CAMBODIA – Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Trek and Homestay, Discover the Holy Mountain 2D1N or 3D2N

A two-day trek or three day trek , deep into the forests around the holy mountain Kulen, is an astonishingly beautiful way to discover the ancient Khmer capital, where the majestic Angkor empire began.

Theme

Art & Culture, Sustainable

Country - City

Cambodia - Siem Reap

Level of difficulties

LEVEL 2

Price level

$$$$

Seasonality

All year long. Best period from November to March and from July to August. To avoid April, May, September & October.

Max number of person(s)

12

Market segment

Arrival City

Siem Reap

Departure city

Siem Reap

Number day and night

2 days - 1 night or 3 days - 2 nights

Day by day description

DAY 1: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Trek

In the morning, around 7:00, guests will travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen, the largest forested area in the Siem Reap province. After only 5 kilometers of driving, travelers will already find themselves in the middle of the Cambodian countryside, passing through rural villages, endless rice fields, and coconut trees.
Arriving at the National Park checkpoint, located at the foot of Kulen Mountain, the group will stop to show the tickets and proceed along the road to reach the starting point. There, the local ranger will meet everyone, along with our professional guide, both of whom will accompany the travelers over the course of the 2-day trek. After a short briefing, everyone will set out, first reaching The River of 1000 Lingas. It’s hard not to stand in awe at the carvings located around the river, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, as well as the golden Reclining Buddha situated at Preah Ang Thom. After visiting these classic sites, a refreshing stop at the Phnom Kulen Waterfall will give everyone a chance to refresh themselves.
After a rousing dip in the Falls, guests will plunge deep into the forest to spot some Cambodian wildlife. By the afternoon, travelers will reach a peaceful lunch area along a small river, where they’ll help the guide and the ranger to set up the picnic, and dine on some well-earned food, surrounded by natural splendor.
After lunch and a rest along the river, the trek continues on, ending at the local homestay – the night’s accommodation.
Accommodation: Home-stay  Phnom Kulen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level: 2
Distance & duration of hiking: 12 kilometers – 3 hours (Excluding site visits)
Total Elevation Gain: 253 meters ascent / 212 meters descent
Starting point / Ending point elevation: + 322 meters / + 372 meters
Terrain: mainly jungle trails, through forest
Transportation: full-day vehicle support – 50 kilometers – 1 hour 30 minutes (From hotel to starting point) – Emergency vehicle available (Motorbike taxi – possible to access in most of the areas)
Note: flexible trails, possible to reduce the kilometers trekking

DAY 2: Phnom Kulen Trek, the loop – Siem Reap or Phnom Kulen trek Loop

Waking up in the early morning, everyone will surely enjoy the fresh, tranquil atmosphere of the local village, hedged in by palm and coconut trees. After a delicious local breakfast cooked by the family, the second day of trekking starts by taking on the Phnom Kulen plateau.
Climbing along a diverse mix of trails, starting with a jungle trail through the forest, the paths will take trekkers by some hidden temples dated to the 10th century, as well as some of cashew nut plantations managed by local villagers.
Today’s highlight is surely the famous Sra Damrei site, which houses a holy Elephant statue and shrine, carved in sandstone, representing the mountain’s guardian. This site is very important for Cambodian people, who travel from all over the country to visit and pray.
Continuing to make headway through the forest, a pagoda will serve as a serene dining spot, where guests will have another scrumptious, local lunch and a short rest before continuing the hike, visiting some other archaeological beautiful sites along the trail. Being sure to stop at the impressive Phnom Tbal, history and architecture buffs will love the stone carvings representing Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu gods. Prasat Rong Chen, a small pyramid temple, is, by far, one of the most important sites of the area: Jayavarman II announced his growing empire’s independence from Java and declared himself King of the Khmer Empire.
Today’s tour will end at the previous night’s homestay. After bidding farewell to the local family, guests will take a van to Siem Reap, leaving the National Park from the opposite end.

Accommodation: Hotel Siem Reap
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,
Level: 3
Distance & duration of hiking: 20 kilometers – 5 hours (Excluding site visits)
Total Elevation Gain: 412 meters ascent / 315 meters descent
Starting point / Ending point elevation: + 372 meters / + 372 meters
Terrain: mix of trails, crossing a local village, plantations, forest and the rocky plateau
Transportation: full day vehicle support – 22 kilometers – 40 minutes (From ending to homestay) – Emergency vehicle available (Motorbike taxi – possible to access in most of the area)
Note: flexible trails, possible to reduce the kilometers trekking

DAY 3: Phnom Kulen – Siem Reap

Wake up in the morning and enjoy a home-made breakfast by the local family. After saying your farewells, travel by van to Siem Reap, leaving the national park from the entrance opposite to the one from which you entered.

Meals: Breakfast

Selling points

  • To offer intermediate level trek in Kulen National Park
  • To learn how the Khmer Empire began by visiting some important archaeological sites
  • To cross the Phnom Kulen plateau along 32 kilometers of jungle trails
  • To visit exotic waterfalls and learn about Cambodian flora and fauna
  • Overnight in a homestay; hosted by a friendly local family

Extensions

  • One night more on the Homestay in Phnom Kulen – then day after back to REP, or visit Beng Melaea or travel to Preah Vihear
  • Extension one night more in Beng Mealea Homestay,
  • Extension Siem Reap combining with other hiking day tours around Angkor Archaeological Park

Selling points

  • Easia Active Signature product
  • Perfect destination and product for Active travelers; a mix of contact with nature, local community, learning experiences, and challenges.
  • Intermediate trek module, with medium elevation (less than 500 meters). 1 Day is soft at just 12 kilometers, while the 2-day trek is more challenging at 20 kilometers.
  • Flexible module, possible to make it shorter by extending the vehicle transportation. easy to adapt to all type of travelers (1D – 8km; 2D – possible to do 12-15km)
  • Trek in Kulen National park, supported by Easia Active expert guide and a local ranger
  • Visit off-the-beaten-path locales, trekking through wild jungle trails
  • Experience a ride on the local Cambodian tractor
  • Full-day emergency vehicle available – motorbike taxi able to access all areas on the trek
  • Overnight in a local homestay; meeting the charming Cambodian family
  • Possible to extend the module to 3D/2N – adding 1 night more at the same homestay. More relaxing time on exploring the village and learning about the community

Pros

  • Easia Active Signature product
  • Easia Active guide and local ranger following the group
  • Private homestay – only for our client when we book
  • Vehicle support available during the 2-day trek – motorbike taxi and Easia vehicle
  • Flexible module, possible to reduce the number of trekking kilometers
  • Flexible module, possible to extend 1 night more in the homestay (please check ERP and program text)
  • Visit less-frequented areas, away from the tourist crowd
  • Clean homestay, and a very friendly, welcoming family
  • Easy to reach, only 65 kilometers from Siem Reap

Cons

  • Homestay provides only shared rooms; guests need to share a room and 2 toilets
  • Basic toilets, no shower, no hot water
  • Limited choice of restaurants and accommodation
  • Limited choice of guide languages – almost only French and English-speaking guides available (please consult Operation before confirming the product)
  • Not much wildlife to see along the trails

TIME AND TRANSPORTATION

FROM TO KM BY DURATION ROOD CONDITION
Siem Reap Kulen Mountain starting point, Day 1 65 Car or Van  1 hr 45 min Good
Kulen Mountain ending point, Day 2 Siem Reap 75 Car or Van  2 hours Good

 

Notes

MAP OF THE MODULE: link (please dont share it with the guest)

INFORMATION TO COLLECT FROM THE CLIENT 

  • Understand the client and guests’ needs and expectations before proposing an itinerary
  • Request information from clients and fill the Information Active Participants file: Name and surname, hiking level, any specific allergies, insurance details.

INFORMATION ABOUT TREKKING MODULE

  • Easia Active guide + 1 Local ranger escort the group
  • Flexible module, possible to reduce the trekking daily kilometers, extending vehicle transfer – adaptable to beginner and sportive travelers
  • Support vehicle available during the 2 days trek – motorbike taxi able to access everywhere, vehicle easy to meet groups in strategic points
  • Max elevation gain – less than 500 meters per day.
  • First day
    • soft trek 12 km, positive elevation less than 300m, – first part sightseeing + 5km in the morning before lunch
    • Lunch on the first day will be along the way, lunch box or picnic set up – lunch spot along the river
    • After lunch 7 km to homestay, with possibility to get the local tractor
    • Dinner at the homestay – please inform if any specific diet
  • Second day a bit more challenging 20km, positive elevation less than 500m –
    • First part 12 km, visit remote temples, Damrei, bat cave, pagoda
    • Lunch at the pagoda (cooked by local family, simple picnic)
    • Last part 8km, visit other historical sites
    • transfer by local tractor to homestay, refreshment drink,t
    • then travel back to siem reap or beng mealea homestay

TO COMBINE WITH 

  • Day before – visit Kompong Khlean floating village, overnight Beng Mealea
  • Day before or after – hiking or cycling day tour in Siem Reap
  • Day before – arriving from Preah Vihear, sleep in Beng Mealea homestay or Siem Reap

WHAT TO BRING:

  • The big luggage will be kept on the van or 25 seat bus
  • Small back pack to carry water and camera during the trek
  • Trekking shoes, sun protection, hut, mosquito repellent, reusable water bottles, swim suits in case of traveler want to swim in the water fall or river,
  • Long pants, rain jacket in case of unexpected rain

ACCOMMODATIONS 

  • Homestay – max capacity 12 pax
  • Only sharing room but private
  • 2 toilets available, with no shower and no hot water
  • Dinner cooked by the family on the first day
  • Breakfast cooked by the family, second day
  • Lunch box prepared by the local family on the second day
  • we have other 2 homestay in the same village – please check with Production

SEASONALITY DETAILS

  • From November to beginning of March is the perfect time with pleasant temperature and nice landscape.
  • In April and May, the weather is very hot. Possible but very challenging
  • June to August is the green season, with some rain during the early morning and/or late afternoon, but boasting beautiful and lush, green landscapes.
  • Avoid September and October due to the heavy rain, the trail is muddy and difficult to access

SNACK PACKAGES

  • Local Snacks – (local fruits, snacks, and drinks)

ERP GUIDELINES:

  • Please check the ERP sample module: 190225120351 – ACTIVE – Phnom Kulen Trek Homestay 2D/1N
  • Please check the ERP sample module: 191129054317 ACTIVE – Standard logistic – Phnom Kulen Trek with Homestay – 3D2N – ENG

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Validation date

17/03/2020

Number of PAX

12

Important notes

MAP OF THE MODULE – link google map

  • Day 1: SIem Reap – Phnom Kulen – Anglon Thom village
    • Early morning transfer from Siem Reap is very important – leave max at 07:00
    • Starting point 1000 lingas – meeting with Ranger
    • Visit waterfal and then reclining budha – after walk in the jungle for 5 km before lunch
    • Lunch along the way – picnic box coming from restaurant Phnom Kulen – The lunch box will be carried by the restaurant supplier in Kulen and will organize the set up – the lunch will be at the camp site location, along the river, the van can access there.
    • Arrival at the camp site around 12:30 – lunch, rest (about 5 km walking)
    • After lunch, keep walking for other 6/7 km to arrive at the homestay around 16:00 (total 12 km)
    • Possible to go by Van or local tractor
    • Dinner homestay
  • Day 2: Phnom Kulen Loop – Siem Reap
    • Early breakfast at the homestay – leave at 08:00
    • challenging day 20km – carry 2 liters of water each pax
    • First part
      • 12 kilometer to the pagoda (visiting temples Damrei, bat cave)
      • Lunch at the pagoda – lunch box prepared by family – the van can carry the lunch box – (avoid plastic) –
      • possibility to reduce the trekking, van can access at the pagoda
    • Second part 8km, last part transfer by Goyun to the homestay
    • Refreshment drink, pack the bag and leave to Siem Reap or Beng Mealea

ACTIVE SUPPLIER 

  • book local ranger Phnom Kulen
  • contact the Homestay in Phnom Kulen and ask always to privatize the house for our groups
  • Picnic lunch box first day from restaurant Phnom Kulen or from Siem Reap
  • Picnic lunch box second day – book from homestay

TRANSPORTATION

  • Use regular transportation supplier
  • Give to the guide the number of the motorbike taxi or Guyun, in case of emergency

ACTIVE GUIDE

  • Use Active Guide Database and contact Active team before booking a Cycling guide
  • Always remember to give the ACTIVE First aid kit to the Guide
  • Clearly explain to the Guides the client’s profile and the guests’ expectations
  • Guide must be prepare to explain the flora and fauna of the area, and its archaeological sites
  • Ask the guide to stop and try some local snacks along the way, which is important to allow guests to experience local life and Cambodian traditions

ADVENTURE SERVICES

  • Snack package: includes water (3 liters per person per day) and snacks – Two type of Snacks – (Guide in charge of buying them):
    • Locals snacks (fruits, rice banana cake, etc.) or
    • European snacks with granola/chocolate bars and Royal D.
  • Active First aid kit – Operation Team must give to the guide
  • Special Active catering equipment (towel, tables, chairs, cutlery, etc) – when we have a picnic lunch during an active program, Operation must give the catering equipment to the driver and the guide

SPECIAL GUIDE NOTES

  • Have to study the tour very well together with Operation and Production. Link to the map
  • Provide the guide with all the necessary emergency phone number
    • Local ranger
    • Local ranger station
    • homestay family
    •  Motorbike taxi + local tractor supplier
  • Guide must do the briefing everyday before starting cycling – he needs to announce:
    • Distance and duration of the trekking day
    • Where will they go, what they will visit, and points of interest
    • Type of terrain
    • Share some local insight and information about the locations, sites, and culture before departure
    • Should give information about the code of conduct, how to behave in a destination by respecting the environment and locals
    • Trekking guide must be flexible on the spot: Adapt the speed and the length of the trails to the needs of the guests
  • Should have lunch together with the Active guests
  • Guide must stop and allow the guests to try some local snacks along the way; important to make guests experience the local life and traditions of the country
  • Guide must interact with the Local ranger and share all the information to the travelers

Contact

RANGER PHNOM KULEN

Mr. Yon Tony, Local Coordinator – Khmer/English Speaker – H/P: (855) 12 61 27 90 (Email: [email protected]). He more specialize bout forest,
Mr. Pum, MoE Ranger – Khmer Speaker – H/P: (855) 95 61 74 47 (He helped and went with us during the first inspection)
Mr. Ron Rearn (CPA Ranger) – Khmer Speaker – H/P: (855) 81 61 02 69
HOMESTAY PHNOM KULEN:  Mr.Kun Tel: 017 370 258
MOTORBIKE TAXI / LOCAL TRACTOR FOR EMERGENCY
NEAREST HOSPITAL/PHARMACY:

  • There is only one health care center in Anlong Thom Village
  • In case of serious injuries transfer back to Siem Reap

Special information

  • To experience this Module the travelers must have an intermediate physical level. They must have experience on hiking.
  • Children of 14 to 16 years old can participate – children with good physical level
  • The trail could be muddy and slippery in some areas after rain

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CAMBODIA – Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Trek & Homestay, discover the holy mountain 2D/1N or 3D/2n
SUB-BRAND : Active – Thematic Leisure – Groups
THEME: Art & Culture | Sustainable
SEGMENT: FIT – Small Group
REFERENCE : CA-W-SIEMREAP-AGL-19-MO-$$$$

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English

Phnom Kulen Trek & Homestay, discover the holy mountain 2D/1N or 3D/2N

DAY 1: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Trek
In the morning, around 7:00, travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen, the largest forested area in the Siem Reap province. After only 5 kilometers of driving, you will already be right in the middle of the Cambodian countryside, passing through rural villages, endless rice fields, and coconut trees. Welcome to the wilds of Cambodia!
Upon arriving at the National Park checkpoint, located at the foot of Kulen Mountain, we’ll stop to show our tickets and proceed along the road to reach our starting point. There, the local ranger, along with our professional guide, will greet you, both of whom will accompany you over the course of the 2-day trek. After a short briefing, head out into the jungle, first coming upon The River of 1000 Lingas. Here, it’s hard not to marvel at the carvings located around the river, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, not to mention the golden Reclining Buddha, situated at Preah Ang Thom. After visiting these main sites, stop at the Phnom Kulen Waterfall, and, if you’d like, refresh yourself with a nice swim.
After some rejuvenation and rest, embark on a single trail plunging, into the deep forest and indulge in the natural surroundings, trying to spot some of the Cambodian wildlife. By the afternoon, you’ll reach your lunch stop located along a small river – help the guide and the ranger to set up the picnic, and dine on some well-earned food, surrounded by peaceful, natural splendor.
After lunch, take a rest for a while along the river, then continue the trek, ending at the local homestay – your accommodation for tonight.
Accommodation: Local Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Level: 2
Distance & duration of hiking: 12 kilometers – 3 hours (Excluding site visits)
Total Elevation Gain: + 253 meters / – 212 meters
Starting point / Ending point elevation: + 322 meters / + 372 meters
Terrain: mainly jungle trails, through forest
Transportation: full-day vehicle support – 50 kilometers – 1 hour 20 minutes (From hotel to starting point) – Emergency vehicle available (Motorbike taxi – possible to access in most of the areas)
Note: flexible trails, possible to reduce the kilometers trekking

DAY 2: Phnom Kulen Trek, the loop – Siem Reap or Phnom Kulen trek Loop
Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the fresh, tranquil atmosphere of the local village, hedged in by palm and coconut trees. After a delicious local breakfast cooked by the family, start your second day of trekking by taking on the Phnom Kulen plateau.
Today, you will hike along a diverse mix of trails, starting with a jungle trail through the forest, which takes you by some hidden temples dated to the 10th century, as well as some of cashew nut plantations managed by local villagers.
Today’s highlight is surely the famous Sra Damrei site, which houses a holy Elephant statue and shrine, carved in sandstone, representing the mountain’s guardian. This site is very important for Cambodian people, who travel from all over the country to visit and pray.
Continue making your way through the forest until you reach a pagoda, where you will have another scrumptious local lunch and a short rest before continuing the hike, visiting some other archaeological beautiful sites along the trail. Make sure to stop at the impressive Phnom Tbal, which sports stone carvings representing Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu gods. Also in the area is Prasat Rong Chen, a small pyramid temple but definitely one of the most important places you’ll see all day: you’ll be standing on the site where Jayavarman II announced independence from Java and declared himself King of the entire Khmer Empire.
Today’s tour will end at the homestay where you started. After bidding farewell to the local family, travel by van to Siem Reap, leaving the National Park from the opposite side from where you entered.

Accommodation: Hotel Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Level: 3
Distance & duration of hiking: 20 kilometers – 5 hours (Excluding site visits)
Total Elevation Gain: + 412 meters / – 315 meters
Starting point / Ending point elevation: + 372 meters / + 372 meters
Terrain: mix of trails, crossing a local village, plantations, forest and the rocky plateau
Transportation: full day vehicle support – 22 kilometers – 40 minutes (From ending to homestay) – Emergency vehicle available (Motorbike taxi – possible to access in most of the area)
Note: flexible trails, possible to reduce the kilometers trekking

DAY 3: Phnom Kulen – Siem Reap

Wake up in the morning and enjoy a home-made breakfast by the local family. After saying your farewells, travel by van to Siem Reap, leaving the national park from the entrance opposite to the one from which you entered.

French

Découverte de la Montagne Sacrée : Randonnée à Phnom Kulen et logement chez l’habitant 2J/1N

JOUR 1: Siem Reap – Randonnée Phnom Kulen

Aux alentours de sept heures du matin, vous quitterez Siem Reap en direction de Phnom Kulen, la plus grande zone forestière de la province de Siem Reap. Après seulement 5 kilomètres de route vous vous retrouverez en plein milieu de la campagne cambodgienne, entourés de rizières à perte de vue et de cocotiers jalonnant la route entre les villages locaux. Bienvenue au Cambodge sauvage !
A l’arrivée au poste de contrôle du parc national situé au pied du Mont Kulen, nous nous arrêterons pour montrer nos tickets avant de suivre la route jusqu’au point de départ de la randonnée. Là, vous rejoindrez notre guide professionnel ainsi qu’un ranger local qui vous accueilleront avant de vous accompagner pendant ces deux jours de randonnée. Après une courte présentation, vous partirez dans la jungle pour rejoindre la Rivière des 1000 Lingas. Vous pourrez alors admirer autour de la rivière les sculptures dédiées au dieu hindou Shiva, sans parler du Bouddha doré couché que vous trouverez à Preah Ang Thom. Après la visite de ces sites principaux, vous vous arrêterez à la cascade de Phnom Kulen où vous pourrez piquer une tête et nager dans l’eau rafraichissante, si le cœur vous en dit.
Vous prendrez le temps de vous reposer avant de poursuivre votre marche sur un chemin étroit qui vous plongera profondément dans la forêt et vous pourrez essayer d’apercevoir des animaux sauvages dans cette nature souveraine. Vous vous arrêterez près d’une petite rivière et donnerez un coup de main au guide et au ranger pour installer le pique-nique avant de déguster votre repas bien mérité au milieu de ce coin de nature paisible.
Après le déjeuner, pour prendrez le temps de vous reposer le long de la rivière avant de continuer votre randonnée jusqu’à la maison locale où vous passerez la nuit.

Hébergement: Maison chez l’habitant
Repas: Petit-déjeuner, déjeuner, dîner
Niveau: 2
Distance et durée de la randonnée: 12 kilomètres – 3 heures (Sans compter la visite des sites)
Dénivelé total : + 253 mètres / – 212 mètres
Point de départ / Lieu d’arrivée: + 322 mètres / + 372 mètres
Type de terrain: principalement des sentiers de jungle à travers la forêt
Transport: Un véhicule vous accompagnera toute la journée – 50 kilomètres – 1 heure 20 minutes (De l’hôtel au point de départ de la randonnée) – Véhicule d’urgence disponible (Taxi moto – qui peut accéder à la majorité des zones)

JOUR 2: Randonnée Phnom Kulen, la boucle – Siem Reap

En vous réveillant de bonne heure, vous pourrez profiter de la fraîcheur et de l’atmosphère paisible du village local couvert de palmiers et de cocotiers. Après un délicieux petit-déjeuner local préparé par votre famille d’accueil pour serez prêt à commencer votre deuxième journée de randonnée vers le plateau de Phnom Kulen.
Vous marcherez sur différents types de chemins en commençant par un sentier de jungle à travers la forêt qui vous conduira vers des temples cachés datant du Xème siècle et vous verrez également les plantations de noix de cajou dont s’occupent les villageois.
Le moment fort de la journée sera certainement la visite du célèbre site de Sra Damrei qui abrite un sanctuaire sculpté dans le grès ainsi que la statue sacrée d’un éléphant représentant le gardien de la montagne. Ce site est très important pour les Cambodgiens qui viennent de tout le pays pour le voir et prier.
Vous poursuivrez votre chemin dans la forêt jusqu’à atteindre une pagode où vous savourerez un délicieux déjeuner local et prendrez le temps de vous reposer avant de reprendre votre randonnée pendant laquelle vous visiterez encore plusieurs beaux sites archéologiques. Vous vous arrêterez à Phnom Tbal, un lieu impressionnant où vous verrez des sculptures en pierre représentant Shiva, Vishnu et d’autres dieux hindous. Vous découvrirez aussi Prasat Rong Chen, un petit temple pyramidal qui est pourtant l’un des sites les plus importants que vous verrez de la journée car c’est l’endroit où Jayavarman II a annoncé son indépendance de Java et s’est déclaré Roi de tout l’Empire Khmer.
Vous regagnerez la maison locale où vous avez commencé la journée et ferez vos adieux à votre famille d’accueil avant de prendre un van qui vous ramènera à Siem Reap. Vous quitterez le parc national par le côté opposé à celui emprunté à votre arrivée.

Hébergement: Hôtel Siem Reap
Repas inclus: Petit-déjeuner, Déjeuner
Niveau: 3
Distance et durée de la randonnée: 20 kilomètres – 5 heures (Sans compter la visite des sites)
Dénivelé total : + 412 mètres / – 315 mètres
Point de départ / Lieu d’arrivée: + 372 mètres / + 372 mètres
Type de terrain: principalement des sentiers de jungle à travers la forêt
Transport: Un véhicule vous accompagnera toute la journée – 22 kilomètres – 40 minutes (De la fin de la randonnée jusqu’à la maison chez l’habitant) – Véhicule d’urgence disponible (Taxi moto – qui peut accéder à la majorité des zones)

Spanish

Excursión en Phnom Kulen y estancia en residencia privada: descubra la montaña sagrada (2 días y 1 noche)

DÍA 1: Siem Reap – Excursión en Phnom Kulen

Por la mañana, en torno a las 7:00, viajará desde Siem Reap hasta Phnom Kulen, la zona forestal más extensa de la provincia de Siem Reap. Después de conducir apenas 5 kilómetros, ya se encontrará en mitad del paisaje rural de Camboya y pasará a través de pueblos rurales, incontables campos de arroz y cocoteros. ¡Bienvenido a la parte más salvaje de Camboya!
Cuando llegue al punto de control del Parque Nacional, ubicado en las faldas de la montaña Kulen, se detendrá para mostrar la entrada y procederá a través de la carretera para llegar al punto de partida. Allí, tanto el guarda forestal como nuestro guía profesional le darán la bienvenida y le acompañarán durante los dos días que dura esta excursión. Después de una breve presentación, se dirigirá hacia la selva y se detendrá en su primera parada: el río de los 1000 Lingas. Una vez llegados aquí, es realmente difícil no maravillarse con las tallas que se pueden encontrar a lo largo del río, dedicadas al dios hindú Shiva, sin mencionar el buda reclinado bañado en oro, situado en Preah Ang Thom. Después de visitar estos enclaves tan importantes podrá detenerse en la cascada de Phnom Kulen y, si lo desea, refrescarse dándose un baño.
Después de un momento de descanso rejuvenecedor, se adentrará en un único camino hacia las profundidades de la selva y se maravillará con el entorno natural, donde podrá observar la vida salvaje de Camboya. Por la tarde, llegará hasta el lugar donde tomará el almuerzo, situado en los márgenes de un pequeño río. Ayude al guarda y al guía a preparar el picnic y disfrute de un almuerzo bien merecido, rodeado de un esplendor natural y apacible.
Después del almuerzo, descanse un rato cerca del río, ya que más adelante continuará con la excursión hasta acabar en una residencia privada donde pasará la noche.

Alojamiento: residencia privada.
Comidas: desayuno, almuerzo, cena.
Nivel: 2.
Distancia y duración de la excursión: 12 kilómetros – 3 horas (excluidas las visitas a los sitios).
Elevación total: + 253 metros / – 212 metros.
Elevación del punto de partida / punto de llegada: + 322 metros / + 372 metros.
Terreno: principalmente senderos a través de la selva.
Transporte: soporte de vehículo durante todo el día – 50 kilómetros – 1 horas y 20 minutos (desde el hotel hasta el punto de partida) – Vehículo de emergencia disponible (Moto taxi – es posible acceder a la mayoría de las zonas).

DÍA 2: Excursión en Phnom Kulen, el bucle – Siem Reap

Se despertará temprano por la mañana para disfrutar de la atmósfera tranquila y fresca del pueblo local, cubierto por palmeras y cocoteros. Después de un delicioso desayuno local preparado por la familia, comenzará su segundo día de excursión dirigiéndose a la meseta de la montaña Phnom Kulen.
Hoy caminará a través de una combinación heterogénea de senderos, comenzando por un camino a través de la selva que le llevará hasta algunos templos escondidos que se remontan al siglo X, además de algunas plantaciones de anacardos gestionadas por los agricultores locales.
El punto a destacar de la jornada será el enclave de Sra Damrei, que alberga una estatua de un elefante y un santuario sagrados, tallados en piedra arenisca como representación del guardián de la montaña. Este emplazamiento es muy importante para los camboyanos, quienes viajan desde todas las partes del país para visitarlo y rezar.
Continuará su camino a través de la selva hasta llegar a una pagoda, donde disfrutará de otro espléndido almuerzo local y una siesta breve antes de continuar con la excursión, visitando varios emplazamientos arqueológicos maravillosos por el camino. Recuerde detenerse en el impresionante Phnom Tbal, hogar de impresionantes tallas en representación de Shiva, Vishnu y otros dioses hindúes. En esta zona también se encuentra Prasat Rong Chen, un templo piramidal que, a pesar de ser pequeño, es uno de los lugares más importantes que verá durante este día: podrá presenciar el lugar donde Jayavarman II anunció la independencia de Java y se autoproclamó rey del imperio Jemer en su totalidad.
La excursión de hoy finalizará en la residencia privada donde comenzó. Después de despedirse de su familia anfitriona, viajará en furgoneta hasta Siem Reap, abandonando el Parque Nacional desde el lado opuesto al que entró.

Alojamiento: Hotel Siem Reap.
Comidas: desayuno, almuerzo
Nivel: 3
Distancia y duración de la excursión: 20 kilómetros – 5 horas (excluidas las visitas a los sitios).
Elevación total: + 412 metros / – 315 metros.
Elevación del punto de partida / punto de llegada: + 372 metros / + 372 metros.
Terreno: principalmente senderos a través de la selva.
Transporte: soporte de vehículo durante todo el día – 22 kilómetros – 40 minutos (desde el punto de llegada hasta la residencia privada). – Vehículo de emergencia disponible (Moto taxi – es posible acceder a la mayoría de las zonas).

Italian

Escursione e alloggio in famiglia a Phnom Kulen, scoprite la montagna sacra 2D / 1N

GIORNO 1: Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen Trek

La mattina intorno alle 7:00, viaggiate da Siem Reap a Phnom Kulen, la più grande area boschiva della provincia di Siem Reap.

Dopo soli 5 chilometri di guida, sarete già nel bel mezzo della campagna cambogiana, passando per villaggi rurali, campi di riso senza fine e alberi di cocco. Benvenuti nella natura selvaggia della Cambogia!

All’arrivo al posto di controllo del Parco Nazionale, situato ai piedi del Monte Kulen, vi fermerete per mostrare i vostri biglietti e procedere lungo la strada per raggiungere il punto di partenza. Lì, il ranger della zona, insieme alla nostra guida professionista, vi accoglierà e vi accompagnerà insieme alla vostra guida nei due giorni di trekking. Dopo un breve briefing, dirigetevi nella giungla, imbattendovi per la prima volta nel fiume dei 1000 Linga. Qui è difficile non meravigliarsi degli intagli situati intorno al fiume, dedicati al dio indù Shiva; per non parlare del Buddha dorato sdraiato, situato a Preah Ang Thom. Dopo aver visitato questi siti principali, fermatevi alla cascata di Phnom Kulen e, se volete, rinfrescatevi con una bella nuotata.

Dopo un po’ di riposo, intraprendete un sentiero in discesa immergendovi nella foresta profonda e abbandonatevi alla natura circostante, cercando di individuare alcuni degli animali selvatici cambogiani.

Nel pomeriggio, farete la sosta per il pranzo in prossimità di un piccolo fiume. Aiutate la guida e il ranger ad organizzare il pranzo al sacco, e godetevi un buon pranzo circondati da un pacifico splendore naturale. Riposatevi per un po’ lungo il fiume, poi continuate il trekking fino ad arrivare alla homestay, la vostra sistemazione per stasera.

Sistemazione: Alloggio in famiglia locale
Pasti: colazione, pranzo, cena
Livello 2
Distanza e durata dell’escursionismo: 12 chilometri – 3 ore (escluse visite in loco)
Dislivello: + 253 metri / – 212 metri
Elevazione del punto di partenza / punto di arrivo: + 322 metri / + 372 metri
Terreno: principalmente sentieri nella giungla, attraverso la foresta
Trasporto: supporto veicoli per l’intera giornata – 50 chilometri – 1 ora e 20 minuti (dall’hotel al punto di partenza) – Veicolo di emergenza disponibile (Taxi moto – possibilità di accesso nella maggior parte delle aree)

GIORNO 2: giro di Phnom Kulen Trek – Siem Reap

Svegliatevi al mattino presto per godervi l’atmosfera fresca e tranquilla del villaggio locale, coperta da palme e alberi di cocco. Dopo una deliziosa colazione locale preparata dalla famiglia, iniziate la seconda giornata di trekking nell’altopiano di Phnom Kulen.

Oggi, camminerete lungo un variegato mix di percorsi, partendo da un sentiero nella giungla attraverso la foresta, che vi porterà ad alcuni templi nascosti del X secolo, così come alcune piantagioni di anacardi gestite dagli abitanti dei villaggi locali.

L’attrazione principale di oggi è sicuramente il famoso sito di Sra Damrei, che ospita una statua di un elefante sacro e un santuario, scolpiti in pietra arenaria, che fanno da guardiani della montagna. Questo sito è molto importante per i Cambogiani, che viaggiano da tutto il paese per visitare e pregare.

Continuate a percorrere la foresta fino a raggiungere una pagoda, dove avrete un altro delizioso pranzo locale e un breve riposo prima di continuare l’escursione, visitando alcuni altri siti archeologici lungo il sentiero. Assicuratevi di fermarvi all’imponente Phnom Tbal, che sfoggia sculture in pietra raffiguranti Shiva, Vishnu e altri dei indù. Inoltre nella zona c’è Prasat Rong Chen, un piccolo tempio piramidale ma sicuramente uno dei posti più importanti che vedrete durante questa giornata: sarete sul sito dove Jayavarman II ha annunciato l’indipendenza da Java e si è dichiarato re dell’intero Impero Khmer.

Il tour di oggi si concluderà presso l’alloggio in famiglia da dove avete iniziato. Dopo aver salutato la famiglia locale, viaggiate in furgone in direzione di Siem Reap, lasciando il Parco Nazionale dal lato opposto a quello da cui sei entrati.

Sistemazione: Alloggio in famiglia locale
Pasti: colazione, pranzo
Livello 3
Distanza e durata dell’escursionismo: 20 chilometri – 5 ore (escluse visite in loco)
Dislivello: + 412 metri / – 315 metri
Elevazione del punto di partenza / punto di arrivo: + 372 metri / + 372 metri
Terreno: principalmente sentieri nella giungla, attraverso la foresta
Trasporto: supporto veicoli per l’intera giornata – 22 chilometri – 40 minuti (dalla fine all’alloggio in famiglia) – Veicolo di emergenza disponibile (Taxi moto – possibilità di accesso nella maggior parte delle aree)

German

Phnom-Kulen-Wanderung & Gastfamilie, Entdeckung des heiligen Berges 2T/1N

TAG 1: Siem Reap – Phnom-Kulen-Wanderung

Morgens gegen 7.00 Uhr reisen Sie von Siem Reap nach Phnom Kulen, dem größten bewaldeten Gebiet der Provinz Siem-Reap. Nach nur 5 Kilometern Fahrt befinden Sie sich bereits inmitten der kambodschanischen Landschaft, Sie passieren bäuerliche Dörfer, endlose Reisfelder und Kokospalmen. Willkommen in der Wildnis von Kambodscha!

Bei Ankunft am Nationalpark-Kontrollpunkt, der sich am Fuße des Kulen-Berges befindet, legen Sie bitte Ihre Tickets vor. Danach geht es weiter auf der Straße, bis Sie den Startpunkt erreichen. Dort werden Sie vom Ranger und Ihrem professionellen Reiseleiter begrüßt; beide werden Sie auf der 2-tägigen Wanderung begleiten. Nach einer kurzen Besprechung gelangen Sie bald in den Dschungel und erreichen zunächst den Fluss der 1.000 Lingas. Es ist so gut wie unmöglich, von den Schnitzereien, die dem Hindu-Gott Shiva gewidmet sind, und dem goldenen Liegenden Buddha bei PreahAng Thom nicht nachhaltig beeindruckt zu sein. Nach dem Besuch dieser wichtigen Stätte stoppen Sie am Phnom-Kulen-Wasserfall und wenn Sie möchten, können Sie etwas schwimmen und sich erfrischen.

Nachdem Sie sich ein wenig ausgeruht haben, begeben Sie sich auf einen schmalen Trail und tauchen in den tiefen Wald und die Natur ein – in die Wildnis. Sie erreichen bald einen kleinen Fluss – hier werden Sie zu Mittag essen. Helfen Sie dem Reiseleiter und dem Ranger dabei, das Picknick vorzubereiten, und genießen Sie anschließend das wohlverdiente Essen.

Nach dem Essen ruhen Sie sich noch ein wenig in dieser herrlichen Umgebung aus und setzen dann die Wanderung fort. Schon wenig später werden Sie die Gastfamilie erreichen, bei der Sie übernachten.

Unterbringung: lokale Gastfamilie
Mahlzeiten: Frühstück, Mittagessen, Abendessen
Schwierigkeitsstufe: 2
Strecke & Dauer der Wanderung: 12 Kilometer – 3 Stunden (ohne Besichtigungen)
Gesamt-Höhenunterschied: + 253 Meter / – 212 Meter
Startpunkt- / Endpunkt-Höhe: + 322 Meter / + 372 Meter
Terrain: hauptsächlich Dschungelpfade, durch Wälder
Transport: Fahrzeug steht ganztägig zur Verfügung – 50 Kilometer – 1 Stunde und 20 Minuten (vom Hotel bis zum Startpunkt) – Notfallfahrzeug steht zur Verfügung (Motorrad-Taxi – hat Zugang zu den meisten Bereichen)

TAG 2: Phnom-Kulen-Wanderung, Schleife – Siem Reap

Sie stehen am frühen Morgen auf und genießen die friedliche Atmosphäre im Dorf, das umgeben ist von Kokos- und anderen Palmen. Im Anschluss an ein schmackhaftes, von der Familie zubereitetes Frühstück beginnen Sie Tag 2 der Wanderung und machen sich auf in Richtung Phnom-Kulen-Plateau.

Sie werden unterschiedliche Arten von Pfaden und Wegen erleben, beginnend mit einem Dschungelpfad durch den Wald, der Sie an diversen versteckten Tempeln aus dem 10. Jahrhundert sowie an den Cashew-Plantagen der Einheimischen vorbeiführt.

Das Highlight des Tages ist sicherlich die berühmte Sehenswürdigkeit SraDamrei – eine heilige Elefanten-Statue, und mehrere, aus Sandstein gearbeitete Schreine. Für die Einheimischen ist diese Stätte ungeheuer wichtig und so reisen Kambodschaner aus dem ganzen Land dorthin, um zu beten.

Sie setzen Ihre Wanderung durch den Wald fort und erreichen bald eine Pagode, wo Sie Ihr Mittagessen genießen und eine kurze Pause einlegen. Halten Sie unbedingt beim beeindruckenden Phnom Tbal, wo Arbeiten aus Stein Shiva, Vishnu und andere Hindu-Götter repräsentieren. Ebenfalls in dieser Gegend befindet sich PrasatRongChen – ein eher kleiner Pyramidentempel, der jedoch ganz bestimmt zu den bedeutenderen Sehenswürdigkeiten an diesem Tag gehört. Sie befinden sich nämlich gerade an dem Ort, an dem Jayavarman II. die Unabhängigkeit Javas und sich selbst zum König des gesamten Khmer-Reiches erklärte.

Ihre Tour endet bei der Gastfamilie, bei der sie auch begonnen hat. Nachdem Sie sich von der Familie verabschiedet haben, reisen Sie mit dem Van nach Siem Reap und verlassen den Nationalpark an der dem Eingang gegenüberliegenden Seite.

Unterbringung: Hotel Siem Reap
Mahlzeiten: Frühstück, Mittagessen
Schwierigkeitsstufe: 3
Strecke & Dauer der Wanderung: 20 Kilometer – 5 Stunden (ohne Besichtigungen)
Gesamt-Höhenunterschied: + 412 Meter / – 315 Meter
Startpunkt- / Endpunkt-Höhe: + 372 Meter / + 372 Meter
Terrain: hauptsächlich Dschungelpfade, durch Wälder
Transport: Fahrzeug steht ganztägig zur Verfügung – 22 Kilometer – 40 Minuten (vom Endpunkt zur Gastfamilie) – Notfallfahrzeug steht zur Verfügung (Motorrad-Taxi – hat Zugang zu den meisten Bereichen)