing their local folk songs)
  • Gazing into the vast, star-lit night sky, and spotting a shooting star or two (Remember to make your wish in time!)

Calling out to all city kids out there, this is one experience you won’t wanna miss!

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