Trek the Alps FAQs

1. When does the trek take place?

The trek will take place from Thursday 12th July – Monday 16th July 2018.

2.  How long will I be trekking for each day?

You must be prepared for trekking 7-8 hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a light daypack.  

3.  What distances will we be trekking each day?

The distances each day are approximately 14km, 18km and 14km. The main challenges lie in the hilly walking and steep rocky sections. When it comes to hillwalking, the mileage is irrelevant compared to the hours you will be trekking and the long, tiring ascents. There are some high ridge-climbs and it can be very exposed.  

4.  What’s the best way to raise sponsorship money?

The best place to start is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. It’s easy to set up and manage. Your friends and family can sponsor you from anywhere at any time and you don’t need to spend time collecting money. You can use it as well as a regular sponsorship form, giving friends and family two ways to support you.  

Most people find fundraising is far easier than they first imagined. We will support you every step of the way to ensure you reach and even exceed your target. Here are some suggestions:        

  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you through JustGiving: £400
  • Five cake sales at work throughout the year: £40 x 5 = £200         
  • Car boot sale or eBay auction: £250         
  • Host a couple of dinner parties and charge your friends £10 to come: £200
  • Hold a couple of quiz nights at your local pub: £300         
  • Ask your work or local school to hold a non-uniform day: £200         
  • Ask your local supermarket if you can bag-pack or hold a couple of collections throughout the year: £200       
  • Ask local companies to donate prizes for a raffle: £200  

Total: £1,950  

When do I need to reach my fundraising target by?

You will need to raise a minimum of £1,950, of which 80% (£1,560) must be received by Julia’s House no later than ten weeks before departure (3rd May 2018). The remaining 20% (£390) must be received one week before departure.        

6.  What happens if I don’t meet my minimum fundraising target?

It’s really important that everyone raises the full £1,950. However, please don’t be daunted, if you give yourself enough time and focus on fundraising you really will be able to raise the full £1,950.  

Remember to make full use of the fundraising pack with ideas on how to reach your target (sent to you when you signed up) and also remember that you can call on the support of the Challenge Team at Julia’s House at any time.

However, if you do not manage to raise the full £1,950, we can discuss the best ways for you to raise the shortfall. Some people also decide to set up a manageable monthly donation.    

7.  Do I still need to fundraise if I have self-funded my trip?

Even if you have decided to self-fund your trip, it’s really important that you try to raise as much as you can. We are excited to offer this exclusive challenge as an opportunity to raise vital funds for our families and, with limited spaces available, we hope everyone will try to raise as much as they can.  

If everyone raised a minimum of £1000, together we could raise enough to pay for at least three weeks of play sessions at the hospice, providing fun, friendship and complementary therapies for up to eight children each day. That would be an incredible achievement! We are here to support you every step of the way in reaching, or even exceeding your fundraising target.  

8.  I have chosen to self-fund my trip, when do I need to need pay the balance by?

You must pay the balance of £951 by 30th March 2018.  

9.  I have chosen to self-fund my trip, can I pay the balance in instalments?

Yes, you can pay the balance in instalments. Please speak to Hannah Miller on 01202 644220 to arrange this. We must receive your final balance by 30th March 2018.  

10.   How do I pay in my sponsorship money

If you are collecting sponsorship money, there's a few ways you can send it to us:           

  • Come and visit us. We're based in the Barclays building in Poole (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).       
  • You can hand it in to your local Julia's House shop.       
  • You can donate through our website: https://juliashouse.org/donate/. Just make sure you add your reason for donation as 'Trek the Alps 2018'.         
  • You can send a cheque, payable to ‘Julia’s House’ in the post to:  Julia's House, Barclays House, 1 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BB. Just make sure you include a note with your name and the reason for your sponsorship.

If you have a sponsorship form, please send it back to us so we can claim back the Gift Aid.

11.  Do I need to do anything with the money I have raised through Just Giving?

You do not need to do anything. Any sponsorship you have received online will be automatically transferred to us. The same applies for Virgin Money Giving and BT MyDonate.  

12.  Have you got a checklist of items I need to pack?

You can find our recommended kit list HERE.  

13.  What sort of food and snacks shall I bring?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the trip—there will be plenty of hearty local food to keep you going! You are welcome to bring extra snacks from home if you wish to top up your energy supply.  

14.  What do I do if I have any special dietary requirements?

You need to let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate any dietary requirements during the trip. Please bear in mind that being vegetarian is not generally well-understood in this region, so meals may not be as varied as you are used to. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home.  

15.  Do I trek with my luggage?

No, your luggage will be transported by road between each guesthouse/refuge. We recommend that your kit is packed in a soft holdall rather than a hard case. You should also bring a small daypack to carry personal items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.  

16.  What happens if I injure myself during the trip?

You will have first aid trained guides accompanying you on the trek at all times who will be able to treat minor injuries. Should the very worst happen and you need to be airlifted out to a local hospital there are provisions in place. You will also be accompanied by a representative from Julia’s House.  

17.  What footwear do I need to wear?

You will need to wear good quality hiking boots. It’s important that you train in your hiking boots ensure that they fit properly and feel comfortable. You can get a boot fitting and 15% discount from Cotswold Outdoors, just get in contact with us for a voucher.  

18.  What are our flight times and where are we flying from?

We will be flying from Heathrow to Geneva with Swiss Air. 

Flight Number
12 July 2018 08:55 11:30 LX 353
16 July 2018 17:50 18:30 LX 356


19.  What sort of travel insurance do I need?

In order to participate in this challenge, it is compulsory that you have travel insurance. Please ensure that you are covered for trekking on established trails, emergency helicopter rescue and altitudes of up to 2665m.  

We recommend obtaining travel insurance as soon as possible.  That way your registration fee may be protected in the event that you unexpectedly need to cancel.  

20.  How much training do I need to do?

We strongly advise you to train hard and make sure you are of a good fitness level before departure. An ideal candidate would be someone who is open minded, positive, flexible and enjoys the challenges of the great outdoors. You must be prepared for trekking 7-8 hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a light daypack. Walking uphill and downhill, over uneven and rocky terrain should be an important part of your training.  

21.  How does Julia’s House benefit?

At least 50% of the £1,950 will be treated as a donation to Julia’s House and 50% will go towards the cost of your trip. If you raise over £1,950, 100% of the surplus will directly benefit Julia’s House.   If you have chosen to self-fund your trip then every penny you raise (minus the cost of your t-shirt and medal) will go towards supporting local children and their families.  

22.  Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and operated by The Different Travel Company Ltd, ATOL 6706, whose booking conditions apply.

23.  How do I convince my friends it’s not a holiday?

While you are sure to have an incredible time on the challenge, this challenge cannot be described as a holiday. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge.  

The days will be long, facilities will be basic and the conditions tough. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday.  

Of course, if you would prefer to cover the costs of the challenge in order to ensure that 100% of your sponsorship goes towards the work of the charity we would be delighted to discuss this option with you.

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