Sat 20 Mar - Sat 27 Mar 2021

In aid of Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 20 Mar 2021

Day 1 - Depart UK

It's time to put all your hard work and training to the test as you make your way to the airport to begin your Cambodian trekking challenge.

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Day 2, Sun 21 Mar 2021

Day 2 - Arrive Siem Reap

Touching down in Cambodia, you will be met by your Charity Challenge team and will experience the buzzing vibrancy of Siem Reap. After transferring to your hotel to check in, there will be time to relax and unwind. Tonight, you will get acquainted with Khmer culture and cuisine with a traditional Apsara dance (ancient dance) and Cambodian Cultural Show. After dinner, you will receive a full trip briefing and have the opportunity to ask any questions about the challenge ahead. 

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 3, Mon 22 Mar 2021

Day 3 - Siem Reap - Chao Srei Vibol Pagoda - Wat Preah Bat Bunthan (5 - 6hrs)

Today your challenge begins! 
After breakfast, you will take a short transfer out of town to the Chao Srei Vibol temple to start your trek. Today's route will take you through dazzling green rice-paddies and small villages, where you will receive friendly waves from the locals as you pass. There will be plenty of time to stop and take a closer look at some of the beautiful temples and pagodas as you pass them. After lunch in one of the villages, the path will continue on towards Wat Preah Bat Bunthan, a beautiful pagoda and its grounds, which will serve as your campsite for the evening. 

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 4, Tue 23 Mar 2021

Day 4 - Wat Preah Bat Buntham - Beng Mealea (6 - 7hrs)

This morning, after witnessing the daily life of monks, you leave the Pagoda behind and head out across the paddy fields where you will be treated to fabulous views of Mount Kulen in the distance. Following the tracks, you'll wind your way towards the mysterious ruins of the Beng Mealea Temple. Here, you can venture into the thick jungle and hanging vines to explore the remains of the temple complex. Next, you will have a short walk to the evening's campsite at Beng Mealea Pagoda. In the evening, you can gain an insight into the way of life in this remote area by visiting the lively market or having a drink with the locals. 

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 5, Wed 24 Mar 2021

Day 5 - Beng Mealea - Svay Leu - Kulen Mountains (7 - 8hrs)

After an energising breakfast, you will have a short transfer (approx. 10km) before starting the challenging walk to the top of Cambodia's sacred Mount Kulen. The top of the plateau will provide fabulous views across the forests and fields below. Next, you'll take an undulating track through the forest before stopping for lunch at Anlong Thom, a small village of stilted houses. Finally, head off the beaten path to visit the 'Bat Cave' and 'Elephant Pond,' before finishing at your riverside campground for a night under the stars. 

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 6, Thu 25 Mar 2021

Day 6 - Kulen Mountains - Tbang Pagoda (7 - 8hrs)

Today will start with a short trek to the 'Big Buddha', a spectacular monument carved directly out of the mountain top. Continuing on, you'll arrive at the famous Kulen Mountain Waterfall and the 'River of 1000 Lingas (phalluses).' Here you can see the riverbed covered with hundreds of Lingas, along with the depictions of Hindu deities which have been carved into the rocks along the river. Finally, you'll travel through villages and past local schools and pagodas before reaching the campsite for the night. 

Accommodation: Camping

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Day 7, Fri 26 Mar 2021

Day 7 - Tbang Pagoda - Angkor Wat Complex (6 - 7hrs)

After your camp breakfast, you will set off on the final 6km of your trek towards Phnom Bok. From there, you will finish your journey in style as you arrive into the Angkor Wat complex in a colourful procession of tuk tuks. Before lunch, you will be able to climb the steep stairs of the central spire of Angkor Wat for unparalleled views over the whole site. The afternoon will be spent at Ta Prohm, a temple widely recognised as the iconic setting of the 2001 Tomb Raider film. Over the years, the carvings and pillars have intertwined with jungle vines and tree roots to create one of the most picturesque and memorable temples in the Angkor complex.

At sunset, you transfer to the hotel where a long shower and a farewell dinner will be waiting for you. With a belly full of traditional Khmer food, you can celebrate the completion of your Cambodian challenge with your new friends.  

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Day 8, Sat 27 Mar 2021

Day 8 - Depart to UK

In the morning, it will be time to wave goodbye to Cambodia as you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. 

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