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Pyrenees - Snowshoe Challenge

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PRE TRIP PREPARATION

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Some fitness training is a good idea if you do not walk and snowshoe regularly in the mountains. Any cardio vascular training and hill work will stand you in good stead and make your challenge  much more enjoyable.

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of training weekends in Snowdonia 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 Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

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do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - British passport holders do not require a visa to enter France. However you will not be able to exceed your stay in France past 90 days.

Insurance - Each participant must take out an insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including medical repatriation and trip curtailment.

Vaccinations – Please ensure that you are up-to-date on boosters and vaccinations. Information on vaccinations is forever changing so we ask that you seek advice from a Travel Clinic or Medical Professional. If you do need vaccinations, make sure you book an appointment with your doctor at least 8-10 weeks before your trip this allows time for the vaccinations to take effect.

LIFE ON THE CHALLENGE

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. 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 with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like?

As you’d expect, it can be chilly! We’ll expect  temperatures around and below freezing, though the weather is often very fine and clear. As we approach spring time it is possible to have days that are very sunny and feel warm. We do have to be prepared though, and that means having the clothing and kit needed to stay safe and comfortable. A kit list will be provided upon signing up. 

what will the food / accommodation be like?

You’ll be staying in simple but comfortable 3* hotel accommodation in Luchon. During the snow shoe trek you’ll stay in a mountain refuge, these are dormitory style accommodation but each person will have their own bunk bed.


The food is plentiful and of very good quality, often using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfasts consist of pastries, fresh bread and jams and you can expect hearty meals in the evenings. Packed lunches will be simple, but filling. Dinners will be good with ample carbohydrate content – think pasta, rice, potatoes etc, but don’t expect a la carte!


Bottled or filtered drinking water will be provided during the trip. We’d advise bringing your own bottle, to reduce plastic waste where possible. During the trekking day we also pass streams in various places that you can top up from if you should run out, so take purification tablets with you, should you wish to fill up.

PAYMENT, 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?

  • Guided snowshoeing with a Action Challenge Leader (IML qualified) and UK medic
  • Airport transfers to and from Toulouse
  • Transfers Toulouse to Luchon
  • Transfers to and from the mountain base
  • Technical equipment (snow shoes) - see note on kit list (trekkers will need to bring poles, not included)
  • 2 nights in mountain refuge
  • 2 nights in a 3*Luchon guest house, B&B, based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on refuge nights
  • Dinner in Luchon on arrival

what's not included?

  • Return flights to Toulouse
  • Personal equipment and any additional kit needed
  • Insurance
  • Any additional town accommodation due to bad weather
  • Lunch when in town, and celebration dinner
  • Personal expenses, gratuities, alcohol, laundry etc
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

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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