The following information should answer any questions you might have about the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge. If we have missed anything out, please do let us know so we can add it. Once you have registered for the Challenge you will receive an information pack containing more in-depth information including advice to help you get fit (if you aren’t already) and handy tips to boost your fundraising.
How fit do I need to be?
Training and a good level of walking fitness is definitely required, as this is not for the faint-hearted. The Three Peaks Challenge is a long, sustained event over 12 hours and requires a good level of fitness. Trekking fitness is specific to trekking but a general overall fitness is a good start. Your welcome pack you receive upon registering will contain lots of training tips and advice and we will never be more than a phone call or email away if you require extra support and advice.
Do I need to know how to mountain climb?
No. Although there is some climbing involved, every group will be supported by an experienced leader and, where there is a vertical climb, we provide a harness for anyone preferring not to climb on their own. Your safety is our highest priority.
How big will the group be?
There will be up to 30 trekkers from the UK and the USA, plus a handful from other countries with up to 20 from Brazil also joining us. These will be split into smaller groups of 10-12 to ensure people of equal experience and fitness are grouped together. There will be Street Child United staff supporting the group throughout the week, several team leaders and our Challenge event leader, Jim Cowan of People’s Events (who has completed the Challenge twice previously). We hope to also have several children and young people from the projects joining us on one of the peaks!
Who will be leading the group?
We employ experienced leaders to accompany you on all three mountains. In addition each group will include a qualified first aider. Between them they will endeavour to ensure your group stays to schedule and completes the three peaks in safety. All leaders will be in communication with each other and with the drivers.
Is there a minimum amount I must fundraise?
Yes. In addition to a registration fee (£195) which secures your place on the Challenge, you must agree to raise a minimum of £2500. Your welcome pack will include hints and tips to help you do this plus, if you need support, we are never more than a phone call or email away.
Do I have to pay extra for flights and accommodation?
No. Your flights and accommodation are included along with all breakfasts and some meals.
What sort of footwear should I wear?
The choice of walking footwear is incredibly important and should not be decided on price alone. The terrain is uneven, steep and can be very rough so it is vital that you use a pair of strong Goretex or canvas shoes (or boots) for your challenge. Not only the footwear but the socks that you wear are also very important and it is worth investing in some good pairs of socks that do not cause blisters.
What will the accommodation be like?
We will be staying at Leblon Spot*, which is a charming, family run guesthouse in the heart of the South Zone in Rio de Janeiro. You will be sharing a room with upto 3 other people. Leblon Spot is a safe, expat community, just a few steps away from the stunning Leblon beach and next to many tourist attractions. (*Subject to confirmation).
What if I can’t keep up, fall or there is an emergency?
The expedition leader will always keep the group together for maximum safety on each peak and set a sensible pace for all of the group to achieve the Challenge within 12 hours. If we find you are unable to trek at all, then we can transport you from one location to the next via a support vehicle. The support vehicle will always be at the base of each peak and can be used in the event of an emergency. We will have English and Portuguese speaking volunteers placed on the last 2 peaks for additional support.
What is the weather likely to be like?
It will be late spring in November and temperatures will be very hot (25 – 40 degrees celsius). Expect mostly sunny days with clear skies but also be prepared for rain. Please bring lots of sun screen – the Brazilian sun is strong!
What do you do to protect the environment?
We are keeping to a small group so that we limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly (please bring your own rubbish down from each climb with you for disposal at the bottom). We follow the local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect.
Do I need a visa to travel to Brazil?
UK passport holders will not require a visa however your passport must not expire less than 90 days after your final day in Brazil. US passport holders will require a visa before travelling. Those joining us from other countries should seek advice or get in touch and we will advise you.
Can you recommend any literature about the region?
We suggest all travel guides on Rio de Janeiro to brush up on your knowledge of all things Carioca* before the trip such as The Lonely Planet guide. (*Native to Rio).
Are there any terms & conditions for those registering and, if so, where can I find them?
The full terms & conditions for participants in the Rio 3 Peaks Challenge can be found here. Please take the time to read them before registering.
Okay, I want to register to take part. How can I do this?
Visit our ‘Sign Up‘ page to register and reserve your place in the 2016 Rio 3 Peaks Challenge.
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