NINE Khalsa College students tested their endurance and managed to survive four gruelling days walking 80kilometres from Ba to Drasa.
Program co-ordinator Shalvin Raj said the trip, part of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards (DEIA) which concluded yesterday, was offered by the Youth Ministry.
"These are the set of gold award students and we started our work from August 16 beginning from Khalsa College and then coming to Ba Town," Mr Raj said.
"After this, we came to the highlands of Ba, places such as Nalatawa and Vakabuli and right inside to Abaca.
"The main aim of the expedition was for the students to learn survival skills away from home and in the jungle."
Mr Raj said students learnt to accept and appreciate the importance of nature.
"This program also instills discipline in the students and uplifted their performance in studies as well."
The five girls and four boys were accompanied by five teachers and two military personnel.
Sixth former Dhipak Kumar, 18, said he had participated in the awards for the past three years.
"It has been very interesting for me and the hardest part of the awards was the expedition. This year we had to walk 80km and it wasn't easy," Mr Kumar said.
He said they learnt to cook, make tents and fend for themselves, things they would not have been able to do at home.