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Who can take part?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge is able to take part. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives. This 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 trek is challenging. 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 walk approximately 12-18 kilometres (5-7 hours) per day.
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
- Personal spending money
What will we eat and drink?
All the water on the trek will be boiled and safe to drink. Breakfast will consist of cereals, local breads and eggs. A typical lunch will include salads, cold meats, eggs, rice, bread and cheese with fruit and biscuits. In the evening there will be a hot meal, normally three courses, comprising soup, main meal and dessert. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements and feel free to bring any of your favourite snacks.
What about vaccinations?
As a guide, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable. Tetanus and Polio vaccinations should be up to date. Anti-Malaria protection is also advisable if you are planning on staying on and travelling to low-land Nepal. 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 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 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 £3,450. A minimum of £2,399* 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?
The weather should be dry and bright in January. Temperatures might reach 25-30°C in the middle of the day and drop to -10°C at night. Mountain weather can change without warning so it’s best to be prepared.
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 Ultimate Travel at an additional cost and subject to availability. Please note that you may need to buy a separate visa if you are extending your trip.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. Our tour operator, The Ultimate Travel Company, employs local staff and suppliers, creates minimal environmental impact and makes a positive contribution to conservation in Nepal.
The Ultimate Travel Company
This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. The company was established with the aim of creating tailor-made, luxury holidays and unrivalled escorted tours.