Cambodia
Hiking through Cambodia and its temples

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The Kingdom of Cambodia greets you with open arms

Plunge into the heart of the tropical forests of Cambodia in this 12-day challenge, and discover the splendors of its 12th century temples. Through your journey, you will see not only the temples of Roluos, Preah Khan, Tanei, Ta Phrom, and the infamous Angko Wat temple, often spoken of as the most famous archeological site inthe world. Then leave the forests on to the summit of Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain of the Khmers where, as you then afterwards descend, you will bathe in natural falls of incomparable beauty. Along the way, discover villages built on stilts along the Siem Réap river where villagers greet you with smiling glee. Your Cambodia challenge will be filled with exotic sights and breathtaking scenery.

Information Session
Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC - 19 novembre
19 November 2019 - 6:00pm
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Soirée d'information pour le programme Challenge SRC - 19 novembre
19 November 2019 - 6:00pm
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Details

Where

Cambodia

When

May 21 - 30, 2021

Duration of the trip

12 days

Level of difficulty

Intermediate

Accommodation

Hotel, homestay

Fundraising goal

$10,000
(including travel costs)

YOUR JOURNEY

Meetings of participants at Montreal-Trudeau Airport and takeoff to Siem Reap with connections. Meal and night on the plane

Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, welcome by your local French guide and transfer to your hotel for the night.

3 * hotel accommodation in Siem Reap

Dinner included (according to air schedules)

Lunch at your hotel in Siem Reap and departure for a very nice walk along the Siem Reap River in the shade of coconut palms and palm trees, crossing the most rural part of the city. Discover the markets and visit the Wat Bo pagoda, famous for its murals. With your guide you will pick up your Angkor Pass to be ready for the next day! Lunch and dinner in town at a local restaurant.

Hotel accommodation

Distance: 15-20 km

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included

After having lunch at your hotel, you will start the trek from Siem Reap towards Angkor through the forest. You will follow the temple of Angkor Wat before joining, between village and forest, Angkor Thom. Walk on the Angkor Thom wall to join Bayon. After dinner, you will head towards the North Gate to reach the Preah Khan Temple (south). You will end this day through the forest of Angkor Park and discover the temple of Tanei and Ta Phrom.

Distance: 15km / Duration: 5h walk.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Lunch at your hotel and start the hike through the Cambodian countryside to the temples of Roluos. You will reach the small temple lost in the countryside of Chao Srei Vibol, placed on the old royal road. Visit the site then walk to Tonle Sap Lake and the pilottis village of Kampong Phluk. Walk in the village and transfer to your hosts for the night.

Dinner and overnight at the inhabitant.

Distance: 20-25km / Duration: 6h walk.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Lunch at the inhabitant. Transfer by minibus to the pilgrims' way for the climb to the top of Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain of the Khmers and "quarry" which provided in stones the temples of Angkor. This region was recently opened by archaeologists. The walk is pleasant in the forest, shaded, and ends with a swim in the waterfalls that run down the hills of the forest. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the Srah Dumrei site and the village.

Overnight homestay at the top of the mountain.

Distance: 15km / Duration: 4h-5h walk, Altitude : + 300m.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Lunch at your guests' home then walk to another village in Kulen to meet the artisans. You will go to meet the farmers to discover their daily life, their work. This day remains above all a discovery of the way of life, social projects implemented on the Kulen and a great opportunity to meet people. After dinner, you join a small pagoda and the waterfall near the village. Return to your hosts via the site of Prasat Kra Hom.

Night at the inhabitant.

Distance: 15km / Duration: 4h-5h walk

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After lunch, you cross the village and hike through the countryside and cashew plantations. You join O'Thmor Dab before descending the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen by another path towards Beng Mealea. Visit the temple then transfer by vehicle to reach Siem Reap.

Night at the hotel.

Distance: 15km / Duration: 4h walk, Altitude: -110 m and +/- 50m

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Lunch at your hotel and departure along the Siem Reap River to reach the Angkor National Park and Srah Srang. After dinner, departure for Pre Rup and discovery of the pagoda of Preah Dach, a small village out of time in the heart of the temples. Walk along the Baray East embankment and transfer by vehicle to the temple of Angkor Wat and visit. Angkor Wat is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world, located in the tropical jungle.

Distance: 15km / Duration: 5h walk

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Lunch at your hotel and transfer to Siem Reap airport for your return flight.

Arrival in Montreal.

BE READY TO FACE YOUR CHALLENGE

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Equipment

In order to be comfortable throughout your adventure, it's essential to bring the right equipment. The secret is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body against heat, cold and moisture. Always pack warm clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. You may want to consider bringing along a toque and even a walking stick. Choose a light backpack and carry nothing but the essentials for your journey. Check out our tool box section for more tips and tricks.

Logistics

Even though the CRS Challenge is a personal experience, it is also a group adventure. Our team of experts will provide you with useful advice and the answers to all of your questions from the moment you register to the moment you return. We have mastered the art of logistics, thanks to our knowledge of the destinations we offer and the fact that we organize several challenges every year, making your overall experience all the more enjoyable.

Discover the remains of the great Khmer empire

There is so much to say about Cambodia, its history being so rich and fascinating. In the first half of the 8th century, the Khmer Empire reached its peak in terms of both power and splendor. At that time, the empire was vast. It extends over much of Siam, over southern Laos, to the kingdoms of Champa (Central Vietnam) and Cochin China. Today, the country is known for its many ancient ruins that annually attract hundreds of thousands of visitors for their unique and masterful style. Beyond the architectural feats of the Khmer Empire, you will discover a generous, welcoming and smiling people who will add a human aspect to your adventure that you will not soon forget. From a gastronomic point of view, Cambodia is inspired by many influences such as Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, but also Chinese and French. You can enjoy a highly aromatic cuisine with flavors of basil, lemongrass, mint and ginger.

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