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 30-40 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?
All our trekking 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 walk approximately 12-14 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
- Travel insurance
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Meals when not trekking
What will we eat and drink?
Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves.
Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese, sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit.
Evening meal: Will consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta and a dessert course. Coffee and tea are included with the evening meal.
What about vaccinations?
Tetanus should be up to date and polio is recommended. This is a guide only, you should check with your GP for further advise. You may also check the NHS website 'Fit for Travel' for more information.
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 £2,200. A minimum of £1,051* 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?
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders do not currently require a visa, other nationalities should check with their embassies.
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 a tourist visa. We will send further details nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through Discover Adventure at an additional cost and subject to 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, Discover Adventure, 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 £1,840 by 21 March 2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due four weeks after you return from the event.
This challenge is organised through Discover Adventure. Made up of people who love the outdoors, Discover Challenge aims to create adventure challenges that enable people to achieve their ambitions. Their leaders are all professional, friendly and experienced at running challenging trips all over the world.