Experience the satisfaction of pushing your physical limits to complete a challenging trek!

Most destinations offer students the chance to complete a substantial main trekking phase. Importantly, the team chooses the level of challenge and interest provided by each trek to match their own objectives.

There are usually several levels to choose from in each destination, with some treks offering support ranging from guides, porters and mules to catering teams. There are also opportunities to trek through different terrains such as jungle, desert and at high altitude. Physical fitness and mental stamina are tested in this phase, so it is important that everyone takes fitness training seriously before setting off on expedition. This phase aims to build teamwork and leadership in the face of challenging physical activity and unfamiliar environments.

HOW DOES THE TREKKING PHASE WORK?

Experience the thrill of trekking through some of the world’s most incredible environments from mountains and jungles to deserts and coastlines. Treks typically last between 4-7 days and present an amazing opportunity to spend time exploring the local region. Depending on your trek, you may also learn about desert or jungle survival skills, discover local village ways of life with your guide or learn about natural habitats and wildlife.

TYPES OF TREKKING

From a range of options, the team chooses a trek, taking into consideration:

  • The level of physical challenge they want from the main trek.
  • The amount of support on the trek, e.g. porters, mules, guides, cooks.
  • The terrain of the main trek, e.g. mountains, jungle, flat plains, gorges, peaks/summits.
  • The duration of the trek.

Typical main trek duration: 5-7 days

There are a huge variety of school treks to choose from and each destination has its own unique offering.

Below are some of the different types of treks on offer on our destinations:

High-Altitude Trekking

If you fancy the challenge of ascending above 3,000 metres, or even attempting to summit a peak, we have a range of challenging treks taking you up to high altitude. Here, good communication and teamwork is essential as you move at a slow and determined pace to make sure everyone gets the best possible chance of making it through this tough environment. The panoramic views of the landscape and sense of team accomplishments at altitude are well worth the effort.

Destinations featuring high-altitude trekking include North India, Tanzania, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nepal.

Jungle Trekking

Sights, sounds and smells bombard your senses on the immersive adventure of a jungle trek. It feels surreal to stand amidst all the noises of nature and see a habitat so packed with plant and insect life. We have a variety of treks ranging from just sampling a rainforest environment through to fully immersive trekking experiences where you learn survival skills and how to put up and sleep in your own hammocks. This is a unique opportunity to experience a very different world.

Destinations featuring jungle trekking include Borneo, Ecuador, Cambodia and Thailand.

Horseback Trekking

If you’d like to get in the saddle and learn a new skill, we have a few opportunities for you to try your hand at horse trekking. We don’t recommend spending more than a few days on horseback, as saddles in our destinations probably aren’t as comfortable as they are here. That said, it’s a pretty unique way to travel through some stunning scenery, all viewed from a higher perch. If you are keen, we’d recommend you try and get in the saddle before you head out – best to be prepared!

Destinations featuring horseback trekking include South Africa & Lesotho, and Mongolia.

Longer or Shorter Treks

If a substantial trekking phase is one of your main objectives, embrace one of our longer treks where you will set off with a full support crew, including guides and porters to tackle up to 14-days in the remote Himalayas. Alternatively, if your team would like to tackle a series of short treks, a destination such as Madagascar may be ideal. Either way, you will need to consider whether you want to do a journey from A to B, a circular route or smaller treks coming back to a hub each night.

Shorter trek destinations include Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and longer trek destinations North India and Nepal.

MAKING SURE STUDENTS ARE WELL PREPARED & SAFE

Our 24-hour Operations Centre is on hand around the clock to offer unrivalled support to all of our expedition teams. Every group is accompanied by a trained and experienced World Challenge Expedition Leader, who makes sure the expedition runs smoothly and safely, supported by one of our In-Country Agents – a local expert.

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  • Over 25 years’ experience of creating school expeditions
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