UK – Siem Reap
Travel to Cambodia
On day one your adventure begins. You'll meet the group at the airport and take an overnight flight to the land of infectious smiles, Cambodia.
We'll arrive in Siem Reap on day two. You'll be welcomed and transferred to our first hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the town that is known as the 'gateway to Angkor', and the early temples of the Roluos Group.
This evening we have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where we'll meet our guides and get a full briefing of the exciting challenge ahead of us. We stay overnight in Siem Reap.
Siam Reap – Wat Preash Bat Bun Tham
16km, 5-6 hours trekking
After an early breakfast, we transfer to our starting point for today's trek. Heading south-east across green rice paddies and farmland, we pass through rural villages along the way.
We stop at a local village for lunch before continuing on through rice fields before reaching a pagoda and finishing for the day. We will be transferred to our campsite for the night where our cook will prepare us a delicious Cambodian meal.
We camp overnight in Wat Preash Bat Bun Tham.
Wat Preash Bat Bun Tham – Svay Leu
20km 7-8 hours trekking
We start the morning trekking towards Kulen Mountain. We once again trek through breathtaking rice fields with fabulous views of Phnom Keulen in the distance. We trek along cow cart tracks winding our way towards Beoung Mealea and the fascinating ruins of the temple there.
From here it's a short transfer to our campsite in Svay Leu.
Svay Leu - Kulen Mountain
19km, 7-8 hours trekking
Today starts with a challenging trek to the top of Kulen Mountain (487m), which is Cambodia's sacred mountain. It played a significant role in the history of the Khmer empire, as it was from here in AD 802 that Jayavarman II proclaimed himself a devaraja (god-king), giving birth to the Cambodian kingdom. The mountain forms a high plateua with stunning views of the forest and fields below. We head west across the mountain along varied tracks before stopping for lunch in Anlong Thom.
We continue on after lunch to view the Big Buddha overlooking the central plain. A short trek from here is a picturesque waterfall feautured in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and also our campsite for the night.
Kulen Mountain - School
20km, 7 hours trekking
We set off after breakfast on a little used trail, heading south east on a small jungle route down the mountain. Once back on the flat plains, our trek is on a sandy, muddy track until we reach our evening campsite. Tonight is our last night camping, and we enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.
School – Angkor Wat – UK
10-12 km, 2-3 hours trekking, travel to UK
We wake up to our final morning of trekking on day 7, which is shorter than the rest as we make our way to the iconic Angkor Wat. We reach the Angkor temples at Prasat Ta Som before transferring to Angkor Wat in local tuk tuks. On reaching Angkor Wat, we climb the steep narrow steps of the central spire for an unparalleled view of the complex. We are free to explore the temple until sunset when we will return to our hotel, where a hot shower awaits us.
This evening celebrate all of our achievements over the past week at a special celebration dinner. We stay overnight in Siam Reap.
On day 8 we have some free time in Siem Reap before saying goodbye to this amazing country, and are transferred to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.
How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.
£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.
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. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you're not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I have to be?
All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you'll enjoy the adventure. We'll walk approximately 12-14 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We'll send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
-Tips and gratuities
-Personal spending money.
What will we eat and drink?
All meals on the trek will be prepared by our cook and the team. Meals will be made up of rice, soups, noodles, some chicken or fish and always fresh fruit. You'll be provided with drinking water throughout the trek and fresh fruit snacks. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
As a guide Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid are advisable, and vaccinations recommened for life in Britain should be up to date. This is a guide only, and we recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP or local travel clinic.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You'll 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 trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,450. A minimum of £2,330* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
What will the weather be like?
Dry season in Cambodia runs starts in mid October. Average temperature during the day will be 24°C, and the nights will be mostly warm. You can expect rain at any time of the year, and weather can be unpredictable so be prepared for all conditions.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders will require a visa to enter Cambodia which must be obtained prior to departure. You can obtain an E-Visa prior to arrival and we will send you more information on this nearer the time.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £2,760 by 19 July 2019. The remainder of the sponsorship is due four weeks after you return from the event.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at an additional cost and subject to availability.
This challenge is organised through World Expeditions. World Expeditions has been pioneering trips since 1975. Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach.