FAQ

Indo Trek Expeditons – General Information

Question: Am I suited to small group travel?

Answer. We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. You can rest assured that our trips are flexible and allow you to do your thing within the framework of the itinerary. We do not attempt to in still a ‘group ethos’ and fully recognise your needs as an individual. Our maximum group size on most trips is 12 – an ideal size to ensure minimum impact travel to the areas in which we operate.

Question: What happens when I arrive in Indonesia?

Answer: When you arrive in Indonesia you’ll be met by a team representative who’ll direct you to the group transportation. You will then travel with your fellow trekkers to the meet up hotel which is close to the airport. You will overnight in this hotel for a little R&R. There will then be an early start the following morning when all trekkers will travel on mass to the airport before onward travel to our base camp near the start point for full briefings and kit checks.

Question: How fit do I need to be?

Answer: The very nature of the Indo Trek means a certain level of fitness is required. Our challenges are can sometimes be fairly demanding so getting fit is part of the challenge. Fitness Training notes will be made available upon request and we recommend you spend two to three months before your trip getting fit and building up stamina. You do not need to be an Olympic athlete but the more prepared you are the more you will enjoy the trek. Only you can judge how fit you are and what you are capable of achieving so be sensible but adventurous. Set yourself realistic goals, but remember that the more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Question : What level of comfort can I expect?

Answer. On all our trekking expeditions we camp in relative style and comfort, using the best equipment. All your gear is carried (except where specified) and meals are cooked for you while our staff prepare the camp. On our journeys our expedition leader and staff take care of your day to day needs while you stay in local hotels and travel in comfortable private vehicles.

Question: What provision can I expect in the case of injury or illness during the event?

Answer: A full medical team will be on hand throughout the Indo Trek. They will be regularly monitoring your progress, treating minor ailments such as foot injuries and ensuring you stay fit and healthy throughout the trek. In extreme cases of injury, however unlikely, we have an
evacuation procedure and team of ex-pat doctors standing by in Jakarta.

Question: How safe is it?

Answer. On all our trips your well-being is our first priority. Our staff constantly review every aspect of your adventure and our expert guides are fully conversant with the demands of traveling in remote regions.

Question: What sort of people typically take part in this type of trek?

Answer: Everyone and anyone! Different people come for different reasons and you can expect to meet people of both sexes, all ages and greatly varying ability. You don’t need to be an elite athlete for these types of treks but you will need piles of determination and a thirst for challenge and adventure.

Questions: Where do we stay?

Answer. To capture the essence of your journey we have wherever possible selected accommodation with local character. In the cities our hotel rooms are on a twin share basis with private facilities. In remote localities you can expect simple, clean but more basic facilities. When in the field we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents, a mess tent and toilet tent.

Question: Will there be lots of beasties and dangerous animals in the jungle?

Answer: The jungles of South East Asia are very different from those of Central America. The jungles of Indonesia are referred to as ‘clean’ in the respect that there are insects of all shapes and sizes and many wild animals in such a pristine environment. But the chances of coming into contact with any of these animals are very slight and the number of insects that actually bite are very few, the mosquito being the main culprit at certain times of the year. We also will have a national park rangers accompanying us who have great knowledge of the resident flora and fauna who will be on hand to advise and offer guidance.

Question: What conditions should I expect?

Answer: Many of the host countries we operate in are less developed than the UK. Internal infrastructure is often limited; roads are rough and facilities basic. We maintain the highest standards of hygiene (that a wilderness environment permits), but if you’re after a five-star holiday, forget this type of adventure. If, however, you are seeking an adrenaline-filled challenging adventure abroad, and relatively active, then the Indo trek has plenty to offer you.

Question: I’m participating in the trek to raise funds for a charity, how do I convince sponsors that it’s not a holiday?

Answer: None of these challenges could be considered to be a holiday. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge. All three of these elements take time effort and commitment. You will be training for many months to get fit, raising thousands of pounds for charity, and then undertaking a physically demanding challenge. Participating Indo Trek starts long before you depart. It takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday.

Question: Can I organise my own private group trip?

Answer. If the specified departure dates are not suitable, or you would like to vary the itinerary, we would be happy to devise a programme to suit your travel interests. This service is available to any individual or group. However, as a general rule, we need a minimum of six people. For larger groups there may be a price reduction. We regularly organise tailor-made holidays for families, groups of friends, clubs, charitiesand special interest groups and we’d be happy to advise you on your plans.

Question. What is included in my adventure trip?

Answer. It is our aim to ensure that we incorporate as many inclusions as possible in your trip to minimise any out of pocket expenses while you are away. It is important that you refer to our trips notes for the exact inclusions.

Question: Are there any hidden extras or surcharges?

Answer. All in-country transport, most meals, accommodation and much of the equipment you will need for your adventure. Once you leave home there is little to spend. Compare our quality, inclusions and daily rates and we think you will agree our expeditons represent the best value around.

Food

Food will be supplied by the trek organisers from the day we leave our first hotel. Whilst on expedition 3 meals will be cooked for you each day by our team of experienced chefs who use locally sourced foodwhile at the same time ensuring high standards of hygiene. On days where it is not possible to have a cook team during the trek a packed lunch will be made available. On all our trips your good health is our highest priority. We also cater for vegetarians. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

You will not go hungry and may find you may come away from the trek slightly heavier than you would expect!!

Water

There will be plenty of water. Water will be issued in 1 or 2L bottles and your initial daily allowance will be 8ltrs. You will be replenished each morning, lunch and evening as well as at the lunch stops on days trek. There will be extra water should you need it – don’t allow yourself to dehydrate! Do not share water from opened bottles from which you have been drinking with others – this is how problems spread. Unless in a dire emergency, do not drink water from other sources.

Question: How can I make a booking?

Answer: You can download our ‘booking form’ here. When completed, this can be posted or emailed to adventure@indotrek.co.uk together with your deposit. We will confirm your booking and forward comprehensive trip departure details and other information regarding visas, vaccinations, personal clothing, equipment and the like, to ensure you are fully prepared for your adventure.