Who can take part? People of all ages and from all walks of life. Although you must be 18 and over. You can sign up as an individual or a group – by the time you’ve finished the trip you will have made friendships that will last a lifetime!
How fit do I need to be? Discover Adventure have graded this trip as 3/5. It is designed to be a challenge so it’s important that you train in advance. With the right preparation anyone can complete the trek and enjoy themselves while doing it.
What’s the terrain like? This exciting trek takes us to remote Madagascar, where spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife awaits! From canyons and gorges to bush-covered plains and dense forests, rocky ridges and the summit of the island’s highest accessible mountain peak, this is a unique and highly varied trek steeped in natural beauty.
What’s a typical day like? There are a few long drive days, trekking days range from 3 hours (on first day of trek) to 6-10 hours of trekking for the other days. Summit Pic Bobby, Madagascar’s second highest peak, stunning scenery, wildlife viewing (fingers crossed) and cultural experiences as you trek through tiny villages are all typical parts of this amazing trek.
What’s the accommodation like? During the trek, you camp for 5 nights in two- man tents. Some campsites are quite simple; others are permanent tented camps with wooden or thatched shelters and very good facilities. All have stunning views. The hotels are comfortable and clean with en-suite facilities; they are on a twin share basis.
How much support will I receive? Once you’ve signed up we’ll be in regular contact, providing you with lots of fundraising and training support. You will receive a comprehensive event manual that will include specific details and reminders about your exciting challenge.
On the trip you will be accompanied by an experienced crew, including a trek leader, local guides, porters, a Doctor (depending on final group size) and a WaterAid representative.
Do I need any specialist equipment? No, apart from some decent, well worn-in trekking boots and a three-season sleeping bag. You will be provided with a full packing checklist once you sign up.
Do I need travel insurance? Yes, everyone will need to take out their own comprehensive travel insurance.
What will the food be like? All food is included when trekking. The food is great, will give you plenty of energy, and there is plenty of it. Meals will be generally local style. Two meals as specified in the itinerary are not included. Anyone with special dietary requirements can be catered for if advance notice is given.
Do I need a visa? UK passport holders will require a visa to enter Madagascar. Visas can be obtained upon arrival and are free of charge at time of writing. Other nationalities should check with their embassy.
Do I need any vaccinations? Discover Adventure insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommended protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Although you are unlikely to encounter any mosquitoes while you are above 1000m, there is a risk of Malaria at lower elevations. Please consult your doctor for up to date vaccination advice.
What’s included? All flights, transport, accommodation, camping equipment (other than sleeping bag and mat), all meals except two as specified in the itinerary; internal air tax; National Park entry fees and all other sites visited as part of the itinerary.
What isn’t included? Personal travel insurance, airline fuel supplement if charged by the airline, two meals as specified, tip for local crew, entry visa or international airport tax. It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites you may wish to visit.
How long have I got to fundraise? You must have raised at least 80% of the fundraising target 10 weeks before departure as this is when we get invoiced for the trip costs. The remaining 20% is due within 4 weeks of your return.