What will you need to take part?
Team spirit, stamina, endurance and a passion for supporting causes worldwide.
Financially, you need to raise the minimum fundraising requirement and cover your own expedition costs and airfare to the challenge of your choice. If you need help raising money for your travel and expedition costs, we suggest that you use a site like IndieGoGo to set up a personal donation page – this is separate from your Challenge Fundraising page on the Peaks website.
How fit do I need to be?
1 Peak 1 Week Challenges are designed to take you where you have never been before – whether that is a country, an altitude or a trail! These challenges are filled with days visiting the organization you are supporting and time on the trail. Endurance and strength is needed and we will guide you along with a training plan accessible online. Each challenge varies in difficulty – contact the Peaks team to find one that suits you best!
Do I need specialist kit?
We will provide you with a full kit list of what to take once you are signed up for a challenge. Depending on the difficulty of your climb and region, different gear will be needed.
Do I have to carry my own bags up and down the mountain?
No. You will only have to carry a day pack with items such as sun-screen, water, hat and camera. Your backpack will be carried from camp to camp by local porters. Peaks Foundation along with Adventure International encourages the fair employment of local experienced guides and porters. These guides are a great source of knowledge, motivation and entertainment throughout your expedition.
Can I stay in region after the Challenge?
Yes, Peaks Foundation encourages you to make the most of your experience. You’ll be responsible for arrange and paying for the rest of your trip after the Challenge ends, but if you want help making arrangements or tips on what to do in the region, Adventure International would be more than happy to assist. Feel free to come early as well, just make sure you are present when the challenge begins.
What sort of back up is there?
There will be a strong climbing support team with up to six professional Adventure International guides. Full, medical kits including oxygen will be taken and GSM and satellite phones will be used to ensure your safety and security at all times.
Will the altitude affect me?
Your physical fitness will not affect your ability to cope with the altitude. Altitude sickness is caused by decreased oxygen concentration in the blood due to the lower atmospheric pressure at high altitude. Everyone is affected differently, but symptoms can include breathlessness, nausea and headaches. Peaks Foundation Challenges have been designed to give you time to sufficiently acclimatize i.e. the speed at which we trek, the route taken up the mountain and the number of highly trained experts in the team.
What is the food like on the challenge?
Our teams always report that food was above and beyond all expectations. Plenty of food is always available to keep you energized on the trek and at camp. We can accommodate your diet, so don’t worry if you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions. Don’t be surprised to find tea/coffee served at your tent in the morning, or banana fritters hand-made on the trail!
If I join a 1P1W challenge, can I apply to be a PAL the next year on a 3P3W challenge?
Absolutely! Once you have joined Peaks Foundation challenge you are eligible to be a PAL on any other Peaks Foundation challenge. More info on our PAL program is available on the alumni section of our website.