Fri 05 Oct - Sun 14 Oct 2018

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

INFORMATION

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Level of Difficulty

Money

Visa

Vaccinations

Flights

Insurance

Responsible Tourism

Group Size

Leadership

Climate and terrain

Luggage

Typical day

Accommodation and toilets

Food & Drink

Clothing and equipment

Phone and WiFi

Safety

Emergencies

Training

Training weekends

Level of Difficulty

The Lombok Lava trek challenge is graded as tough. This challenge is suitable for participants who want to get out of their comfort zone, and challenge themselves to a high level. A good level of training is strongly advised to take part in this challenge. You can tell your supporters that on your Lombok lava trek challenge you will be:

  • Trekking between 6-9 hours per day.
  • You will be hiking to summit the volcano to a high altitude max (3,726m).
  • During the trek you'll be camping in tents

Money

Currency: The basic unit of currency is the Indonesian Rupee. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. 

Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard and most other major credit cards are now accepted in many hotels and shops, but the preferred currency is dollars cash. Many hotels, shops and restaurants will accept credit cards, however they might add an imposed fee by the credit card companies for them to use this payment type (3-4% depending on your card type).

ATMs: ATMs are available in provincial capitals, shopping malls and some hotels; please check with your bank the specific charges applied to your account.

How much to bring: All accommodation and meals are included within the price of the trip, as well as water during the days of your trekking. You will not need to carry a lot of money with you during the trekking days but as there will be some opportunities to buy soft drinks, alcohol, snacks and souvenirs we would suggest a maximum amount of about £10/15 a day (in local currency).

Tipping: Tipping is at your sole discretion and all staff is paid a fair wage. However, tourism is a tipping culture, and Indonesian guides will generally receive a tip at the end of a job well done. If you choose to tip, we would suggest an amount of $90 per participant for the duration of the challenge. For those on a Charity Challenge organised extensions, we would suggest between $3 and $6 per person per day for restaurant tips, porters, ...

Visa

UK citizens travelling to Lombok for tourism can enter the country for up to 30 days without a visa, so most people on our Lombok Lava Trek will not need a visa.  If you are planning to travel around Indonesia before or after your trek, for a duration of longer than 30 days you will need a visa which is payable on arrival.  Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Vaccinations

For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS ‘Fit for Travel’ website: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx. Although the Charity Challenge team are travel professionals, they are not medical experts and we would encourage you to visit your GP or travel nurse to discuss vaccination requirements. Your GP may ask questions about the specific locations that you are visiting in Indonesia, and as such it may be useful to take a copy of your itinerary with you.

Flights

You will be flying from London Heathrow to Lombok International. The flying time is approx. 14-15 hours indirect. Your flight tickets will be issued to you upon departure at the airport.  If you choose to book your own flights please confirm with the Charity Challenge office first, otherwise you may be liable for your included group flights (please contact flights@charitychallenge.com for further assistance). For more general flights questions, please refer to our main Q&As page.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you have a suitable travel insurance policy whilst participating on the challenge. We have a special policy which covers among other things, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, cancellation and curtailment of the challenge, and more specifically for the adventurous activities undertaken on this challenge. If you have your own travel insurance policy, you must ensure that it provides at least the same level of cover as our recommended policy, including protecting the charity in the event of your cancellation 56 days or less prior to departure. If you choose not to purchase our recommended policy when you book we will send you a disclaimer which you should complete and return.

For more general travel insurance questions, please refer to our main FAQs page.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with bodies such as the International Porter Protection Group and Climate Care to ensure that our challenges benefit the local environments and communities in which they take place. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and following local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect, we aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. In addition to taking these practical steps to ensure that our challenges are sustainable, we also make a contribution each year to a number of local community projects, so as to give something back directly to the communities that we visit. Since 2000 we have donated almost £200,000 to such projects, supporting a range of initiatives, including schooling for children in Africa, shelter for street children in Brazil, and Orang-utan conservation in Indonesia. We recommend that any gifts brought over for children are given to the UK challenge leader and distributed where needed by them and our local Ground Agent. If you wish to do more, you should consider buying drinks, postcards and souvenirs from the local vendors. For many, it is their sole source of income. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Group Size

Each group is intended to be 10 people minimum in order to run and maximum of 15 people. We will be able to run this challenge for 5 to 9  people by charging a small group supplement of £95 which will be added to your final balance invoice (self funders) or charged to your charity (minimum sponsorship or flexi).

Leadership

There will be an English-speaking challenge leader who will be responsible for the logistics and co-ordination of your challenge. There will also be numerous local support staff to assist them. The challenge leader will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Climate and terrain

Climate:  You will be trekking in the dry season and so there will be little rain.  The temperature will range between 25-35 degrees Celsius with 70% humidity.   The heat and humidity make the trekking a lot tougher, particularly as there is little shade.  It is imperative that you have sun screen/hat and drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration.  In the evenings and as you get higher the temperature will drop and will be between 0-8 degrees Celsius.  So you will need warm clothing.
Terrain:  Much of the trek is through undulating savannah lands with little shade. However as you get closer to the summit the terrain the hills become a lot steeper and you will find yourself in cloud forest with more trees.  The summit portion of this trek is tough going as you are on a steep ascent with ash and pumice stone which slide out from under your feet.  The descents can also be steep and on single track dirt trails with ladders and river crossings.

Luggage

We recommend that you do not bring more than 20kgs of luggage for your flight allowance although this is dependent on the airline with which you are travelling.  We also recommend you bring a soft bag rather than a hard suit case as this is easier to pack into vehicles.

Luggage for trek
You have 2 options for the trek.

Option 1:  
You can carry your own belongings for the duration of your trek to give yourself the extra challenge.  If you go for this option, we would recommend that you cut down your kit to the minimum that you need to take with you and trek light.  
You will be able to leave the items that you don’t want to take with you at our base camp in a separate bag and you’ll be reunited with it at the end of your trek.  Recommended bag size for this is 35-48L bag with a waist strap.
    
Option 2:
You can hire a porter at additional cost (approx USD15) to carry your belongings for you for the duration of the trek.  Again you will need to cut down the amount you take as the porters are only allowed to carry a maximum load of 15kgs.  You can pair up with someone else and share you bag and porter as long you load does not come to more than the 15Kg.  You will be able to leave the items that you don’t want to take with you at our base camp in a separate bag and you’ll be reunited with it at the end of your trek

With option 2 you will want to have a day sack with you for your sun screen, water, camera and any other personal items/medication you might need during the time you are walking as your bags will be taken to the camp ahead of you.

For any valuables, safe deposit boxes are usually provided to use in the hotels. Use a padlock on your luggage when in transit to reduce any risks. Carry your passport with you and make sure you have a photocopy of your documents (travel insurance etc.) in case they get lost or damaged.

Typical day

During the trekking days you will be walking for around 6-8 hours and over 9 hours on your summit day. We will stop at shady rest often where you will be able to re-energise with snacks and fill water bottles, and there will be a longer stop for your packed lunch. In the evening there is usually an hour or so free time before we meet to discuss the next day’s route, and then dinner will follow your briefing.

Accommodation and toilets

During the trek you will be staying in 2 person tents.  All camping equipment is provided for you. This includes sleeping mat and pillow and sleeping bag.  You may want to bring your own, which is fine but please let us know.   During the trek toilet tents will be provided and you will need to use a short drop.  Toilet paper is provided for you but it is always handy to have some of your own!  
When you are not trekking then you will be staying in local hotels in twin shared rooms.
If you are travelling with a friend or partner who you wish to share with please ensure that you note this where appropriate when booking or email challenges@charitychallenge.com.

Food & Drink

The staple of the Indonesian meal is rice, usually steamed or fried. The meal is complemented with main dishes of vegetables, meat, seafood, eggs, fish and soup. Although Indonesians generally prefer hot, spicy food, not all dishes are so intense and the hotness can be modulated to suit most tastes. Indonesia is also a perfect place to sample a large variety of tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, banana mangosteen, rambutan, salak, jack fruit, as well as the famous durian (known as the fruit of the gods) as it has a very special smell and taste. Please note that you may encounter a large amount of seafood on this challenge so please inform Charity Challenge of your dietary requirements if you do not eat seafood so we can accommodate you the best we can.

Clothing and equipment

Good quality, durable kit could mean the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof, well-worn in boots will be indispensable, particularly coupled with some really good quality walking socks. You don’t need a clean pair every day, but enough to make sure you have dry socks each morning. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated, so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are high quality Gore-Tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts, and a down jacket for the evenings in camp and your summit day/night. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here and once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners The Outdoor Shop, Outdoor Hire and Cotswold Outdoor.

Phone and WiFi

During trekking days the phone and WIFI reception are very limited.  There will be a good phone and internet reception in Gili air area and Lombok city. International calls are very expensive in Indonesia. Most hotels have international dialling and fax facilities although these services are expensive. The best way to stay in touch is  to buy a local SIM card at any convenience store for your mobile phone if it's free handset. They cost approximately Rp 10,000 (£0.50) and offer international calling rates as low as Rp.7,000 (£0.36)p/m. Please also check with your mobile phone provider if your network & contract enable you to have coverage in Lombok.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount!

In terms of your Lombok lava challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • This is a high altitude challenge, and you will spend the night at altitude. Acclimatization process are built into the itinerary.
  • On summit day, torch will be needed as you will hike on during the night.
  • The maximum altitude reached is 3,726 meters

Emergencies

The event is not run as a race and there is always a large discrepancy in people’s walking ability, which is allowed for. There will be a staff member at the back of the group at all times to ensure that you are not left behind and can take things at your own pace. If we find that somebody is unable to walk at all, then we can transport them from one location to the next by horse or with the help of our staff, but only as a final option (due to often poor weather conditions this can be difficult). Contact will be maintained between guides and the support team allowing for emergency evacuation if necessary.

Training

This challenge is graded ‘Tough’, which means that a good level of fitness is definitely required! Anyone who leads a fairly active and moderately healthy lifestyle should be able to complete the trek, as long as they train regularly over a period of at least three months leading up to it. Don’t forget that the temperature and the altitudes are different from the UK – the highest pass on this trek is 3,726m. While strength is important, endurance training should be your primary focus. Walking up hills and climbing stairs are both ways to condition your lower body. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, eventually adding weight as you increase your training pace. Take long hikes (6-8 hours) with a weighted pack, up and down hills or on small mountains (weigh your pack with water containers and pour out the water before your descent to minimise knee stress).

Training weekends

We offer superb training weekends across various locations in the UK, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. These training weekends not only help you become physically prepared for the challenge, but our experienced instructors and leaders will talk you through your clothing and equipment, camp craft, health and wellbeing, trekking skills (walking on different terrain/at altitude/at night/using walking poles), teamwork on expedition and many more themes designed to make you get the most out of your challenge. The weekends are great ways for you to get out into the mountains of the UK, while also meeting other Charity Challengers and sharing your experiences. To read more about our training weekends, including dates and prices, please click here.

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