Our Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) project recently built a new campsite in Trapeang Thmar located about 12.5 miles north of Chi Phat. The trek for this site is the first 5 day/4 night trekking tour in Cambodia, and is our longest and most challenging itinerary so far. The trek takes visitors through dense jungle, by stunning waterfalls, through open grasslands and on scenic boat rides. With wildlife sightings common and a wild elephant encounter already recorded, this trek nearly guarantees tourists a chance to experience wildlife first hand!
The trek is already being recognized by several international tour operators, including Charity Challenge. This UK based tour company raises funds for charity organizations through responsible tourist expeditions. Last month, Charity Challenge completed their first Cambodian Jungle Challenge ever at our CBET in Chi Phat! Participants had the opportunity to witness first hand all the great work Wildlife Alliance does for forest and wildlife protection. They boast that the Cambodia Jungle Challenge is also their “greenest challenge,” since our efforts work to protect the Cardamom Mountains and give back to those local communities. After their rugged trek, travelers got a chance to experience the local culture through a homestay in Chi Phat and finally visit the wonderful animals at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center on their way back to Phnom Penh. The tour was a huge success, and Charity Challenge has already booked a second tour for February 2013.
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