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trek Sri Lanka - Liverpool Hospice

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the whole experience of trekking Sri Lanka. For this challenge you will require reasonable fitness and strength. Any programme should incorporate the elements listed below. You will need to be physically and mentally quite “robust” and confident in your ability to walk for 6+ hours a day, in order to complete this challenge.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - Yes, British citizens do require a visa for Sri Lanka. 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 4000m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations - Fit for Travel is a website that provides information for people travelling abroad: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk . However, all participants must seek professional advice from their GP.

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 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?

Sri Lanka is typically hot and humid, average temperatures are between 27° and 29° Celsius. During November to March it is the dry season for South western and Southern beaches and the Central Highlands. In Colombo and low-lying areas the temperatures can be high, but expect more manageable temperatures in the highlands and it may get chilly in the evenings.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - 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. 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- The accommodation will be in good, clean and comfortable mainly 3* hotels. There will be electricity to charge batterys and phones etc. Most will have a form of internet/wifi connection.

 

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 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 point of your challenge. 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?

Your registration deposit is paid to Marie Curie Cancer Care 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?

 

  • Pre-trip briefing by Action Challenge staff
  • International flights
  • Action Challenge Representative
  • Expedition Medic
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Luggage Transfer
  • All accommodation
  • All meals, except in free time
  • All transfers in A/C vehicles
  • All National Park fees
  • 3 litres of water provided daily
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary

what's not included?

 

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Single supplement
  • Visas
  • Tips for local staff

 

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 Marie Curie Cancer Care 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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