BHUTAN DRUK PATH TREK
Frequently Asked Questions
Full details & information about what you can expect in the lead up & during the challenge.
Costs & Fundraising
The balance for your trip cost, will be due to us 10 weeks before your departure. You will be sent a reminder & an invoice 12 weeks before, giving you 2 weeks to make the payment.
80% of your fundraising target is due to be with your charity 12 weeks before the challenge, meaning that it either needs to be banked with them, or sat against a Just Giving page. We will then invoice your charity for the remaining cost of your place on the challenge, it is important you make that 80% target otherwise your charity will not pay for your place, and your trip could be cancelled.
The remaining 20% of your balance will be due to be with your charity 4 weeks after your trip ends.
Our base cost is on a twin share room basis, if you are signing up as a couple of two friends – you can tell us when you register onto the challenge, so we ensure that you will be sharing a room.
If you are signing up to the challenge as an individual, we will match you with someone of the same gender and roughly the same age.
You can choose to pay an additional supplement to have your own room (and/or tent) on the challenge.
All of our groups are an average size of approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.
Yes as long as we know in advance of the trip, we can cater for all dietary requirements & requests.
Signing Up to the Challenge
Once you pay your deposit & have signed up to the challenge, you will recieve a confirmation email welcoming you onto the challenge.
You will also recieve instructions of how to download our challenge app which has in it all the information you need to start preparing for your challenge – from kit lists to training guides.
We will keep you updated with regular emails & newsletters in the lead up to the challenge, as well as information on training days & weekends.
If you need to cancel your challenge, your deposit is non-refundable – therefore we recommend you speak to our team to see what alternative options you may have.
Yes, if for whatever reason you need to push your departure back to a later one, or change your trip all together you can do so for a date change fee of £175, and subject to availability.
Country entry requirements can change as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, and it’s something our team constantly keep their eyes on. If we have to cancel the trip – you will be offered a transfer across to a future date/ departure or a full refund. However if you need to cancel your trip – e.g. you test positive, then you will need to seek reimbursement from your travel insurance.
Currently we do not have the accounting facility to take instalments, we can only take your payment in full at least 12 weeks before your departure.
Yes – in our challenge app, which you can download once you are fully registered onto the challenge we’ve a host of training materials, guides & advice for you to use. We also have training weekends, and days which you can sign up to meet others & test out not just your fitness, but your mental readiness for the challenge and your all important kit!
Closer to the challenge we will set up a Facebook group, so that you can meet online others whom are going to be on your trip. We also have a lively & dynamic Facebook group you can join at any time to meet other fellow challengers – past & present to share and swap training tips, advice & stories.
You will need a specific travel insurance, which covers the duration of your trip, along with full cover for any activities you will be doing (i.e. trekking, cycling) and also to cover you up to any altitude you may be trekking to. Once you are signed up to the challenge, we will send you full details of our recommended providers of appropriate cover.
Life on the Challenge
We camp whist on the Druk Path, and so morning will start early in our campsite to the side of the trail. Surrounded by forest, mountains and occasional Buddhist sites. Meals are prepared by our local team and are always hearty and tasty.
We trek as a group, with the local head guide setting the steady and manageable pace. there’ll also be plentiful opportunity for rests and breaks. Our local team of porters will overtake us and head towards that night’s campsite.
Arriving into camp after our day’s walk always feels great. Snack and hot drinks in the mess tent give us all a chance to swap stories from the trail before our dinner. Often we’ll all head to bed early and get some good rest before the next day of trekking. Though some may decide to stay up a little longer and take in the incredible stars!
Trekking along the Druk Path is a moderate challenge, but it’s difficulty is heightened by the altitude. Nevertheless, it is very achievable with the correct training, and the slow pace set along the trail. The terrain is undulating and there will be some long up and down hill stretches. We will trek in and out of gorges and at times some scrambling will be involved. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks!
This is a medium to high altitude trek through the some of the most stunning mountain scenery on earth- so of course there are ups, downs and rocky/uneven terrain. Having said that, the paths and trails are solidly built and are often surprisingly well graded. The varied terrain gives all the more reason to hit the paths of the UK and enjoy some training walks as part of your challenge preparation.
The meals are often vegetarian and often contain plenty of carbs to fuel us! Think rice, noodles, pastas, porridge, pancakes, omelettes as well as local foods such as Dhal Bat.
When in Thimpu and Paro, there will be a little more choice and variation to enjoy. Not least of course our wonderful celebration meal to mark the end of the challenge- that really is a Bhutanese feast!
While trekking on the Druk Path your main luggage is carried by our local team, either porter or pack animal. The team do a tremendous job of carrying your main luggage, often at speeds that allow them to have camp set up upon our arrival.
The pace is always safe and manageable, and is set by the hugely experienced head local guide. As we trek in higher altitudes the pace slows further- a slow and steady pace is the best way to trek at high altitudes and decreases your chances of experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness.
Yes, you’re supported every step of the way! Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.
You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!
We have a full support team in country with two-way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.
Days will be warm and pleasant with temperatures reaching up to 20º. As the sun sets the temperature can drop dramatically to 0º, perhaps even a little colder, so expect cold nights while camping.
Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, make sure that you are ready for wind, rain, and sunshine!
The Trek Bhutan Druk Path Challenge is a flights included package. Upon signing up you will be included in the group flight booking that we make.
Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance – please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.
You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.
Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.
Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Bhutan has to offer! We can request to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details.