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Madagascar Trek 2024

12th Oct 2024 - 23rd Oct 2024

13 days/Madagascar /Moderate to Challenging

Overview

Join us as we explore the towering mountains, verdant grasslands and exotic rainforests of the incredible island of Madagascar.

This 12-day trip will give you ample opportunity to discover the delights of this island nation as you spend 5 days trekking through the Andringitra National Park.

We will attempt to summit the island’s second highest peak Pic Boby and neighbouring Chameleon Peak for some spectacular views over the Tsaranoro Valley.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the endangered lemurs, reptiles and a host of other creatures endemic to the region along the way.

You will spend the final day visiting Andasibe National Park, which is home to a variety of species of lemur.  You will meet with Maromizaha Project and hear from their team about the work being taken to protect the endangered lemurs, and other animals, in the area.  You will enjoy a nocturnal visit to the park, with a chance to try and spot the rare indri.

This trip is rated as moderate to challenging for someone of good fitness levels. You will be trekking for 5 consecutive days, over varying and sometimes challenging terrain. You will cover approximately 15-20km per day but this will take around 6 – 8 hours.

You will be accompanied by first aid trained English-speaking guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking, culture and nature in the region. You will also be accompanied by a team of local support staff, a Different Travel Company UK tour manager and a Cats Protection representative.

You must be aged at least 18 to participate unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are aged 16 or 17 years old if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian–please contact us for advice. There is no upper age limit.

An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new.

You are strongly advised to train to a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s walk. The distances covered may not be great but you must be prepared for, and be capable of, trekking for many hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a daypack of around 6-8kg in weight. If you attempt to complete the trek without training, it will be unnecessarily challenging and will hinder your experience, and the experience of your teammates.

The hotels in Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Ambalavao are basic but comfortable.

During the trek you will be staying in three-man tents (two to a tent). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag. You will also be spending 2 nights at a lodge at Tsara Camp and one night at a lodge in Andasibe.

The camping facilities and lodge at Tsara Camp are very basic with simple facilities.

The hotels and lodge at Andasibe will have en-suite facilities with western style flushing toilets and hot showers. At camp there is a private toilet in a privacy tent. Toilet paper is not provided so you will need to bring your own.

If you need to use the toilet during the trek day you must find a private area off the trail. You must never leave used toilet paper on the ground; this must be packed up into a nappy bag or sanitary disposal bag, pop it in your daypack and dispose of it properly at camp.

There will be basic washing facilities at camp including a shower in a privacy tent. Please bring a pack of baby wipes to keep as clean as possible.

The undulating terrain you will be walking across will be a mixture from grassy bush paths to rocky, dry mountain tracks.

The maximum expected daytime temperature in October is around 27°C, dropping down to 12°C at night. The climate is very humid and intermittent downpours are possible so you are advised to bring good waterproofs and warm layers for evenings.

Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate for this time of year; climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience conditions during the trip which are uncharacteristic and out of our control. If unexpected climate conditions occur the guides will make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

The altitude you experience on this trek is up to 2,658m which is slightly under the threshold that is considered high altitude (3000m). However there is a possibility that some people may notice altitude related symptoms.

The local guides are very experienced in spotting signs of altitude sickness but it is important that you also research the effects so you can be aware of how your body is adjusting.

A great source of information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Altitude-sickness/Pages/Introduction.aspx or http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm.

The tour manager for this trip is …

JaneJane Longworth

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 12 October 2024):

London – Antananarivo
Fly from London to Antananarivo and transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay.  This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Meals: Dinner (subject to arrival time)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 (Sunday 13 October 2024):

Antananarivo – Antsirabe
We will set off on a five hour drive to Antsirabe today. We will stop for lunch in the charming small city of Ambatolampy enroute. We will enjoy a short city tour on arrival.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 (Monday 14 October 2024):

Antsirabe – Ambalayo
Our journey continues as we head to Ambalaya – the gateway to the South. The drive will be approximately 7 hours but we will be stopping at Ambositra, famed for its handicrafts, on the way. Tonight you will meet your trek guides for a briefing about the days ahead.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 (Tuesday 15 October 2024):

Ambalayo – Namoly – Antantsoa
It’s an early start as we head to Namoly (approx. 3 hours’ drive) and the starting point of our trek. Keep your eyes peeled for our first lemurs as we walk to our first campsite at Antantsoa. The route will also take us past some stunning natural rock pools.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 5 (Wednesday 16 October 2024):

Antantsoa – Andriampotsy
Expect a tough day today as we head uphill to our next camp at around 2,100m above sea level.  We will stop to visit some caves on the way and may even get the chance for a relaxing dip in a natural pool.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 6 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 6 (Thursday 17 October 2024):

Andriampotsy – Pic Boby – Iantaranomby
Another early start this morning as we attempt to summit Boby Peak (2,658m). The climb will take around 2.5 hours but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the valley below. The descent back to camp will be around 2 hours where you will be welcomed with a hearty lunch. This afternoon we will continue trekking for another 4 hours to reach our final campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 8 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 7 (Friday 18 October 2024):

Iantaranomomby – Tsaranoro – Tsara
We continue downhill for around 4 hours this morning to reach Tsaranono in the ‘Dream Valley’.
This afternoon we head into the forest, hoping to see more lemurs and other creatures endemic to the region. Tonight we will be staying in a basic lodge at Tsara.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 6 hours
Overnight: Basic lodge

Day 8 (Saturday 19 October 2024):

Tsara – Chameleon Peak
We will summit another mountain today Chameleon Peak.
The climb will take around 4 hours to the top where you will be treated to spectacular views over the Tsaranoro Valey. We will stop for a picnic lunch before heading back down to the lodge at Tsara.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx. 6 hours
Overnight: Basic lodge

Day 9 (Sunday 20 October 2024):

Tsaranoro – Fianrantsoa
After breakfast we will rejoin our vehicle to drive approx. 4 hours to the old royal city with a colonial past of Fianrantsoa. We will spend some time this afternoon exploring both the ancient and modern sides of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: hotel

Day 10 (Monday 21 October 2024):

Fianrantsoa – Antananarivo
It’s a long day on the road today as we head back north to the capital Antananarivo.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: hotel

Day 11 (Tuesday 22 October 2024):

Antananarivo – Andasibe
Our final day in Madagascar is spent visiting Andasibe National Park, home to a variety of species of lemur. Here we will meet with Maromizaha Project and hear from their team about the work being taken to protect the endangered lemurs, and other animals, in the area. We will enjoy a nocturnal visit to the park, a chance to try and spot the rare indri, and stay overnight in the park where we will also have our celebratory meal.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: lodge

Day 12 (Wednesday 23 October 2024):

Andasibe – Antananarivo – London
Depending on flight tines there may be a chance for a further foray into the Nationla Park before transferring to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

 

N.B. We will do our best to keep to this itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

 

 

 

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £370

and

Self-funded: £2,055 trip costs + £220 airport taxes (invoice payable immediately) 

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs* (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. You are then invited to raise as much as possible for a charity of your choice.

 

*Please note trip costs are based on the final group size and are subject to change.

 

 

What's included

  • Return flights from London
  • All transfers and transport in Madagascar
  • All accommodation (2/3 star hotel in Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Ambalavao; tents on the trek, basic lodge at Tsara Camp and lodge at Andasibe)
  • All meals as specified
  • Drinking water
  • Local trekking guides and support crew
  • Trekking permits and entrance fees
  • Different Travel tour manager

What's not included

  • Visa (current cost €35 on arrival)
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, snacks, showers, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £50-60 per person)
  • Trek kit and equipment

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