About the Challenge
THE TREK WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THE 7TH OF JANUARY TO THE 18TH OF JANUARY 2018
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Participants from all over the world will have a chance to spend ten days surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful scenery and will trek through rain forests and up and over volcanoes. The unforgettable Avenue of the Volcanoes experience includes:
through the clouds as you conquer Cayambe
as the sun rises over Ecuador
- Gaze for miles over the magical Andes
- Meander through rain forests and up and around volcanoes
- Celebrate your achievements in the cultural capital Quito
- A Charity Challenge T-Shirt
All participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £574 to cover admin charges, as follows.
Shalva - £75 (payable when registering on the Shalva challenge website)
Charity Challenge - £499 (payable when registering on the Charity Challenge website)
UK Climbers - £5,000 per participant
Israeli Climbers - 30,000 NIS per participant
Canadian Climbers - $12,500 CAD* per participan
USA Climbers - $10,000 US** per participant
* based on return flights from Toronto
** based on return flights from New York
The full cost of this challenge to Shalva is £2,350 per participant from the UK (cost from Israel, the USA or Canada is higher and will depend on additional flight cost). Participants may choose to cover some or all of this amount themselves, in order that all monies raised will directly benefit Shalva's children and their families.
of the Volcanoes Trek is an Extreme trek, but still very ‘do-able’. The
difficulty level comes on the final summit. Cayambe is a Glacier ascent and
therefore technically difficult.
challenge has 4 summits and each one is an accomplishment. Your trek will not
be focused on the final summit on Cayambe, but on each one.
On the day
before the summit of Cayambe (Day 9) we will have a whole day set aside for Ice
Practice. During this day the experienced local guides will be teaching the
group how to use crampons and ice picks and how to trek whilst tethered
together in small groups by ropes. This training will be crucial to
successfully make it to the summit of Cayambe at 5,790m. The day will offer the
opportunity to learn the technical aspect of how to climb the glacier and for
you to gain as much confidence as possible.
team will be roped in small groups of 2 or 3, each to a guide. This will be
your summit group. Once tethered and trekking, this group cannot be broken up
or separated. Therefore, if one person in the group gets into trouble, suffers
from exhaustion or the altitude and the guide makes the decision that they
can’t continue, or if the participant decides themselves that they really can’t
continue and needs to turn back, then the whole of the tethered group must all
turn back together. We will only have one guide per tethered group and if
someone needs to turn back, there will not be any spare guides to take them
back down, so that the original guide can accompany the remaining team members.
we will probably have to put people together in roped groups of a similar
standard with the understanding that the summit attempt will be a case of ‘All
for one and one for all’.
people that try the ice practice day (Day 9) and decide that, in fact, the
glacier climb is really not for them. That won’t be a problem. It will be
perfectly OK and acceptable for those that do not want to attempt the glacier
summit of Cayambe to stay behind at the lodge and wait for the team to return.