How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend the day therapy unit at the hospice.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so that they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.
£1,250 pays for a portable oxygen system that will relieve distressing symptoms, so a person doesn’t have to be confined to bed.
Frequently asked questions
Who can take part?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge is able to take part. The group size will be around 25-35, and will include people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
How fit do I need to be?
This is a tough and exhilarating 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 tell you about any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal spending money
What will we eat and drink?
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, as well as cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and some meat. There will be vegetarian options for every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance about any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable, and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. This is a guideline only; please do seek professional medical advice from your 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 fundraising 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 will be 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 more information.
What will the weather be like?
Despite the humidity, October is one of the best months to trek in Vietnam. You can expect the weather to be sunny with average temperatures around 20°C. However, we recommend you come prepared for all weather conditions, as there is a possibility of rain.
What is 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. However, the Vietnamese government does sometimes change this, so if a visa is required, we will send further details of how to do this nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so by contacting Classic Tours. Extension of your stay is subject to additional costs and dependent on availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, Classic Tours, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset the carbon footprint of their flights.