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Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek India 2021

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

25 March - 5 April 2021 On Sale
Duration 12 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
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Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek India 2021

Join us in the Indian Himalayas on our next Britain V Cancer trek for people affected by cancer. 

Stunning snow-capped peaks await and after exploring Delhi and Dharamsala, spiritual home of the Dalai Lama, we'll venture up through this spectacular mountain range to the Laka Got glacier (3,300m)!

Starting with a free day to discover the delights of Delhi, including the 17th Century Red Fort, we take an exciting sleeper train to Pathankot and lace up our hiking boots in Dharamsala.

Together, we'll hike through magical pine and rhododendron forests, across suspension bridges and over fresh-water steams.

We’ll taste freshly brewed Indian Chai Masala, encounter friendly Gaddi Tribe villages and breathe in the tranquillity of life in the mountains.

As if that's not enough to get excited about, we finish with a sleeper train to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Britain V Cancer

The Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek India 2021 is the best way to raise much needed funds and awareness for cancer charities and hospices across the UK, while getting fit, meeting a load of super inspiring people and discovering the amazing Himalayas.

Britain V Cancer is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice.

Places are limited and are likely to fill up fast, so we recommend you don't dilly Dalai - register early to avoid disappointment.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London - Delhi

We first meet at the airport in London, where we catch our overnight flight to Delhi. Once we touch down in India, our fab local challenge guides welcome us to the country and we transfer together to a nearby hotel. Once checked in and settled, the rest of the day is free for you to spend as you wish in the amazing city of Delhi.

Wandering the streets of this sprawling city gives you an awesome introduction to India. The labyrinth of narrow lanes and mosques that make up Old Delhi makes a stark contrast to the spacious tree-lined avenues and government buildings of the imperial city, New Delhi. Why not take a trip to the 17th Century Red Fort, one of Old Delhi’s must-see tourist sites? You can also check out New Delhi’s India Gate, or wander around the vibrant shopping streets, soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of the city.

To give you more flexibility on this free day, your lunch is not included, so you’ll need to arrange it yourself – the perfect opportunity to try a real Indian curry in one of Delhi’s many restaurants.

We return to the hotel for dinner, before transferring to the bustling railway station, where we board the overnight sleeper train to Pathankot.

Day 3
Pathankot - Dharamsala

After our exciting night spent on a sleeper train, we arrive in Pathankot in early morning. Here, we board our bus for a scenic transfer to Dharamsala, the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our buses wind their way through the narrow streets to our hotel in Macloed Ganj (Upper Dharamsala).

Here, you can choose to spend the rest of the day kicking back at the hotel or you can explore the fascinating area. You can browse the many gift shops, haggle with the Tibetan street traders or visit the spiritual sanctuary of the Dalai Lama’s residence.

This evening, we meet as a group for dinner and a briefing from our Challenge Leader.

Day 4
McLeod Ganj - Satobari Village - Kareri village | approx. 12km/ 1,900m

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Satobari Village (1,750m) and start our challenge! Our first day of trekking gives us fantastic insight into the local lifestyle as we venture through a number of Gaddi tribal villages. We pass farmers moving their livestock and children walking to and from their schools.

Our campsite lies in a gorgeous mountain valley next to a river, in a very peaceful place away from the village. This makes the perfect place for us to settle down after a beautiful day’s trek and breathe in the tranquillity after our time in the chaotic Delhi!

Day 5
Kareri - Bal Village | approx. 15km/ 2,330m

We’re in for more stunning scenery today as we follow a trail that leads us up through more charming villages and across beautiful open meadows and pine forests. Just before lunch, we cross a suspension bridge with fantastic views over the valley, before making a short descent to have our picnic by a pretty mountain stream.

This afternoon sees us back on our feet to ascend through the mountains, until we finally reach our campsite in the small village of Bal.

Day 6
Bal Village - Triund | approx. 14km/ 2,995m

This morning, we leave our campsite after breakfast, to cross another suspension bridge. Then we’re on to a beautiful route, trekking up through enchanting forests, full of rhododendrons and pine forests.
We soon come across the local ‘chai’ (tea) shop, where we take a rest and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. We may spot the Gaddi Tribal people leading their cattle up to the high pastures of Lak and Triund.

After lunch, we continue climbing, until we find our camp in a pretty meadow at Triund. Our camp gives us exquisite panoramas of the permanently snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhur mountain range.

The Dhauladhar range is a southern branch of the main outer Himalayan chain of mountains. It rises spectacularly from the Indian plains to the north of Kangra. The highest peak in the range is the Hanuman ji Ka Tiba, or 'White Mountain', (aka. 'Dhauladhar Matterhorn’), about 5,639m high. Talk about dinner with a view!

Day 7
Triund - Laka Got - Triund | approx. 10km/ 3,550m

Our trek today leads us up a challenging ascent to the breathtaking Laka Got. The climb may be tough but the vistas of the gorgeous glacier and white-capped peaks are out of this world. Across the glacier, we can see Lahes Cave, an overnight shelter used by the shepherds when travelling over the mountains with their sheep.

After many-a-photo, we finish the amazing day’s challenge trekking back down to Triund. This is our last night under a clear night sky, so look out for shooting stars and get your wishes ready.

Day 8
Triund - Bhagsu Nag trek - Dharamsala | approx. 12km

Following breakfast at the campsite, we commence our final day’s trek over a grassy ridge and catch a last, unrestricted view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then it’s back down the mountain we go! A steep descent brings us to the Bahgsu Nallaha stream, which we cross by hopping over the boulders, with help from our guides.

We push on towards Bhagsu Nag, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhagsu Nag, the snake god. A freshwater spring, in which pilgrims take a holy dip, flows through the temple. This makes a wonderful last stop before we conquer the last stretch of our challenge, to our finish line in Dharamsala.

Here, we find our hotel and after dinner, have a good night’s sleep.

Day 9
McLeod Ganj

Today is yours to spend as you wish, exploring the beautiful, mountainous area of McLeod Ganj.

Get your culture fix by visiting the Dalai Lama’s temple, Tsuglagkhang with its stunning Buddhist statues. Other sites you might want to check out include the Namgyal Monastery and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

This evening, we meet back up to toast our incredible achievement for cancer charities, over a very well-deserved celebratory dinner.

Day 10
Dharamsala - Pathankot

We have a free morning to have an epic lie-in or further explore this magical town. Why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries?

This afternoon, we transfer to Pathankot train station and catch the overnight sleeper train, once again, back to Delhi.

Day 11
Delhi - Agra

Alighting the train in Delhi early this morning, we transfer by bus to our hotel in the awesome city of Agra. We then end our Indian adventure with a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in loving memory of his wife, this iconic landmark is a symbol of undying love.

Day 12
Agra - Delhi - UK

Our last day sees us transferring back to the airport in Delhi for our flight back to the UK. Upon our arrival in London, we part ways and you make your own way back to Home Sweet Home from the airport.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

£1,550

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself 12 weeks before the challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food on trekking days, accommodation, transfers, entry fees where applicable, guides, porters and medical support.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the cancer charity or hospice of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

£3,100

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target for the cancer charity or hospice of your choice at least 12 weeks before departure.
  • Providing you raise the minimum sponsorship, the charity will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food on trekking days, accommodation, transfers, entry fees where applicable, guides, porters and medical support.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek India 2021

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit and help people affected by cancer in a huge way.

We strongly recommend you train for the trek as we'll be tackling some steep terrain on our way to Laka Got and the fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it.

Once you register for the challenge, we'll send you a free, realistic and achievable training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we depart for India.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek India 2021. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people from all walks of life, aged 18 or over, will come together to do something very special.

You will of course need a pair of walking boots and your own three-season sleeping bag. We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.

This challenge includes a whole mix of accommodation, from camping in the mountains to traditional Indian hotels and even two exciting nights on a sleeper train.

As you can expect from a mountain trek, we'll be trekking uphill for a lot of the challenge and tackle some steep climbs on our way to Laka Got. We'll follow clear trails through forests, villages and mountain scenery, along with some more rugged terrains as we get higher. Our route also takes us across streams via suspension bridges and over boulders, with help from our pro mountain guides.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in India, please let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date and we can arrange this for you.

The best way to get in touch is to email us at events@dream-challenges.com, or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,550 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge (except for your lunch on Day 2 and Day 9)
  • Accommodation
  • Entree fees where applicable
  • All transfers in India
  • A team of awesome, first-aid trained local guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge
  • Your Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek 2021 medal and t-shirt

In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either self funding your challenge costs or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for your:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down)
  • Tourist visa for India (currently £35 but subject to change). You will need to arrange this yourself. We'll send you details of this in the lead up to the challenge.
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch on your free days (Day 2 in Delhi & Day 9 in McLeod Ganj)

There will be around 40 participants in our group for the Britain V Cancer Dalai Lama Trek 2021. You'll no doubt make a bunch of awesome new friends!

Travel Insurance

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of.

You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in India.

Visa

All participants will need a tourist visa for India, which you will need to arrange yourself. Please don't apply for your visa until we advise you to do so. We will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.

Please make sure to apply for your visa on the correct website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ 

This is the only website the High Commission of India uses and other sites are likely to be scams and/or charge unnecessary fees.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you've registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as our departure date draws closer.

We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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