Sri Lanka Trek FAQ!
When is the trip?
The trip will be from 24th to 29th June 2017.
Where will we go and what will we do?
We will be visiting 3 main trek locations – Knuckles Mountain Range, Adam’s Peak, and Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya.
Knuckles Mountain Range will be a 2D1N trek across breathtaking and varying landscapes, from valleys to waterfalls, and even chances to spot various wildlife. Adam’s Peak (or Sri Pada) is a pilgrimage site, and Sri Lanka’s second highest peak. We will be making a sunrise trek up Adam’s Peak to hopefully catch the glorious sunrise and see the mysterious triangular shadow that appears. Finally, we will trek up Pidurangala Rock to see the sleeping buddha statue, as well as admire the gorgeous landscape of Sigiriya from the top.
Besides that, we will be visit the Kelani River for whitewater rafting, the Dambulla Cave Temples, and have some R&R time in Negombo before our flight back.
We promise an adventure in an exotic land, not to be missed!
What is the difficulty rating of the trek?
The trek is a 3.5/5 difficulty rating. While the Knuckles Mountain Range trek is not steep, it involves long hours of trekking (about 5h) per day, hence a decent level of fitness is required. Adam’s Peak will be more challenging as the route is almost completely stepped (2 hours), and may be muddy as well. Participants are strongly encouraged to do proper training [we will organise a session for the trek group to train together 🙂 ]. The climb up Pidurangala Rock comprises both steps and dirt path and is manageable for anyone with a little sense of adventure 😉
How much does the trip cost? What does the cost include?
The trip will cost $900. Rovers members will get a $5 discount.
The cost includes return airfare, transportation, all accommodation, entrance and activity fees, and meals for the duration of the Knuckles Mountain Range trek.
Cost does not include personal expenses such as souvenirs, food, and any activities not specified in the itinerary.
Do note that participants who are not currently NUS students (i.e. alumni or members of the public) will have to purchase their own travel insurance (include personal accident and emergency evacuation coverage). Participants who are current NUS students will be covered under NUS Student Travel Insurance, more information can be found at http://www.nus.edu.sg/finance/docs/summary-of-policy-cover-jan-2017-jun-2018.pdf
Can I purchase my own airfare?
Yes, you can. The price will then be $395, $390 for Rovers members. Please indicate accordingly on the sign up form.
Ensure that you are at Bandaranaike International Airport by 11.30am Sri Lankan time, on 24th June.
Do note that since we are running on a schedule, you are responsible for being punctual. We will not wait for you at the expense of everyone else if you are excessively late to meet up, due to flight delay or otherwise. Alternative meet up arrangements may be made, but NUS Rovers is not liable if you miss any part of the itinerary, nor for anything you may encounter before you first meet us.
What will our accommodation be?
3 nights will be comfortably spent at guest houses (double or triple sharing) and 1 night will be spent on the mountain range (Sky Camp). The last night will be spent on the red eye flight home.
What will our meals be?
You can expect the usual Sri Lankan cuisine of rice and curry to be readily available, but meals can be whatever you find yummm :9
How many participants will be on the trek?
There will be a maximum of 12 participants and 3 committee members joining the trek.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1: Report to Changi Airport at 7.30am, arrive in Colombo, transfer to Hatton
Day 2: Adam’s Peak sunrise trek, whitewater rafting, transfer to Kandy
Day 3: Start Knuckles Trek, camping
Day 4: End Knuckles Trek, transfer to Kandy
Day 5: Transfer to Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock, Dambulla Cave Temple, R&R in Negombo, Bandaranaike International Airport
Day 6: Home Sweet Home at 9am
Will there be a local guide?
We will be accompanied by a local guide for the treks along Knuckles Mountain Range and up Adam’s Peak.
What will the weather be like?
The temperature will be warm (similar to Singapore), but can dip to about 15 degrees and get chilly at night when we are at higher elevations.
Our trip will coincide with the Southwest monsoon period, but the more Central and Northern regions (Knuckles Mountain Range and Pidurangala Rock) will not be largely affected. Adam’s Peak does see a higher possibility of wet weather, but we will hope for the best and make the best of what we get 🙂
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