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trek Ama Dablam for Dementia UK

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Climbing to Everest Base Camp is a tough challenge, at altitude, but one that is very achievable with the correct training. 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!

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Breacon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

 

We also run challenge briefings in Central London.

 

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - British Nationals do require a visa to enter Nepal. An email will be sent out reminding you to apply for your visa within 4 months of your departure date. This will include the application form and the details you need to complete it.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 6000m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – Whilst the risk of contracting malaria on your climb is very low, Nepal is considered a high risk malaria zone. Therefore, you will need to take anti-malarial tablets, to ensure that you are covered for times when you are at lower altitudes. There are various brands of medication on the market so please seek medical advice from your local travel clinic about taking anti – malarial prophylaxis medication. Please also make sure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations by speaking to your local GP / travel clinic. Advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diptheria and Rabies.

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.

 

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 with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

We experience various climate zones, from forestry at the start up to alpine scrub with limited vegetation as the altitude increases.

 

On the first and last few days of our climb, temperatures should remain warm around the low-mid twenties, with high humidity, becoming cooler at dusk and at night dropping to around 10C.

 

As we ascend and the vegetation becomes more sparse, temperatures begin to drop dramatically to around the low-mid teens and then into single figures around the 4000m mark - it becomes very cold at night!

 

The temperature falls on average by 1C every 200m in altitude gained.

 

Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, ensure that you are ready for wind, rain, sun and snow!

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - We are provided with three varied and nutritious meals a day, and an unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water a day whilst trekking. Breakfast will be at the accommodation, lunch will be en-route at a prearranged tea house or lodge and dinner will always be in a good local restaurant or at that evenings tea-house.

 

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

 

Accommodation - In Kathmandu, we will stay in a comfortable hotel. On the trek, our accommodation will be in tea-house, which are basic lodges with rustic facilities. Toilets are long-drop style and basic washing facilities will be available.

 

Accommodation will be allocated on a twin/triple and dormitory sharing basis.

 

Single supplement - We can accommodate single rooms in the majority of the accommodation on the challenge.

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 hotel on day 2 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?

You are then committed to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for the charity. Part of your fundraising will cover the cost of your challenge.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the visit charity website to book button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. 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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