Get to grips with foreign terrain on jungle, desert or mountain treks, get on horseback or travel by river
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?
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:
Making sure students are well prepared and 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.
All teams receive a World Challenge Fitness Assistance Pack, put together and verified by experts in the field. This includes guidance on how to get fit and exercise plans to fit your needs and timings. There’s also some compulsory testing that we use to identify any Challengers that may need a specific action plan.