Interested in taking a hike with your kiddo? This mama recalls her amazing experience that combined nature, lessons in leadership and resilience, and parent-child bonding all into one!
Based in Singapore, Amazing Trekkers Club is an exclusive hiking and mountaineering group for women of all fitness levels. They have 40 + organised treks per year including local, regional and international and offer all the support and training you need to get you ready.
I heard about ATC through clients that attend fitness and running classes at my business Momentum Bootcamps. Initially, I was looking for a group that could assist me in organising a team trek for my fitness clientele. Through this process I came upon the mother and child trek. I was so excited to see one with kids that I instantly booked it for my 9-year-old son’s birthday weekend.
Upon registration, we were sent all the information we needed to prepare, including an extensive guide, itinerary, packing list and all the questions you would want answered. It was so well organised and everything was planned to a tea.
A meet-up and training hike was held at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve a few weeks prior. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this but the chat group photos and chat gave that feeling of being part of it. I feel it connected the group and also gave the trek leaders a good idea on abilities.
The morning of the trek we arrived at the Ferry Terminal. Our hike was to Gunung Bentan in Bintan. They booked it all, we just showed up with our passports and bags ready to go. This particular hike catered for mothers and kids aged 5+ years. I honestly can’t speak highly enough for how welcoming and comfortable they made everyone feel. My 9-year-old son, within minutes of arriving, developed instant best friends, and so my vision of what I thought was going to be a ‘bonding weekend’ with him turned into my turn to make friends — which I did! Many of the mothers on the trek had been on previous ATC treks so were well prepared and experienced. I instantly felt we were in good hands as they reassured me by their past experiences.
The accommodation was perfect for what we were after. We stayed in a small local hotel. It was nice and clean, with modern rooms with aircon. It was perfect for a kid’s trip, offering a wide range of activities like bike riding, billiards, archery, fishing, mini zoo, paddle boats and more. Post-trek activities were sorted with massages available for the mums if that’s your thing.
The most challenging part for my son was the start of the trek. It was hot and uphill, and the thought of 3-4 hours of hiking seemed overwhelming and – honestly – kind of boring to him. So, at this point in time it was more a matter of parents and adults motivating and “counselling” the kids to keep going. Then we hit the summit! This is where an amazing sense of achievement was felt and the whole experience started to change for the better!
First, it started to rain…this added excitement. The descent can often be one of the more challenging parts in a hike, but this is where each and every child stepped up, and started naturally taking on leadership roles to offer each other support and encouragement. They motivated each other to motivate each other to keep going and get down the mountain in a safe and fun way.
The cost for this particular hike was $680 for the two of us. This included ferry, land transfers, accommodation, packed lunch on day 1, team dinner, breakfast on day 2, trek permits, chief guide, ATC leader and advice.
I am looking forward to rolling out my initial plans and holding a day trek with the ladies in my Momentum Bootcamps Community. I just found out today that there is another trek suitable for kids on 31st August which is climbing Gunung Panti in Malaysia. The plan is actually for an experienced 12-year-old girl to be the trip leader, how cool is that?!
Simply recommending this experience does it an injustice. This is an experience that every mother and child who loves the outdoors must try. It combines the beauty of nature, the activity of hiking, and the bonding of family to create a lifelong memory between mother and child.
Visit www.trekkersworld.com for more information