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trek Borneo for Marie Curie

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking through Borneo is a moderate challenge, but it’s difficulty is heightened by the altitude. 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 - British Passport holders do not require a visa to enter Borneo. On arrival most nationalities are likely to be given a visa for three months’ stay.


Insurance - Each participant must take out an insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including helicopter rescue for mountain areas and medical repatriation that can be authorised on the advice of the Action Challenge tour leader. Action Challenge works regularly with as an insurance provider. Please see the insurance application form available from your charity or Action Challenge. Alternatively, you can call the insurance company direct on +44 1737 223 687,


You will need to quote ‘Action Challenge’ and the name of your event. All questions regarding the cover, costs and purchase of the insurance can be made directly with Campbell Irvine. Please inform your charity once you have purchased the insurance and fax/email through a copy of the cover note to them.


Vaccinations – No specific vaccinations are required for Borneo, however please consult your doctor about malaria tablets if appropriate and current inoculations needed for Borneo and leave plenty of time for the injections. As information on vaccinations is forever changing we ask that you seek advice from a Travel Clinic or Medical Professional. Neither Action Challenge nor your charity is qualified to give this sort of information.

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?

In the mountains it can rain at any time of year and therefore wet weather gear and sturdy footwear is advised. Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. 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 - We will have an unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water.. Breakfast will be at the accommodation, lunch will be a packed lunch en-route and dinner will be in our hotel or at a local restaurant. All meals will be provided apart from during free time. We also recommend bringing a selection of snacks to keep your energy levels up while trekking, such as cereal bars and trail mix.


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


Accommodation- We will spend two nights in comfortable 2/3* hotels, one night in a traditional mountain hut, two nights in Native Longhouses, and one night in a local native home. 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.

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?

• 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 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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