How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness overnight in their own home
£350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice. They'll have access to emotional support and many different activities.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can recieve the care they need.
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I need to be?
This is a challenging trip and you will need to train extremely hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. We will cycle approximately 70-80 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Personal spending money
- Your own personal kit
- Travel insurance
- Cost of spare parts
What food and drink will there be?
Bottled water is provided throughout the trip. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes, along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
As a guide diphtheria, hepatitis A and typhoid are advisable, and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP. Further information can be found on the NHS travel website.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,650. A minimum of £1,845* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
*Based on minimum participant numbers
What will the weather be like?
November is one of the best times to visit Laos. It is the start of the dry season with an average of 5mm of rain per month. The temperature should be between 18- 28 degrees Celsius.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders will require a visa to enter Laos which should roughly be US$35. We will send you more information on this nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through Action Challenge at an additional cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, Action Challenge, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £2,920 by 31/08/2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This challenge is organised through Action Challenge. With over 160 itineraries in some of the most unexplored places on the globe, Action Challenge specialises in rewarding outdoor challenge events and unforgettable adventures.