Challenge of a Lifetime FAQ's
Explore the breathtaking Annapurna region in the Himalayas of Nepal. Everything you need to know below!
When is it? 9th-18th October 2020
What's it all about? Your challenge takes place in the home of some of the highest mountains in the world – it’s pure Himalayan magic! The highlight of our challenge will be to summit Poon Hill at 3,210m – a majestic peak which offers trekkers an unobstructed view of the highest peaks in the Annapurna region. Our trek takes us through charming Nepalese villages where we will experience the culture of the mountain people of Nepal.
What does actor Chris Mason think about it? He is really, really keen on you registering......see video below.....
Is this trip for me? Absolutely! This trek is suitable for all ages with the correct training. The minimum age for this trek is 18 years old (14-17 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). The one thing everyone will have in common is a great sense of adventure and the desire to help Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Whether you are taking part as an individual or as a team with friends, team spirit will be flying high on the challenge.
How fit do I need to be? This challenge has been graded as Challenging on our challenge grading scheme meaning the trek has been designed to be challenging but achievable as long as you train beforehand. You will be trekking for 6 consecutive days, and varied altitude and in varied temperatures, a good cardiovascular fitness is required – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the challenge! We will provide you with a full training guide once you register, and this is also available to download via our website. Why not join one of our challenge training weekends – it’s a great opportunity for you to meet our team and other challengers, and train together prior to the event.
What about accommodation? 5 Star? While in Kathmandu we will stay in hotel accommodation, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek we will be staying in local tea houses. Whilst very basic, they offer some welcome respite after each day's trekking! Typically they are twin/share. There is also the opportunity to buy some essentials and snacks from the tea houses.
Do I need specialist kit? We will supply you with a kit list of what to take once you register to take part. Apart from broken in trekking boots, some trekking poles and a good quality sleeping bag you do not need any specialist kit. To save incurring extra expense we supply you with a kit bag which includes a down sleeping bag, down jacket and fleece sleeping bag liner.
Do I have to carry my own luggage? No. Participants will only have to carry a day pack (for items such as sunscreen, water, sun hat, camera, etc.) and your main piece of luggage will be transported from tea house to tea house by our team of porters whilst trekking. You will be able to leave your main luggage with items not needed for trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. All meals will be provided on trek, however you will need to budget for lunches and dinners whilst in Kathmandu. Water will be readily available on trek, and we may have to use treated water and water purification tablets. We can cater for most dietary requirements as long as we know in advance – just fill in the appropriate section on your registration form enclosed. Nepalese food is very varied and nutritious with plenty of vegetables and potatoes.
- Return flights from Manchester Airport to Kathmandu
- Airport taxes and fuel surcharge
- All accommodation and transfers
- All meals on trek and breakfast in Kathmandu
- Porters for trek
- Professional English-speaking local guides
- Local English speaking doctor, experienced in high altitude trekking
- Permits and National Park fees
- Kit bag including down sleeping bag, down jacket and fleece sleeping bag liner
What’s not included?
- Personal Travel Insurance – this can be obtained through Global Adventure Challenges
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, including the celebratory dinner
- Visa for Nepal
- Tips and gratuities
- Alcoholic drinks
What happens if I get tired? There will be regular rest stops for drinks and snacks – there is no problem with you taking more rest stops should you need them. A guide will be bringing up the rear of the group ensuring no-one is left alone. Remember this is not a race! The main physical problem you may encounter is altitude sickness, which can occur over 2,500m – the maximum altitude on this challenge is approx. 3,210m. Your physical fitness will not affect your ability to cope with the altitude, however the fitter you are the better you will cope in general whilst on the mountain. Altitude sickness is caused by decreased oxygen concentration in the blood due to the lower atmospheric pressure at high altitude. All individuals are affected differently, but symptoms can include breathlessness, nausea and headaches. Please be assured that this trek has been designed to maximise your chances for sufficient acclimatisation i.e. the speed at which we trek, the route taken, acclimatisation days taken and the number of highly trained experts in the support team.
What are the costs? Registration Fee £299 + Minimum Sponsorship £3750
How do I go about raising the sponsorship? Once you have signed up you will receive a fundraising pack from Alder Hey Children’s Charity in order to make your fundraising as easy as possible. You will also receive a few tips and ideas from Global Adventure Challenges to help you on your way.
I’m interested, how do I sign up? You can register online by clicking the link above, payment of the registration fee is due at time of booking – all payment options and costs are explained on the dates and costs information sheet. Once your registration is received Global Adventure Challenges will write to you, sending you further information on what to expect from this awesome adventure! Alder Hey Children’s Charity will also be in contact to discuss your fundraising.