Sri Lanka Trek – Cardiff and The Vale Hospice 2017
Sri Lanka may be a tiny country but it's full of natural wonders which more than make up for its size. This nine-day trip includes five days of trekking, during which you'll experience the most breathtaking views imaginable.
On this experience of a lifetime we'll take you to the most stunning highlights of this incredible country through beautiful jungle, forest trails, small villages and ancient cities.
If you would like to find out more, please contact your local community fundraiser, Georgina, who's happy to discuss the Sri Lanka trek further with you. Email Georgina on email@example.com or call 02920 426068.
Why trek with Marie Curie?
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:
- Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out some of these ideas.
- Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
- Two Marie Curie representatives who will trek the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- A brightly coloured Marie Curie Overseas T-Shirt
- Access to a Facebook Group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
- A 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
The Ultimate Travel Company
This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. Ultimate Travel have over 16 years running pioneering charity challenges including Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. They use the best ground agents, the most experienced trek staff and doctors to ensure you have a safe and memorable challenge.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. If you are not able to sign up right now and would like a paper form, please call us on 0800 716 146 or why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be around 30-40, including people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Most will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
How fit do I have to be?
This is a very strenuous challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure.
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What is not included in the package?
- Registration fee
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Personal spending money
- Single room upgrade
What food and drink will there be?
Clean water is provided throughout the trip.
All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes, along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance about any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
Typhoid, diphtheria, and hepatitis A and B vaccinations are advisable and tetanus should be up to date. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year old coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission, ie if they are travelling from the UK they just need to be up to date on boosters.
We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP regarding travel vaccines.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,500. After tour operating costs, a minimum of £1,970* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. if you would like to pay for the tour operating costs yourself, please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
What will the weather be like?
Sri Lanka may be visited all year round, although some areas are affected by the two different yearly monsoons that it experiences. In Colombo and low-lying areas, the temperatures can be high, but expect more manageable temperatures in the highlands and it may get chilly in the evenings.
What’s the accommodation like?
Comfortable hotels and lodges throughout on a twin/triple sharing, single sex basis.
Passports and visas
Every British passport holder must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before departing the UK. ETA is an official authorisation for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued electronically. You can no longer get a visa on arrival. Passports should have at least one blank page and will need to be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. An updated instruction sheet will be sent to you within four months of departure.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through The Ultimate Travel Company at a cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £2,800 by 31 August 2017. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We depart the UK on our overnight flight to Colombo.
Arrive Colombo - Giritale
From Colombo we transfer to Girtale (approx.175kms) on a scenic drive passing through small villages interspersed with paddy fields, coconut and rubber plantations. Check in to our hotel and we'll enjoy our first Sri Lankan sunset.
Giritale - Ritigala - Kaudulla National Park (safari) - 3hrs trekking
Our challenge begins in the Ritigala mountain range, with a short trek through jungle, passing man-made lakes and into local farmland, with villagers going about their daily life, protecting their plots from wild elephants. We visit an ancient Buddhist monastery before we have lunch in a local restaurant, before entering Kaudulla National Park for our afternoon wildlife safari! The park allows for a fantastic opportunity to see wild elephants at close range, as well as samber deer, leopards and the occasional sloth bear. We'll spend the night at the Giritale Hotel.
Giritale - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Knuckles - 2-3hrs trekking
After breakfast we transfer to Sigirya. We'll hike the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions which has UNESCO World Heritage status. With the afternoon to also explore Dambulla Cave complex, we then transfer to the Knuckles mountain range for our next stage of the trek. We'll sleep at the hotel in Knuckles.
Knuckles Mountain Range - 5-6hrs trekking
We hike through the cloud forest to the Kumbukgolla Village, where we'll meet the village elders and enjoy a cup of tea with Kithul Juggery and learn about the local ancient legends. We continue our trek towards Duwili Ella where we'll have a picnic lunch, with a chance to dip our toes in the crystal clear but chilly water! The area is a haven for wildlife and we should encounter barking deer, deer monkeys and various lizards. The night at a camp in Knuckles
Horton Plains - 4-5hrs trekking
We break camp and drive to Horton Plains National Park, a large plateau over 2,000m high, overlooked by the second and third highest peaks in Sri Lanka. The scenery is beautiful and the best way to explore is on foot! We trek through the rolling grasslands, seeing forest and unusual wildlife, such as the purple faced monkey.
The next two nights are spent at the hotel in Nuwareliya.
Horton Plains - Kirigalpothatha climb - 7-8hrs trekking
A long day today as we head to Mount Kirigalpothatha, and at 2,395m, it's the second highest peak in Sri Lanka. The trail to the summit is arguably the best nature trail in Horton Plains, with endemic birds, large herds of samber deer and incredible plant life. Today is one of the most diverse we'll experience on the whole trip.
We'll then transfer back to our hotel in Nuwareliya for a well earned supper.
Adam's Peak - 6-7hrs trekking
Opportunity to rest today and a chance to enjoy some local tea at a tea plantation before we tackle Adams Peak tonight! We transfer to a guest house late afternoon for dinner and a short rest before we wake up at 11pm to start the trek. We cross the boulder-strewn river at various different points as well as enjoy jungle trails. We continue to climb the steps to Adams Peak which stands at 2,243 metres and has great significance in the local area.
The huge footprint at the summit is believed by Buddhists to be that of Lord Buddha, whilst Christians suggest it was where Adam first set foot on earth and Hindus claim that it belongs to Lord Shiva. As a result the peak has been a pilgrimage for over 100 years.
Whatever it’s religious significance, the famous landmark has some breath-taking views over the hill country at sunrise. We descend back down for breakfast before we transfer the five hours to our beach hotel and a well earned rest. Tonight we'll celebrate our achievements with a special dinner.
Tonight and tomorrow night you'll sleep at the hotel in Hikkaduwa.
A free day to relax on the beach or take some optional tours. An overnight stay in the hotel.
Depart for London
After breakfast, we check out and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.
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