Trekking in the Cardamom Mountains and a community project in Battambang

Available Dates

13 – 24 January 2020

 

Cambodia Overview

This 2-week expedition is a perfect way to experience the best of Cambodia. We begin in Phnom Penh and explore some of the historical monuments before moving to the western mountains and settling into our homestay in the village of Chi Pat. From here we immerse ourselves in nature for 3 full days, trekking along recently opened tracks through a wilderness that is renowned for its biodiversity. After this, we travel to Battambang, in the north, to work on a sustainable community project for 4 days. Finally, we make our way to Siem Reap to spend our last day admiring the 7th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat.

Our Itinerary

Day 1. Phnom Penh - Killing Fields and Palaces
We meet in the morning in Phnom Penh and take some time to explore the city. The Khmer Rouge genocide sites have now become historical monuments and memorials to nearly 2 million people killed in the 1970s.

Visiting these mass graves is a powerful and educational experience. We will also spend time in the Royal Palace and other sites around Phnom Penh.

Days 2 - 5. Cardamom Mountains
We travel to a remote village in the foothills of the Cardamom mountains, Chi Pat. Here, we’ll stay in the homes of some local families and experience the simplicity of life in this small, rural community.

From Chi Pat, a network of trails weaves in and out of the forest. We’ll spend 3 days exploring these routes through the lush countryside and jungle, returning to our homestay each night.

The Cardamom mountains are rich in flora and fauna and are home to many endangered species. This area is one of the last remaining elephant corridors in the country, we will often cross their tracks and perhaps see them migrating to the coast.

Days 6 - 10. Battambang - Project

We move north, to Battambang, Cambodia’s bustling and friendly, second largest city.

Here we spend 4 days working on a community project. In the past, our teams have created sustainable vegetable gardens, built chicken pens, pig sheds and even helped to build a home for a family.

There are many additional reasons to visit the Battambang region; including the monasteries, the bamboo railway and the formidable display of bats which pour out of the cave-ridden mountain, Phnom Sampeou at dusk.

Day 11. Siem Reap - Angkor Wat
Finally, we make our way to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat which UNESCO describes as one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

We’ll spend a full day looking at the well-preserved art and architecture of the capital cities of the Khmer empire, dating between 9th and 15th centuries.

Day 12. Siem Reap
Sunrise against the silhouette of the temples is an unforgettable way to conclude our journey together, which ends after breakfast today.

Other info

Weather
This trip falls in the middle of the dry season in Cambodia, which runs from October to April. We can expect average temperatures between 24-26°C.

Culture
Cambodia’s culture has evolved over almost two millennia incorporating Buddhism, Hinduism and animism.
Level of difficulty
The trekking element of this trip is not technically difficult. However, walking in hot, humid conditions is always hard work. A good level of physical fitness will make this much easier.
Accommodation
Our accommodation in the cities will be comfortable but not luxury; we’ll stay in hotels and guest houses. During the trekking phase, we’ll share space with each other and local families in ‘homestays’.

Costs & Inclusions

£1800 (before 14/12/18, then £2250). This includes all food, drinking water, transport and accommodation from 9 a.m. on Day 1 to 9 a.m. on Day 12. Other drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) are not included. A single supplement of £295 is available if you would like your own room, where available. Flights not included.

Safety

We look after you as if you were members of our family.