Your questions answered
When does the trip take place?Back to top
The trip will take place from 12-20 October 2013
What do I have to do to take part?Back to top
Simply pay a £350 non-refundable registration fee and return this with a completed application form. We then ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,300, of which you should aim to send £1,200 to Macmillan Cancer Support four months prior to departure. The outstanding amount must be with us within one month of the event taking place.
The group will be made up of up to 50 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. While some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it’s a great way of meeting new people. You will find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.
Where will we stay while hiking?Back to top
Throughout the challenge we will be camping in two-man tents, with limited facilities. But with the beautiful surroundings and clear starry skys, you'll forget about creature comforts in no time.
Do I have to carry my own kit?Back to top
We will be accompanied by support vehicles which will carry all our equipment and supplies between each campsite. You will carry a day pack to hold any equipment you might need during the day.
Macmillan challenges are designed to suit people of average fitness. However, if you do not already walk on a regular basis you will need to commit to a considerable amount of training during the preceding months. A full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack.
Do I have to meet any medical requirements?Back to top
Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form that must be signed by your GP. Medical forms will be provided in your fundraising packs and individual surgeries may charge for this service.
How does Macmillan benefit?Back to top
At least 64% of the £3,300 pledged minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £3,300 the entire surplus will benefit the charity.
What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship? Back to top
We will provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK. However, if you do not manage to raise £1,200 four months prior to departure you will have the choice of making up the shortfall yourself or transferring to a later challenge, and thereby giving yourself longer to fundraise.
What will the weather be like? Back to top
Temperature: Oct-Nov 11-25° C. Average monthly rainfall 35mm.
Full pre-trip support from Team Macmillan, including comprehensive fundraising and training guides, sponsor forms, Macmillan T-shirts, regular newsletters, and a dedicated team ready to help you every step of the way.
Return flight: London - Amman - London
Accommodation: three nights in 3*-4* hotels and five nights camping in two-man tents
All food, other than two evening meals and one lunch
All camping equipment, other than a sleeping bag and sleeping mat
Full support with local guides, cooks, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors, and a Macmillan Cancer Support representative.
Insurance: our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking
A discretionary tip of approximately £30 for the local crew
Two evening meals and one lunch (c£40 in total)
Your entry visa costing approximately £11 and available on arrival in Amman
We also recommend around £100 for personal expenses.
A valid 10-year passport with at least six months to run is essential. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Amman airport by British passport-holders. Other nationalities should check with the embassy. It is essential for you to consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations.
How do I convince my sponsors that this is not a 'holiday'?Back to top
While you are sure to have an incredible time on the challenge, our challenges can never be described as holidays. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge. The days on the challenge will be long, facilities will be basic and the conditions tough. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday.
Of course, if you would prefer to cover the costs of the challenge in order to ensure that 100% of your sponsorship goes towards the work of the charity we would be delighted to discuss this option with you.
What is the hiking like? Back to top
The landscape in Jordan is truly spectacular and has to be seen to be believed. Trust us, the photos do not do it justice! Trekking time varies from seven to nine hours per day. The terrain itself is very hilly and varied with narrow rocky tracks, some scree slopes and some exposed sections. Some climbs are hard and you will need to have trained or be a fit, regular walker to complete this challenge.
Who organises the trip? Back to top
This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.
If you have any more questions, please call the Challenge Team on 020 7840 7887 or email us at email@example.com.