Classic Burma Adventure

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2014 - December 30th, 2014 Last Updated:
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Introduction

As a relative newcomer to adventure travel, exploring the mysterious nation of Burma (also known as Myanmar) often feels like setting foot on a foreign, untouched planet. With few other travellers to contend with, the natural and man-made wonders of this underexplored part of Southeast Asia often feel like they’ve been placed here just for you. And what wonders they are: Inle Lake’s unique ‘floating gardens’, the staggering imperial ruins of ancient Bagan, the incomparable palaces of Mandalay and enveloping forests throughout. Unknown pleasures await – come find them.

  • Explore intriguing Yangon
  • Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Stroll Mandalay's temples
  • Float down the Irrawaddy River
  • Experience the ancient ruins of Bagan
  • Relax at Inle Lake
Duration: 14 days
Start/Finish City: Yangon to Yangon
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Physical Grading: 2
There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Travel Style: Classic
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Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.

Trip Type: Small Group
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.

Itinerary

Route map for Classic Burma Adventure (ABCB)

Day 1 Yangon

Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are therefore free to relax and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please note that most nationalities requires a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma), please double check this with your travel agent or local Myanmar Embassy prior to your arrival. Following this we have an optional group dinner where you can sample some of the local cuisine.

Note that it is best to travel with US dollars in cash when visiting Myanmar. There are no ATMs and the use of credit cards and travellers checks is virtually impossible, as very few places are willing to accept them. Please arrive with enough US dollars, in good condition, to last you the length of your stay. Changing money into the local currency, kyat, is a good idea for small transactions and can be done upon arrival at any of the various money changers in town.

Our hotel is in the heart of Yangon and has comfortable twin / double share rooms with en suite bathrooms and air conditioners. Wifi is also available.

Day 2 Golden Rock (1B)

Today starts with a visit to the world famous 107 metres high golden Stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda, the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. The Pagoda is believed to be 2,500 years old and the central stupa, glittering in the soft morning light, is surrounded by dozens of intricately decorated buildings and statues and is considered to be the symbol of Yangon.

Later, you will travel through the delta and over the Sittang River to Kyaikhtiyo. From Kinpun, the pilgrimage road runs 10 kilometres to the 1200 meter high pagoda on the famous Golden Rock. You will be transported on a truck to a camp from where we shall walk one hour to the Golden Rock. At the summit, a simple but beautifully located hotel awaits you. Arriving in the golden light of late afternoon is the ideal opportunity for some great photography.

Approx travel times:
Private transport Yangon to Kinpun: 4 hours (180 km/112 miles)
Truck ride to camp: 45 min (11 km/7 miles)
Walk to Golden Rock: 1 hour (1.5 km/ 0.9 miles)

Day 3 Bago/Mandalay (1B)

Starting our return hike in the early morning we meet our truck transport to Kinpun. Continuing by bus to Bago we stop to explore this ancient capital of the Mon people including the huge reclining Buddha, Shwe Tha Lyaung and a photostop at the foot of the huge golden Shwemawdaw Stupa. After a stroll through the market we visit Kyaikpun Pagoda with its four Sitting Buddhas facing the cardinal points. Return to Yangon in late afternoon before jumping onto an 80 minute flight to Mandalay.

Approx travel times:
Walk from Golden Rock to transport: 1 hour (1.5 km/0.9 miles)
Truck transport to Kinpun: 45 min (11 km/7 miles)
Private transport Kinpun to Bago: 2 1/2 hours (100 km/62 miles)
Private transport Bago to Yangon 1 1/2 hours (80 km/50 miles)
Transfer to hotel Mandalay: 1 hour (51 km/32 miles)

Day 4-5 Mandalay (2B)

Explore Mandalay where the Konbaung Kings resided and eventually capitulated to the British more than 100 years ago. After arrival we visit the famous Golden Monastery, Shwe Nandaw, the only building still existing from the more than one hundred that once stood on the palace grounds. From here we shall stroll to Kuthodaw Pagoda with its 729 marble slabs showing the entire Buddhist canon and commemorating the Fifth Buddhist World Council at the end of last century.

After lunch we visit Mahamuni Temple which houses the country´s holiest Buddha image, the 100 year old legendary Arakan Buddha made of pure gold. Next a visit to the workshops of gold plate, marble and bronze manufacturers. If you still feel fresh, you might enjoy a climb to the top of Mandalay Hill for a bird´s eye view (or take the elevator if you wish), and a visit the Shwe Kyin monastery for afternoon meditation.

On the morning of Day 5 we visit the former capital, Amarapura (Sanscrit for Beautiful Town). Walk over the world´s longest teak bridge, U Bein, and visit the Mahagandayong monastery with over 1000 monks residing along with the Sagaing Hills meditation centre, which has fascinating views over temples and pagodas in Sagaing and the Ayeyarwaddy River.

In the afternoon we travel by boat along the mighty Elephant River enjoying sights of washerwomen, buffalo carts and daily life on the riverbank. It takes one hour upstream to reach Mingun where a mighty king once tried to build the world's biggest pagoda and failed, yet even the dimension of his failure is still impressive. We return to Mandalay after sunset.

Our hotel hotel is in downtown Mandalay near the market and the night bazaar. We have twin / double share rooms with air conditioner and en suite bathrooms. Internet is available at the hotel.

Day 6-8 Bagan (3B)

Day 6 is a day of relaxed sightseeing as we travel by local public boat along the Ayeyarwaddy River, Myanmar's 'Super Highway'. Arriving at Bagan in late afternoon, we transfer to our hotel. When water levels are insufficient for the boat, we will use the bus for this part of the journey. Boat cancellations typically happen between April and September.

Bagan, the first and most beautiful capital of the Burmese was founded in the eleventh century. Along with Angkor in Cambodia, this is the most important temple and pagoda complex in Asia. An all-day visit on Day 8 is a day full of culture and history of a once great civilisation. In the morning, we wander through the marketplace of Nyaung Oo and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of Burmese people. Next we visit Shwezigon Pagoda built by the great king Kyanzittha, the only golden pagoda in the Bagan area. We continue to the caves of Kyanzittha Umin (with the oldest murals in Burma, showing the Mongolian invasion under Kublai Khan). In Gubyaukgyi, a perfect Indian-style temple, you will see hundreds of frescoes illustrating the jataka-stories of the previous lives of Lord Buddha. This morning ends with a visit to huge Htinlominlo Temple.

In the afternoon we explore Manuha Temple, erected over huge Buddha-images then enjoy the elaborate stone engravings at close by Nanpaya Temple. Heading south, be impressed by the beautiful Abeyadama Temple and finally Lawkananda Pagoda, a landmark of Ayeyarwaddy-fishermen. Visit traditional manufacturers of unique Bagan lacquerware and relax as the sun sets over Bagan from one of the pagodas.

Day 7 is free for you to continue your exploration of this gorgeous area or relax.

Our hotel is centrally located within easy walking or bicycling distance of the Ancient city of Bagan. We have comfortable twin / double share rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Internet is available.

Approx travel times:
Cruise to Pagan (Bagan): 7-11 hours depending on the season and water level (177 km/110 miles)

Day 9-10 Kalaw (2B,1L)

Early morning we commence our overland trip to Kalaw. Today's journey is approximately 190 miles (300kms), and should take us about 8 hours. First we travel through sun-parched plains sprinkled with Palmyra Palms to the Mountain of Deities, Popa (2 hours). There we climb a staircase up the huge volcanic rock to see shrines for Nats (celestial spirits of Burmese mythology) and small temples for Buddha. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the top of Mount Popa (Sanscrit word for Flower) and we will pass by many small food stalls and local 'drugstores' selling herbal remedies. Following this we continue 6 hours to Kalaw and overnight.

From Kalaw, set out on a half-day hike, visiting a hill tribe along the way.

Approx travel time:
Private bus Bagan to Kalaw: 8 hours (260 km/161 miles)

Day 11-12 Inle Lake (2B)

The Former British hill station Kalaw is the starting point for various trekking tours. Following a morning visit to a central pagoda boasting beautiful glass mosaics we head to Pindaya (approximately 1.5–2 hours), an interesting drive up into the hills and across the Shan Plateau through fields of mountain rice, Pa-O and Danu villages.

Pindaya’s symbol is a 'pin-gu' (spider). Here we visit magnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake where over 8000 thousand different types of Buddha images are on display in various chambers. From a temple complex built along the front of the ridge you can view the nearby Boutaloke Lake and the ruins of Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of low stupas just below the ridge and visit some local houses where families produce Shan paper and parasols. The last leg of our drive takes us to Nyaungshwe - the biggest village and former capital of the local Shan Kings at Inle Lake.

Inle Lake is the land of the Intha people. These people are known as leg-rowers and as architects of floating villages and gardens. The life of the Intha, who originally came from the south of Burma, revolves completely around the lake. On Day 12 we visit some of the intriguing floating villages, then investigate the great Phaung Daw Oo pagoda with its five holy Buddha images and Nge Phe Chaung monastry.

Our hotel is situated near the entrance to Nyaung Shwe township, very near to Inle Lake. The hotel has twin / double share rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Day 13 Yangon (1B)

Following breakfast we drive to Heho airport for our flight over the length of Burma back to our starting point at Yangon. The afternoon is yours to explore the markets and sights of Yangon with plenty of time for some last minute shopping before our final night dinner together.

Our hotel in Yangon is the same hotel we used on Day 1.

Approx travel times:
Transfer hotel to Heho: 1 hour (30 km/19 miles)
Flight Heho to Yangon: 1 hour
Tranfer to hotel Yangon: 1 hour (16 km/10 miles)

Day 14 Departure Day (1B)

You are free to depart at any time today.

We look forward to receiving your evaluation regarding this tour itinerary and your CEOs performance. We value your input into what we could improve to make this trip even better and of course love hearing about what we are already doing well! You will be sent a post tour email on your return with details on how to go in line and fill in this simple form. Thank you so much in advance.

What's Included

Shwedagon Pagoda visit (Yangon). Mandalay combo entry ticket (includes most sights in Mandalay). Golden Rock visit. Amarapura visit. Sagaing visit. Bagan Archaeological Zone guided tour. Irrawaddy River boat trip. Inle Lake boat tour including floating villages (half-day). Shwemawdaw Stupa visit. Mingun boat trip. U Bein Bridge visit. Mahagandayong Monastery visit. Sagaing Hills Meditation Centre visit. Mt Popa visit. Hilltribe hike (half-day). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Explore intriguing Yangon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, stroll Mandalay's temples, float down the Irrawaddy River, experience the ancient ruins of Bagan, relax at Inle Lake

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 15, avg 12

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch.

Meals

13 Breakfasts

Meal Budget

Allow USD250-350 for meals not included.

Transport

Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bicycle, walking.

About our Transportation

Private and Public Buses, Planes, Boats, Bicycle, Foot

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (12 nts), simple guesthouse (1 nt).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

Hotels/Guesthouses (13nts)

Joining Hotel

Panorama Hotel
294-300 Pansodan Street
Kyauktada
Yangon, Myanmar
+95 1 253 077

Joining Instructions

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. Your CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your CEO, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

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What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit with you in buses or on trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

Checklist

Passport (with photocopies) Travel insurance (with photocopies) Airline tickets (with photocopies) USD cash and credit or debit cards (see personal spending money) G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier Any entry visas, additional passport photos or vaccination certificates required Alarm clock Flashlight Sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses Insect repellent Water bottle Small towel and swim wear Toiletries (biodegradable) Sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals Moneybelt Shorts Long trousers Hiking pants/track pants Shirts/T-shirts Warm clothes for Nov-Feb. Hat, gloves, fleece, windproof/waterproof jacket Waterproof clothes for wet season May-Oct. Umbrella or waterproof jacket Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry Clothes for temples – long pants or sarongs Camera and film Reading/writing material Binoculars Pocketknife First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Aboard the expedition ship Explorer laundry facilities are provided at a charge. Aboard the Amazon Explorer laundry facilities are provided free of charge for each passenger once a week.

Visas

Please note that visas for Myanmar are the responsibility of the individual traveler - most countries must obtain a Visa in advance of travel. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on your nationality, and you can find details for your nationality on the Foreign Services website for your country, or at the Burmese embassy/consulate closest to you.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip:

We recommend roughly 300-350 USD for spending money on this trip. This can be exchanged on Day 1 in Yangon with some advice from your CEO. This allowance would cover food, drinks, camera fees and most optional activities (except for the hot air balloon). If you are a keen shopper and/or drinker, we recommend budgeting a bit more for those activities.

Please bring ONLY new, MINT CONDITION US dollars to Burma with you. Be specific with your bank when buying cash. If you are in the US, please be sure to go to your bank and request NEW bills- older bills with wrinkles, tears, rips, creases or marks will not be accepted.

Money Exchange

During this tour the local currencies you will use are the Burmese Kyat and the US Dollar. As currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each of the above mentioned currencies.

ATMs are available in every major town in Burma but they are not always accessible, may not be functioning or may be closed. We recommend bringing MINT CONDITION US dollars to Burma and exchanging it on arrival. See "Spending Money" for more information on budgeting.

Travellers cheques can be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers' cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange. Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached. Credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants, and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. When purchasing US dollars please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

There is $10 departure tax upon leaving Myanmar.

Tipping

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

All prices listed are in US Dollars (USD), per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Bagan
Hot Air Balloon- 290 USD
Bicycle hire- 5 USD
Bagan Archaeology Museum- 5 USD
Horse cart- 15 USD

Inle Lake
Red Mountain Winery- 10 USD

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our CEO's are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

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