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FAQ

What's 'included' in the package?

Once you have reached your fundraising minimum, the experience includes:

  • International flights round trip from London, New York, Toronto & Tel Aviv
  • A Shalva Fleece
  • A Charity Challenge T-Shirt
  • Activity Equipment including ice axes, crampons and tents as per the challenge activity
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • All ground staff including English speaking guide, drivers, cooks, and porters
  • Entrance fees to national parks or other places of interest visited on the itinerary
  • Drinking water on challenge days
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
  • Accommodation during the challenge (usually in twin share)
  • Internal road and air transfers as per the itinerary
  • All challenge management before, during and post event

Level of Difficulty

The Avenue of the Volcanoes Challenge is graded as extreme. This challenge is tougher than Everest Basecamp and Kilimanjaro, and anyone undertaking this challenge should have experience with altitude trekking in extreme climates. Training and high levels of fitness and endurance are required.
During the Avenue of the Volcanoes challenge, you will be:

  • Trekking between 6-8 hours a day
  • Hiking everyday at altitudes above 4000 meters
  • Reaching a maximum altitude of 5897 meters above sea level.
  • Beginning your final summit attempt at approximately midnight and trekking for up to 12 hours.
  • Using crampons and ice axes to reach the summit, over some inclines of 30-40 degrees.

Travel insurance:

Our Trek Logistics partners, Charity Challenge, can provide a comprehensive travel insurance policy for this challenge which provides cover for medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation), cancellation and curtailment and specifically covers the activities undertaken during the challenge. You can take this out when booking. The cost is £85.00.

Money

Currency: The Ecuadorian currency is the US Dollar. They do not accept US $100 bills, and lower denominations are advised. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com.

Credit Cards:

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Quito, but will not be accepted in the rural challenge areas. Check with your bank regarding any charges applicable.

ATMs:

ATM’s are widely available in Quito, and you should ensure that you have enough cash with you for your trek.

How much to bring:

You will not need a large amount of money during this trip, as most expenses are included. You should only need money for tips, food & drink (additional), gifts and souvenirs. There are a wide range of souvenirs to buy, including rugs, ponchos, and jewellery. On average around £150- £200 + a credit card in case of an emergency, should suffice. Keep in mind that, other than at the start and end of the trip, you will be in the mountains away from any foreign exchanges or banks. We therefore recommend that you carry some cash.

Tipping:

Tipping is personal and at your sole discretion. You should only tip if you feel that you have received good service. We recommend approx. US$10 per person per day (approx $70) and this should be given to the challenge leader at the end of the challenge who will distribute it among the support team, including guides, assistant guides cooks, and porters.

Visa

You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your challenge. No visa is necessary for British Citizens for stays of up to 90 days. For citizens of other countries please check travel advice on the Ecuadorian embassy's website.

Vaccinations

For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS Government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx. Malaria precautions are essential only in low-lying rural areas; the risk is minimal in the Cusco region. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net. Travellers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their doctors before travelling to high altitude. Please check all vaccination advice with your GP or travel nurse.

Climate-

You can expect Andean mountain weather throughout your challenge. Daytime weather can change from hot and clear with temperatures around 25 degrees centigrade to cold and damp with temperatures closer to zero. Night times, especially when high on Cayambe, will be very cold, with temperatures well below zero. You must be prepared for the worst, as mountain weather conditions are extremely unpredictable.

Terrain

The route is mountainous, steep and uneven on all of the volcanoes. During your final summit attempt on Cayambe you will be using crampons and ice axes, roped up 2:1 with another participant and a guide. You will be given a day of technical training to teach you some of the skills required for glacier trekking, however you should be mentally prepared for the ascent as the gradients may reach up to 40 degrees.

Typical day

During the trekking days you will rise early and pack up before breakfast, then trek carrying only day packs for 6-8hours. There will be a picnic lunch on route and plenty of time to stop and view the remarkable scenery. The trekking area is remote and home to a wide array of rare flora and fauna. The evenings are spent in basic, though beautifully located, camps and lodges where the food and facilities are fairly simple. On the summit night, you will rise at around midnight and arrive at the summit between 7 and 8am

Accommodation

In Quito, the hotel will be a two to three star family run hotel, located near to the centre of town. Rooms are usually en-suite. During the trek we will be staying in mountain refuges and lodges with one night camping in two person dome tents (sharing with someone of the same sex). If you are traveling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with, please ensure you submit this information at the time of booking.
 
Foam sleeping mats are provided, but do take your own if you require extra comfort. You should take a good four season sleeping bag for the more basic refuges and camping. A four season with liner is ideal.

Toilets

Hotels in Quito provide en suite facilities, as you would expect in the UK. In camp, toilets will be simple long drop toilets with bowls of water for washing.

Phone and WiFi

You will have mobile phone and internet signal during your stay in Quito. After that, you will have extremely limited mobile phone or internet reception.

Registration Fees

Shalva - £75
Charity Challenge - £495

Fundraising Targets

UK – £5,000
Israel – ₪30,000
America – $10,000
Canada – $12,500

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