Sat 20 Mar - Sat 27 Mar 2021

In aid of Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of Difficulty

Typical Day

Safety

Responsible Tourism

Extension

Flights

Visa

Insurance

Vaccinations and Medicine

Climate

Training

Training Weekends

Luggage Allowance and Valuables

Leadership

Group Size

Clothing and Equipment

Accommodation and Toilets

Food and Drink

Money

Phone and Wi-Fi

Emergencies

Level of Difficulty

Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. A “challenging” trip may involve some altitude, but this will be compensated by easier terrain and trekking conditions. 

You can tell your supporters that on your Angkor Wat Challenge you will be:

  • Trekking an average 15km-20km over 6-8hrs per day
  • Trekking for 5 consecutive days in hot and humid weather
  • Camping with very basic facilities, including 'bucket showers'

Level of Difficulty

Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. A “challenging” trip may involve some altitude, but this will be compensated by easier terrain and trekking conditions. 

You can tell your supporters that on your Angkor Wat Challenge you will be:

  • Trekking an average 15km-20km over 6-8hrs per day
  • Trekking for 5 consecutive days in hot and humid weather
  • Camping with very basic facilities, including 'bucket showers'

Typical Day

You will wake early (around sunrise) in time for a light breakfast. Walking days will last 6–8 hours. Trekking on your challenge will take place on a range of terrain, including fields, farming tracks and rural paths. Packed lunch will be provided and usually served around noon. You will arrive at camp by mid afternoon in order to wash before it gets dark. Supper will be prepared and you can relax as the stars come out.

Typical Day

You will wake early (around sunrise) in time for a light breakfast. Walking days will last 6–8 hours. Trekking on your challenge will take place on a range of terrain, including fields, farming tracks and rural paths. Packed lunch will be provided and usually served around noon. You will arrive at camp by mid afternoon in order to wash before it gets dark. Supper will be prepared and you can relax as the stars come out.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, an advanced and thorough safety management systems. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount.

In terms of your Trek Angkor Wat Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • When temperatures are hot, the risk of becoming dehydrated and succumbing to sunstroke are particularly high. You should be drinking over 2L of water per day during the trekking and using sunscreen continuously.
  • You will be trekking on varied terrain which will require concentration and appropriate kit.
  • You will be trekking  for 6-8hrs a day for 5 consecutive days, which will test your stamina. 

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, an advanced and thorough safety management systems. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount.

In terms of your Trek Angkor Wat Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • When temperatures are hot, the risk of becoming dehydrated and succumbing to sunstroke are particularly high. You should be drinking over 2L of water per day during the trekking and using sunscreen continuously.
  • You will be trekking on varied terrain which will require concentration and appropriate kit.
  • You will be trekking  for 6-8hrs a day for 5 consecutive days, which will test your stamina. 

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Extension

Hidden Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake Extension

Day 8 - Explore the best of Angkor Park and Phare Circus
After waving farewell to your fellow trekkers, it will be time to head back to Angkor Wat for further exploration. You will arrive at the gates of Angkor Thom, the original capital of the Khmer Empire. Upon arrival, there will be bikes waiting for you so you can hop on and pedal your way around the temple walls before heading to the centre to marvel at the Bayon Temple. 

You will then head off the normal tourist trail and onto a 3km trek behind the Elephant Terrace. Finally, you can walk along the path where mighty Kings once oversaw fighting elephants and other ceremonial activities. After lunch, you will have the option to spend more time at the temples or head back to the hotel to relax. 

In the evening, you will have dinner at the Phare Cafe before attending a performance of 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus.' This troupe of professional acrobats and artists have played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture following the Khmer Rouge genocide. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 9 - Roluos Temples and Tonle Sap Lake
This morning, you will head off on a 25km cycle to the Roluos Temples and Tonle Sap Lake. The short 25km ride will pass through many small villages that skirt the city of Siem Reap. When you arrive at the Rolous Group, a series of Pre-Angkor temples, you will be able to observe their clear differences from the temples of Angkor Wat.

Next, you'll head to a small market before boarding a boat to take you to Kampong Phluk. The inhabitants of this incredible floating village have learned to adapt to the rise and fall of Tonle Sap - in some cases up to 9 metres throughout the year! You will have lunch at a local home where you will get a real sense of life on the lake.

After transferring back to the hotel, you will have dinner at Malis, providing you with the perfect opportunity to sit and reflect on your incredible journey. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 10 - Departure to UK

After breakfast in your hotel, it will be time to head back to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

 

Extension

Hidden Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake Extension

Day 8 - Explore the best of Angkor Park and Phare Circus
After waving farewell to your fellow trekkers, it will be time to head back to Angkor Wat for further exploration. You will arrive at the gates of Angkor Thom, the original capital of the Khmer Empire. Upon arrival, there will be bikes waiting for you so you can hop on and pedal your way around the temple walls before heading to the centre to marvel at the Bayon Temple. 

You will then head off the normal tourist trail and onto a 3km trek behind the Elephant Terrace. Finally, you can walk along the path where mighty Kings once oversaw fighting elephants and other ceremonial activities. After lunch, you will have the option to spend more time at the temples or head back to the hotel to relax. 

In the evening, you will have dinner at the Phare Cafe before attending a performance of 'Phare, the Cambodian Circus.' This troupe of professional acrobats and artists have played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture following the Khmer Rouge genocide. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 9 - Roluos Temples and Tonle Sap Lake
This morning, you will head off on a 25km cycle to the Roluos Temples and Tonle Sap Lake. The short 25km ride will pass through many small villages that skirt the city of Siem Reap. When you arrive at the Rolous Group, a series of Pre-Angkor temples, you will be able to observe their clear differences from the temples of Angkor Wat.

Next, you'll head to a small market before boarding a boat to take you to Kampong Phluk. The inhabitants of this incredible floating village have learned to adapt to the rise and fall of Tonle Sap - in some cases up to 9 metres throughout the year! You will have lunch at a local home where you will get a real sense of life on the lake.

After transferring back to the hotel, you will have dinner at Malis, providing you with the perfect opportunity to sit and reflect on your incredible journey. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 10 - Departure to UK

After breakfast in your hotel, it will be time to head back to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

 

Flights

You will be flying from London Heathrow to Siem Reap. The flying time is approx. 17 hours with a stopover. Your flight info can also be found in your Account Area under 'Flights'. Your flight tickets will be emailed to you before your departure.

If you choose to book your own flights, please confirm with the Charity Challenge office prior to booking any flights, otherwise you may be liable for your included group flight cost. Contact flights@charitychallenge.com for any further info or intent of booking your own flights. For any general flights questions, please refer to our main FAQs page.

Flights

You will be flying from London Heathrow to Siem Reap. The flying time is approx. 17 hours with a stopover. Your flight info can also be found in your Account Area under 'Flights'. Your flight tickets will be emailed to you before your departure.

If you choose to book your own flights, please confirm with the Charity Challenge office prior to booking any flights, otherwise you may be liable for your included group flight cost. Contact flights@charitychallenge.com for any further info or intent of booking your own flights. For any general flights questions, please refer to our main FAQs page.

Visa

We will upload a Visa Application Advice document into your account area 3 months prior to your departure to help you with your application.  

The approximate cost of visas for this itinerary is $35.

Visa

We will upload a Visa Application Advice document into your account area 3 months prior to your departure to help you with your application.  

The approximate cost of visas for this itinerary is $35.

Insurance

It is a condition of travelling with Charity Challenge that you have a suitable travel insurance policy which covers you for your entire challenge. We have a special policy which covers among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the challenge, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this challenge. 

If you have your own travel insurance policy, you must ensure that it provides at least the same level of cover as our recommended policy, including protecting the charity in the event of your cancellation 56 days or less prior to departure. If you choose not to purchase our recommended policy when you book we will send you a disclaimer which you must complete and return to Charity Challenge prior to travel.

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Insurance

It is a condition of travelling with Charity Challenge that you have a suitable travel insurance policy which covers you for your entire challenge. We have a special policy which covers among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the challenge, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this challenge. 

If you have your own travel insurance policy, you must ensure that it provides at least the same level of cover as our recommended policy, including protecting the charity in the event of your cancellation 56 days or less prior to departure. If you choose not to purchase our recommended policy when you book we will send you a disclaimer which you must complete and return to Charity Challenge prior to travel.

For more travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page or for any specific queries, please contact us at bookings@charitychallenge.com.

Vaccinations and Medicine

Vaccinations: For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/39/cambodia

The Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
  • Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses
  • If you have an allergy which requires an epi-pen, ensure that you carry 2 during your trip

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Vaccinations and Medicine

Vaccinations: For up to date vaccination information please check the Travel Health Pro page:  https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/39/cambodia

The Charity Challenge team are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Medication

  • Carry medicines (including those bought over the counter) in their correctly labelled original packaging, as issued by the pharmacist. These should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • Consider packing a spare supply of medication in the hold luggage in case of loss of hand luggage
  • A letter from the prescriber detailing the medicines with the generic names for the medications can be helpful for border control checks, and in case medicines have to be replaced or medical help is required
  • Carry a note from the prescribing physician on letterhead stationery for controlled substances and injection medications
  • Take out an appropriate level of travel health insurance including repatriation and specific cover for any pre-existing illnesses
  • If you have an allergy which requires an epi-pen, ensure that you carry 2 during your trip

N.B.  Some medications are banned abroad so please check. You can find further information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/43/medicines-abroad

Climate

Cambodia is warm all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20c. The average daily temperature for trekking will be 25c. Trekking in Cambodia can be extremely humid and you should come prepared for sporadic rainfall.  

Climate

Cambodia is warm all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20c. The average daily temperature for trekking will be 25c. Trekking in Cambodia can be extremely humid and you should come prepared for sporadic rainfall.  

Training

Training and fitness is definitely required. It is important that you work specifically on your stamina, leg and joint strength, and balance in order to get as much out of the challenge as possible. The best training advice is to get outdoors into some of the mountains of the UK to familiarise yourself with walking on rugged terrain, while carrying weight in your daypack. You need to be able to sustain around 5-8 hours of trekking for 5 continuous days. If you can, then replicating this over a weekend would be fantastic training. You can also look to join one of our training weekends.

Training

Training and fitness is definitely required. It is important that you work specifically on your stamina, leg and joint strength, and balance in order to get as much out of the challenge as possible. The best training advice is to get outdoors into some of the mountains of the UK to familiarise yourself with walking on rugged terrain, while carrying weight in your daypack. You need to be able to sustain around 5-8 hours of trekking for 5 continuous days. If you can, then replicating this over a weekend would be fantastic training. You can also look to join one of our training weekends.

Training Weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends help you become physically prepared for the challenge. Our experienced instructors and leaders will also talk you through your clothing and equipment, health and wellbeing, trekking skills and teamwork. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out the information in your online account area.

Training Weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends help you become physically prepared for the challenge. Our experienced instructors and leaders will also talk you through your clothing and equipment, health and wellbeing, trekking skills and teamwork. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, check out the information in your online account area.

Luggage Allowance and Valuables

The luggage allowance will depend on the airline being used for your challenge, but in general, it will be one piece of checked baggage at approximately 20kg.

Each trekking day, your personal kit will be transported to the next stop by a support vehicle. You will carry a daypack for your daily needs such as sun cream, lunch, water, camera, and lightweight waterproofs.

We will do everything to provide adequate security for your possessions. The general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Carry your passport with you and make sure you have a photocopy of your documents (travel insurance, passport, visa etc.) in case they get lost or damaged.

We advise that you wear your walking boots on the plane and take a set of trekking clothing (especially your jacket) in your hand luggage. In the unlikely event that your hold bag should go missing, you will be able to begin the challenge until you are reunited with your luggage. 

Luggage Allowance and Valuables

The luggage allowance will depend on the airline being used for your challenge, but in general, it will be one piece of checked baggage at approximately 20kg.

Each trekking day, your personal kit will be transported to the next stop by a support vehicle. You will carry a daypack for your daily needs such as sun cream, lunch, water, camera, and lightweight waterproofs.

We will do everything to provide adequate security for your possessions. The general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Carry your passport with you and make sure you have a photocopy of your documents (travel insurance, passport, visa etc.) in case they get lost or damaged.

We advise that you wear your walking boots on the plane and take a set of trekking clothing (especially your jacket) in your hand luggage. In the unlikely event that your hold bag should go missing, you will be able to begin the challenge until you are reunited with your luggage. 

Leadership

There will be an English-speaking challenge leader who will be responsible for the logistics and co-ordination of your challenge. There will also be numerous local support guides and staff to assist them. The challenge leader will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Leadership

There will be an English-speaking challenge leader who will be responsible for the logistics and co-ordination of your challenge. There will also be numerous local support guides and staff to assist them. The challenge leader will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Group Size

Each group is intended to be 14 people minimum in order to run and a maximum of approx. 30 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 9 to 13 people by charging a small group supplement of £95 which will be added to your final balance invoice (self-funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Group Size

Each group is intended to be 14 people minimum in order to run and a maximum of approx. 30 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 9 to 13 people by charging a small group supplement of £95 which will be added to your final balance invoice (self-funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Clothing and Equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some quality walking socks. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are a high-quality waterproof jacket and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. Walking poles can be useful, however, we would recommend training with these prior to your trek. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor.

Clothing and Equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some quality walking socks. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are a high-quality waterproof jacket and technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. Walking poles can be useful, however, we would recommend training with these prior to your trek. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here, and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor.

Accommodation and Toilets

Accommodation

The standard of accommodation in Cambodia is generally high and the hotel rooms are western standard en-suites and have facilities for charging batteries and wifi connection. Whilst camping, you will be sharing a two-person tent. The campsites are usually at pagodas and the facilities will be very basic. 

Single tents and single rooms are available on this trip for a surcharge. Please email challenges@charitychallenge.com if you would like more information.

If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with, please ensure that you note this where appropriate when booking or email challenges@charitychallenge.com

Toilets

Whilst the hotels will have western style toilets, along the trekking route you will need to embrace the great outdoors. At every campsite, several toilets will be located a small distance from the campsite. These will be very basic and will not be western toilets. Remember to bring some toilet paper and antibacterial hand gel with you, as well as small plastic bags to dispose of waste responsibly. 

Accommodation and Toilets

Accommodation

The standard of accommodation in Cambodia is generally high and the hotel rooms are western standard en-suites and have facilities for charging batteries and wifi connection. Whilst camping, you will be sharing a two-person tent. The campsites are usually at pagodas and the facilities will be very basic. 

Single tents and single rooms are available on this trip for a surcharge. Please email challenges@charitychallenge.com if you would like more information.

If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with, please ensure that you note this where appropriate when booking or email challenges@charitychallenge.com

Toilets

Whilst the hotels will have western style toilets, along the trekking route you will need to embrace the great outdoors. At every campsite, several toilets will be located a small distance from the campsite. These will be very basic and will not be western toilets. Remember to bring some toilet paper and antibacterial hand gel with you, as well as small plastic bags to dispose of waste responsibly. 

Food and Drink

Cambodian meals are based on fish, poultry, pork, vegetables and rice. The dishes are all very tasty and, for the most part, not too spicy. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with a fish sauce called nuoc mam. Angkor Beer is the local brew. Wines are very expensive unless you want to sample locally made rice wine – ‘Roau’ (pronounced zeeo). 

Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies. You will need to be as flexible as possible with your eating habits when travelling in south-east Asia, as some diets are hard to cater for! Water will be supplied while you trek.

Please note that you may encounter a large amount of seafood on this challenge, so please inform Charity Challenge if you do not eat seafood so we can accommodate you the best we can.

Food and Drink

Cambodian meals are based on fish, poultry, pork, vegetables and rice. The dishes are all very tasty and, for the most part, not too spicy. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with a fish sauce called nuoc mam. Angkor Beer is the local brew. Wines are very expensive unless you want to sample locally made rice wine – ‘Roau’ (pronounced zeeo). 

Please let Charity Challenge know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies. You will need to be as flexible as possible with your eating habits when travelling in south-east Asia, as some diets are hard to cater for! Water will be supplied while you trek.

Please note that you may encounter a large amount of seafood on this challenge, so please inform Charity Challenge if you do not eat seafood so we can accommodate you the best we can.

Money

How much to bring

All accommodation and meals are included within the price of the trip, as well as water during the trekking days. You will not need to carry a lot of money with you during the challenge, but there may be daily opportunities to buy soft drinks, alcohol and snacks on the way. We would suggest a maximum of about £15 a day. Bring more if you intend to buy souvenirs as there are plenty of great handmade crafts, silk clothing and silver jewellers in Cambodia. Keep in mind that it is useful to have notes in small demoninations.

Currency

The US dollar is the main currency used in Cambodia. Prices in hotels, shops and restaurants are quoted in US dollars. Cambodian Riels are used only as small change. 

ATMs

ATMs are available in Siem Reap, but take care when withdrawing cash and be aware of your surroundings.  Not all ATMs and banks accept foreign debit and credit cards so check with your bank before you travel. Once you begin trekking, ATMs will be extremely hard to find so bringing cash is essential.

Credit Cards

Visacard and Mastercard are now accepted in many hotels and shops in Siem Reap, but the preferred currency is dollars, cash.

Tipping

Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. We recommend approx. US$10 per person per challenge-day. This should be given to the challenge leader who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters.

Money

How much to bring

All accommodation and meals are included within the price of the trip, as well as water during the trekking days. You will not need to carry a lot of money with you during the challenge, but there may be daily opportunities to buy soft drinks, alcohol and snacks on the way. We would suggest a maximum of about £15 a day. Bring more if you intend to buy souvenirs as there are plenty of great handmade crafts, silk clothing and silver jewellers in Cambodia. Keep in mind that it is useful to have notes in small demoninations.

Currency

The US dollar is the main currency used in Cambodia. Prices in hotels, shops and restaurants are quoted in US dollars. Cambodian Riels are used only as small change. 

ATMs

ATMs are available in Siem Reap, but take care when withdrawing cash and be aware of your surroundings.  Not all ATMs and banks accept foreign debit and credit cards so check with your bank before you travel. Once you begin trekking, ATMs will be extremely hard to find so bringing cash is essential.

Credit Cards

Visacard and Mastercard are now accepted in many hotels and shops in Siem Reap, but the preferred currency is dollars, cash.

Tipping

Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. We recommend approx. US$10 per person per challenge-day. This should be given to the challenge leader who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides, cooks and porters.

Phone and Wi-Fi

Your hotel will have limited wifi internet, but please do not rely upon this. During the trek there may not be opportunities to charge your phone and signal may not always be available. You should look at this challenge as an opportunity to get away from the stresses of daily life!

Phone and Wi-Fi

Your hotel will have limited wifi internet, but please do not rely upon this. During the trek there may not be opportunities to charge your phone and signal may not always be available. You should look at this challenge as an opportunity to get away from the stresses of daily life!

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking abilities. This is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the event of an emergency, all guides and leaders are maintaining contact via radio, and the backup vehicle will not be far away. If somebody is unable to walk at all, then the guides will arrange evacuation to a vehicle.

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking abilities. This is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. In the event of an emergency, all guides and leaders are maintaining contact via radio, and the backup vehicle will not be far away. If somebody is unable to walk at all, then the guides will arrange evacuation to a vehicle.

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