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Madagascar Trekking Expedition
This Madagascar trekking expedition comes with a primary challenge: to adventure across the African island of Madagascar – know as the world’s eighth continent for its astonishing fauna and flora.
During this Peak to Sea expedition challenge you’ll scale a huge granite massif and summit Pic Boby at 2,658m ((Madagascar’s second highest peak) before plunging into some of the last untouched and virgin forests in the country. If mountains and jungle were not enough adventure, the final push is then afloat, with a three-day expeditionary river journey in two-person whitewater rafts, to follow a remote river to the coast.
- Climb Madagascar’s second highest peak, stunning granite outcrops reminiscent of Yosemite
- Move through rural Malagasy villages and experience the traditional rural way of life
- Forge a route through some of the last remaining wilderness forest left in Madagascar
- Raft a wild, untamed action packed river packed with rapids
- Experience highland peaks, tropical coasts and everything in between.
There are very few expeditions that cover such varied terrain in such a short time.
Itinerary: A HUGELY DIVERSE ROUTE
This route is an action-packed adventure and has it all, from mountains and jungle to rivers, communities and culture, and remoteness. The route was pioneered by a a small team in 2015, who carried out the first rafting descent of the river, which was wild and remote throughout.
The route is far from roads and is in a part of the country rarely visited by Westerners. This is a real opportunity to interact with rural Malagasy folk in person, and to experience a huge diversity of landscapes in a short, intense period of time.
As you leave the shadow of Pic Boby behind, the team will move through rolling hills and farmlands which are expertly irrigated. The villages consist of large two-story brick buildings in small settlements overlooking rice paddies. The footpaths connect these small villages winding up, down and around rolling hills.
You’ll buy fruit and supplies from the villages as we pass through them and will experience some strange looks; outsiders are rarely seen here.
INTO THE FOREST
The forest section will then provide a real contrast to previous days. Suddenly you are plunged into dense, claustrophobic forest. A tiny, winding path used as a trade route between the lowlands and highlands is the only route through the almost impregnable forest.
The trading currency: rum. We may pass locals taking rum barrels through to the highland markets, 45kg rested on a single bamboo branch over their shoulder. The path is steep, slippery and treacherous with regular river crossings to contend with.
Be warned and be prepared!
HITTING THE RIVER
Emerging from the forest into the lowlands the team will hit the river. Running!
Settling into the expeditionary two-man rafts will be a welcome break from the previous days of trekking. Team members will need to keep their wits about them as we will immediately plunge into a series of fun rapids.
After negotiating a number of them, you’ll need to scout and at times portage your rafts and gear (get out and carry on dry land) around three or four large, un-runnable rapids before continuing on.
As you make your way down the river, it will flatten out to become more mellow towards the coast, allowing everyone to relax and and enjoy the scenery even more as you float through the rural lowlands.
Noticeably different to the highlands, your team will still be a spectacle as the children wait expectantly on the river banks for a raft capsize!
EXPEDITION GRADING (DEGREE OF EFFORT)
This operator grades each of its expeditions according to the degree of effort required by each team member. Due to the demands of this particular trek and rafting expedition it has been awarded a 270° rating. Complete the enquiry form for more info about what that means.
SUITABLE TEAM MEMBERS
Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. They should have an adventurous and robust spirit. They should be over 21, fit and healthy. On this expedition you will be required to walk up to 25km a day, with ascents of over 1000m in one day. You will be carrying all your own kit and equipment, with the exception of tent and food. Your pack will weigh 10-15kg. The climate will be tropical, with temperatures above 30 degrees. You will be moving over mountainous and tricky jungle terrain. You will also be expected to crew your own two-man raft and paddle yourself up to 25km per day. You need to be comfortable with white water and be able to swim at least 200m. You also need to be able to physically pull yourself back into a raft. Please speak to us about the fitness requirements if in doubt.
DATES & PRICES
28 April – 13 May 2013
From 3,150 GBP per person. Land only price.
- Full services of an expedition leader with local guides, experts and porters.
- All meals.
- All specialist and safety equipment.
- All accommodation including tents.
- All permits.
- International flights.
- Local airport taxes.
- Tips to local guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and any costs of a personal nature.
- Personal equipment. Upon booking you will receive a comprehensive kit list.
You will be accommodated in a simple, comfortable hotel in Antananarivo and Manakara at the end of the expedition. We will stay in rustic lodges on the edge of the National Park the night before the start of the trek.
During the trek you will be wild camping every night.
All food is provided in country. In towns you eat in hotels and local restaurants. On the journey you will be accompanied by a Malagasy cook who will rustle up tasty local food to keep everyone going.
4x4s and minibuses will be used to transport everyone to the start and finish point. There is also an internal flight on Air Madagascar on the return.
“When it comes to getting off the beaten track these guys can’t be beaten. They lead pioneering expeditions to some of the most remote regions on earth. The organisers are dedicated to creating imaginative experiences for adventurers around the world and their team of expert military guides are some of the most experienced in the industry. Nowhere is off limits and no idea is too crazy. They have achieved ground breaking world firsts such as mountain biking in Afghanistan and mountaineering in Iraq and their first ever expeditions to walk across Madagascar and pioneer white water rafting in South Sudan both made the headlines…. and a bit of history.
Being wild and wacky is one thing but with their background as commanders in the British Army and experienced team of specialists in every kind of terrain and environment means that all of their adventures are thoroughly planned and the safety and security of teams is always their highest priority. Expeditions can be inherently risky, but they do everything possible to minimise potential hazards and for that, and the utterly extraordinary trips they put on, we salute them.”
Madagascar Trekking Expedition
- Trip Code: AWA182
- Dates: 28 April – 13 May 2018
- Price: £3,250
- Where: Madagascar
- Length: 15 nights
- Group size: 12
- Adventure: A expedition from peak to sea on the world’s oldest island of Madagascar by foot and raft ending at the Indian Ocean.