Expedition Sri Lanka 2018 FAQ
FAQ (Sri Lanka - 4 to 11 August)
1. When is the trek?
It will be a 8D7N trek from 4 August to 11 August 2018. However, the flight is on 3 August. We will meet at Changi Airport at 2130HRS on 3 August and arrive back to Changi Airport at 2105HRS on 11 August.
2. How much is the trip? What does the cost include?
The cost of the trek is $977 (Non-members)/ $930 (Members).
It includes everything from transportations to accommodation and entry ticket to attractions. Do note that meals are not included in the cost.
3. What is the difficulty rating of this trek?
Most treks are about 3-3.5/5. There will be about 2 sunrise/sunset treks and 3 day treks.
The trails are mostly well-paved and there are signages to guide us, so the treks themselves won't be much of a problem. However, we are doing a lot of walking over a few days, so a certain level of fitness and endurance is expected!
4. What are some of the places we are visiting?
1) Pidurangala Rock - about 2km from Sigiriya Lion Rock, it is the best viewing spot of the majestic rock before we embark on the climb. It is also a popular spot for sunrise as you can enjoy 360-degree views of not only the valleys but also Sigiriya Rock. This trek will take about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
2) Sigiriya Lion Rock - probably one of the most famous attractions of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya Lion Rock is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Expect to immerse in the rich history and culture of the country as you climb the steps to the top. Expect to spend the entire afternoon here as it will be crowded and it will take about 3-4 hours.
3) Little Adam's Peak - Named after it's big brother Adam's Peak because of it's similar shape, Little Adam's Peak is a short trek near Ella town. We will be climbing this to see the sunset and it is expected to take about an hour and a half.
4) Ella Rock - Ella Rock is a famous cliff and its trail offers stunning views across the hill country and the plains. It will be one of the more strenuous treks in our trip. Expect to take about 4 hours in total and we will walk an approximate distance of about 8 km.
5) Lipton's Seat - Probably one of the more underrated and undiscovered locations in Sri Lanka, Lipton's Seat offers an amazing view of the tea plantations and the plains across the town of Haputale. We will be driving up to the location and then descending down by foot so that we can immerse in the nature of Sri Lanka. The descent will take about 2 hours.
Aside from the treks above, we will also be visiting Dambulla Cave Temple in Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and various tea plantations/factories to immerse ourselves in the Sri Lankan culture. We will also experience a jeep safari tour at Udawalawe National Park to look at wildlife and also do whitewater rafting at Kitulgala.
5. What is the brief itinerary?
Meet at Changi Airport at night
Changi Airport (SIN) -> Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport in the early morning
Meet with private driver, transfer to Dambulla. Sleep on the bus
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Accommodation at Dambulla
Transfer to Sigiriya for Sigiriya Lion Rock
Visit Pidurangala Rock
Transfer to Kandy, visit Temple of the Tooth and R&R for the rest of the day
Accommodation at Kandy
Scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella
Little Adam’s Peak sunset trek
Accommodation at Ella
Ella Rock trek
Visit Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Ravana Falls, tea plantation
Bus up to Lipton’s Seat for morning view, trek down
Visit tea factory
Transfer to Udawalawe National Park
Accommodation at Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park safari jeep
Travel from Udawalawe National Park to Kitulgala
Accommodation at Kitulgala
Whitewater rafting at Kitulgala
Wash up at Kitulgala
Transfer from Kitulgala to Colombo
R&R in Colombo
Half day R&R in Colombo
Back to Singapore
6. What about meals throughout the day?
Breakfasts will only be provided at 3 accommodations for 5 days. For the rest of the days, breakfast will not be provided. The participants are required to pay for the rest of their meals.
7. Where will we spend our nights?
We will spend our nights in hostels and hotels.
8. Will there be a local guide?
There will be a local Singaporean (NUS Rovers) guide aka our trek IC.
Don't worry! Most of the trails are famous among both locals and tourists and are well-paved with plenty of signages to guide us along. We will also be accompanied by our private driver who can give us advice and tips!
9. How many participants will be on this trek?
We have 5 committee members and can bring a maximum of 11 participants on the trek.
10. What about inclement weather?
Decisions will be made on the ground with the guide to see whether it is safe to continue. If it is of course we would go for it! But remember safety first!! In the event of rain, please be prepared to waterproof your gear and yourself. We will continue the trek and adjust accordingly if it is not too dangerous.
11. Do I have to purchase my own insurance?
For current NUS Students, insurance will be covered by NUS Insurance Policy. For non-NUS students, you are required to purchase your own insurance for the trek.
12. Do I have to purchase my own visa?
Yes, unless you are from Singapore, Maldives or Seychelles.
13. This sounds AWESOME! I’m ready! Where do I sign up?
For NUS students, do head on to NUSync to sign up for the trip.
For non-NUS students, do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to sign up for the trip.
14. I have more questions, who can I contact?
Feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com should you have any queries.