Muscular Dystrophy China


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  • SAFETY – Our Number 1 priority. Well tested route with good casualty evacuation procedures. Latest expedition safety equipment. STAFF – All chosen for their experience and group management skills. Annual training course. In safe hands. YOUR CHALLENGE – Committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience whilst on the Trek.
  • In-country the logistics arranged by local agent and his local team. EL – overall in charge of trip and safety of group DR – especially important at altitude and provides medical support for the group Guide – aditional support for the group
  • Warm ups and downs are vital as you will be stiff from all of the walking and these sessions will reduce stiffness! Breifings will inform you of the next days route and be a chance to ask any questions.
  • You do need to train for walking and distance Don’t just need to walk but can use any exercise you enjoy to build up your fitness – swimming, cycling, sports. until you can walk comfortably for 8 hours per day over a minimum of 2 consecutive days
  • These are main things to highlight for kit. A full kit list has been sent to the charity so participants can request a full kit list from them if they don’t already have one. Gets very cold at night 3 – 4 season sleeping bag and liner if feel the cold
  • These are main things to highlight for kit. A full kit list has been sent to the charity so participants can request a full kit list from them if they don’t already have one. Gets very cold at night 3 – 4 season sleeping bag and liner if feel the cold
  • ATD doctors carry a complete medical kit during the trek, but are not able to supply everyone with essentials such as painkillers. You are requested to bring a comprehensive First Aid kit for personal use during the event. If you are traveling with a friend, you may wish to share your first aid kit, but please ensure you bring a full weeks’ supply of painkillers, plasters (especially blister treatments) Imodium and other ‘essentials’ for both of you, just in case you both fall ill.
  • Allow plenty of time. Check in all together as a group. This will make yourself known. Wear kit on flight in case baggage goes missing, walking boots etc
  • Insurance & medical forms: Please stress medical forms must be returned asap – we have to send to doctor to check details Any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared to insurer – insurance may be invalidated if condition not declared. Must also declare conditions of close relatives on whom your travel may depend (e.g. ill husband, parents etc) – again, can invalidate insurance if not declared Supplies – note max says that it is a good idea if they want to take gifts to instead of lugging tings from the UK – take a couple of dollars and in Cusco it can be arranged to buy some colouring/exercise books. Kids have enough pens so books etc would be better or more original ideas. We try to discourage the giving of gifts in an unstructured manner, as this leads to local people viewing groups as source of presents. This can spoil the genuine nature of their welcome. The areas in which we will be trekking are by no means well off in any material sense and giving presents, such as pens and pencils, is very much welcomed, especially by local school children. The method that we would encourage you to adopt is to give gifts through each groups’ local guide. They will ensure that they are distributed to the local community in a manner sensitive to the local conditions, generally direct to a local schoolteacher or a responsible adult. Local staff tip & equipment kitty – no tipping of individuals please
  • Inoculations – these are guidelines only, all participants should check with their doctor for latest advice
  • No need to spend a lot on a backpack as you will not use your own
  • Muscular Dystrophy China

    2. 2. THE TREK
    3. 3. <ul><li>Stunning scenery </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO World Heritage Site </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Well of the beaten tourist track </li></ul><ul><li>5 days of trekking covering approximately 80km </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>10 years of adventure challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Your challenge </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Local agent and his local team </li></ul><ul><li>Across the Divide Team </li></ul><ul><li>Expedition Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Expedition Doctor </li></ul>
    8. 8. TYPICAL DAY
    9. 9. <ul><li>6 – 6.30 wake up </li></ul><ul><li>Breakfast at 7am </li></ul><ul><li>Warm up 7.30 </li></ul><ul><li>Start Trek 8.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Back at camp 3 – 5pm </li></ul><ul><li>Warm Down </li></ul><ul><li>Free time </li></ul><ul><li>Briefing 7pm </li></ul><ul><li>Dinner 7.30 </li></ul><ul><li>Free time </li></ul>
    10. 10. TRAINING
    11. 11. <ul><li>Participants must train, be fit enough, and have the confidence to achieve the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Trekking both up and downhill, over rough terrain and steep steps. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued activity for up to eight hours a day. </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>No need to be super human athletes but you do need to train </li></ul><ul><li>The more you train the more you will enjoy the trek </li></ul><ul><li>Build up your distances gradually </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Train to prevent boredom and to keep yourself motivated </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Training on hills is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Train with your backpack </li></ul><ul><li>Train in the boots you will be using on the trek </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to prevent and treat blisters </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overtraining </li></ul>
    14. 14. GENERAL KIT
    15. 15. <ul><li>Nomad, Trek Hire UK & Lonely Planet </li></ul><ul><li>Thermarest </li></ul><ul><li>Strong, well worn in walking boots </li></ul><ul><li>Good quality hiking socks </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 season sleeping bag, and sleeping bag liner </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Wet wipes </li></ul><ul><li>LED Head torch </li></ul><ul><li>Walking poles </li></ul><ul><li>Trekking clothes, lightweight, quick dry – wick material </li></ul><ul><li>Warm clothes – woolly hat, fleeces, thermals, down jacket, gloves. </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Waterproof jacket and trousers, good quality, breathable </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol hand gel </li></ul><ul><li>Platypus or Camel back and water purification (share) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal first aid kit including plenty of blister treatment, sun cream and lip-salve </li></ul>
    18. 18. DEPARTURE DAY
    19. 19. <ul><li>Meet three hours prior to departure </li></ul><ul><li>Check in with ATD staff </li></ul><ul><li>Lost baggage </li></ul>
    20. 20. VISAS <ul><li>Valid for three months from date of issue </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for a Tourist 3 month single entry (4 day processing) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend CIBT online </li></ul><ul><li>Fee £37.00 </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Insurance and existing medical conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>Begging and Tipping </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies for the schools </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Trekking un-restored parts of The Great Wall rarely seen by other tourists </li></ul><ul><li>Experience rural life in China – passing through villages and farmland </li></ul><ul><li>Meet local communities and school children </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of steps! </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of ascents and descents – must train for hilly terrain </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about Chinese history and culture, chance to visit historic Chinese landmarks </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>Combination of hotels and camping </li></ul><ul><li>Camping is in two person dome tents </li></ul><ul><li>Need to purify water with Iodine </li></ul><ul><li>The Chinese monetary unit is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) – known as Yuan or Qwi. </li></ul><ul><li>Current exchange rate (Sept 2009) GBP £1 = 11.30 CNY </li></ul><ul><li>EURO €1 – 9.90 CNY </li></ul><ul><li>Local time in China is GMT +8 hrs </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Health issues </li></ul><ul><li>4 nights hotels </li></ul><ul><li>3 nights camping </li></ul><ul><li>5 days trekking </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>INNOCULATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>Hepatitis A </li></ul><ul><li>Polio </li></ul><ul><li>Tetanus </li></ul><ul><li>Typhoid </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>WEATHER </li></ul><ul><li>8 hours of sunlight a day </li></ul><ul><li>Min 7°c max 21°c [record Min -3°c max 36°c] </li></ul><ul><li>4 wet days a month, 17mm average precipitation </li></ul>