The Lanka Challenge – Northern Route 2017

Explore the wild, northern territory of Sri Lanka.

Lanka Challenge northern route

Less travelled but no less exhilarating, our Lanka Challenge Northern Route will take you all the way up to the history-rich Jaffna and back down to beautiful beachside Trincomalee, and sometimes even further down the East Coast. Along the way, countless incredible landscapes will be thrust upon your face, and you’ll probably struggle to compute the severity of the serenity of it all. Best take a camera, then.

Once you’ve decided to take on the Lanka Challenge (a decision we assume you made fix or six sentences ago) the next decision is to decide whether you want to embark on the Original Lanka Challenge or the No Frills version. The inclusions on each of the trips vary, which is reflected in the respective price points.

20th to 29th April 2017

1000 km travelled (approx.)
9 nights (includes 1 camping night)
10 days (includes 1 rest day)
10 – 20 teams
30 – 55 challengers

We hire the tuk-tuks from local drivers. We arrange all of your accommodation (optional). We ensure a big chunk of your entry fee goes towards helping local communities. All you have to do is turn up, get in and drive the damned things. You won’t find another adventure like it.


1Training DayMinuwangodaTamarind Tree Hotel
2160AlankudaDolphin & Bar Reef Hotels
3160Giant's TankCamping-National park
4112JaffnaLux Etoile Hotel
5220NilaveliPigeon Island Hotel
6RestNilaveliPigeon Island Hotel
7150SigiriyaAliya Hotel
890KandyThilanka Hotel
9103NegamboGoldi Sands Hotel

* Route subject to change.

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  • Training and driving lessons on arrival day. 
  • Hire and use of 1 genuine, ready-to-roll Tuk Tuk for the duration of the Challenge. Third party liability insurance included.
  • Challenge logistics & legal stuff (mechanics, ambulance, support team, permits, luggage truck).
  • Welcome pack (sim card and phone, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase-book, navigational sheets).
  • Emergency & Medical travel insurance for the duration of the Challenge.
  • Awards ceremony & farewell party.
Original version 
  • Accommodation for 2 or 3 people (9 nights) in double, twin or triple rooms. Camping gear also provided.
  • Half Board – 9 delicious locally-made breakfasts and dinners at hotels and campsites.
No Frills version 
  • Camping for 2 or 3 people (1 night) in double or triple tent. Camping gear also provided.
  • Half Board – 1 delicious locally-made breakfast and dinner at campsite.

Other costs 

  • Flights, visas, airport transfers.
  • Tuk Tuk spare parts and repairs (approx. total $40-120 per team).
  • Fuel (approx. total $100 per team).
  • Day to day costs (approx. $30 per day for lunch and drinks).
  • Tuk Tuk Pimpin.

Entry Fee – Original 

Team of 2 or 3 people 

USD $1,640 per person (team of 3)
USD $2,450 per person (team of 2)

Entry Fee – No Frills

Team of 2 or 3 people 

USD $1,300 per person (team of 3)
USD $1,950 per person (team of 2)

Payment Info

  • Only USD $499 / £ 333 initial deposit required to signup.
  • Outstanding amount is only required 90 days before the start of Challenge.
  • Payments can be made via Reg Online, Paypal or bank transfer.
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