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.
Who can take part?
You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 25-30 with people of all ages from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will do it with friends, partners or relatives.
How fit do I need to be?
This is a challenging trip and you will need to train hard to succeed. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure.
Will I need specialist kit?
You will need your own helmet.
We’ll send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack.
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?
What’s not included?
- Registration fee.
- Recommended vaccinations.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal spending money.
What will we eat and drink?
Bottled water is provided throughout the trip. There will be lots of opportunities to try the amazing local, traditional food. 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 and 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 if you have any special dietary requirements.
Do I need vaccinations?
As a guide, typhoid, diptheria and hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable, and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or visit fitfortravel.nhs.uk for current advice.
How will I be supported?
Before the challenge: You will be sent a fundraising pack with lots of 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 participants and hear more about the challenge.
During the challenge: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and cycle leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported to each night’s hotel.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,650. A minimum of £1,804* 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 more information.
*Based on minimum participant numbers
**Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes. Lines are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.
What will the weather be like?
The climate is hot and tropical across most of the country. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from November to April, when there is a lower chance of rainfall. The mountain areas can be cooler at this time but mostly the temperatures will remain around 26-28°C. The rainy season is May to October when temperatures are at their highest.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. Everyone travelling from the UK will require visas for Laos. These are granted on arrival, and we will send further details nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the challenge can arrange to do so through Action Challenge at a cost and subject to availability.
Do overseas challenges damage the environment?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, Action Challenge, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
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.