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Cycle Laos for MAG

pre-trip preparation

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - You do need a visa to enter Laos. Visa application instructions will be sent to all participants 3 months prior to departure.

 

Insurance - Yes - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation and trip curtailment cost. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – There are specific requirements for immunisations that you should consider taking for a trip to Laos. You should always check with your GP what the most up to date information is regarding recommended inoculations for Laos.

what bikes will we be using? / do I need to bring my own bike equipment?

The bikes that we provide will either be locally purchased bicycles or front suspension mountain bikes that we bring into the country. You must bring a helmet with you on this challenge and it is imperative that this is worn at all times. If you wish to bring your own saddle or peddles with you, you may do. However, standard ones are provided.

life on the cycle

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - Breakfasts each morning will be at the accommodation, lunch en-route or in a local restaurant and evening meals will be either in our hotel/guesthouse or at a nearby restaurant. All food will be freshly prepared and varied.

 Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 Accommodation - Accommodation will be 2/4* hotels in major cities and guesthouses in the smaller villages. All accommodation is on a twin/triple basis.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights. You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting point of your challenge. Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

Your registration deposit is paid online to secure your place on the challenge. You will fund the remaining balance of the trip cost yourself and you are also committed to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for MAG. All of your sponsorship will go directly to the charity and will not cover any of your challenge costs.

what's included?

Action Challenge launch & info event
Pre-trip briefing by Action Challenge staff
International & domestic flights
Action Challenge Representative
Expedition medic (2 for 50 participants)
English-speaking local guides
Local specialised guides
All accommodation
All meals, except in free time
All participant and luggage transfers
All National Park fees
3-5 litres of water provided daily
All entrance fees as per the itinerary

what's not included?

Visas
Local departure tax
Tips for guides
Alcoholic drinks
Travel insurance
Items of a personal nature

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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