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Trek to Angkor Wat

Cambodia Trek CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

Lying in the heart of old Indochina, the small country of Cambodia is home to dazzling green rice-paddies and jungle dotted with temples and ruins, villages of thatched, stilted houses, and small towns where Buddhist temples nestle amongst graceful French colonial buildings.
Our exciting trek takes us off the beaten track to sacred Phnom Kulen – the highest point for miles at 487m. This region is rich not only in history, but in beautiful landscapes and friendly culture. We sleep in village homestays, allowing a unique insight into the local way of life.
This is a hot, dusty challenge, but our finish point at Angkor Wat, one of the most renowned and impressive sights in South-East Asia, will reward your efforts.


Trek to Angkor Wat

10 DAYS
  • We arrive in Siem Reap and check in to our hotel, where we can relax or take time to explore this busy, fascinating town and enjoy our first glimpse of the local culture. Night hotel.

  • After breakfast and a detailed trip briefing, we take a short transfer out of town and begin our trek. Heading out south-east across dazzling green rice-paddies and farmland, we pass through several small villages. Cambodia is one of the friendliest countries in South-East Asia and we will get plenty of smiles and waves as we pass! We’re never far from a temple or pagoda, and we make time to stop at a couple for a closer look. After a lunch-break in one of the villages, we continue our trek through rice fields and green pastures, now heading north to the pagoda for our evening’s accommodation. Night homestay.


    Trek approx. 5-6 hours; 16km

  • After a delicious breakfast at camp, we start our day’s trek along small dirt roads before turning off into scrub and brushland. It’s a long day today, and we gradually wind our way northwards towards our evening’s destination. Night homestay.


    Trek approx. 8-9 hours; 22km

  • Today’s route sees us heading towards Phnom Kulen, though we won’t reach this low mountain until tomorrow. We veer right after passing a small village and head out across the paddy-fields, where we are treated to fabulous views of Phnom Kulen in the distance. Following cow-cart tracks, we wind our way towards Beng Mealea and the fascinating ruins of this little-visited temple. We have the opportunity to explore before taking a short transfer to our evening’s accommodation at Svay Leu Pagoda. There is often a lively local market near the pagoda, which we should have time to explore – a real insight into the way of life in this remote area. Night homestay.


    Trek approx. 7-8 hours; 20km

  • After an energising breakfast we set off on a challenging haul to the top of Phnom Kulen (487m), Cambodia’s sacred mountain and the highest point for miles around. Deeply revered, the local people make pilgrimages to the pagodas and ruins on the mountain top. The mountain forms a high plateau, from where there are fabulous views across the forests and fields below. We head west across the mountain, taking undulating tracks through the forests and villages. We stop for lunch in Anlong Thom, a small village of stilted thatched houses. Our trek continues to the ‘Big Buddha’, which overlooks the central plain; a short distance on is a very picturesque waterfall. We may have time to bathe in the ‘River of 1000 Lingas’ and admire the elaborate carvings in the riverbed itself. Night homestay.


    Trek approx. 7-8 hours; 19km

  • After a hearty breakfast, we set off on an old trail, now little-used since the recent construction of a road. We may meet a few local people who still use the path for hunting, cutting lianas and to get to work on the farms higher in the hills. Our trek continues south-east on a small jungly trail down the mountain. Back on the flat plains, we continue our trek on sandy, sometimes muddy tracks. There is little shade as we pass a few villages, local schools and an abundance of pagodas. We will be hot and tired by the time we reach our evening’s accommodation, our final goal nearly within reach. Night homestay.


    Trek approx. 6-7 hours; 20km

  • Our last day of trekking today, and after a hearty breakfast we set off on the final 10km of our trek to Angkor Wat. The first section of our trek is on a tarmac road; we then return to cow-cart tracks which lead us towards the Angkor temple complex. We reach Prasat Ta Som, the first of our Angkor temples, and then load up into the local mode of transport and journey in style to Angkor Wat in a colourful procession of tuk tuks. We pass many temples and ruins as we near our goal – the spectacular walled city of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon, standing in the exact heart of the city. Adorned with fabulous wall carvings and mysterious giant faces, the Bayon is a real highlight of our challenge. We then continue to the magnificent 12th Century Angkor Wat. It is worth climbing the remarkably steep and narrow steps of the central spire for the unparalleled view over the whole temple. We are free to explore the temple complex until sunset, when we transfer to our hotel by bus. After a refreshing shower, we celebrate our huge achievement with a celebration dinner at a local restaurant, where we’ll be able to enjoy a traditional dance show. Night hotel.


    Trek approx. 2-3 hours; 10-12km


    (Dinner not included)

  • Free time to explore Siem Reap and visit more of the Temples of Angkor at your leisure. The temple of Ta Prohm is well worth exploring; left to be reclaimed by nature, it features incredible tree roots breaking through the stone carvings and walls – a fascinating tribute to the power of nature over man and an experience reminiscent of ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’ Save a little time for some last-minute shopping or a relaxing Cambodian-style massage before transferring to the airport in time for our flight home.

    (Lunch and Dinner not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

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    Pricing Explained

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we are often in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, you must have adequate travel insurance cover in order to participate in any overseas challenge. Most charities allow you to organise this independently as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. Some charities have their own specific policy. Alternatively it can be arranged through us.


Testimonials

Sarah


The company of the group I was with, the culture, the food and the history. My most memorable experience was from the first day, showering in a monsoon shower, sleeping in a Buddhist temple and being woken by the monks chanting. I also enjoyed swimming in the waterfall
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Salvatore


The best thing I've ever done!

Sophie


This was my first trek and it was amazing! I don't think I could have asked for a better first experience! The team and our trek leader were amazing and couldn't have done enough for all of us! I would definitely do another trek with Discover Adventure!

Lauren


I have absolutely no regrets from signing up to the challenge, I have had the absolute time of my life and I can't wait to do another one! Thank you DA!

Andrew


Brilliant experience. The DA leader (Greg) was particularly first class. Made the challenge more enjoyable and gave everyone the confidence to complete it.

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Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauige fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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This trip is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!

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