How do I change my travel option?
From there, you'll be able to view the bookings you've made, and edit them as you wish. To change your travel option, hit the Edit button on the right-hand side. Options you can change include switching between 'with flights' and 'without flights' options, adding or removing extension trips, and changing your fundraising option.
Please note that once the registration portals are closed to new bookings (24th January 2020 for overseas treks, 16 weeks before departure for marathons and Three Peaks), changing your travel option will incur a fee of £100+ any non-recoverable costs to us. See our Terms & Conditions for full details.
Can I have a refund?
Your registration fees are refundable if you cancel within our 72 hour cooling off period. This applies to both challenge registration fees and extension trip registration fees. Registration fees are non-refundable in all other circumstances.
If you notify us of your wish to cancel within this 72-hour window, your place will be cancelled and you will receive a refund of your registration fees, no questions asked.
To notify us of your wish to cancel your space, you must fill in our cancellation form. We will also accept cancellation requests within the 72-hour cooling-off period if you have emailed us within this time, but only if within your email you have explicitly requested to cancel your space.
For more details on other circumstances where you may be due a refund, see our Terms & Conditions.
How do I cancel my booking?
You may cancel your booking at any time before your trip departure date. To do so, you must fill in our cancellation form, to notify us of your desire to cancel.
We process cancellations weekly on Wednesday mornings, so you may still receive comms after you’ve submitted your request. Once your cancellation has been actioned, this will trigger any outstanding payments and you will receive a confirmation email.
Please note that registration fees are non-refundable in all circumstances outside of the cooling off period, so if you choose to cancel your place you will not receive a refund on either your registration fee instalments.
All donations made to your charity are also non-refundable.
How can I update my personal details?
You can update your personal details for your booking by logging in to your registration portal and editing your booking.
On your user dashboard, click My Bookings > Bookings, followed by the green Edit button on the right-hand side. This will take you to your booking editor, where you'll be able to change your personal details.
How do I view/change my booking?
You can log in to your account via our registration system. Click here to log in, and from your user dashboard you'll be able to edit and amend bookings.
Is my money safe?
Yes! If you are on an overseas challenge and select with-flights you will receive an ATOL certificate when you sign up. We are also a member of ABTA and have ABTA bonding, which protects our participants who choose a without-flights option or are doing the Three Peaks, in the unlikely event that we cease trading.
Where can I find out more about my Challenge?
All the details about your trip, including dates, trip itinerary and all inclusions and exclusions can be found in your Information Pack. You can find the Student Info Pack here.
You will be able to find further information in your Briefing Pack, which you can find in your portal.
Where is my kit list?
Your kit list can be found in your Briefing Pack, which you can find in your portal. You can also find additional kit information in our blog. Check out our essential kit list, or why not read about what we recommend you wear on a typical day trekking.
Do I need to train to do my challenge?
No, though we do suggest doing a little bit of training pre-departure as this will make your trip more enjoyable. We have training advice both in your Briefing Pack, and also on our blog, where you can read tips from past challenge participants, or our ultimate trek training guide.
your flights & Travel
Do I need a visa to take part?
UK citizens are currently required to obtain a visa to travel to China. We do not anticipate that Brexit will affect the visa process, but we will be in touch should this change.
Please check your Briefing Pack for Visa information. This can be found in your portal.
When will I receive my hotel and flight information?
Your flight and accommodation details will be emailed to you 6 weeks prior to departure.
Will I need a ticket?
You will not be issued with an airline ticket, you will be able to check in using your Passport and Airline Booking Reference number.
Do I need to check my passport?
You will need to ensure that the name you have registered with matches that in your passport. For example, make sure that you have not listed yourself as "Sam" if the name in your passport is "Samuel". You will need to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your departure date. If you have renewed your passport then you will need to provide us with your new passport number.
What is my baggage allowance?
You will generally have a baggage allowance of no less than 20kg on International flights. However, this varies from airline to airline so we suggest checking with the specific carrier's website before traveling.
Remember you don't have to use your whole weight allowance. Though your bags will be stored in the vans whilst you trek, there’s a lot of value in packing light, especially as it means you can bring home plenty of souvenirs!
Who should I contact for fundraising support?
Though our team all have experience of fundraising for challenges, if you have any questions or difficulties with your fundraising, you should contact your charity directly.
Your charity are the experts when it comes to reaching your fundraising target and will be able to help you by answering any questions that you may have, putting together a fundraising plan with you or offering advice from previous experience.
See the Our Charities page on our website to find out more about your charity.
Do I have to raise my fundraising target if I cancel my space?
If you cancel your booking throughout the year, then you will not be obliged to complete your fundraising target.
What happens if I don’t hit my fundraising target?
If you don’t hit your minimum sponsorship target, you will not be able to travel on your challenge.
If you are worried about hitting your sponsorship target, then you should get in touch with your charity and they will be able to help by giving you tips, fundraising opportunities and 1-to-1 support throughout your fundraising journey.
If you think you might need more time to fundraise, consider deferring your space to the following year, which will give you more time to reach your target. See our Terms for full details on deferral.
How does a Flexi-Payment work?
In order to sign-up for China you will need to pay your registration fee of £390. You will then be given an option to select a fundraising target. You can reduce your fundraising target by paying what we call a flexi-payment.
We have three flexi-payments, £0, £195 and £395. Each flexi-payment brings your total fundraising target down by double the amount you pay. This is because we operate on a 50:50 ratio, and your flexi-payment will go directly towards your trip costs.
How do I change my fundraising option?
Our trips are designed so that you can change your fundraising target, depending on how confident you're feeling about fundraising.
You can change your fundraising option by logging in to our registration portal using your registration details. On your user dashboard, click My Bookings > Bookings and then click the green Edit button on the right-hand side. You can click through the tabs to the Fundraising section, where you will be able to edit your booking to a new fundraising target.
How much of my fundraising goes to my charity?
We have a 50:50 policy at Choose a Challenge, meaning that at least 50% of your fundraising target will go directly to your charity and the vital work they do, and never more than 50% will go towards covering your trip costs.
Each of our overseas treks has three fundraising options, meaning you can choose if you'd like to pay more towards your trip costs in return for a reduction in your fundraising target. The more you pledge to contribute towards your trip costs, the lower your fundraising target will be. For any fundraising you do above and beyond your fundraising target, 100% of this will go directly to your charity.
If you cancel your booking at any point before your place is confirmed by your charity (8 weeks before departure) then 100% of the money you have raised up to that point will go to your charity.
Can I put some of my own money towards my fundraising?
Absolutely. Many of our participants do choose to put some of their own money in to supplement their fundraising.
Remember though, our challenges are designed to be achievable without pledging large sums of your own money. With good time management, these trips are accessible to anyone.
Are your challenges ethical?
As the organiser of dozens of overseas trips each year, we have an obligation to ensure that our trips are held to the highest ethical standards. We take this responsibility very seriously.
We constantly review our ethical approach and ensure it is up-to-date and takes account of the changes in practice and legislation in our destination countries.
If you’d like more information please check out our ethics page.
What to you do to ensure porter welfare?
Choose a Challenge are fully aware of the social and economic issues that can be associated with tourism the developing countries that many of our challenges visit. We only work with local ground operators who are ethically responsible and who support community tourism projects. Welfare of the porters is a top priority and our local partners are monitored to ensure standards are adhered to.
What should I do with my litter?
Our policy is to carry out away all non-biodegradable rubbish. Biodegradable rubbish should be left in the appropriate containers/bags. Please do not leave apple cores and banana skins on the ground.
Whilst trekking there are may be very few toilets along the route, but please try and use official toilets where possible. If you are caught short then please dispose of any toilet tissues appropriately in containers or bags.
We are also a member of Travellers Against Plastic (TAP) and encourage all our participants to avoid single-use plastics whilst on our trips.
What should I do if I encounter any beggars?
Please do not hand out money to beggars. Giving to a local charity is far more effective and reduces expectations and reliance.
Can I bring home souvenirs?
If you would like to purchase any souvenirs then to buy locally-made crafts that support local skills and avoid buying items that exploit or threaten endangered wildlife species (e.g. ivory) or ancient artefacts. These probably wouldn't be anywhere near as ancient as the vendor makes out anyway!
Don't purchase any seashells or animal skins e.g snake skins as you will be stopped at the airport.
Can I haggle or bargain for goods?
Haggling is all part of the fun when buying souvenirs abroad but try not to be over aggressive over sums which are relatively small. It may not seem much to you but it is someone else's living! Besides, a broad grin and a sense of humour are far more likely to get you the discount that you want!
How can I help protect local plants and wildlife?
Try not to damage any plants or trees that that you see along the route of your challenge. Any wild animals that you encounter should not be fed or disturbed.
Basic tips for staying safe whilst travelling
You should always aim to remain vigilant throughout your trip, even in areas which seem safe. Following these tips will help to reduce the risk of incident or injury during your challenge.
Who can I contact in case of emergency?
If you have have any emergencies during UK office phone hours (11.30-17:30) then please call our team in the office, on +44 203 773 4140
For emergencies outside of these hours then please call our 24-hour emergency line on +44 208 798 0080. This number is only to be used in genuine emergencies.
How can I stay safe during my trek?
Always follow the advice of your guides, they are highly experienced and have been taking part and leading teams on your challenge for many years.
Take everything nice and slowly. There is plenty of time on each given day to complete the required distance so there is no need to rush as this will tire you out more than necessary and increase the chance of injury or accident.
If you have any questions or concerns during your trek then please ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question, and it is much harder to help if any potential issues go unnoticed.
What do you do to ensure that my challenge is safe?
We work closely will all of our partners in-country to ensure that all of your accommodation and transport is of a high standard.
We also monitor Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for all of the countries that we operate in to ensure that our information is up to date. You can find up to date travel advice from the FCO here.
Each of our challenges are comprehensively risk assessed, and we operate a 24-hour emergency line during departures season, so that you know you'll always have someone to call in case of emergency.
If you have any questions about your trip, please drop us an email at email@example.com and we’d be more than happy to help.