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trek Cuba for NICFC

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking along the Sierra del Escambray mountains 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 trek takes us across various terrain and through rocky mountains. There will be some long up and down hill stretches and 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 Nationals do require a Tourist Card for entry into Cuba. Further information will be sent to you 3 months before departure. Passports should have at least one blank page and will need to be valid for at least six months from the date of departure.


Insurance - Each participant must take out a valid travel insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including helicopter rescue and medical repatriation that can be authorised on the advice of the Action Challenge tour leader. Please make sure you are also covered for ‘trip curtailment’ as if you have to leave for the group for any reason costs must be covered by yourself. Action Challenge works regularly with Campbell Irvine as a specialist travel insurance provider. All questions regarding the cover, costs and purchase of the insurance can be made directly with Campbell Irvine. You can call them direct on +44 207 938 1734, email or apply online. You will need to quote ‘Action Challenge’ and the name of your event.


Please inform your charity once you have purchased the insurance and fax/email through a copy of the cover note to them with your insurance provider, policy number and 24hr insurance response emergency number. Travel insurance can be obtained elsewhere, but a copy of the policy must be given to your charity one month prior to departure. Please be aware that most high-street policies will not provide sufficient cover for a challenge event and therefore we strongly recommend showing a copy of the itinerary to your insurer before you purchase your policy to ensure you are sufficiently covered.


Vaccinations – As information on vaccinations is forever changing you should seek advice from a Travel Clinic or Medical Professional, however, 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?

Weather varies little between the seasons in terms of temperature fluctuations, with the average temperature in Cuba being 25C. The weather can become cool in the eveninga and temperatures drop to about 20C, with the warmest weather in Cuba bringing temperatures of no more than 30C. Expect temperatures from about 25C and 30C in November. November is out of hurricane season. 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 will be provided apart from during free time. 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.


We suggest bringing a camelback water carrier and/or water bottle. We 4 strongly advise people purchase bottled water and not drink from the taps. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at the hotel and all bar tabs should be settled on an individual basis.


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


Accommodation- Accommodation will be simple local hotels along the route. We will also be camping for two consecutive nights in the grounds of haciendas. If there is anyone whom you wish to share with please let the NICFC team know.


Please be prepared for occasional power cuts, and minor water flow problems during your stay in Cuba. These are the norm here, and this is all part and parcel of travelling through one of the last remaining bastions of communism. You can’t change Cuba, but it might change you! 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?

If you wish to stay on in Cuba please let us know and we can extend your flight back to the UK. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability, and may incur extra costs which will be passed onto you. Please note that there is a strict deadline of 3 months before departure for all requests. Please contact if you wish to extend your flights.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

Your registration deposit is paid to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) 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 Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) 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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