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trek Malawi for REALL

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

This challenge requires a good level of fitness. We will be hiking through the mountains for sustained periods of time; therefore strong, conditioned legs make the up and downhill stretches easier. Your body needs to get used to walking for long periods of time on consecutive days and endurance training will help prepare for this. 

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. Please see our website for more information.


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 test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - Yes, British nationals do need a visa to enter Malawi for tourist purposes. You will be sent more information about how to apply for your visa closer to your departure date.


Insurance - Each participant must have a travel insurance policy that adequately covers them for all aspects of the trip. Action Challenge works regularly with Campbell Irvine: If you wish to purchase your insurance through Campbell Irvine please call +44 207 938 1734 or email


Vaccinations – 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.

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?

September in Malawi is hot and humid, right through until April and has average daily highs of 20-25°C, with little to no rain! Please also bring some warm clothes as the temperatures can drop at night, with the days getting noticeably cooler as we ascend the Mulanje Massif.


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/campsite and will typically consist of porridge, toast and eggs. Lunch will be at the project or en-route to the campsite, with dinner at the accomodation. Typical dinner will be a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of meat and fish. All meals will be provided apart from during free time. 


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


Accommodation- five nights in comfortable 2/3* hotels whilst in Blantyre, and three nights camping. 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 when informed in advance.

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?

Yes! Malawi has a number of sights and activities to take part in during your stay. Consider aqua diving in the bay or sightseeing adventures at several wildlife reserves. If you are interested in extending your stay in Africa, 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 online to secure your place on the challenge. You are then committed to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for REALL. 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 logistics manager/medic
  • English-speaking local facilitator/translator
  • Full local staff & Mountain team
  • All accommodation
  • Full communications
  • All meals, except in free time
  • All transfers
  • 3 litres of purified water provided daily
  • Full UK office support and management
  • Event manual and full challenge brief

what's not included?

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Single supplement
  • Visas

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. 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
• Dietary Requirements (if applicable)
• Details of any Medical Conditions (if applicable)
• Next of Kin Details


Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport and travel insurance details. If you do not yet have this information, you can re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create.

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