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trek Annapurna

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

This is a moderately graded challenge and you do not need to be a super ‘athlete’, but the fitter you are the more enjoyable the experience will be. You may find it useful to do some cardio training three times a week as part of your trip preparation and doing some day hikes beforehand will also prepare your body for the days on the trail. You will no doubt be short of breath while trekking and don’t worry, you won’t be the only one, simply because it’s the Himalayas and the mountains are steep! There are sections of this trek with lots of stairs which can be brutal on the knees, so just take it easy, you have plenty of time to complete the day’s trek. Remember that each time you feel like stopping it is just another great chance to look around and take photos.

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 Brecon 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 - Yes - you will be required to acquire a Nepalese visa which will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue. 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 - Yes - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – It is important that you are up-to-date on boosters as well as having malaria tablets to take when you are here. Nepal is considered a high risk malaria zone. Therefore, you will need to take anti-malarial tablets, 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.

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 and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. This trek is relatively low in altitude so it is mild in climate, but due to the proximity to the Annapurna section of the Himalayan Range the weather can be unpredictable.

what will the accommodation be like?

Tea house accommodation is simple but good. You will share a room on your trek, unless you specifically request a single supplement (a small charge is required to cover the cost of taking an extra room for you). Please note that at peak trekking times a single room may not be available. Tea houses sometimes have attached bathrooms and hot showers, but the lodge owners may (or may not) charge an extra fee and this can fluctuate depending on demand. So this is not included in the price of your trek. You can simply pay for these if and when you desire them. Tea houses are simple accommodation, not hotels and they are located in an area where getting supplies is expensive and time consuming – you can’t expect 5 star facilities, but this will be more than compensated for by the friendliness and hospitality of your hosts. They will be doing their best, so please keep your expectations firmly grounded in the reality of where you are.


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.

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.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

  • Chitwan National Park – explore the steamy jungles of the Terai in this world heritage listed National Park. Your chance to ride on an elephant to explore and seek a glimpse of wildlife such as the one horned rhinoceros, crocodiles, langur monkeys, sloth bear, deer, Asian bison and of course the elusive Bengal tiger.

 

  • Chitwan National Park - with /without a village homestay where you can learn about traditional Tharu culture and daily life, including learning to cook traditional food, drive an oxcart, traditional art and craft etc

 

  • Further trekking to any of the incredible treks in the region – for example, you can fly from Pokhara up into the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, a wild and barren landscape and fascinating Tibetan culture in the high altitude desert north of the Annapurna range. You can spend a few days up here or take a longer trek into the “forbidden Kingdom” of Upper Mustang.

 

  • Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu – day trips or an extended tour seeing all the sights and any special interests you may have

 

  • Luxury spa break in Pokhara or Kathmandu

 

  • Yoga retreat in Pokhara or Kathmandu

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

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 BOOK NOW 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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