Wed 13 Oct - Sun 24 Oct 2021

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Wed 13 Oct 2021

International departure from London

Meeting the rest of the team at the airport today the excitement builds as you begin the long anticipated journey with an overnight flight to the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo.

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Day 2, Thu 14 Oct 2021

Arrive in Antananarivo

Arriving at Ivato Airport in the late afternoon, you will be transferred on to your accommodation to rest up from the long flight and prepare yourselves for the challenge ahead. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3, Fri 15 Oct 2021

Travel to Fianarantsoa

And so the adventure begins. Departing Antananarivo early in the morning, your journey takes you south, across the incredible landscapes of the Hauts Plateaux and on towards Ambositra, Madagascar’s un-disputed arts and crafts centre. 

The first stop is Ambositra, which lies in the heart of a picturesque valley of rice fields and mountains, providing a welcome break from the long journey. From here we drive to Fianarantsoa, Madagascar’s second city and the final destination for the day. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 4, Sat 16 Oct 2021

Trek to Tsitongabalala (approx. 5-6hrs)

Transferring from Fianarantsoa to the start of the trek this morning, you head towards the granite outcrops of the towering Andringitra Mountains. 
Occupying the deep valleys and ridges of Madagascar’s southern central region, these remote landscapes make up one of the most biologically diverse regions in the country; home to over 100 species of birds and 50 species of mammals including no fewer than 13 different types of lemurs. 
Work your way through the valley towards the Zomandao River Gorge, before setting up your first night’s camp near the river’s edge. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 5, Sun 17 Oct 2021

Trek to Andrianalika (approx. 5-6hrs)

Follow the course of the Zomandao River this morning; you’ll negotiate a trail of rocks and boulders, before arriving at a point where the valley opens up to reveal a rural scene scattered with flourishing rice fields and traditional Malagasy farms. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 6, Mon 18 Oct 2021

Trek to Iataranomby (approx. 5-6hrs)

The third day in the gorge sees us continuing through this remarkable setting, before eventually stopping at the base of the spectacular Andrianalika Waterfall, where the group will camp overnight. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 7, Tue 19 Oct 2021

Trekking into Andringitra National Park (approx. 5-6hrs)

Entering the Andringitra National Park, you’ll journey through a landscape that until the early 1990s was little known to outsiders. Home to the second highest peak in the country, its rich mix of mountain forests and dense rainforest is a trekker’s paradise, set against the spectacular backdrop of towering granite mountains. 
Part of the longest unbroken chain of rainforest left in Madagascar, the park provides you with your base camp for tomorrow’s summit climb, nestling on top of the sacred waterfalls of Riandavy et Riambavy. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 8, Wed 20 Oct 2021

Summit of Pic Imarivolanitra (approx. 5-6hrs)

A long hard day begins early this morning as you take on the ultimate focus of your challenge, the climb to the summit of the 2658m Pic Imarivolanitra (Pic Boby). The highest non-technical climb on Madagascar, the trail to the summit is steep and rocky, taking you across a challenging terrain of granite slabs and boulder strewn trails. 
The climb to the summit is roughly 2-3 hours and from the top the views out across the mountains and towards the Indian Ocean can be breathtaking. After a chance to revel in the vistas and enjoy the success of the climb, you’ll begin the descent down towards Lataranomby, crossing some impressive boulder fields as you make our way down to camp. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 9, Thu 21 Oct 2021

Trek to Tsarasoa

The journey down continues today, eventually bringing you to the park exit and the beautiful setting of the Tsaranoro Valley. Dominated by the spectacular granite walls of the Tsaranoro Massif, the valley is blanketed in open savannahs and tropical forest that provided a haven for ring-tailed lemurs, falcons and an abundance of orchids. 
Finishing the day at the Tsarasoa Lodge, the evening provides an opportunity to commemorate a job well done with a celebratory meal and a few well-earned drinks. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Lodge

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Day 10, Fri 22 Oct 2021

Travel to Antsirabe

Our final day on the Island sees you heading for Antsirabe, Madagascar’s third largest city. At one time this once chic colonial hideaway was filled with French villas and broad, leafy avenues. 
Today its colonial grandeur has faded somewhat, but it still retains a certain charm and provides an interesting and decidedly temperate setting in which to end our adventures. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 11, Sat 23 Oct 2021

Depart Madagascar for the UK

After a final breakfast, you'll start the journey towards Antananarivo where a late evening flight will take you back to London, bidding a fond farewell to the beautiful island of Madagascar. Filled with a profound sense of achievement and a wish that the adventure could continue, you return home armed with stories and memories that will last a lifetime. (B)

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Day 12, Sun 24 Oct 2021

Arrive Home

Saying goodbye will not be easy, but the memories you've made together will stay with you forever.

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Important information

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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