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Trek Mount Etna for MS Positive

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

We trek between 4-5 hours each day, along varied terrain. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - British citizens do not need a visa to enter Sicily, Italy. Please double check if you are not travelling on a British passport.

 

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

 

Vaccinations – Please make sure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations by speaking to your local GP / travel clinic.

life on the trek

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.

 

This challenge is exclusive to MS Positive fundraisers, so you will be required to fundraise for this charity to participate.  

 

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 is the weather like while trekking?

The weather in October usually begins to cool at the beginning of the autumn season, temperature highs of 22C, dropping to 16C after sunset. Remember to pack sensibly, meaning rain coats must not be forgotten, just in case!

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food – Breakfast will be at our accommodation at which time we will be provided with our own packed lunches. Dinners will also be at our accommodation or local restaurant and will be traditional Sicilian food providing you with a mixed diet of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Whilst on the trek, participants will be asked to carry their own packed lunch. All meals will be provided apart from in free time.

 

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

 

Accommodation – 1 night will be spent camping on the slopes of Mount Etna with twin-share tents, 2 nights in comfortable hotels with standard rooms (including bathroom) and 1 night in a refuge along the challenge (twin/triple/quad share) .

 

Single Supplement – If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places. Please advise when you register and you will be charged an additional deposit.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or 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 campsite of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

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?

When you register, you will pay a deposit of £299, with the final balance of £1,176 due 12 weeks before departure. As this is a charity event, you will be expected to fundraise on the side for MS Positive towards their target of raising £50,000 to help fund their projects. 

what's included?

• Fully supported 5 day group challenge

• Action Challenge UK representative
• UK qualified medic
• Full support team, including English-speaking local guides
• All flights and air travel taxes
• All accommodation, twin/triple/quad share – camping & refuge (1 night) &hotel (2 nights)
• All meals with the group; except in free time
• Water provided daily
• All participant & luggage transfers
• National Park entrance fees
• Celebratory dinner
• Pre-trip briefing by Action Challenge staff
• Pre-event support including kit discounts from UK retailers

what's not included?

• Travel insurance – including cover for pre-existing medical conditions

• Vaccinations (if required) – please check your boosters
• Visas (if required)
• Single supplement (option to select at registration)
• Tips for local staff
• Any additional food/drinks, outside meals and during free time
• Alcoholic drinks

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top or bottom of the page. This will re-direct you to our registration form where you can sign up to the challenge by completing the form and paying a registration deposit.

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