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International FAQs

We get asked lots of questions about our challenge events, from how people can raise their sponsorship to what to they can expect on an event. To help you, we've answered the most frequently asked questions on this page. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to email the NDCS Challenges team


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Who can take part and will I be fit enough?

Everyone from 18-80 is equally welcome. Our events are meant to be a challenge, but there will be people of widely variable fitness levels taking part and the aim is for the whole group to meet the challenge. The cycling and trekking is carefully managed at a suitable average pace with regular rest and refreshment stops. Our tour operator will provide you with plenty of training advice before the trip, and if you follow it, you’ll be more than able to complete the challenge! If you have a medical condition which could be affected by exercise or are over 70 you may need to get a medical certificate from your doctor.

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Can I sign up to an event on my own?

Yes! In fact most people do. Our participants find that NDCS Challenges are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Most participants establish firm friendships from the events and even take on more challenges with the people they have met.

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Will I have to carry my own kit?

No, all luggage will be transferred in support vehicles but you will need to take a day sack to carry small items such as sun cream and camera.

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Where will we be staying each night?

Accommodation is usually single sex, shared, and will be in hotels, guesthouses, lodges or camping, depending on the challenge. Our tour operators do their best to room couples together but this is not always possible.  The accommodation will vary depending on what is available along the route, but it will always be clean and of a basic satisfactory standard.

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How many people take part?

There are usually between 15 and 50 people on each trip depending on the number of flights our tour operators book and how far the accommodation can stretch!

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Do I need specialist kit?

Once your registration is confirmed you will be contacted by our tour operator with a comprehensive list of things you need to take, including recommended clothing. It is a requirement on all cycling challenges that you bring your own cycling helmet – you will not be allowed to ride without one. On cycling challenges good quality hybrid bikes will be provided for you.

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Can I extend my stay after the challenge has finished?

Yes. If suitable flights are available, a limited number of extensions can be arranged at a small extra cost. Further details will be sent to you by our tour operator following registration.

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What happens to my sponsorship money?

The minimum sponsorship for the challenges is split to include money which goes directly to the charity, and the tour costs for the event. We would ask that when fundraising for the events, participants explain to supporters that a percentage of their donation will go towards these tour costs. We aim for a minimum of 50% of the funds raised in total by a participant to contribute to NDCS charitable work.

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What is included in the tour costs?

Please see details on the specific tour you are interested in to find out what is included.

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Will there be any more costs?

You will need to budget for your non-refundable registration fee, optional tours (details will be supplied prior to your departure), visas, departure tax (where applicable), gratuities, personal expenses, connecting travel to and from the London departure airport and travel insurance.

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What is the registration fee for?

There is a compulsory registration fee. This will need to be made payable to our tour operators if your are taking part in an open challenge or  to NDCS if taking part in a bespoke event. This fee covers administrative non-travel costs and is non-refundable under any circumstances. You are not eligible to participate until we acknowledge in writing receipt of your registration form and fee.

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Do I need insurance?

It is vital that you have appropriate travel insurance in order to take part in your challenge and this must bein place 14 weeks prior to the departure date of the event. It is a compulsory requirement of every participant to take out either the tour operator’s insurance for the trip or to purchase their own, provided that the policy is adequate. Our tour operators make no exceptions to this rule. Further details will be provided by our tour operator once you register.

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Who is responsible for the travel arrangements?

The travel arrangements are made by the tour operator of the challenge you book. The tour operators are responsible for the travel arrangements and we have no responsibility for them.

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What is an open challenge?

All of our international challenges, unless stipulated, are Open Challenges which means that we will be working directly with a specific tour operator to promote one of their fundraising events. Open Challenges give us the chance to offer you a fantastic challenge of a lifetime whilst minimising the costs to the charity ensuring that more of the money you fundraise is going directly to the services that we provide. As these events are organised by our tour operator there will also be other people raising money for different charities. We aim to recruit sizeable groups from NDCS on all of the open challenges that we promote.

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What should I do next?

You can register NOW either by registering online on our  NDCS Challenges website on the relevant event page, or directly on the website of the tour operator who's challenge you wish to undertake.  We will then contact you to confirm your place on the trip.