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MERA PEAK – 6,476m 23rd OCTOBER - 13th NOVEMBER 2016

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MERA PEAK

Introduction

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era Peak is a very impressive free-standing mountain that is one of the highest trekking peaks in the world. It is situated in an as yet unspoilt part of Nepal and provides you with an extremely varied mountain adventure. There are a number of approach routes to Mera peak, some busier than others, some faster than others allowing for poor acclimatisation. We aim for the quiet, culturally richer ascent, with a favourable acclimatisation profile. A fantastic flight into Lukla brings you to the starting point of this trek, which is also the kicking off point for the trek to Everest Base Camp. Our trail soon leaves the crowds and takes you into the spectacular and seldom visited Makalu Barun National Park. Besides the charm of climbing Mera Peak, the trek to its base camp from Lukla is hugely rewarding as it winds its way through densely forested hillsides and over stunning high mountain passes.

The route we follow goes via the Hinku Valley and onto Thagnak, turning east to Khare before you get to the Base Camp at 5,300m. From here a high camp is set at 5,800m near a rocky outcrop on the Mera Glacier. The high camp is one of the most glorious viewpoints in Nepal offering breathtaking panoramic views of Kanchenjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse sweeping around from the east and Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west. The giant faces of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse tower in the north. Finally the 360 panoramas you will experience when you ultimately reach the summit will take your breath away. The ascent of the peak is technically straightforward, glacier travel and crampon use is taught on the mountain, however, the heavy snow, cold weather and the maze of crevasses can make the summit bid quite demanding. Mera Peak is not likely to be forgotten in a hurry and is an immensely rewarding achievement.

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DAY 5

Pangkongma – Narjing Dingma (2,650m)

ITINERARY

Narjing Dingma – Chalem Kharka (3,450m)

DAY 6

We fly from London Heathrow airport to Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The flight departs from Heathrow in the evening, usually your 360 guide will accompany you on this flight. We arrive in Kathmandu mid-afternoon where we are transferred to our hotel in the middle of the Thamel district. This quiet haven offers peace and tranquillity whilst the streets outside are heaving with life. Thamel is a fascinating area of good restaurants and shops offering a profusion of handicrafts, Tibetan carpets, and exquisite jewellery. During the rest of the day you will have an opportunity to settle after the flight. Before heading out to dinner, your 360 leader will do a kit check and give you a comprehensive brief to ensure everyone is prepared for the exciting journey ahead. D

Today we progress deeper into the Hinku valley to our night’s camp at the established summer village of Khote (3,480m). We pass through the majestic forest and have lunch near the roaring Hinku river. Evidence of the devastation caused by a huge flood when the Sabai Tcho glacial lake broke its moraine dam is clearly visible around us. Mera Peak offers us glimpses of its summit at the end of the valley head. BLD

Khote – Tagnak (4,140m)

DAY 9

DAY 4

Phuiyan – Pangkongma (2,846m)

We set off early and climb up to the pass of Khari La (2,990m). The view to the north and west is fantastic all the way to Cho Oyu. We stop for lunch at a small lodge which seems suspended over the wide Kharikhola valley below. The trail continues through gorgeous forests with many high waterfalls visible before reaching the village of Pangkongma (2,846m). Here we camp near a Sherpa family house and catch a glimpse into traditional Sherpa family life. BLD

Today we continue along the ridge which in some places narrows dramatically and gullies drop away steeply on either side. One final pass at 4,330m brings us to the five sacred lakes of Panch Pokhari, a pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. A short descent from here brings us to our night camp at Khula Kharka (4,120m). BLD

Khula Kharka – Khote (3,480m)

DAY 8

DAY 3

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phuiyan (2,796m)

We take the morning flight to the dramatic airfield at Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the spectacular Nepali Himalayas. At Lukla we meet the sherpas who will be looking after us for the duration of our expedition and begin our trek south keeping high above the spectacular Dudh Khosi. Lunch is at Surkhe and we camp at the Sherpa village of Phuiyan (2,796m). BLD

Another spectacular day awaits. We now enter rhododendron forest and climb the Surkie La (3,085m) from where the whole of Eastern Nepal opens out in front of us. Visible is Kanchenjunga and below us stretches the remote Hongu valley. We follow the north ridge for the day and camp in the grassy pastures at 3,450m. BLD

Chalem Kharka – Khula Kharka (4,120m)

DAY 7

DAY 1 - DAY 2

Depart UK – Arrive Kathmandu

Another early morning start soon brings us up to the Pangkongma La pass (3,180m) which is marked by some very ancient chortens. From here we enter the Hinku valley and immediately there is a feeling of unspoilt remoteness.After a while our main objective Mera Peak comes into view standing at the head of the valley. From this angle it looks very impressive as its immense walls reach straight out of the valley. We get our first glimpse of the Hinku River crashing through deep gorges down from the north. The afternoon takes us down a steep path to cross the river then into dense forests before emerging to camp in the pastures of Narjing Dingma (2,650m). BLD

The forest gives way to an open valley and by midmorning the summits of more 6,000m peaks are revealed. By early afternoon we reach the summer settlement of Tagnak (4,140m) and set up camp. Towering over our heads the sheer flank of the Mera ridge dramatically dominates the skyline. BLD

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We will spend two nights in the village acclimatising to the altitude we have reached so far. This spectacular place is surrounded by dramatic peaks including Kussum Kangu (6,200m) and the unclimbed spire of Peak 35 (6,100m). Today will be spent taking it easy and doing short explorative walks up to the glacier beyond the village. BLD

Mera La – Mera High Camp (5,800m)

DAY 14

DAY 10

Tagnak Glacier Acclimatisation Day

DAY 11

Tagnak – Khare (4,940m)

This morning’s walk up alongside the Dig glacier is easy and relaxed. We cross the braided river and head into the valley, as dramatic views of the surrounding peaks continue to open up before us. We camp near the village of Khare, our base camp and home for two nights. BLD

Mera High Camp – Mera Summit (6,476m)

DAY 13

Khare – Mera La (5,410m)

Today our freshly learned crampon and ice axe techniques will come in useful as we first climb back up the ridge and then onto the back of the Mera Glacier. After a roped-up glacier crossing we make a short descent to the Mera La (5,410m). This exposed pass serves as a camp before climbing up to Mera’s high camp the next day. Striking views stretch as far as Kangchenjunga before us, as the sun descends and we settle in for a good night’s sleep. BLD

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DAY 12

Glacier Training

We head up to the start of the Mera Glacier by climbing a steep ridge that we will later follow to the Mera La pass. Here we will practice crampon use, ice axe technique and self-arrest as we get the feel of jumaring on a fixed rope. Later in the day we return to Khare for a good night’s sleep. BLD

An unforgettable day. The views that open out are fantastic: Kanchanjunga, Chamlang, Makalu and Baruntse from the east and Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Kangtega to the west slowly come into view. The giant faces of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse rise up in the north. The slopes are gently angled and the snow is usually in firm condition, but as the altitude increases it will be breathless work to reach the high camp. High camp is on a rock outcrop (5,800m) which separates the Mera from the Naulekh glaciers sweeping down from the peaks along the continuous ridge to the south. BLD

We are woken early by smiling Sherpas offering hot cups of tea and head out into the cold on our way to the summit of Mera Peak. Temperatures are likely to be ten degrees below zero but soon we warm up as we continue up the glacier and onto the snow hump-back ridge. The first rays of the sun hit the big peaks in an amazing red glow. The route is still non technical as we climb slowly but surely higher into the ever-thinning air. The slope steepens for a section behind the ridge and the summit comes back into view. At the foot of the final steep summit cone, we may attach to a fixed rope depending on conditions. The summit is only a few metres away. Shortly ahead is that moment we have all been working so hard to achieve: the summit itself. It’s a moment that is unforgettable. Before us lies the 360 panorama that is simply the best from all the Himalayan peaks. Only this summit can boast such a spectacle. We spend some time taking it all in before we finally descend back down to Khare where tired or not we have a well deserved round of celebratory drinks. BLD

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DAY 16

Contingency Day

A built-in contingency day should our attempt be delayed due to bad weather or the need to rest for another day prior to the ascent. The 360 team have in the past descended via a long day from Tagnak directly to Lukla and have built this as a contingency plan should the need arise. If this day is not utilised as a contingency day, then it will be used as a free day in Kathmandu. BLD

DAY 17

Khare - Khote

We retrace our steps back down the valley and alongside the Dig Glacier before passing back through Tagnak where we have our last good view of Mera before reaching Khote where we will spend the night. BLD

DAY 18

Khote – Chetera (4,100m)

A new route has now been completed which stays high on the open hillsides west of the Hinku River making for a quicker return with some fantastic views back on Mera itself from a completely different angle. Camp is at Chetera (4,100m), a small pastoral settlement by an enormous free-standing rock. BLD

DAY 19

Chetera – Lukla (2,400m)

The trail climbs to the Zatrawa La (4,580m) from where we get the last views of the mighty peak we have just climbed. From here we traverse to the rocky outcrop of the Zatr Og before descending steeply down into the Sherpa populated Dudh Kosi valley. We reach the tourist bustle of Lukla (2,840m) by late afternoon and spend the night. A wild party is inevitable. BLD

DAY 20

Lukla - Kathmandu

The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains. We will have a tour of the city in the afternoon before celebrating our huge achievement with a special dinner. BD

DAY 22

DAY 21

Day in Kathmandu

We will have the day to explore, go shopping, visit the palaces and markets. An enduring favourite destination is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city. Or perhaps we will join the thousands of Hindus who venture to the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal. The day is for you to enjoy, relax and recover in this remarkable city. B

Day flight to UK

We depart early morning and arrive back in the UK early evening. B

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þ International and domestic flights plus taxes þ Local guides and a 360 guide when group size is over 6 people þ Porters þ Equipment and clothing for porters and local crew þ Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek or lodge) þ Accommodation in Kathmandu in doubles/twins with breakfast þ Airport transfers and escort þ All accommodation based on two people sharing þ All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based

Excludes:

ý Personal equipment ý Staff/guide gratuities ý Alcoholic beverages ý Trip insurance ý Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service, etc. ý Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals eg if bad weather grounds flights or contingency days are not used ý Visas ý Country departure fee of approx. Rs.1100 (just under £10) ý Lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary

We recommend the following kit. It is not an exhaustive list and there are some items which are more luxury than necessity. If you want to discuss any kit requirements please feel free to contact us. It is possible to leave bags with clean clothes at the hotel prior to leaving for the mountain. You can also hire kit from our partners Outdoorhire.co.uk, while down items can be hired in Kathmandu. Please note – there is a 15kg weight limit imposed by the airline for your flight to Lukla. This weight limit is for your kit bag and rucksack combined. We will provide you with a Split Kit List which advises of what kit goes in what bag and will help when you do a practice pack before you leave the UK to ensure that you are within this limit. Your technical equipment is not included in this limit and will be bagged up and flown separately.

DOCUMENTATION

MERA PEAK KIT LIST

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Bureaucratic

Dry stuffsacs — nylon rolltop bags (or even just large plastic bags) that keep fresh clothing and other important items like passports and iPods dry in the event of a total downpour that seeps into your kitbag. Good for quarantining old socks

Passport — Don’t forget this! It should be valid for the dates of your trip to at least 6 months before expiry. Worth having spare passport photos to hand, as well as copies of your actual passport Scan of passport picture page 4

Waterproof rucksack cover

Passport photographs — we need these to obtain your climbing and trekking permits

Small kit bag or light bag – this is for any kit you intend to leave at the hotel and could even simply be a heavy duty plastic bag

Entry visa — A visa can either be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy in London or on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Costs are: 30 days - $40 and 90 days - $100. Non UK residents should check with the Nepalese Embassy

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Money — We recommend you take around $150 onto the mountain in small denominations to tip the Sherpa team. Plus about $250 for any extras along the way, satellite phone calls etc.

Sleeping Sleeping Bag 5 season — you should get a sleeping bag rated to -25C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights Sleeping bag liner — Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer

Packing

Sleeping mat — full length self-inflating rather than ¾ length Thermarest

Most of your kit is likely to be bulky so make sure you can fit everything in before you go

Daysack — approx. 40L capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials (see FAQ’s later), fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

CLOTHING

PERSONAL KIT

Copy of own travel insurance details And relevant contact numbers. Please ensure you have appropriate insurance for your intended trip to include medical evacuation and coverage up to an altitude of 6,500m

Duffel Bag 120L - 140L — a duffel bag is strong, soft, weather resistant bag without wheels but with functional straps for carrying. Suitcases and wheeled bags are not suitable

Padlocks – For use on your kit bag for travel and on the expedition plus your hotel bag

Head and Face The weather can be extremely changeable at altitude so the ability to cover up is essential. Getting sunburn on the mountain is not a good look

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Warm Headgear — this can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Warm gloves – consider liners or a light polartec pair for lower altitudes and evenings, and a thicker waterproof pair like ski gloves for higher altitudes

Wide Brimmed Hat – keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the neck Buff or scarf – Essential for protection from the sun and dust on the trail

Down mitts + waterproof mitts – Essential for higher altitudes to be worn with a liner glove underneath, and waterpoor (and windproof) layer over

Sunglasses – worth spending money on good UV filters. For glacier work category 4 with side and nose protectors Ski goggles – Category 3 for days when it may be snowing and very windy. Very useful on summit day Sunblock – buy the highest SPF you can find as UV intensifies with altitude

Lower Body

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Lipsalve – Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection

Softshell trousers - windproof or thermal lined trekking trousers for higher altitudes and the summit phase. Thermal leggings can still be worn underneath if necessary

Upper Body There are many options for your upper body with some people preferring synthetic clothing whilst others prefer merino wool. The ability to layer your clothing in different combinations is key to being comfortable. Too hot: take a layer off, too cold: put a layer on 3

Base layers — see panel on following pages, take several of different weights

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Mid Layer — as above, take a couple of different weights Gilet - a great low volume additional layer to keep your core warm, whether down, primaloft or fleece

Long Johns — thermal insulation for the lower body Waterproof overtrousers – like the jacket (panel right), an essential piece of kit to stay dry and should also be Goretex Underwear – merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you Feet 3 to 4 season walking boots — Well broken in with mid - high ankle support

Light insulated jacket — A lighter jacket such as a Primaloft or lightweight down which can be worn at lower to mid altitudes is a great addition to your kit offering greater flexibility with layering

High altitude plastic boots — these boots are double or triple layered to offer the best insulation and the warmest feet up high. Either Scarpa Vega, La Sportiva Spantiks or 8,000m boots are suitable Make sure you can fit 2 pairs of socks for added warmth with room to wiggle your toes

Outer layer x 1— see panel (optional) Hard Shell x 1 — see panel Down jacket – these provide the best insulation and are worth every penny. Ask advice in the shop (or from us) when buying the jacket and mention you want it rated to -25C and the assistant will recommend the correct fill for you

Trekking trousers – these tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

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High Altitude socks – these are especially thick to provide maximum insulation. Bring two pairs, keep one pair clean for summit day, and wear with a thinner inner

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Trekking socks – start with lighter socks lower down, working up to thicker pairs for higher up as it gets colder. Some people like a clean pair every day, others are happy to change every other day – that’s a personal choice

Water purification – if you are using tablets, take neutraliser or use Silver Chloride which has little taste

Spare laces

Personal first aid kit – blister patches, plasters, antiseptic, painkillers, (See FAQ’s in the following pages)

Wash kit — (Toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant etc. Moisturiser usefull too)

HARDWARE

Trainers — for camp, saves stomping around in heavy boots for the entire day

Personal medication – keep this in your rucksack

Climbing Gear Climbing harness — Try a variety on in a shop before you buy to ensure a good fit. Legs clips are a good option and avoids having to step into the harness to put it on

Travel Towel – travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect Wet wipes – these are great for washing when shower facilities become a thing of the past

Jumar — Left or right handed, your choice 2

Sling (60cm)

Insect Repellent – for early stages and once back down

Ice Axe — A walking ice axe between 55cm and 65cm. Go to an outdoor shop and try different ones for weight and size so that you get one that feels good to you

Toilet paper – provided on the mountain but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock between camps / lodges

Crampons — 12 point mountaineering crampons with anti-balling plates that fit your specific plastic boots (not ice climbing crampons)

PERSONAL EFFECTS

Alcohol rub – a must-have for good camp hygiene

Locking HMS karabiners

Water and Hygiene

Nappy or dog poo bags – only needed to bag your toilet paper if you are caught short in between camps and for keeping your rubbish tidy in your tent Miscellaneous equipment

Hydration – sterilized water will be provided but it is always worth being prepared just in case you drink more than expected out on the hill and need to refill. Toiletries – everything can be purchased in Kathmandu at the supermarket about 2 mins walk from the hotel or in one of the many shops in Lukla. This will cut down on your weight for the flights to and within Nepal if you are struggling to pack everything within the weight limit Water bottles (3 Litre capacity) – Camelbaks are useful at lower altitudes but have a tendency to freeze up at higher altitudes without insulation tubes, Nalgene bottles are better at altitude and can be put in your down jacket Pee bottle (or Shewee) – relief at night when it’s too cold or stormy to go out

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Headtorch – bring spare batteries Trekking Poles – these tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill Camera – bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards Penknife Sewing kit Snacks – You will be fed very well and given snacks each day however we advise bringing a small selection as a little bit of comfort. Extra snacks can be bought en-route if needed. Energy gels and protein bars are not suitable for this expedition

Terminology explained

Base layer — this is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. Wet or sweaty clothing makes you cold and saps your energy as your body compensates to dry it. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion. Mid layer — these are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack. Light insulated jacket — these are either down or primaloft and have much better thermal properties than fleece above, they are very light and highly compressible. Worn in combination with a hardshell for wind resistance, or even with your down jacket for maximum warmth. Outer layer — frequently referred to as a Softshell, this will probably be your outermost layer for much of an expedition. These should be windproof (not all are), and insulative. They are mostly made of soft polyester and sometimes resemble a neoprene finish which makes them very mobile and comfortable to wear. While offering a degree of weather repellence, they are not waterproof, which is why you must also have: Hard Shell — These jackets (and trousers) are thin, highly waterproof and windproof and worn over all other items of clothing. They are your last line of defence against harsh weather. You’ll find these made of Gore-Tex or other proprietary waterproof yet breathable technology. Inexpensive hard shells that aren’t breathable will prevent evaporation, making you sweat intensely and are not recommended. Down jackets — generally made using feathers, these are the ultra-warm and insulated layer that are used when at camp or in extremely cold environments. Those with a windproof outer fabric will provide the best insulation.

Am I fit enough?

This trip involves sustained physical effort and calls for a state of high conditioning. You should already have experience of tough challenges and be regularly training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8kg in weight. It involves harder scrambling and when snow is encountered then glacier travel with ropes, ice axes and crampons will be necessary. Basic mountaineering skills are required but will also be taught on the trip.

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FAQ’s

Will the camp be freshly set up or will we be staying at

FOOD AND WATER

send them ahead of the group to secure the best site and to

What is the food like on the mountain?

All meals on the mountain are fresh, nutritious and varied. We

try to ensure that dietary preferences are met and that local ingredients are used. You’ll be amazed what can be produced

existing camps at a set site on the way up?

Our local camp crew will set up the tents for you each night. We

get the site prepared before you arrive. Bear in mind that these

guys are also porters and when our walking days are shorter we might get to camp before them. If this occurs then have a cup of tea in the dining tent and wait for your tents to be ready.

on a kerosene stove! The underlying aim is to provide balanced,

HEALTH AND SAFETY

bodies and to replenish stores for the next day of activity. On

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

nutritional meals packed with carbohydrates to refuel hungry

top of well balanced meals clients are provided with coffee, tea and snacks on arrival into camp. The morning wake-up call is usually accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee in your tent.

You are invited to bring along any of your favourite snacks and goodie bags from home if you want. Concentrate on high energy food-stuffs to give you that little boost on an arduous day. I have food allergies, can these be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek. Where does the drinking water come from?

For the first day bottled drinking water will be used. At the higher

camps we will use locally sourced drinking water from streams

or springs. These are usually fresh being topped up from meltwater above or by rainfall but we also increase their purity by

treating the water with purification chemicals and by boiling it. We always ensure that our drinking water is 100% bug free. Is fresh water available for replenishing during the day?

Before leaving camp in the morning you will fill your water bottles or camel bladder. If this runs low you will have ample more

water to replace it with. For most walking days water can be replenished at the lunchtime site. In Nepal water and soft drinks can be bought at some of the lodges encountered on the route. ACCOMMODATION How does tent sharing work? And how big are the tents?

Most altitude related symptoms manifest themselves at night. We therefore recommend tent sharing from the onset of all our

Mera expeditions. Tent share is always organised according to similar sex and where possible age groups. Obviously if

climbing this mountain with a friend or partner then you will be able to share tents and if you’re a group we’ll ask you to make your own arrangements. If you have joined the team by yourself

then it is highly likely that you will be sharing a tent with your pre-assigned room buddy unless prior arrangements have been

made.We use high quality 3 man tents to be shared between 2 people to provide extra space for your comfort.

All our guides are in communication with each other by phone and radio. In the vast majority of cases of emergency rescue the

problems can be attributed to slow acclimatisation or altitude

and if so the solution is immediate descent to lower altitudes.

Our local crew is very experienced in dealing with any problem that may arise. Our guides are either doctors or possess the

highest standard of wilderness first aid qualifications and can handle any emergency to the highest level of competency without assistance if necessary.

What happens if I get altitude sickness?

There are different types of altitude sickness. Although our

acclimatisation regime ensures that everybody enjoys the best possible chance of getting high on the mountain, altitude

related problems can happen. The most common of this is high altitude sickness. (AMS - acute mountain sickness). Symptoms for this generally include headaches, nausea and vomiting.

In all this sounds quite dramatic but generally this is just the process your body naturally goes through to adjust to the higher altitudes and the reduced partial pressure of the atmosphere.

For some people the acclimatisation process is a little longer

and harder than others. For our guides this is all part and parcel of ascending a near 6,500m peak and although we asses each

client’s personal situation carefully we also further consider the compounding effects of dehydration brought on by excessive

vomiting and continuing headaches. AMS might sound frightening

but our guides are fully trained (and experienced) in helping to

relieve your personal symptoms and provide advice on how to best proceed. HACE and HAPE can occur on Mera and our guides are fully trained in the recognition of the onset of these problems and will deal with them at the first sign of their development.

In most cases AMS can be avoided by following these guidelines: • drink lots of water • walk slowly • stay warm • eat well

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the various

affects that altitude can cause. During your pre-climb briefing,

we describe altitude sickness to you in detail, and advise you how to cope with it.

The most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it and to know how to deal with it and more importantly tell your guides how

you feel. Our guides have seen every condition that the mountain produces, and they will always know how to deal with problems.

You advocate taking a small first aid kit, what should it contain?

We advocate a little bit of self-help on the mountain. If you have a blister developing for example then please stop take of your boot and treat it before it becomes a problem.

Your own first aid kit should contain: A basic blister kit, plasters,

sun-protection, your own personal medication (sometimes your porter might get to camp after you and if he is carrying your

medication you may not be able to take it according to the regime you are used to), basic pain relief (aspirin and Ibuprofen),

a personal course of antibiotics if prone to illness. Foot powder in your socks every morning is great for preventing blisters.

Generally the best approach to take when packing your first aid kit is to include such basic medications as if you would on a family or personal holiday.

Your 360 expedition leader and / or a local porter (we call the ambulance man!) carries a very comprehensive first aid kit which

contains a wide range of supplies and medications. They are

fully trained to use whatever is needed for any emergency that may arise. We advocate keeping this in mind when packing your own first aid supplies and keeping your own FA kit as compact and light as possible.

What vaccinations do I need?

The following vaccinations are recommended: • Hepatitis A • Typhoid

• Diphtheria • Tetanus • Polio

This list is not absolute and it is important you should see your

GP Surgery or travel clinic for latest recommendations and to ensure you are up to date on necessary vaccinations.

What happens if I need to leave the expedition early?

If a climber needs to leave early arrangements can be made with the assistance of your 360 Guide. Additional costs (transport,

hotels, flights etc.) will be incurred by the climber but our guides will be able to assist in every detail of your departure. KIT What clothing should I wear on the mountain?

We advocate the beg, steal and borrow principle for first timers: instead of buying brand new stuff that may never get used

again. The cost of equipment is usually a major deterrent for people coming onto trips in the first place.

Our guides usually start the trek wearing long, lightweight

trekking trousers and wicker (non-cotton) shirts. Long trousers

are recommended as a deterrent to insects, stinging plants and to act as sun protection. Shorts can also be worn on the initial few days of the trek as the temperature is usually warm. Ensure that you apply sun protection frequently.

The prevailing conditions on the trek will dictate what you will

wear: if it is cold when you leave the camp in the morning then wear your fleece. As things warm up take advantage of the zipper system which most trekking clothing have and open and /or close the zips to adjust to your own preferred temperature.

If you get too warm then take a layer off. On summit day it gets cold and temps of -20 C are not unusual.

Typically our guides wear 2 sets of base layers (long Johns), a thick fleece layer (top and bottom) and then on the legs

waterproofs whilst on the upper torso a down jacket is worn. As the wind picks up near the summit ridge our guides will put on

their wind proof layer to ward off the wind-chill. On their hands

they’ll wear a thin layer of fleece working gloves over the top of which a thicker set of ski gloves or mittens is worn.

Their heads are covered by a thermal “beanie” hat or a thick

balaclava and the hood of their down jackets. On their feet the guides wear one thin sock and one thick sock.

Sunglasses are worn for most of the trek in as well as suitable sun-hats. On summit day our guides wear snow goggles.

Plastic boots are essential to climb 6,000m peaks. They should

be a double boot with a soft inner and hard plastic shell, the basic model would be Scarpa Vega’s or La Sportiva Spantiks. Temperatures high on the mountain are usually well below -20

and only plastic boots can withstand such conditions. Ensure that you have tried the boots on before you leave home and that

you can wear a thin and a thick pair of socks in them and still be able to wriggle your toes.

Crampons are worn for the majority of the time you are on the

glacier and for the actual summit day itself. Your crampons should preferably be of the easy “heel clip” variety (rather than the strap systems which are fiddly). It is not necessary to use specialist

technical climbing crampons as standard 12 point all round crampons such as those from Grivel will do the job very well.

Over the top of your clothing you will wear a climbing harness and you will be attached to a rope for some of the day.

Waterproofs are needed on hand at all times. Mera is a huge mountain that creates its own weather system. It is not unusual

to be caught out in an afternoon rainstorm low down on the trek.

Waterproofs should be Gortex material or similar. On summit day they are used as an invaluable wind shield to protect you against the effect of wind-chill when a strong wind blows. What is the best type of footwear to use?

You will only be using your plastic boots for the mountain phase

of this trek. You will not be wearing them on the trek to the base camp. All the mountain hardware (plastics, crampons, ice axes,

ropes and snow stakes etc.) are brought directly to the camp by

MERA PEAK porters and placed in separate bags when we reach Lukla. We

will not see this equipment again until we reach the base camp. Because of the huge variety of terrain encountered on the trekking phase it is very important to wear the right footwear.

Trekking boots should be sturdy, waterproof, insulated against cold temperatures and offer adequate ankle support. In addition it is highly recommended that your boots are well worn in to

prevent the formation of blisters. A range of suitable boots are on the market and further advice as to which brand names are available can be found online or at your local gear store. What should I carry inside my daysack?

A daysack is worn by the climber at all times during the trek.

The content of this is mandatory and should include: a fleece (for when taking breaks or weather changes) a full set (top and

bottom) of waterproofs, sufficient water for the day, snacks, camera, personal medication and a head torch.

Your day-to-day rucksack should weigh no more than 3 – 4kg

and a rucksack of around 30 - 40 L capacity will suffice. This

rucksack can be filled to the brim with extra stuff when you check in at the airport. Our guides put their down jackets or a

thick fleece and a pair of mountain socks in this bag to free up space in their hold luggage.

It is important that your day sack has an adjustable waist belt to transfer the weight of your daily load onto your hips and from

here onto your legs so that strongest muscles do most of the carrying. Another handy feature would be a compartment in

which to fit a platypus or water bladder. Our main luggage will be carried from camp to camp by porters.

Our initial check in luggage should be around 22kg but limited to 15kg for the flight to Lukla.

What do the porters carry? What is the correct porter weight? Your porter bags should be off a soft material “duffel bag” or rucksack variety and should not be a suitcase or hard bodied

metal case. Furthermore they should weigh around 15 kg when packed for the trekking phase of the expedition. On all our Mera

peak treks we have found this weight to be ample and usually everybody can plan to take only enough clothes and equipment

needed for the mountain. Please bear in mind that on top of

your load, porters will also have to carry a share of the food, kitchen equipment, camping equipment and their own survival gear. Inside the porter bag should be a change of clothing, your

clothing for higher up the mountain, a sleeping mat (thermarest),

layers, fleeces, jumpers and a thick jacket will suffice on most summit nights but nothing beats the efficiency of a good down jacket (especially when topped with a waterproof layer). How warm does my sleeping bag need to be?

Sleeping bags should be rated within the -25 C comfort zone. From the first camp upwards it is not unusual to experience

frosty nights and a good night’s sleep is important to giving you the best chance to climb this mountain. Ensure you get a

sleeping bag that has this temperature rating at this comfort zone rather than as its extreme zone.

Our guides take sleeping bags rated to well below -20C to ensure that they are warm at night. A 3 - 4 season sleeping bag

can be enhanced by using an inner silk or fleece bag (or similar).

The idea is to be as comfortable and warm as possible for the night and henceforth to ensure plenty of sleep for the arduous days ahead. Some clients have found the use of a “Bivouac bag” to increase the warmth of their bag.

It is important to remember that down sleeping bags work by

your own body heating the down that’s inside the bag. Once you have warmed up the bag the down will retain the heat and ensure that you sleep at a temperature that’s your own body

temperature. For best results it is best to wear as little as possible

when inside your sleeping bag. Our guides will often only wear

a set of thermals in their bag. It is important for the bag to trap the heat. By wearing multiple layers of clothing your clothing will trap this heat and your bag will not function properly. What gear will I need?

Please review the equipment list. While all items are required

there may be times when some of the items on the gear list may not be used (such as warm weather or changing conditions).

The gear lists are created by the guides to ensure climbers be prepared to summit in any conditions.

Is it possible to rent equipment before I go?

We advocate the use of personal equipment whenever possible for boots and high altitude clothing, however the latter can be expensive so it is possible to hire clothing and equipment from our partners Outdoor Hire (www.outdoorhire. co.uk) where 360 Expeditions has a Mera Peak kit list set up and you can pick and choose hire items from this. Kit can also be hired in Kathmandu with sufficient advance notice.

sleeping bag, personal toiletries etc. (see equipment/clothing

What clothing is suitable for when we come back from the

(crocs/trainers) and consider bringing a book or playing cards.

Casual dress is recommended for Kathmandu. Daytime

list). Also take a pair of light shoes to wear at camp at night

Are down jackets necessary?

They are highly recommended and are worth their weight in

gold on summit day. Our guides wear them every evening from the first camp up. A layer system comprising of several base

mountain?

temperatures are usually warm and shorts and t-shirts are fine.

Evenings are generally cooler and a light fleece is recommended.

A bag containing fresh clothes can be left in hotel storage ready for your return.

MERA PEAK Do we need a travel adaptor for the plug sockets in the

the intensity of the exercise over 4 to 6 months before you leave

220 Volts / 50 Hertz Nepal uses both round 2 pin and round 3

during the initial weeks by taking short runs when time allows

forgotten it.

duration walks (longer than 6 hrs) carrying a rucksack of around

THE CLIMB

the duration by walking every weekend and running 5km every

What is the skill level of this climb?

A focused regime will not only prepare your body for carrying

hotel or are they the same as UK?

pin plugs, an adaptor can be purchased at the airport if you’ve

for the expedition. Concentrate on cardiovascular work-outs and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long

10kg. As you get stronger increase this rate of exercise and second day.

While technical skills are not necessary, it is strongly

minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on

use of crampons and ice axes. Although billed as Nepal’s

break in your boots and get you used to your equipment. In

to a mountaineering expedition than a trekking holiday. The

because even though you can’t train for altitude your body will

recommended that climbers have a basic grounding in the

the mountain itself. In addition the weekend walks will help

highest trekking peak the nature of this expedition is more akin

combination this will pay dividends when you reach Mera Peak

mountain is covered in snow and quite a lot of time is spent

be ready for arduous days and you will be familiar with how to

climbing a glacier.

best use your equipment.

How fit do I need to be for this expedition?

What is the guiding team composed of? How many guides?

better your physical shape the more you will be able to handle

Our 360 guides are some of the most experienced in the

Climbers are expected to be in good physical condition. The

Climber to guide ratio?

the demands of trekking to the base camp and then climbing the

business. They spend many months a year climbing and

expedition all the better and increase your chances of reaching

ground crew.

peak. Having a good level of fitness will allow you to enjoy the

trekking in Nepal and have established a close rapport with our

the summit. Summit day can be up to 12 hours long.

Most trips have a 3:1 ratio. Our 6 person teams depart with one

Any tips on how a climber can maximise their chances of

Sherpas). Generally, your 360 leader will be in charge of the

success?

The 360 training programs have been devised to be expedition

360 expedition guide. This ratio includes local crew (climbing

expedition and he/she will be assisted by the local guides. For the actual mountain phase (as opposed to the trekking phase)

specific. Use these as a guide but also feel free to contact us for

we adhere to the 3:1 ratio to allow us to look after you properly.

fitness program with your own lifestyle. The idea is to increase

How out of my comfort zone will I be?

individual advice on how to best incorporate the best suitable

On a day to day level remember that you will be camping at

altitude. You are likely to be cold, washing and toilet facilities will be limited, your appetite may be affected by the altitude and as you get higher on the trek you are likely to suffer shortness

of breath and many people experience difficulty sleeping.

Remember that everyone on the trek is likely to be experiencing exactly the same symptoms, physical and mental. Where do I meet my Leader?

Your guide will generally meet you at the airport. At the check-in desk look for someone wearing a 360 logo.

How many climbers are on this expedition?

Rarely more than 12. Typically a group has between 6 to 8 climbers.

Can I contact the others on the climb? How about the guide? You can always call our offices and one of our guides will contact you to discuss any aspects of the expedition. Generally

about 1 month before your trip departure we mail a list of other team members to you.

THE WEATHER What is the best time of year to climb in Nepal?

The best time to climb the Nepali 6,000m Peak is March to May

and September to November. The later time frame is generally

clear but colder with snow conditions more stable. The usual weather patterns which came with great predictability are changing however and it is not unusual to experience short spells of warm weather which is unprecedented. How cold can it get?

The temperature at the top of the mountain can vary widely. Sometimes it is only a degree or two below freezing, but climbers should be prepared for possible temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius, especially in conjunction with wind chill.

On the trek expect cold mornings (sometimes frosty). An afternoon rainstorm is not unusual at the lower altitudes. FLIGHTS AND INSURANCE Do I need to book my own flights to Nepal?

360 Expeditions will be booking flights on your behalf. We

provide confirmation of flight times and departure terminal

approximately eight weeks before your departure date. Please be aware that flight schedules are subject to change. Please

ensure that you have checked flight details before setting out for your flight.

What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option for this expedition?

We are happy to make any arrangements scheduled outside of the trek dates: these may include personalised tours, extra

hotels rooms, private airport pick-ups or arranging private rooms. Please indicate that your requirements on your booking form and we will contact you with the relevant arrangements. Do I need special travel insurance for the trek?

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

All foreign nationals need visas. They are easily obtained at the

airport and cost $40. We recommend that you contact your nearest Nepali embassy to avoid queuing, unnecessary delays and potential clearance problems: Embassy of Nepal

12A Kensington Gardens London W8 4QU

Tel: 0207 229 1594/0207 229 6231

http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the trek.

FINANCE

For Mera Peak you will need insurance that covers you for

A non-transferable, non-refundable registration fee of £850 is

We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance. trekking to 6,500m (Mera Peak is 6,476m).

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before departure.

payable to 360 Expeditions when you book on this trek. This can be paid over two or three consecutive months. If you book

by 1st June 2015 you will receive a discount of £200 on your

total expedition cost. You then have two options to fund the rest of your expedition:

ENTRY INTO THE COUNTRY My passport runs out 3 months after the trek, is this OK?

Your passport should be valid for 6 months after the date the trek starts. If it runs out before you may be refused entry. It is

also advisable to have a couple of photocopies of your passport in case of loss.

Self funding

This means that you pay the balance of the cost of the expedition

yourself. This is set at £2,300 (without the early registration discount) and is payable directly to 360 Expeditions by no later than 23rd July 2016. We’d love you to raise as much as you can

and suggest a minimum target of £1,000 that should be paid to

MERA PEAK the Tesco National Charity Partnership. You should aim to have raised this 3 months before departure.

What additional spending money will we need?

The amount of money you will need depends on how many presents you wish to buy or how much you have to drink when

Minimum Sponsorship

you come off the hill. As a basic rule of thumb $250 should

fundraising target is £4,750. You will need to make clear to your

Nepal is a relatively cheap place and when indulging in the

If you would prefer to have a fully sponsored trip your minimum potential sponsors that £2,300 of this amount is paying for your

expedition costs and the rest of your fundraising goes to the charities.

Your fundraising deadlines as set by Tesco National Charity Partnership are: • • •

At least £2,000 by the end of September 2015 At least £3,000 by the end of December 2015

The final amount (£1,750 or £1,550 if you registered before 1st June 2015) to be raised before May 2016

be more than adequate for any post expedition spending.

local custom of haggling goods can be bought for very good value for money. Your 360 leader will be happy to point out the

relative bargains and the suitable prices and where to get the best value for money. The only cash you’ll need to consider taking with you on the mountain is the local crew tips which

are presented to them before we leave Lukla (see above) and for any additional snacks and soft drinks you wish to purchase

from the Lodges encountered en route. Additional supplies can be quite expensive though as all this is brought in by porters.

How do I bank my fundraising?

TECHNOLOGY

through JustGiving. If you are unable to use JustGiving, please

Will I be able to charge a camera or phone on the trek?

We would encourage all fundraisers to bank their fundraising

contact the office and we will be able to give you bank details for

the charity. Full details and instructions about how to do this are in the trekker agreement included with your registration form. What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Please read our terms and conditions careful before you depart. 360 Expeditions highly recommends trip cancellation insurance

for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits we must adhere to a stringent refund policy.

Opportunities to charge your batteries may be limited. If you can get hold of a solar battery charger this is probably the best

option. Also make sure that you keep your spare batteries warm i.e. by keeping them near your body day and night. Is there mobile phone reception on the trek?

In Nepal, telephones and internet access are readily available in

town. Our guides carry satellite phones in the mountains. The quality of the reception varies from location to location but is generally poor on the trek.

How much do we tip our local crew?

Our local crew work extremely hard to ensure that your expedition runs well. Although tipping is not compulsory once

someone sees how hard the crew works and realises the minimal amount of money they get paid relative to us, tipping

will seem the least they can do to say thank you. As a general rule we suggest around $160 per client for the entire local crew to be shared amongst them. For the leader this is your call.

Money: am I correct in thinking we only need to take US Dollars with us?

US dollars are readily recognised and are easily converted to

the local currency. Upon arrival there will always be a bureau de change at the airport. These provide a better rate of exchange than your hotel. Buying gifts or small goods such as drinks or snacks with small denomination US dollars is not a problem. Getting change for a $20 bill when buying a $1 coke will be a

problem. Larger bills are good for tipping your porters at the end of the expedition and a sufficient amount should be carried with

you. Your 360 leader will remind you in the pre-expedition brief of the correct amount to take on the trip with you.

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TRAINING PROGRAM

MERA PEAK To begin 6 months prior to the expedition where possible. 1. CVS: Cardiovascular exercise which is low impact such as swimming, cycling, cross trainer, rowing. 2. Weekend walk should be done over undulating terrain. Only a light rucksack needs to be carried. 3. For specific exercises it is worth doing static squats and heel raises on a regular basis to improve leg muscles prior to the trip. Static squats are especially useful to help protect the knees. Please remember that it is still important to have a well balanced workout using a variety of muscle groups. 4. It is worth winding down and resting in the week leading up to the trip, doing several light walks to keep things going. 5. When walking going at a pace of a brisk walk with a light sweat and enough to feel breathless is recommended 6. During the program, rather than step up suddenly each month it is better to build up gradually each week so there isn’t a large transition It is important you seek medical advice prior to starting any training program, especially if you are not used to regular physical exertion.

MONTH ONE

2 x 30 mins weekday walk 1 x 1 hour weekend walk 1 x 10 mins CVS or 1 x 30 mins weekday walk 2 x 1 hour weekend walk 1 x 10 mins CVS

MONTH TWO

2 x 45 mins weekday walk 1 x 2 hours weekend walk 2 x 10 mins CVS or 1 x 45 mins weekday walk 2 x 2 hours weekend walk 2 x 10 mins CVS

MONTH THREE

2 x 1 hour weekday walk 1 x 3 hours weekend walk 2 x 15 mins CVS or 1 x 1 hour weekday walk 2 x 3 hours weekend walk 2 x 15 mins CVS

MONTH FOUR

3 x 1 hour weekday walk 1 x 4 hours weekend walk 3 x 15 mins CVS or 2 x 1 hour weekday walk 2 x 4 hours weekend walk 3 x 15 mins CVS

MONTH FIVE

3 x 1.5 hours weekday walk 1 x 5 hours weekend walk 3 x 20 - 25 mins CVS or 2 x 1.5 hours weekday walk 2 x 5 hours weekend walk 3 x 20 - 25 mins CVS

MONTH SIX

3 x 2 hours weekday walk 1 x 6 hours weekend walk 3 x 30 mins CVS or 2 x 3 hours weekday walk 2 x 6 hours weekend walk 3 x 30 mins CVS

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YOUR FUNDRAISING Once you have paid your £850 non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee, you will need to focus your attention on raising your sponsorship, a minimum of either £2,450 if selffunding or £4,750 if fully sponsored. £4,750 MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP Of the £4,750 you raise, just over 50% will go to the Tesco Charity Partnership and the remainder covers the costs of the expedition. Of course, if you can, it would be wonderful if you could exceed the £4,750 fundraising minimum – essentially the more you fundraise, the more money goes to the charities. Fundraising & some ideas to get you started. • Start your fundraising as early as possible. The sooner you start the easier it will be and the more fun it will be. • Be ambitious, always aim high. • From now on just keep talking! You will be amazed at how many people will want to support you once they hear what you are doing. • Research local events such as beer festivals or clay pigeon shoots. You may well be able to ‘piggyback’ them. • Think about putting on an event of your own, such as an abseil, themed evening or supermarket bag pack. This type of event can be very successful. Have a look at our A-Z of Fundraising, these are all great ideas which have proved successful in the past! FUNDRAISING IDEAS Need some inspiration on where to get started? Try the Fundraising A-Z… Afternoon Tea Amateur Dramatics Art Exhibitions Auctions Barbeques

Halloween Night Head shaving Hillwalking Jazz Night Jumble Sale

Baseball Competition Beautiful Baby Competition Beauty Treatments Beer Tasting Bingo Night Book Sale Bridge Evening Bring & Buy Sale Car Washing Carol Concert Cat or Dog Show Ceroc Night Clothes Show Coffee Morning Concert Craft Fair Cricket Tournament Cycling Event Dance Competition Dances Darts Tournament Day at the Races Dinner Dance Dinner Party Disco Donkey Derby Dragon Boat Racing Driving Challenge DVD Night Easter Bonnet Parade Fancy Dress Fashion Show Fayre Festival Fete Film Night Flower Show Football Tournament Fun Run Fundraising Ball Ghost Hunt Golf Tournaments

Karaoke Knitting Competition Line dancing Lunches Make-overs Mastermind Musical Evening Netball Tournament Opera Night Orchestral Concert Paintballing Pampering Night Poker Night Pool Tournament Pub Quiz Quiz Night Race Night Record-Breaking Attempt Riverboat Disco Rock Concert Rounders Competition Running Event Salsa Night Silent Auction Snooker Tournament Speed Dating Sponsored Slim, Skip etc Street Party Swear Box Swimming Event Talent Competition Tea Parties Tennis Tournament Treasure Hunt Themed Evening Unwanted Gifts Sale Variety Show Volleyball Tournament Walks Wine Tasting Wing Walking Zip slide

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TOP FUNDRAISING TIPS

GIFT AID

1. Put the ‘fun’ in fundraising! When you enjoy yourself, everyone else will too. 2. Plan ahead and your fundraising ideas will soon add up. 3. Get publicity and let your community know what you’re doing. 4. Involve your colleagues, family, friends and suppliers – ask them to take part or sponsor you. 5. Explain to people how much each pound will help and how the money will be spent. 6. Organise simple events that make it easy for people to attend. 7. Make it competitive – you’ll raise more money! 8. Say thank you! Tell everyone who supported you how much you raised –ask your local newspaper to cover the success of your event.

And don’t forget Gift Aid. Your chosen charity can claim an extra 25 per cent for every donation, without it costing you a penny more.

HOW TO PLAN AN EVENT

• When emptying collecting tins, two people must be present to check and count the coins • Collectors must be over 16 years old • If you intend to collect in public places please get in touch with your chosen charity so that the collection is registered under the appropriate licence and you can be sent identification materials

• Choose something fun and simple – often the simplest ideas are the most successful. • Before you organise your event, check whether you will need any formal permissions or licences to run your event. • It’s never too soon to start – give some thought to when and where your event will take place. If you need a venue, try to find out all the costs involved. • Don’t forget to say who you’re raising money for, you may get free hire, a cheaper rate or a charity discount. Let us know about your event for help with your ideas! GETTING SPONSORSHIP • Ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you. Take the sponsor form with you wherever you go and remember, you can photocopy it. • It’s even easier to get sponsorship online. Use JustGiving to start fundraising for your chosen charity – create your fundraising page here and let us know so we can track your progress.

KEEPING IT SAFE Please make sure you stay safe and well when taking part in your fundraising event, and take care of those supporting you and participating with you. If you are doing something unusual or challenging, prepare well to make sure you are ready for the event and get help from experts and experienced organisations. KEEPING IT LEGAL Fundraising is fun, simple and rewarding but there are a few rules you need to follow to help keep you on the right side of the law:

There are a few regulations and legal constraints that apply when raising money for charity so please contact us if you are planning any of the following: • Raffles, tombolas, sweepstakes or lotteries (i.e. games of chance rather than skill and judgement) • Events with music or dancing • Selling alcohol • An event that may require insurance (e.g. public or outward bound type of activity)

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360 employs only the very best leaders in the industry. We know from personal experience that these remarkable individuals can make or break an expedition. All our 360 Leaders bring considerable knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to every expedition. As well as being your guide, comfort and support, our Leaders have an extensive range of abilities such as in depth wilderness first aid and survival skills, but equally importantly they have a dedicated and caring attitude towards you. Your success is their success. Many clients leave their comfort boundaries while out in the field with us, emotionally and physically. You will always have the utmost support from your leader and the whole 360 team.

Our attention to detail doesn’t just stop with our 360 leaders and local teams. Our office staff have a huge amount of travelling and field experience themselves, which helps them understand what you want from your trip. Everything from comprehensive, yet salient and common sense information prior to your trip, to offering knowledgeable advice and support when necessary, to liaising with you and listening to your thoughts and feedback after you return.

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