Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|17 September - 27 September 2020||On Sale|
Trek on the serendipity island of Sri Lanka and raise funds for the cancer charity or hospice of your choice on our next Britain V Cancer trek.
Wandering through rolling rice fields and tropical farms, climbing the ancient Sigiriya rock, meditating with a monk and ending at the very special Elephant Transit Home, initiated by the Born Free Foundation, this challenge gives you incredible insight into the friendly Sri Lankan culture and the lifestyle of its locals.
It may sound peaceful, but your legs won’t be sleeping by day, as we trek for five days straight, from Dambulla in the heart of the vegetable farming region in the dryer side of the country to the Bandarawela Buddhist temple, nestled in the misty South.
We spend the last day of our adventure relaxing at one of southern Sri Lanka’s paradise beaches in the exquisite, small town of Hikkaduwa.
Places for this once in a life time Britain V Cancer challenge are likely to go ridiculously fast so please register soon to secure your place.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
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. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
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Why not finish your adventure with an awesome optional excursion?
We're delighted to offer you a choice of two optional excursions on Day 9 and an optional four-day extension in Sri Lanka at the end of this challenge, starting on Day 10 and ending on Day 13.
You can trek through the beautiful rice fields of Hikkaduwa or take a trip to the incredible Old Dutch Fort of Galle on Day 9 and choose to extend your stay in Sri Lanka on a safari of the fantastic Yala National Park.
The four-day extension also includes accommodation at the tranquil Sen Wellness Centre, located at the amazing Rakawa Turtle Sanctuary.
Please get in touch with us for more information and/or if you'd like to take part in either of the optional excursions on Day 9 or the four-day extension, from Day 10 to Day 13.
Today, you have a choice of awesome activities. You can either spend the day relaxing at the beach and hotel, take part in an optional trek in Hikkaduwa or go on an optional excursion to the Old Fort in Galle.
Your optional trek (not included in challenge cost) in Hikkaduwa takes you across flat terrain through the area’s beautiful rice fields and coconut and cinnamon plantations.
Along the way, you can enjoy a ride on a local fisherman’s catamaran through the lagoon and explore a small temple, before ending at a small, local restaurant for lunch. Please see the info sheet here for the full optional trek details.
You also have the option today is to visit the Dutch Fort in the nearby Galle and get a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s rich, colonial history (not included in challenge cost).
The quaint, narrow, cobblestoned streets, which crisscross the fort, lined by tiny guest houses and restaurants, make it easy to imagine what life must have been like here during the Dutch colonisation. Please see the info sheet here for the full optional excursion details.
Day ten sees us ending our adventure in Sri Lanka, with a transfer from our hotel to the airport in Colombo. From here, we fly back home, enlightened with a huge sense of achievement, having accomplished an amazing challenge for the cause closest to your heart.
Why not finish your adventure with an awesome optional excursion?
We're delighted to offer you the chance to take part in an optional four-day extension in Sri Lanka at the end of this challenge, starting on Day 10 and ending on Day 13 (not included in challenge costs).
Instead of flying back with the group on Day 10, you'll transfer to the fantastic Yala National Park for a jeep safari to see the Sri Lankan leopards.
Staying overnight at the Grand Tamarind Lake, you'll then head to the Sen Wellness Sanctuary, located at the amazing Rakawa Turtle Sanctuary. Days 11 and 12 will then be free for you to spend as you wish in paradise, before rising early for your return journey to the UK on Day 13. Please see the info sheet here for the full optional extension details.
Please get in touch with us if you'd like to take part in either of the optional excursions on Day 9 or the four-day extension, from Day 10 to Day 13.
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice.
Pay the balance yourself
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a cancer charity or hospice of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
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 in this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, while exploring one of the world's most beautiful countries, immersing yourself in a wonderful culture and have an experience of a lifetime.
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 Trek Sri Lanka 2020. 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 fellow 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 of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome Britain V Cancer challenge.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
We stay in comfortable, three-star class hotels throughout this challenge, except for one night spent in a wonderful Buddhist temple.
The temple we sleep in is comfortable, but modest – so please note that the facilities are absolutely suffice for our group of challengers, but they are limited with shared showers and a handful of private showers.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance). Please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to arrange your own flights by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to paying your registration fee and either fundraising or self funding your challenge costs, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approximately £370 but subject to change), personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity. We will send you the details once you have registered. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Sri Lanka. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Sri Lanka, we will send you all the relevant information and forms to do this before the challenge.
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 have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the challenge. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.
During the trek, we'll have two qualified doctors accompanying the group from the get go and at all times throughout the challenge, along with a team of experienced challenge guides and porters.
Porters will carry your luggage, food and water, so you will only need to carry a small day pack, containing essential accessories and equipment.
We’ll have an event leader, plus two qualified event doctors, who will be with you the whole time.
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