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trek Burma (Myanmar)

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

The route you will be trekking is through farmland and fields but there are periods that will involve steep and sometimes muddy climbs, which is why this has been classed as a moderate challenge. This is a very achievable challenge to complete but you will need a reasonable level of strength and stamina as well as being prepared for trekking in very warm weather. Your training should incorporate aerobic and anaerobic exercises as well as ensuring that you get a chance to get some decent treks in before we leave!

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!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - UK passport holders do require a visa to enter Myanmar before arrival. We will send you information on how to apply for your visa 3-4 months before you depart.

 

Insurance - Each participant must take out a valid travel insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip. Information will be provided once you have registered.

 

Vaccinations – Please ensure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations. The use of malaria tablets is also recommended. As information is forever changing we ask that you seek advice from a Travel Clinic or Medical Professional for up to date travel heath advice.

how old do I have to be to take on this challenge?

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the challenge. Participants aged 16 and 17 year olds may also participate in an International Challenge but will need the agreement of a parent or guardian of legal age. This same guardian or parent will have to accompany them on the challenge and sign a parental responsibility form. Please note our International Challenges are mainly aimed towards adults therefore we don’t recommend children to book.

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 trekking guide. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm 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 reassurance 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 cycling?

October through to May are the best times to trek in Myanmar as the conditions are fairly dry and the weather is hot and sunny. Days will be hot with temperatures reaching up to 30º whilst evening temperatures drop to around 12-15º which is still warm and pleasant. Weather in monsoon regions is always unpredictable and can change very quickly so we recommend that you always come prepared for all weather conditions.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - All meals are included within the trip cost apart from during free time. Breakfast will be served at our accommodation and will typically consist of toast, eggs and fruit. Lunch and dinner will be en route at a prearranged restaurant and will be a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of meat and fish. Local Myanmar food should be expected on the challenge. There are similarities to Thai/Vietnamese flavours and dishes. 

 

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

 

Accommodation - We will be staying in comfortable hotels in the towns, these will be allocated on a twin/triple sharing basis. In the local villages along the trek, we will overnight in working monasteries so a sleeping bag is essential. 

 

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.

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 trekking guide
• Full support team, including English-speaking local guides
• UK qualified medic
• All accommodation, on a twin-share basis
• All meals, except in free time
• Airline taxes (not including fuel surcharges)
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner at the end of the challenge

• Discounted UK training weekends 

• 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
• Airline fuel surcharge
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment

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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