Trek Balkans

10th – 17th September 2022
 

2022 will see the 7th Cheshire Home Trek take place. Following amazing challenges that have seen our trekkers experience amazing world wonders such as Machu Picchu and Petra and taking on the challenge of altitude, heat, monsoon, 2022 is set to be no different.

Why not join us climbing the highest peaks of Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia.

Our challenge is to conquer three of the highest peaks in the heart of the Balkans – Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. We start our adventure in welcoming Kosovo with its rich traditions and simple lifestyle. Kosovo is a true undiscovered gem where we conquer Mount Gjeravica (2,656m), its highest peak and the second highest in the Dinaric Alps range. From Kosovo, we cross-borders through wild and remote landscapes into Montenegro to  summit Mount Zla Kolata (2,534m). We finish our epic adventure by summiting Albania and Macedonia’s highest peak – Mount Korab (2,751m), which rises high above the border.

The trek takes place between 10-17 September 2022. Registration requires a non-refundable deposit of £350 which is offset against the total cost due. Based upon a group size of 20, the travel cost would be £1,295 per person (not including Jersey flights to the U.K.). Minimum sponsorship required per trekkers will be £1,600. 

Additionally, extension opportunities will be available (subject to availability).

Previous trekking experience an advantage but not essential, and a good level of fitness on departure will ensure that participants really do enjoy what will again be an amazing experience.

So get those boots on and join us on what is set to again be an experience of a lifetime. Our treks are about people taking on challenges that our residents and the people the Home supports are not able to and have previously changed peoples’ lives, so let 2022 be the year you take that step and change yours!

 
 

Full Itinerary

What’s Included

Flights, accommodation, transfers, first aid support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals.

What’s Not Included

Travel insurance, Visa, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

Itinerary

To view & download the itinerary please follow this link:

Full Itinerary

Sign Up

Register here

If you’d like to further discuss any of the details please contact us admin@jerseycheshirehome.je

How to prepare & FAQ’S

  • hikingboots_h2 prepareTraining Regime
    • You don’t have to be super fit to take part and it’s not a race. However, our challenges are fairly strenuous therefore you should be of average fitness and enjoy reasonable health. We strongly recommend that you do regular training in the months leading up to the event. If you are over 65 you must obtain a signed medical form from your doctor. It is essential that we are made aware of any medical conditions that may be affected by participating in the event.
    • Once you have signed up to the challenge a specific training regime will be advised.
  •  Communication
    • We will endeavour to meet regularly as a group to discuss kit requirements, training and fundraising plans. Offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about the challenge and about achieving their target.
    • There is also regular email communication the group and you can share tips on kit, training and fundraising via our Facebook Community group, which is also a great forum for photo sharing after the challenge.
  • Packing List
    • This recommends the type of clothing and equipment you will need. But be aware a comfortable pair of worn in boots is a must! Click here to view & download.
  • Financials
    • WHAT THE CHALLENGE INCLUDES: This varies by challenge but in general the following is included: all transportation (flights, ferry, train, coach etc depending on the event), shared accommodation, full board (on challenge days), water and snacks whilst undertaking the activity, luggage transfer, all necessary back-up including support vehicles, Tour Manager, mechanics, doctor or medic and guides.
    • NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHALLENGE: This varies by challenge but in general the following is not included: travel insurance, vaccinations, spending money, visa, some meals on non-challenge days (varies by event) and optional tours.
    • WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T RAISE THE SPONSORSHIP MONEY? All money raised is a charitable donation until you have paid the minimum sponsorship money to the charity – usually 10 weeks before departure. At this point your place on the charity challenge will be confirmed. If you do not raise the required amount you are liable to forfeit your place on the challenge. All sponsorship forms and sponsorship money should then be forwarded to the charity who will return it to your sponsors where requested. You can however make up the shortfall yourself in order to still take part. If you are having problems raising money do let the charity know well before the sponsorship deadline so that they can offer help and advice.
    • HOW MUCH OF THE MONEY I RAISE WILL DIRECTLY HELP THE CHARITY? The full sponsorship money raised will go directly to the charity.
    • DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE? You must be insured to take part .When your own policy please make sure your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. You will need to provide proof of your insurance 10 weeks before the challenge.
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Fundraising

  • The thought of fundraising can be a daunting one – do not panic! Fundraising can be as challenging as the trek itself, but it can also be as much fun and as rewarding. Please ask should you need some ideas and information to help you generate sponsorship support and set you on your way to fundraising success!
  • We meet regularly with the participants to discuss fundraising plans, offering everyone as much advice and support as we can to ensure they feel confident about achieving their target.