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trek Grand Canyon for NI Hospice

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Generally the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the whole experience of trekking in the Grand Canyon. Nevertheless, it is very achievable with the correct training, and the slow pace set along the trail. The terrain is undulating and there will be some long up and down hill stretches. We will trek in and out of gorges and at times some scrambling will be involved. 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 - All British & Irish passport holders travelling to the US need to register their passport details online. This is known as an Electronic Travel System Authorisation or ESTA Visa Application.

 

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

 

Vaccinations – All participants must seek professional advice regarding required vaccinations for the US from a travel clinic or GP, providing them with full itinerary details. Please 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 and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

October temperatures in the Grand Canyon are relatively pleasant, 14 – 21°C. Inner canyon temperatures are more extreme. Grand Canyon weather varies by location. The rims is at high elevations, and they will be cooler than the inner canyon, which is nearer sea level. At any location, Grand Canyon weather can change quickly, and you should be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, make sure that you are ready for wind, rain, and sunshine!

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - All meals are included within the trip cost apart from during free time and all other drinks at the hotel / restaurant. We will have an unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water, and three varied and nutritious meals a day. Breakfast will be at the accommodation/campsite and will typically consist of porridge, toast and eggs. Lunch and dinner will be en-route at a prearranged restaurant or campsite and will be a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of meat and fish. Please note that alcohol is prohibited in the canyon.

 

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

 

Accommodation- Accommodation will be a mixture of comfortable 3* hotels, motel and camping whilst on trek. Our final night in Las Vegas we stay at a 4/5 star centrally located Hotel & Casino. Toilets while trekking are long-drop style with limited washing facilities. All accommodation is on a twin/triple-share, single-sex basis and we will pair you with someone of a similar age, where possible.

 

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?

Yes! Keen to stay on and explore more of the West coast? Perhaps continue trekking through Yosemite National Park, or spend some more time in Las Vegas. If you are interested in extending your stay out in the United States, a request will be made to the airline once we have your specific dates.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

Your registration deposit is paid to the Northern Ireland Hospice to secure your place on the 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. This will re-direct you to the Northern Ireland Hospice website where you can register your place on to the challenge by completing a registration form and paying a registration deposit directly to the charity.

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