Government Resthouse (1-3pax) Each basic room offer one queen or 2 single beds with attached simple bathroom with only cold water
Ridge Bivouac Camp Site (1-2pax) Each 2 person quickhiker ultralight tent with self-inflating mattress will be carried by each trekker (no porter). Toilet and shower will be taken in the wilderness – pure authentic camping experience
Gal Oya NP Camp Site (1-2pax) Each 2 person quickhiker ultralight tent with self-inflating mattress will be bring along in one of the 4x4 jeep. Toilet will be taken in the wilderness, (No shower place) – pure authentic camping experience
Simple and very delightful local delicacies cook on wood fire or on the stove depend of the camps location. You will venture trying native veddah cuisine which become extremely rare to get to try out their delicacies as well as purely Sri Lankan freshly made dishes. We won’t forget some good coffee & tea to be given as much as possible.
At the government resthouse, simple sri Lankan dishes will be made with the opportunity to get some fresh beers or carbonated drinks
Facilities & Services
Apart at the Government Resthouse where a restaurant will give you the basic necessity, absolutely no facilities in both camp sites will be available
Local acknowledges guides, National Park Rangers & Native Veddah Guides in maximum small groups (1:8 maximum, but usually no more than 1:6).
Only depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Day 1 (D)
Upon arrival around 4-6 pm to the government hostel, proceed to your check in then take a time for you to rest before the diner (if the weather and the arrival schedule isn’t too late), let’s enjoy a sunset on a a remote reservoir where local goes for fishing, swimming). After your local diner, you will be free and easy to rest and prepare your small backpack for the next 2 nights).
Day 2 (B-PNL-D)
Early wake and after a quick coffee, at 5.30am, get on the road for about 30 min ride to reach one of the Veddah village where we meet one of the last Chief Veddah who guide us all along during this next 24hrs. We start today 16KM trek into pure wilderness at first passing by the veddah villages and encounter its habitants, cross over their farm land, before venturing into very narrow trail which will almost disappear into the secondary then primary bushes and grassland where we will walk aside an astonishing mountain perfectly & naturally shape. On the way, open your eyes as multiples birds can be spots, elephants, spotted deers, wildboar are only example. After 6-8hrs walks you will reach a perfect ridge with grassland and Ayurvedah wild trees on one side & a view overlooking 50KM of jungles and reservoir on the other side, and a bit in the interior about 200meter away from the ridge multiple boulders have been create cave formation where Veddah community originally was staying before they move back. This place offer a very small stream of pure fresh water for light shower as well as drinking water reloading. Set your tent and the mobile camp before take the sun down to walk around the grassland and the ayurvedha trees with one of your guide to pot some birds, monkeys and others species until the wooden fire made purely local dinner will be served. After dinner, share sometime with the native discussing or goes on the ridge (if the weather permitted) to observe a pure clean sky cover of stars. During the night, help the guide to keep the fires alive to keep away wildlife could be in the area. “Be aware this is a pure camping experience, no toilet and shower has been set up”, we will show you where you can take care of you.
Day 3 (B-L-D)
Wake up for the sunrise and get some of the best view Sri Lanka could offer with it myst, magical sky colors and the sound of the wild waking up as elephant growling monkey chatting, birds singing until you get to enjoy a local breakfast. We depart today for 8KM, up-hill first for 2KM, then walking through other grassland before downhill back to the Veddah Village, this second day trek bring you into pure primary bushes where we can spotted Elephant dung, leopard poop as well as sloth bear foot prints. At your arrival at the Veddah Chief House a local Veddah delicacies lunch will be offer you to eat, before we get back on the road to the government hostel for you to take a nap and a shower/toilet before by 3pm we get back on the road again to the Wadinagala Reservoir for 2-3 hrs on a sunset boat cruise for birds & wildlife watching, pure paradise especially at those hours of the day to spot multiple birds as pelican, black cormorant and with a little luck you could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. We will ride the boat all the way to the camp site located at the heart of the Gal Oya National park (if the water level is too low, we will get back to the boat jetty then goes to the camp site via 4x4 jeep about 45 min ride)
At your arrival at the camp side, set up your tent before enjoy a local dinner in the wild of Gal Oya National Park with its wildlife sound intensify upon the night move on. “Be aware this is a pure camping experience, no toilet and shower has been set up”, we will show you where you can take care of you
Day 4 (B)
An early morning start as by 5:30am we jump into our 4x4 jeep to ride the park dusty road for 3-4hrs sunrise jeep ride into the Gal Oya National Park for you get more opportunity to spot the morning wildlife as elephant, fox, chacal, grey langgur … as well as multiple birds species and get lucky to appreciate the sunrise and a very specific sceneries which only Gal Oya National Park offer. We will be back to the camp side for breakfast and pack up before we head to the entrance of the national park the government hostel for a shower and toilet before depart for the next destination.
INCLUDED / EXCLUDED
What is Included?
Accommodation in basic hostel queen or twin bedroom with attached washroom, 2 camps sites with quicktrekker light 2 person tents, fullboard meals, national park entrance fees, 4x4 safari, Boat safari, Gal Oya National park Rangers, 2D1N trek with the Veddah
What is Excluded?
Transfer from/to Wadinagala, Tips and gratuities, Carbonated & alcoholic beverages, Sri Lankan cooking class, additional 4x4 or boat safari (day or night).
What to Bring?
Think Trek light and comfortable!
Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, dry bag, money (no ATM), change of clothes, swimwear, water bottle, water purification tablets (we will cook the water on top of it), toiletries, own medical treatment, basic first aid kit, very good light trekking shoes (Salomon X trail for example), anti-transpirant socks, light clothes for the treks easy to dry fast (be aware on the trek multiple time in the bushes you have bush spikes can hurt you), one sweater for the night as the temperature goes down pass 1am, but during the day it is extremely hot and dry.
Things you should know!
Cell phone coverage is none available. Satellite phone will be in case of emergency available from the main guide in excursion. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised in the event of bad weather.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Solo traveler will incur single supplement charges. For only trekker (trained will be a plus) in chess of pure off beaten track trails, adventureous, nature, wildlife lovers couple, individual, families, groups of friends and others in good physical condition and good stamina in chess of nan uniqueless human & wildlife experience remote location & lifestyle.
Do we accept children
Unfortunately the walk is a long way, so we won’t allowed kids to venture in this adventure – minimum age required 16 years old