Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|25 October - 2 November 2019||On Sale|
Join us in the October half term next year on a life changing five-day trek through Cambodia to help save children across the globe.
Raising money for a children's charity or hospice of your choice, trek through the beautiful and fascinating country of Cambodia and discover a culture a world apart from our own.
Starting and finishing in Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient world famous Angkor Wat temple complex, you'll follow a stunning route through rice paddies, forests and jungles, past lakes and a magnificent waterfall and even to the peak of Kulen Mountain. Our bucket list trek finishes with a fascinating archaeological tour of Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples - by foot, of course!
Along the way, you'll get the amazing opportunity to camp in the grounds of a hidden jungle monastery, rest at a rustic home stay and get some extra insight into the Khmer culture, as you trek through remote villages and visit a local mountain school.
This enchanting adventure will be life changing in many ways, both for you as you achieve your own personal challenge and for the children across the globe, who will benefit from the incredible work carried out by the charities you choose to support. The challenge will be tough but the friendship and camaraderie along the way will be very special.
After an overnight flight from London to Siem Reap in Cambodia, our guide meets us at the airport for a short transfer to our hotel in Siem Reap. Once checked in, we have the rest of the day to relax by the hotel pool or explore the city, which is one of the top tourist spots in Cambodia and acts as a gateway to the ancient ruins of Angkor. If you have energy left in the evening, we recommend you take a stroll around the Siem Reap night market, where you can browse a small maze of colourful stalls, selling souvenirs, bright clothes and handmade jewellery - a perfect intro to Cambodia.
After a transfer out of the city, we begin our trek along the Siem Reap stream towards the edge of Tonle Sap lake. We pass farmers, rice paddies, a local market and lots of traditional Khmer style houses. Many of these sit on stilts above the water and along the banks. We enjoy our picnic lunch under the shade of trees, and then continue through villages and paddies to our overnight stay at the Buddhist temple, Chau Srei Vibol, which is surrounded by jungle.
We follow ancient farmer paths deep into the jungle, stopping for lunch at Phum Thmey, a traditional village, where we get a taste of rural Cambodia life. In the afternoon, we continue trekking towards the forest temple of Beng Mealea. This temple, with its overgrown roots and ancient architecture, can be compared to the iconic Ta Prohm (a.k.a. The Tomb Raider temple), minus the crowds, as it sits further out from the main temple complex of Angkor. After exploring these fairytale-esque ruins, we take a short transfer to Svay Leur, to camp at a jungle monastery.
Today, we visit a local market en-route to Kulen Mountain, which we hike up for panoramic views and a picnic lunch. We trek across the Kulen Mountain to the jungle village of Anlong Thom and visit an isolated mountain school, before curling up in a rustic homestay for the night.
After exploring the Phnom Kulen National Park and its various intriguing shrines, we trek to the Grand Reclining Buddha. Here, we enjoy a magnificent waterfall and explore the Valley of 1000 Lingas, which is home to ancient carvings under the riverbed, before transferring to our Siem Reap hotel.
We start the day with a visit to Ta Prohm, a majestic temple entwined with fig tree routes and made famous by the film, Tomb Raider. From Ta Prohm, we trek through the Angkor National Park to the forest temple of Ta Nei, before visiting the Ghost Gate and Bayan temple, with its serene, stone faces. After a local lunch, we explore King Jayavarman VII’s ancient underground tunnels, take a boat ride across Angkor Thom City moat, and end the day at the iconic Angkor Wat. Then it’s back to our hotel in Siem Reap, where you can enjoy a good night’s rest after conquering this truly unforgettable challenge.
Today, we have a free day to explore Siem Reap and do some last-minute shopping, before our flight home.
Today we arrive back in the UK, having completed a life-changing challenge.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
The accommodation will vary throughout this exciting challenge, from hotels to jungle temples to camping at monasteries and one night, we're lucky enough to rest in a rustic home-stay in the mountains.
Yes, of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in Cambodia. You will need to apply for a visa to obtain entry into Cambodia, we will send you all the relevant information and forms in plenty of time.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.