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trek Nepal for Homeless International

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 Annapurna region, as this is a moderate challenge. We will be trekking along forest paths and up into the lower areas of the Annapurna ranges. The terrain is undulating and there will be some long up and down hill stretches. 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, a challenge briefing will be provided approximately three months before you depart.

 

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 - Yes, your Nepalese visa will only 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, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 6000m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

We recommend using Campbell Irvine, tel: 0844 826 2722 or email: info@campbellirvine.com. Please quote ‘Action Challenge’ for appropriate cover.

 

Vaccinations – MALARIA: 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. BOOSTERS: 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?

November is one of the best months for visiting Nepal with the weather and visibility, making this an ideal time to trek. Average temperatures are around 15 °C with lows of 9 °C with minimal chance of rain which, along with the 8 hours of sunshine a day, makes for a pleasant climate.

 

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 on the last day of the challenge. 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.

 

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

 

Accommodation- Four nights in comfortable 2/3* hotels and three nights camping on the trek with basic facilities. 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?

Absolutely! Nepal has a number of beautiful temples and museums that are worth visiting. If you are interested in one of our packages, or just extending your stay out in Nepal, 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 Homeless International 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 Homeless International 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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