Trek Vietnam for Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool 2017


Event type
Overseas, Hospices

Minimum fundraising
Registration fee
Minimum age

You must be 18 years old to register for this event.

0845 052 4184

Trek through the valleys and paddy fields of northern Vietnam to the breath-taking mountains of the Hoa Binh province and raise vital funds for the Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool. 

This challenge is a fantastic opportunity to explore the traditional charm and rare beauty of this untouched part of Asia while raising money for Marie Curie. 

If you would like to find out more, please contact your local community fundraiser, Antony, who would be happy to discuss the Vietnam Trek further with you. Email Antony on 

Why trek with Marie Curie?

By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:

  • Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
  • Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out some of these ideas.
  • Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
  • Two Marie Curie representatives who will trek the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
  • A brightly coloured Marie Curie Overseas T-Shirt
  • Access to a Facebook Group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
  • A 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors

The Ultimate Travel Company

This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. Ultimate Travel have over 16 years running pioneering charity challenges including Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. They use the best ground agents, the most experienced trek staff and doctors to ensure you have a safe and memorable challenge. 

Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. If you are still interested in trekking for Marie Curie, take a look at our Burma Trek in May 2018 or our Great Wall of China Trek in October 2018.

For more information, please contact us on or call us on 0845 052 4184.



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 and would like a paper form, please call us on 0800 716 146 or why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?

Who can take part?

You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 40-45 with people of all ages from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

How fit do I have to be?

This is a very strenuous challenge and you will need to train 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.

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 is not included in the package?

  • Registration fee
  • Recommended vaccinations
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money

What food and drink will there be?

Clean 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?

Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Japanese Encephalitis are advisable. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. Anti-Malaria protection should also be taken. This is a guideline only. Participants must seek professional medical advice from their GP or local travel clinic.

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 participants and hear more about the challenge.

During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.

Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,500. After tour operating costs, a minimum of £2,285* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the tour operating costs yourself, please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.

What will the weather be like?

The best time for trekking is early October through to November, and late March to April with temperatures ranging from 20-30°C+. The temperature can feel very humid. It is important to use a high factor sun cream and drink plenty of fluids each day.

What’s the accommodation like?

A mixture of hotels and traditional wooden houses on stilts. 

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 are not currently required to apply for a tourist visa to enter Vietnam, but this often changes. We will send further details of how to apply for a visa, should this change, this nearer the time.  

Can I extend my stay?

Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through The Ultimate Travel Company at a 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, Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.

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, Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.

What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?

We require the 80% minimum of £2,800 by 21 July 2017. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email


Day 1

Depart UK to Hanoi

We depart the UK for Hanoi, Vietnam via Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2

Arrive Hanoi

On arrival we will meet our local guides and transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is free to look around Hanoi, the charming capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Free afternoon to explore this fascinating city. In the evening, we will have a full trek briefing about the challenge ahead.

Day 3

Hanoi to Mai Chau Valley – 3hrs

After breakfast we transfer by coach approx. four hours to beautiful Hoa Binh Province. Hoa Binh is populated by Thai, Hmong, Muong and Dao ethnic people. We will stop for lunch and will be served a traditional lunch by our host family. In the afternoon we will trek through many picturesque villages and lush paddy fields to the quaint Thai village of Van. Our guides will be on-hand to explain about the rice harvesting and other local produce such as peanuts. Overnight in Thai houses on stilts.

Day 4

Mai Chau to Ban Buoc – 6-7hrs

After breakfast we have a short 25 minutes transfer to Nhot village. Our day starts with a tough 300m uphill trek to the villages of Na Mo and Na meo, home to white Thai minority people. We then descend into a beautiful valley and hike through Ban Te village. After lunch we continue hiking on narrow trails alongside a river and across rice terraces, bamboo gardens and crossing a suspension bridge to our overnight Thai houses on stilts in Buoc village.

Day 5

Ban Bouc to Pu Luong Nature Reserve – 7-9hrs

After an early breakfast ,our trek this morning takes us along the valley for four hours and leads us to the Thai village of Van Mai. After an early lunch , we have a short transfer to Co Luong, where we have a short (approx 15min) Ma river crossing aboard a local boat . Once off the boat we continue our hike to Trang Village . The scenery becomes more breath-taking and wild. From the bridge at Sai we have another short transfer to Duom village to avoid paved road and enter the Pu Luong nature reserve, for our final 3km to our homestay. This section of Pu Luong valley is narrow and steep with a beautiful river running through it, with terraces on either side

Day 6

Kho Muong village – 7-8 hrs

Another long day of hiking, 70% on village paths and 30% on the old disused unpaved Ho Chi Minh Trail and our guides will always be at hand to explain the fascinating history of the area. There are some steep climbs today and yet more stream crossings. The trekking becomes more remote, yet one is never far from a villager tending fields or walking back from early morning market. We will relax over lunch, away from the heat of the day in a local home at Pa Ban village before continuing to our overnight village at Kho Muong, nestled between steep Karst Mountains.

Day 7

Hin Village – 6-7hrs

A challenging but glorious day. We start uphill to Lan Ngoai village. After lunch we descend to the valley floor before climbing over a small mountain to Hin Village and our final home-stay of our Vietnam adventure. The village is perfectly positioned close to a small river with opportunities to cool off with a swim after a long day.

Day 8

Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Hanoi – 4-5hrs

The last day of our challenge! Our morning trek leads us back through the valley and uphill back into the mountains. After lunch the trail levels out to Ban Ton where we will meet our vehicles and transfer back to Hanoi. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a special gala dinner.

Day 9

Hanoi to UK

Morning at leisure until our transfer to the airport for our overnight fight back to the UK.

Day 10

Arrive UK

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