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2008-09

Open Events Pack


Open events are charity challenge events which allow you to choose your own charity to raise funds for. They are ideal if you want to raise funds for a smaller charity who are not able to put on their own exclusive event. We have an inspirational range of open events; the most difficult decision will be deciding which one you want to take part in. Choose your challenge, choose your charity, register and start fundraising - it really is that simple! Open events are also perfect for small charities looking for fundraising solutions. They enable charities to offer a wide portfolio of events without any financial risk. Your charity does not have to commit to a minimum number of participants and Across the Divide handles all of the administration for the events. Across the Divide have been running charity and corporate challenge events for over 11 years. We have taken 100’s of fundraisers on international and UK events and have helped raise over £30 million for worthy causes. Our events are organised and run to the highest professional standards with the full safety and personnel back-up that entails. We ensure that there is at least one qualified UK doctor on every challenge. All our medical staff must complete the Expedition Medicine Course, which is the most comprehensive course of its type for expedition medicine.

These challenges are designed to be physically and mentally challenging. Facilities can be basic and locations often remote. With Across the Divide’s safety and personnel back up teams however, anyone who takes the time to train will be able to experience the thrill of adventure. Join one of our Open Challenges and raise funds for the charity of your choice.


CONTENTS PAGE DOG SLEDDING IN THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN 13-19 January 2008 18-24 January, 8-14 February 2009 PERU AND THE LAND OF THE INCAS 14-25 October 2008 16-26 October 2009 THE LADAKH HIMALAYAN CHALLENGE 12-23 September 2008 THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA CHALLENGE 22-30 October 2008 18-26 April 2009 EVEREST BASE CAMP 17 October-7 November 2008 31 October-21 November 2009 MOUNT KILIMANJARO 1-12 November 2008 12-23 September 2009 INDIA LAND OF THE KINGS BIKE RIDE 7-16 March 2009

FINAN TO PETRA JORDAN TREK 9-16 May 2009 INDIA MANALI TREK 12-22 June 2009

NAMIBIA PROJECT 2-10 October 2009


DOG SLEDDING IN THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN 13-19 January 2008 18-24 January, 8-14 February 2009

Into the Arctic Circle, sledding over 200 kilometres from our base camp into the wilds of the most northern European country of Norway: this event will prove the ultimate challenge for many participants. An odyssey of ice; the teamwork between human and dog means the difference between life and death. Indeed, our experience is that participants will need to go right back to basics, with many effectively re-learning the simple truths of life as a result of their experiences. The nature of the event means that it is run with a relatively small number of participants (13 maximum). Each participant will have his/her own sled, pulled by 4-6 huskies. An ATD expedition leader, supported by an experienced expedition doctor and a local guide, will head up the expedition.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult. Terrain: Snowy and icy, hilly in sections, (may involve running in the steep sections). Accommodation: Lodges 2 nights, cabins 3 nights, hotel 1 night. Trekking Time: 8 hours activity, 25-60km per day Altitude: N/A

“There are no words to be said as none can sum up how absolutely fantastic the past week has been.” Laura, Norway 2007


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Alta via Oslo, then a briefing from the expedition leader. Day 2 - We will be shown how to work the sleds and introduced to the dogs. Once everyone has got the basics, we will be on our way through the forest to our next lodge. Day 3 - We will start the day by feeding the dogs before heading off to Maze. Day 4 - Today the terrain is slightly mountainous as we sled to Mollisjock, so there will be lots of up and downhill sections. Day 5 - Following the Jiesjokka River we will make our way to Jotka and Jiesjavri Lake. Sledding on the frozen lake gives a real sense of being in the middle of nowhere. Day 6 - Our last day is downhill all the way as we head to Gargia, where a hot tub and sauna await us! Day 7 - Back to London.

PRICES: 2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1670

Minimum sponsorship: £3500

Insurance: £76 (if taken out before 31 Dec 2008)

Insurance: £76 (if taken out before 31 Dec 2008)

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


PERU AND THE LAND OF THE INCAS 14-25 October 2008 16-26 October 2009

Across the Divide has created a unique route which only we have permission to use, away from the hustle and bustle of the main Inca Trail. We trek a previously unknown valley where we have rediscovered otherwise neglected ruins; helping to promote better health, and community structures in villages that do not otherwise benefit from the monies generated by tourism. Our route takes us through hidden valleys, mountain passes, along long forgotten Inca trails, and through small villages where they still follow traditional methods of farming. Our trek ends as we reach Machu Picchu by passing through the Sun Gate to view this stunning sacred city. WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty level: Moderate/Difficult, altitude adds to challenge. Terrain: Steep sections, stone walkways, dirt paths, forest tracks. Accommodation: Hotel 2 nights, camping 6 nights. Trekking Time: 8 hours activity per day. Altitude: 2900-4445m

“Brilliant one of the best times of my life - Well organised, bring on the next one! Great group.” Jim, Peru 2005


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Lima. Day 2 – Fly from Lima to Cuzco, then onto the Sacred Valley and Cachicata. Day 3 - Today we have a tour of the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo a typical Inca town. We then walk to our camp at Soqma. Day 4 - Today we trek uphill, past dramatic scenery of waterfalls and ruins, to get to tonight’s camp, the Inca Terraces at Corimarca. ATD groups are the only people permitted to camp here. Day 5 - We reach the highest point of our trek today, with spectacular views of the snow peaks and the sacred valleys below. Day 6 – We descend into the Elfin Forest, towards the Sacred Valley. Tonight’s camp is at Camicancha. Day 7 – Today we take a steep trail up to an old Inca watchtower. As we pass Wayras Punka with its abandoned Inca terraces, we can see the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo. Day 8 – We board a train for the journey from Kilometre 82 to Kilometre 104, then climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Sun Gate is perfect for a group photo. Day 9 – In the morning we have a chance to see Machu Picchu at sunrise before back for a night in Cuzco. Day 10 – Cuzco to Lima to the UK. 2008 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1430

Minimum sponsorship: £3300

Insurance: £51.00

Insurance: £51.00

2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1645

Minimum sponsorship: £3400

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


LADAKH HIMALAYAN CHALLENGE 12-23 September 2008

This is a stunning trek through the Magical Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, passing charming villages and monasteries, offering magnificent views of the Himalayas including the highest peak Stok Kangri at 6100m, Karakoram and the rugged Zanskar range. Passing palaces, crossing rivers and mountains, our trek passes through the Hemis National Park and we may even see Bharal (blue sheep), snow leopard and golden eagles. There is also a visit to the amazing Taj Mahal in Agra to complete your trip.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty level: Difficult, altitude adds to challenge. Terrain: Steep sections, gravel, rocky paths and mountain trails. Accommodation: Hotel 3 nights, camping 6 nights. Trekking Time: 4-8 hours, 8-15km per day. Altitude: 3500-4900m

“Great trek, area, mountains and people. All very impressive, as always organisationby ATD personnel was superb.” Patrick, Ladakh 2007


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Delhi. Day 2 – We will arrive in Delhi and have a cycle rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. Day 3 - Flight from Delhi to the Tibetan influenced capital of Leh having the remainder of the day to acclimatise. Day 4 - Today we will explore Leh with a chance of walking up to Shanti Stupa and the Shankar Monastery. Day 5 – 6 We start our trek through outlying settlements and follow the trail up to Zingchan village. We will follow this with an acclimatisation day. Day 7 – We will cross the nallah for the last time and walk through Rumbak village before setting up camp on this high mountain settlement. Day 8 - We begin with a steep ascent to be rewarded by views of the mountains and Plains of Ladakh. A steep descent leads us to our camp. Day 9 – There is an optional 3 hour trek up the glacial moraine in the morning followed by an easier day’s trekking. We finish at Stok where we will visit the palace and monastery before our celebratory meal at the hotel. Day 10 - We take an early morning flight to Delhi, transferring by coach to Agra where we have the afternoon and evening free to explore. Day 11 - We leave early to enjoy the Taj Mahal at sunrise and then visit the Red Fort before returning to Delhi. Day 12 - We transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK. 2008 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1440

Minimum sponsorship: £3300

Insurance: £51

Insurance: £51

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA CHALLENGE 22-30 October 2008 18-26 April 2009

Our China trek offers a truly unique experience. Not only is it a chance to visit one of the world’s most impressive historical sites but also, as a result of our local contacts, it offers a rare opportunity to trek and camp in a remote part of rural China and to experience local life in its most unspoilt state. In order to maximise the opportunities for interaction and learning about the local history and culture, a team of local translators support all our treks in China. The Great Wall attracts over a million visitors each year, however, the vast majority of tourists visit a small section of the wall near Beijing. We have planned a route that will take us beyond the regular tourist trail and onto sections of the wall that have only been seen by a handful of westerners over the last hundred years.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Moderate. Terrain: Sections of steps, very steep in places, flagstone, farm tracks and road. Accommodation: Hotel 3 nights, camping 3 nights. Trekking Time: 5- 7 Hours of activity per day 10- 20km per day. Altitude: N/A

“What can I say, I have had the journey of a lifetime. Many many thanks.” Taff, China 2007


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Beijing. Day 2 – Transfer from Beijing by coach to Gubeikou. At the hotel we will have a full briefing from the expedition leader. Day 3 - For our first day trekking on the wall we walk on a section of the wall that hasn’t been restored. We then take a path down to a reservoir, walking past rural villages to reach our campsite in a valley. Day 4 – Today is a strenuous but rewarding day. We walk along some restored sections of the wall, but with plenty of ups and downs, until we reach the Simatai section. We then take a path off the wall and walk to our camp. Day 5 – We leave our campsite and walk over the suspension bridge, up to the 12th tower for lunch. We then follow a path off the wall to the village of Gangfang. Day 6 – Today we make our way along a track scattered with stones and the remains of the ancient wall. A descent into the valley leads us to our hotel nestling on the edge of a reservoir. Day 7 – Our last day of trekking takes us through forests, with occasional views of the towers on the wall. A final descent brings us to our finish line. Day 8 – Free day in Beijing. Day 9 – Beijing to UK. 2008 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1375

Minimum sponsorship: £3000

Insurance: £45

Insurance: £45

2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1290

Minimum sponsorship: £3000

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


EVEREST BASE CAMP EXPEDITION 17 October – 7 November 2008 31 October-21 November 2009

Our ultimate trekking challenge follows in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the base camp of Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Supported by Across the Divide’s famous standards for safety and group management, the challenge provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants. The trek follows the main route up to Base Camp and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Everest becomes visible from just above Namche Bazaar and as we move through an ever changing environment and leave the tree line behind, the views of the mountains become more pronounced. The mountains are spectacular, with Ama Dablam dominating the early trekking days. The four 8000m peaks of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu will be visible (weather permitting) at some time during the trek and the route will also take us to Chukhung where there are breathtaking views of Island Peak, as well as the tremendous Lhotse and Ama Dablam glaciers. The panoramas at this altitude are awesome and constantly change as we move slowly towards base camp itself. WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Extreme, altitude adds to the challenge Terrain: Steep ascents, mountain tracks, icy in places. Accommodation: Hotels 2 nights, guest houses 16 nights. Trekking Time: 3-9 hours per day. Altitude: 2623-5545m

“I had an absolutely amazing time! It’s been such a fantastic experience, that’s going to be hard to top.” Keri, Everest Base Camp 2006


Day 1 - Fly to Kathmandu.

ITINERARY

Day 2 – We arrive in Kathmandu and meet the expedition leader who will give a full briefing of the trip. Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will then trek to the village of Phakding. This is a gentle day to start the trip. Day 4 – 10 We have a couple of relatively easy days’ trekking, although the altitude can make it slow going. We will be stop at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, for acclimatisation days during this time. Day 11 – A steep ascent out of Dingboche is then rewarded by a relatively flat trek to Khumba Glacier. Day 12 – Another steep ascent to begin with, crossing the snow line, and then we trek on to Lobuche. Day 13 –14 From Lobuche we make the trek to Everest Base Camp. Depending on the conditons we will either go all the way or stop at Kala Patthar and carry on the next day. Day 15 – 18 We make our way back down to Lukla. Day 19 – 20 Fly back to Kathmandu, where we have a chance to relax and celebrate our success, followed by a free day in Kathmandu. Day 21 – Kathmandu to UK

2008 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1985

Minimum sponsorship: £3900

Insurance: £62

Insurance: £62

2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1985

Minimum sponsorship: £3900

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


MOUNT KILIMANJARO 1-12 November 2008 12-23 September 2009

One of the most magnificent sights in Africa, Kilimanjaro’s snow capped peak climbs almost 6000 metres over the surrounding plains, and is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It is made up of 3 volcanoes; Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Shira (3962m), all of which have been lying dormant for centuries. Being one of the highest trekking mountains in the world, this has become a popular destination for those looking for a challenge. In order to give participants the best chance of summiting and dramatically reducing incidences of AMS, HAPE and HACE, Across the Divide have created an itinerary taking 7 days to summit. Our adventure takes us to the remote north-eastern side of the mountain, and follows the Rongai Trail. Above all other walking routes, Rongai retains a true sense of wilderness. There are usually less walkers (about one-tenth that of Machame) and it is generally considered to be one of the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. It would definitely be the best choice for trekkers looking for a quality experience with the least chance of difficulties.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty level: Extreme, altitude adds to the challenge. Terrain: Steep ascents, Forest paths, mountain tracks, snow and ice. Accommodation: Hotel 2 nights, camping 7 nights. Trekking time: 5-10 hours per day. Altitude: 1140-5895m

“This expedition has been a wonderful experience, one I will cherish in my memory forever.” Simon, Kilimanjaro 2006


Day 1 – UK to Kilimanjaro.

ITINERARY

Day 2 – Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi for a full expedition briefing. Day 3 – Transfer to Naru Moru village (1980m) where the trekking starts. Day 4 – Today we ascend to the Second Cave where there are impressive views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the rim of the crater. In the afternoon we take an acclimatisation walk, but camp back at the Second Cave. Day 5 - Today we walk up to the Third Cave, and again have an acclimatisation walk in the afternoon. Tonight’s camp (at the Third Cave) will be at 3900m. Day 6 - Today is a rest day to acclimatise to the increased altitude. We can take a short walk up to 4290m before descending back to camp. Day 7— Today we hike up to Kibo Hut where we stop for lunch before descending back to camp. Day 8— We will cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. We stop at Kibo Hut to have an early dinner and final briefing, and then off to bed to get as much sleep as possible before our midnight departure. Day 9 – We commence the final trek in the moonlight up to Gilman’s Point. From here it’s 2 hours on to the highest point in Africa -Uhuru Peak. Day 10 – We continue our descent to Marangu Gate where we pick up our transport back to Arusha. Day 11 & 12– Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for flight back to the UK.

2008 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £2375

Minimum sponsorship: £4000

Insurance: £51

Insurance: £51

2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £2400

Minimum sponsorship: £4000

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


INDIA LAND OF THE KINGS BIKE RIDE 7–16 MARCH 2009

There are few places on earth that have the variety that India has to offer, it is a country of contrast, colours and culture. It is a place that stays with you forever. Our exhilarating bike ride starts in Bundi, a captivating little town which has retained a medieval atmosphere, and finishes at Bharatpur National Park. We travel along the Aravali mountain range (the oldest mountain range in the world), past tribal villages, fascinating temples, dense forest and sandy deserts, with views of dramatic ruined forts. Climbs are followed by exciting descents, as we ride past rivers, small lakes and fascinating wildlife like neelghai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope), deer, peacocks, and possibly even tigers. This exciting adventure comes to an end near the red sand stone buildings of the greatest Mughal Emperor – Akbar, just short of the Taj Mahal. WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Moderate. Terrain: Cycling on tarmac roads, dirt tracks, grass, sand, gravel, sometimes rocky. Accommodation: Hotel 3 nights, camping 5 nights. Ride Distance: 30-85 km per day, with 8 hours of activity per day. Altitude: N/A

NEW FOR 2009!


ITINERARY Day 1 – London to Delhi Day 2 - Train to Kota, and then transfer by jeep to the hotel in Bundi. Day 3 - Bike check, then on up the valley with great views, to our camp just outside Indergarh. Day 4 - Cycling through fields to Ranthambore National Park for a safari drive. Day 5 – A harder day cycling, sometimes on sandy terrain to Sapotra. Day 6 – Cycling to Kelan Devi Temple in the morning, then on to our camp at Hindon in the gardens of Surot Palace. Day 7 – Continuing through open fields, until we turn onto the roads and highways to reach our camp at Vatika farm, near Bharapture National Park. Day 8 – Our last day cycling we finish near Fatehpur Sikri. A coach takes us to our hotel and an evening visit to the Taj Mahal. Day 9 – Drive back to Delhi and an afternoon of sightseeing. Day 10 – Delhi to London. 2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1297

Minimum sponsorship: £2600

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


FINAN TO PETRA JORDAN TREK 9 – 16 MAY 2009

Jordan is a surprise to many people; A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley, fertile, ever changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. Visitors can explore desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea. Jordan is a kingdom steeped in history and culture, the Arab inhabitants are amongst the most hospitable in the world, with a rich heritage of ancient civilisations long since passed. Our journey from Finan to Petra passes through lavish green valleys, steppe, and beautiful mountain landscapes before finally arriving at the magnificent rose city of Petra. This is a real and rare chance to get off the beaten track. WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Moderate. Terrain: Mountainous dirt tracks, canyons paths, Bedouin trails and valley passes. Accommodation: Hotel 2 nights, camping 5 nights. Trekking Time: 4-8 hours per day. Altitude: N/A

NEW FOR 2009!


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Amman. Day 2 - We will take a trip to Mt Nebo where the Prophet Moses looked over the promised land. We will then travel on to Shaubak and take a short walk to camp site. Day 3 - We trek along Shara Mountains where the landscape is barren, then after lunch, pass down the valley to Finan. Day 4 – Today we carry on our trek along the Shara Mountains. After lunch the trail enters a small canyon and on uphill through a green valley to El Forn. Day 5 – We will hike into Wadi Feith. Then in the afternoon we follow a Bedouin trail with beautiful views over Wadi Arabia to Gabural al Waheidat. Day 6 – Today we will be trekking through cultivated fields as we get closer to civilization. We will visit the Neolithic village of al Baidah, before reaching camp at El Maisra. Day 7 – We have a complete day to explore Petra, including the monastery, theatre, churches and Khazane (treasury). We will leave the site through the famous Siqcanyon to reach our final night’s hotel and celebrate our achievements. Day 8 – Transfer to Amman. Fly to London. 2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1088

Minimum sponsorship: £2500

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


INDIA MANALI TREK 12–22 JUNE 2009

A delightful trek in the foothills of the Western Himalayas. Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley and the Beas River is Manali; known as the “Valley of the Gods”, it is a mix of old and new, a modern town on an ancient site. The trek offers beautiful mountain villages, charming people, great flora and fauna and beautiful camping places. The area is famous for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries and we will visit Hindu temples, castles and local schools, to gain a real flavour of life in this region. There is also a visit to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Moderate. Terrain: Some steep ascents and descents, mountain passes and dirt tracks. Accommodation: Hotel 5 nights, camping 4 nights. Trekking Time: 5-6 hours per day, 10-15km per day. Altitude: N/A

NEW FOR 2009!


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Delhi. Day 2 - We meet up with the expedition leader before getting the fast train to Chandigarh. Day 3 - Today we drive through the foothills of the Western Himalayas to Manali. Day 4 - We trek to Gajan Temple in the morning and then on to our camp at Somabn village. Day 5 - We trek to Nagar, visiting a temple and passing through villages on the way to our camp. Day 6 - A visit to the Nagar Art Gallery and Castle then on to our camp just outside Jana. Day 7 - We trek to Matikochal, visiting a school along the way. Day 8 - Our last day of trekking, we head to Bijli Mahadev, where we will be transported to our hotel. Day 9 - Train ride to Delhi. Day 10 – Today we drive to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, before returning to Delhi in the evening. Day 11 – Delhi to London. 2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee) £1160

Minimum sponsorship: £2500

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


NAMIBIA PROJECT 2–10 October 2009

Namibia is one of the few places on earth where the natural environment rules supreme. It is a country where one is able to experience the sense of primeval freedom that is impossible elsewhere. It is a beautiful setting, with ample opportunities to explore, climb, abseil, or discover the ancient Bushman paintings whilst enjoying the clear desert air and star-bathed night skies. Working with the local people who live in this harshest of environments, we will help to refurbish a community project, and to regenerate the local community.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? Difficulty Level: Moderate, hot weather adds to the challenge. Accommodation: hotels, camping. Type of Work: Manual labour, basic building. General repair work. Painting, sanding, plastering and clearing. Altitude: N/A

“Wow what a brilliant trip, it was the best experience of my life, I have met some amazing people whom I will never forget.” Eleanor , Namibia Project, 2005.


ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Windhoek. Day 2 – Transfer from Windhoek to the project, where we will be met by the expedition leader for a briefing and tour of the project area. In the evening we will meet some of our local hosts. Day 3-6 We make our way from the campsite to the project each day where we will carry out a variety of different tasks including building walls, fixing windows, tiling, general repair work, cleaning, plastering, painting, sanding and improving outside areas. Day 7 – On completion of the project we will have an official ceremony with the local community, and celebration of a job well done. Day 8 – Transfer to Windhoek, there will be some free time to explore the surrounding area. Day 9 – Windhoek to London. 2009 Option 1 (self-funding)

Option 2 (minimum sponsorship)

Registration fee: £350

Registration fee: £350

Tour costs (exc. reg fee): £1450 (includes £100 for project costs)

Minimum sponsorship: £3000

Insurance:TBC

Insurance: TBC

Our prices include all outward flight taxes, including fuel surcharges

Contact Susan McDonagh susan@acrossthedivide.com +44 (0)1460 30456 www.acrossthedivide.com


HOW TO REGISTER

Once you have got over the hard part, (deciding which amazing trip to go on), then registering is easy: • Complete the registration, medical and insurance forms. • Pay the registration fee to secure your place on the trip. (see table below) • Decide which payment option you would like to use and which charity you will be supporting. Spaces on trips can be limited, and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once a trip is full we will strive to offer alternative dates, or refund your registration fee. If you haven’t received the registration, medical or insurance forms, please email susan@acrossthedivide.com Option 1 You agree to pay the full tour cost 8 weeks prior to the trip departing. It is then up to you how much sponsorship you raise for your selected charity. Fundraising can be done either before or after your trip. We will contact your chosen charity to let them know you are raising money on their behalf, and that you are paying your own costs. You will be invoiced 8 weeks before departure. If you cannot pay the tour costs at this time you will forfeit your place on the trip, and lose your registration fee. Destination

Registration Fee

Option 2 You agree to raise a minimum level of sponsorship (listed below) to your charity, and in return, the charity will pay the full tour costs to Across the Divide. We will have to get written authorisation from the charity, for them to be invoiced for the tour costs. The charity must receive 80% of the sponsorship 8 weeks before departure, and the rest no later than 6 weeks after returning. If the charity hasn’t received 80% of the sponsorship 8 weeks before departure, you will forfeit your place on the trip, and lose your registration fee.

Minimum Sponsorship

Full Tour Cost (includes reg fee)

Insurance Premium

2008 Peru

£350

£3300

£1789

£51

China

£350

£3000

£1725

£45

Ladakh

£350

£3300

£1790

£51

Everest Base Camp

£350

£3900

£2335

£62

Kilimanjaro

£350

£4000

£2725

£51

Dog Sled

£350

£3500

£2020

£76 *

India Bike Ride

£350

£2600

£1647

£51 *

China

£350

£3000

£1640

£45 *

Jordan

£350

£2500

£1438

£45 *

India Manali Trek

£350

£2500

£1510

£51 *

Kilimanjaro

£350

£4000

£2750

£51 *

Namibia Project

£350

£3000

£1800

£45 *

Peru

£350

£3400

£1995

£51 *

Everest Base Camp

£350

£3900

£2335

£62 *

2009

* if taken out before 31 December 2008


HOW TO REGISTER Passport Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of your return to the UK. Medical form You must complete the medical form and inform us of any changes that may occur before departure. Failure to do so may invalidate your insurance

Insurance It is a booking condition that you purchase the Across the Divide insurance policy.

This policy has been designed to cover the adventurous nature of the trips. The insurance we offer is the standard premium for the duration of each trip. If you are over 65, have a pre-existing medical condition or are extending your stay, you will need to adjust the premium accordingly. This policy also protects the charity from losing money if you are forced to cancel due to medical reasons.

Staffing in-country:

An expedition leader, doctor and, depending on the size of the group, additional guides, accompany all the groups. Each walking group is allocated a local guide and trained ATD member of staff (first aid qualified) who are responsible for participant safety. All carry emergency and medical equipment. In addition there is one suitably qualified doctor for every 50 participants and two for any number thereafter.

Confirmation of place. Once we have received your application and registration fee,

we will confirm your place on the trip and send you a Country Manual, which will give you detailed information on the expedition, including a full daily itinerary, kit list, training tips, country information and fact file. There is a minimum and maximum group size for the trips, so places are available on a first come first served basis. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, or the trip you want to go on is full, we will strive to offer alternative dates, itinerary or return your registration fee in full.

Extending your stay. The flights are part of a group booking, which means only a percentage of the group are able to extend their stay. Requests to extend the trip will be dealt with on a first come first served basis depending on the size of the group and seat availability.

What is included? Return international flights from London, all outward flight taxes

including fuel surcharges, all accommodation during the expedition, three meals a day (unless otherwise stated), in-country transport, day to day running of the expedition, safety and logistical management, provision of UK safety staff and medical staff, the organisation of emergency evacuation. Provision of local ground staff, organisation of emergency evacuation if necessary, radio back up and support, satellite telephone, all safety equipment and public liability insurance.

What is not included? Transfers to and from departure airport (Across the Divide is able

to arrange flights from regional airports to London. These would be with scheduled airlines and would be subject to a booking fee), entry visas (if applicable), personal travel insurance, vaccinations, overseas airport departure tax, tips to local staff, drinks at meals including beer, wine and soft drinks, entrance fees to national parks (where applicable), personal equipment, spending money and additional activities.

ATOL. All flights are fully protected under the Across the Divide ATOL number 6475. Sponsorship. You can raise money for any charity of your choice as long as they are registered in the UK or Ireland.


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