sightseeing the quote of the month (AUGUST 2016)

"Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, For the straight foreward pathway had been lost." ~ Dante Alighieri

Annapurna Circuit vs Lantang Valley Hike Experience Comparison

Nepal's top famous trekking routes that can be hiked on self-guided basis 

Because I have 3 months multiple entry tourist visa granted on my first visit to Nepal, I have more than enough time to trek Annapurna Circuit (2016) and Lantang Valley (2016), two famous trekking routes in Himalayas Region.

Annapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley from Nepal are two of the most popular mountain trails and tourist-hiker friendly trails in Nepal's Himalayan Range. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.


​To summarize Nepal's famous 3 trekking routes (Everest Base CampAnnapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley) based on my self-guided solo winter hike adventure in comparison to each other; LANTANG VALLEY (3,830masl) and KYANJIN PEAK (4,773masl) trekking route is the under-rated trail but the most unspoiled trail ideal for mountain meditation trekking, those who are looking for "off-the-beaten path". At least 6 trekking days and has the most stunning 360degree view on the peak. On the other hand, ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (5,416masl) and BASE CAMP (4,130masl) trekking route is the mainstream trail based of its tolerable high elevation for all tourist types and can be minimized to at least 7 trekking days for ABC only. Also, trail is much scenic and somehow easy because of continuous ascent/descent trails.



Annapurna Circuit (January 2016)

Everest Base Camp (EBC) vs Annapurna Circuit Solo Hike Experience Comparison

Nepal's top two famous trekking routes that can also be hiked on self-guided basis 

Because I have 3 months multiple entry tourist visa granted on my first visit to Nepal, I have more than enough time to trek Everest Base Camp (2015) and Annapurna Circuit (2016), two famous trekking routes in Himalayas Region.

Mt. Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit from Nepal are two of the most popular mountain trails and tourist-hiker friendly trails in Nepal's Himalayan Range. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.

To summarize Nepal's famous 3 trekking routes (Everest Base CampAnnapurna Circuit and Lantang Valley) based on my self-guided solo winter hike adventure in comparison to each other; E​VEREST BASE CAMP (5,364masl) and KALAPATHAR (5,550masl) trekking route is costly because of the Lukla flight, trekking difficulty is hardest (but much rewarding) because of the series of ascent/descent trails from Jiri and the high elevation challenge, and nothing beats the view of the world's highest mountain peak. On the other hand, ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT (5,416masl) and BASE CAMP (4,130masl) trekking route is the mainstream trail based of its tolerable high elevation for all tourist types and can be minimized to at least 7 trekking days for ABC only. Also, trail is much scenic and somehow easy because of continuous ascent/descent trails.

Everest Base Camp (November 2015)


Mt. Kilimanjaro vs Everest Base Camp (EBC) Solo Hike Experience Comparison

highest peak of Africa and Nepal's most promising trekking route

The reason why I hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro (2014) first was to challenge myself for extremely high elevation treks. Since this mountain cannot be hiked by self-guided basis and is very expensive, I tried that much to reach the summit but unfortunately altitude sickness effects kicked-in strongly like vomiting, dizziness and headache. On the other hand, trekking Everest Base Camp (2015) needs no more explanation. The main reason of everybody is to see the majestic summit of Earth's highest mountain.  

Mt. Kilimanjaro from Tanzania and Mt. Everest Base Camp from Nepal are two of the most popular mountains and tourist-hiker friendly peaks in Africa and Asia. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.

MT. KILIMANJARO (5,895masl) is also known as the ‘Roof of Africa’ and is one of the Seven Summits (highest mountains of each of the seven continents). Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro is much expensive because it can only be hiked with a recognized local travel agency supported by guide and porters (which also has a minimum tip for each other). I consider the summit push as very difficult because of around 1,000m elevation gain that started from 2300H up to 0600H the following day. On the other hand,  E​VEREST BASE CAMP (5,364masl) and KALAPATHAR (5,550masl) trekking route is costly because of the Lukla flight, trekking difficulty is hardest (but much rewarding) because of the series of ascent/descent trails from Jiri and the high elevation challenge, and nothing beats the view of the world's highest mountain peak.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Solo Hike (July 2014)

Mt. Kinabalu vs Mt. Fuji Solo Hike Experience Comparison

highest peak of Southeast Asia and highest peak of Japan

The reason why I hiked Mt. Kinabalu (2013) is because I want to go higher on my amateur mountaineering achievement. That time, the highest mountain I summited was  Mt. Pulag, 3rd highest in Philippines at 2,922masl for two times (2010 and 2011). Then, at a sudden plan due to appropriate month to hike, I planned to summit Mt. Fuji (2014) which was my first time to hike alone on my entire life and my first time also on night hike.  

Mt. Kinabalu from Malaysia and Mt. Fuji from Japan are two of the most popular mountains and tourist-hiker friendly peaks in Asia. As an amateur hiker, this two mountains are the top-most priority on the bucket list. As such, I visited them both and the following was the observation I had during the course.

MT. KINABALU (4,095masl) is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Trekking Mt. Kinabalu is expensive trek because it can only be trekked with a recognized local travel agency supported by a mandatory guide and optional porter. The summit push is mildly difficult because of the rope-support ascent early morning and has to descend at around 0600H because of fixed itinerary. On the other hand, MT. FUJI (3,776masl) is the highest mountain in Japan. Trekking Mt. Fuji is not that expensive because it can be done independently (no guide and porter support) and no registration or park fees, only confirmed accommodation is required.


Mt. Kinabalu solo hike (May 2013)

Carabao Island Afternoon Tour

5 Days Solo DIY Trip to Best White Sand Beaches near Panay Island


The last (fourth) island beach among the four I targeted on this Panay Island solo trip. In my honest opinion, Carabao Island (known also as Hambil Island) can be an extension of Boracay Island, still unspoiled white fine sand beach and top tourist beach destination of Romblon province. This served also as 63rd province to visit on my quest to conquer the 81 provinces of the Philippines.

How to Go to Carabao Island;
There are two ways; via Caticlan Port and via Boracay Island. From Caticlan Port, there is only one daily departure of 8-9am, at PhP100 fare at 1hr ride. From Boracay Island (station 1 if summer and Bolabog Beach if rainy), there are lots of boats (locals call it "boating" for passengers asking to go to Carabao Island) departing daily every 2-3pm at PhP50 for 40mins ride. From Carabao Island going out, daily departure schedule are 6-7am going to Boracay and 6am/9am going to Caticlan.

CARABAO ISLAND AFTERNOON TOUR BUDGET DIY ITINERARY
1430H ETD Boracay Bolabog Beach; boating to Carabao Island 50
1500H ETA Carabao Island; walk to Kameo Lodge 250 (+639177028930 / +639175487960)
located near the port, Tourism Office and market (fan-room with toilet inside)
photo-ops, beachbumming and dinner 158
0600H ETD Carabao Island; terminal fee 10; boat to Caticlan Port 100
0700H ETA Caticlan Port
Total: PhP 568

Carabao Island Afternoon Tour
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