DATES: 01 Jul – 09 Jul 2017
TEAM CLOSES: 15 Jun
This Handbook contains everything you need to know about this Secret Compass Adventure Academy expedition to Iceland.
Read on to discover our ethos and team-centred approach and for the nitty gritty like flight and visa advice, insurance requirements and kit recommendations. Use the buttons below to ask questions or to apply for this team or, once approved, to secure your spot on this team with a Booking Form and a £400 deposit.
Arrive: by 1700 on 01 July 2017 into Reykjavik.
Depart: leave at any time on 09 July 2017.
Insurance: ensure you have comprehensive cover.
Docs: send your flight, insurance and passport copy in.
The aim of this Adventure Academy expedition to Iceland is to learn and to practice hill and mountain skills in a truly expeditionary setting: on the iconic, world-class trek that is Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail.
The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed if you’re considering hill walking on your own or even planning and preparing for your own solo or group expedition. This Adventure Academy expedition to tackle the Laugavegur will also be hugely rewarding for anyone with existing experience in this field. If that’s you and you’re keen to get a bit more out of your annual leave, come to learn from the expedition experts in Iceland, the world’s ultimate geothermal playground.
Follow a route from Landmannalaugar to coastal Skogar.
Acquire and develop mountain and hill skills in an expedition environment.
Learn the skills needed to plan your own expeditions.
Learn from industry-leading professionals.
Enjoy the hot springs at Landmannalaugar.
Visit the impressive waterfalls at Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss.
You need to organise your own international flights. We have a unique partnership with Student Universe (a specialist division of the Flight Centre Travel Group and no, you don’t have to be a student to use them). Their dedicated Secret Compass team understand us and our destinations, and use their global buying power to save you money and to offer security along with their 24-hr assistance helpline. Fill in a free and no-obligation Flight Quote Request or call (UK) 0844 560 9799 for assistance in booking international flights.
It is advised that you book a flexible flight ticket that can be changed for fee or refunded if the expedition dates are changed or if it is cancelled for any reason. You need to be at the team hotel in Reykjavik by 1700 on the 1 July 2017 and the expedition officially ends after breakfast on 9 July 2017 although you are free to depart anytime as many flights depart early in the morning. Wait for expedition confirmation before booking your flights.
Travel insurance that provides cover for repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all expeditions. You should be aware that many standard insurance policies may not cover you adequately for all aspects of a remote expedition and so we strongly recommend that you purchase a suitably designed insurance policy. Secret Compass cannot comment on the suitability of your cover so if you are in any doubt please contact your policy provider and ask them to confirm that you are covered to our minimum standard (below).
Emergency medical repatriation (to home country) including any associated expenses abroad of at least $500,000.
Activities: ensure that any activities carried out on the expedition are included i.e. trekking, horse riding, rafting, MTB etc.
Geographical region: check your geographical region is insured (often the US/ Canada/ Afghanistan etc. are not insured).
Foreign Ministry advice: check your insurance is not sensitive to any travel warnings issued by your respective foreign ministry. In the UK, many insurers will not insure you if the Foreign Office warns against travel to this area. Foreign Office advice will not necessarily mean we cancel an expedition or do not travel to a particular area. Please check @FCOtravel and the FCO Travel Aware site.
Dates: ensure your cover begins at the departure and ends at the return to your home country. Many flights take a day or two and time zones vary. Insurance companies may prejudice claims due to this.
Pre-existing medical conditions: disclose these to your insurance company and to Secret Compass.
Prior to travel Secret Compass will require the name of your insurance policy provider, their 24-hr emergency contact number and your policy number. For full information on travel insurance and links to suggested companies, please visit the Travel Insurance page of our Get Ready section.
Visas are your responsibility. British and European Nationals do not need visas to enter Iceland, and most countries such as Australia and the United States who hold a valid Schengen Area visa are also exempt from requiring a visa. It is your responsibility to check the visa requirement for entry into Iceland if not from a UK or EU country.
You should have a passport valid for the duration of the expedition and for your travel dates. Iceland does not require any validity beyond this but we recommend six months remaining before expiry. Please send a clear, colour copy (a scan or a crystal clear colour image) of your passport to Secret Compass ahead of the expedition and carry photocopies with you on the expedition in a safe place.
Day 1: Jul 1 – Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik and make your way to the team hotel by 1700 to meet your leader. Welcome meal and expedition briefing. The hotel will be named nearer departure.
Day 2: Jul 2 – Landmannalauger
Take the mountain bus to Landmannalauger hut. In the afternoon there will be lessons and an introduction to mountain skills, risk assessment, trip planning and kit and equipment. After the lesson, you’ll enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural hot pool.
Day 3: Jul 3 – Landmannalauger
In the morning you will be taught an introduction to navigation and will get to put these skills into practice with a navigation exercise in the nearby Bláhnjúkur mountain region. In the evening there will be discussions around health and hygiene, first aid and tropical illnesses.
Day 4: Jul 4 – Hraftinnusker
Start on the Laugaveger Trail. Walk to Hrafntinnusker where more navigation will be taught along the way and how to move on steep ground. The team will set up tents and in the evening discuss topics such as camp craft, stoves, tents and expedition food.
Day 5: Jul 5 – Alftavatn
Today you’ll walk over the Earth’s crust caused by Iceland sitting on the shifting North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Pass hundreds of hot springs and bubbling mud pools and practice moving across uneven terrain towards Alftavatn. Lessons will also cover team management, leadership, pacing and timing and mountain weather.
Day 6: Jul 6 – Emstrur
Today you’ll pass more incredible geological formations such as a green cone volcano, a 200m canyon and a black ash desert. You will be honing your navigation skills and learning about emergency procedures and medical evacuations. In the evening you’ll learn more about expedition planning including logistics, travel and budgeting.
Day 7: Jul 7 – Basar
The main focus of today’s trek is how to make river crossings, as you’ll have to cross several! This is a more undulating day and you will see the vegetation increase, passing through an Arctic Birch forest. You’ll also learn more about geology, geography and the impact of humans in mountain environments.
Day 8: Jul 8 – Reykjavik
This last day will be your longest and the most rewarding as you descend into Skogar. You’ll pass the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano which created so much ash that it caused many flights to be cancelled across Europe in 2010. At the end of the trek you will finish at the incredible Skogarfoss waterfall to meet your private minibus back to Reykjavik. If time permits you will also get to see the Seljalandsfoss waterfall where it is possible to walk behind the fall. Hot showers await at the hotel and you will celebrate over a final meal and with drinks in the city.
Day 9: Jul 9 – Reykjavik
You are free to depart anytime today or to make arrangements to extend your stay. The expedition officially ends after breakfast although many flights depart early in the morning.
A note on Secret Compass itineraries
Please remember that the itinerary acts as a framework plan. It provides guidance as to our intentions but it may not be followed religiously. This is an adventure and by definition the outcome is uncertain. The leadership team will adapt, flex and change the plan depending on the numerous frictions you may encounter along the way. Read more about the Secret Compass Approach and Ethos here.
All our expeditions are achievable by people with an active and healthy lifestyle. However, this is an arduous expedition that will test you and at times you will be sore, tired, hungry and possibly wet! You must be prepared physically and mentally for the expedition and for living in basic conditions for the duration. Please ensure that you train for the expedition and arrive fit and ready to go (see our Expedition Training Guide). You must be fit enough for the following.
Daily activity: up to eight hours’ trekking per day.
Trek: for six consecutive days (longest day is 25km).
Carry: up to 20kg of personal and shared kit.
Terrain: steep and loose, lava-strewn mountainous terrain.
Climate: temps from 8° to 15° C with rain likely. Night time temps can reach freezing and with wind temps can feel sub zero.
No previous experience of mountainous conditions is necessary to join this expedition but team members would benefit from trekking or hill-walking practice and being used to carrying 10kg to 20kg for multiple days. This expedition will teach mountain and expedition skills on the assumption that team members have no previous knowledge and will provide a platform for those with previous hill-walking experience to further develop their skills in a challenging expedition environment.
Dental. It is strongly recommended that you have a dental check up prior to departure. Dental problems far from help are very unpleasant.
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona. There are ATMs widely available in the airport and in Reykjavik, and virtually all shops accept all forms of card. On the trail there are few opportunities to spend anything, although there is a shop and coffee truck at Landmannalauger. This expedition is all-inclusive (see the Included tab on the website) so you won’t need much money – only for a beer in the town and some souvenirs on the way or for (discretionary but always appreciated) tips. Be aware that Iceland can be expensive.
The following is Secret Compass’s recommended kit list for the 2017 expedition to Iceland. You will carry all of your own kit for this expedition. You’ll also carry share of a technical mountain tent; of group food and cooking equipment; and of the medical and communications packs. Secret Compass will supply tents, food, cooking equipment and other safety related items of equipment. You might find our Expedition Kit Advice series of short films useful.
Secret Compass has arranged team member discounts with Cotswold Outdoor, Nordic Life, Outdoor Hire and Expedition Kit Hire. Details of these will be sent through on booking.
Baggage and sleeping
RUCKSACK: 60-70ltr, all your personal gear needs to fit easily into this pack and have enough room for a tent, food and share of group equipment provided by Secret Compass.
DAYSACK (optional): To leave at the hotel if you want to leave some personal items behind.
WATERPROOF RUCKSACK LINER: Sealable “canoe” or “dry” bags made by Podsac or Ortlieb. You need a large one to line your rucksack.
SMALLERY DRY BAGS: As above, but smaller bags to put essential items in. The large rucksack liners sometimes leak so anything important needs to be waterproofed individually. This also helps to keep you organised.
SLEEPING BAG: Rated to at least comfort -10C. Down is lighter and more compact than synthetic options but also invest in a waterproof stuff sack.
FULL LENGTH SLEEPING MAT: Bring your repair kit. You may be camping on rough ground or on snow.
2 x THERMAL BASE LAYER: Top and bottom, avoid cotton and look for synthetics or wool.
2 x LONG TREKKING TROUSERS: Thin trekking trousers that dry quickly and are comfortable.
1 x MID LAYER: Fleece or equivalent.
1 x DOWN JACKET: Lightweight down jacket or synthetic equivalent suitable for evenings while camping down to -10 degrees C
1 x WATERPROOF JACKET AND TROUSERS: Gore-tex or equivalent.
1 x WALKING BOOTS: Ensure your boots are worn in and comfortable. Waterproof, three-season walking boots minimum. Recommend you visit your local outdoor store for advice on fitting.
4 x HIKING SOCKS: Fitting well with your boots and comfortable.
SANDALS: For around camp and for river crossings. Not flip-flops as these can get lost in water, bend under your feet or allow stubbed or cut toes in the dark.
WARM HAT FOR EVENINGS.
GLOVES: Consider cold weather gloves for wind protection and liner gloves for when it’s not too cold.
4 x UNDERWEAR: Sport or cycling-styled shorts don’t chafe.
BUFF OR BALACLAVA: Some form of face protection from high winds.
GAITERS (optional): For walking across snowfields, to prevent mud and water entering boots and for shallower river crossings.
SPOON: You will eat directly out of a dehydrated ration bag, so a bowl is not necessary. Consider an extra-large spork or a long-handled spoon to eat with.
1 x ROBUST WATER BOTTLE: Nalgene or Sigg are good brands.
1 x CAMELBACK: You need to be able to carry a minimum of three litres of water in a combination of camelback and water bottles.
0.5L Thermos flask (optional): for warmth and a morale boost on the mountain.
Health and hygiene
WASHBAG, TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE, RAZOR, DEODORANT.
SOAP: Anti-bacterial and biodegradable.
WET WIPES OR BABY WIPES.
ANTIBACTERIAL HAND GEL.
LIP SALVE WITH UV PROTECTION.
VASELINE: Keep readily available to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters.
FACTOR 30+ SUN CREAM.
Small First Aid Kit
A team medical kit with a comprehensive primary care provision will also be carried (by the leader and shared between teammates). For your own personal kit list:
A WATERPROOF BAG OR TUPPERWARE BOX: Keep kit dry and safe.
PAINKILLERS: Ibuprofen and Paracetamol.
ZING OXIDE TAPE AND SMALL SCISSORS.
MELOLIN DRESSING PADS x4.
2 x CREPE BANDAGES.
COMPEED BLISTER PADS: Please note that Compeed produce several similar looking blister packs for corns, etc. Please ensure you purchase the standard/original item.
DIARRHOEA TABLETS: Imodium.
DIORALYTE SACHETS: Or similar rehydration packs.
PIRITON TABLETS: For allergies if required.
EURAX CREAM: For bites.
ANY MEDICATION YOU NORMALLY USE: Find out the generic/chemical name for your medication in case you need to source more in country. Please also check that your medication is legal in your destination. You MUST make Secret Compass aware of any medical conditions before you travel.
TREKKING POLES (optional): Many team members find trekking poles useful on slippery or uneven terrain or for steep descents.
WATCH: A watch is essential for the navigation exercises.
COMPASS: A Silva style compass with a rotating bezel and roamer scale is essential for the navigation work, such as the Silva Expedition 4 model.
MAP CASE: A waterproof map case to keep map dry. Secret Compass will provide the mapping.
HEAD TORCH AND SPARE BATTERIES: Petzl Tikka heard torch or equivalent.
SUNGLASSES: With UV-filter lenses.
PENKNIFE: Don’t pack in your hand luggage.
LIGHTER: For lighting stoves.
GAFFA TAPE: For emergency repairs to your kit, you can take some off the roll and wrap it around something else in your kit.
1 x KARABINER: For securing your rucksack.
SPARE BOOT LACES.
SMALL SEWING KIT.
RE-SEALABLE PLASTIC BAGS: For dirty washing, wrappings etc.
Secret Compass organises expeditions, not sightseeing tours. Our expeditions are team-centred, flexible and dynamic. Teams are managed on the ground by Secret Compass staff: industry-leading professionals and guides of the highest calibre. They put the structure in place for your team to have an incredible experience while achieving your expedition’s aims. Our people are as passionate as you are about achieving the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places. Secret Compass teams often go to places that others don’t. This makes our expeditions truly different, taking you beneath the skin and beyond the headlines of the world’s most remote reaches. Inspired by history’s great explorers and challenges, you’ll be set ambitious goals and will overcome similar hardships to those experienced on the audacious journeys of the past.
Remember this is not an organised tour. It is an adventure. More often than not expeditions don’t run smoothly! The nature of the areas we operate in mean that we will encounter a number of challenges that we expect everyone to meet and relish. Friction and hurdles are all part and parcel of an arduous expedition and also to our success as a team. These make the journey more interesting and are often the best and most amusing parts when looking back. Each expedition is thoroughly reviewed on its return and team members will have the opportunity to provide feedback which helps to inform planning for future expeditions.
Local partners and bureaucracy
Our teammates can only achieve the extraordinary with the help of people in the communities we travel through. NGO and aid workers, guides, fixers and interpreters all work extremely hard and are generous in their hospitality to us and our teams: visitors in their land. They are crucial to our success. Please remember and respect that their perspectives and concepts of time, environmental responsibility and customer service might differ to yours. Occasionally there is no established protocol for outside visitors which means we encounter local power struggles or disagreements. Our leaders have years of experience in delicate negotiations like these and conversational chess – especially through an interpreter – and these interchanges are often memorable parts of any expedition.
Infrastructure and natural events
The areas we travel to often especially remote. Transport infrastructure can be ageing, inadequate or non-existent. Flooded roads, collapsed bridges, fallen trees and vehicle break-downs are all par for the course. Our teams thrive on overcoming challenges like these – be prepared to get stuck in and push occasionally! Natural phenomena like desert sand storms, early monsoons, landslides across key routes, winter coming early, gale force winds and driving snow can all make for a more interesting time on the expedition.
In some areas our teams explore, we rely on local food sources. This can often be outstanding (but can also be very average) and we always make the best out of the resources available. In other cases, we will supply filling and high-calorie dehydrated expedition foods (ration packs)
Part of a team
Secret Compass fosters a team mentality across all its expeditions and projects. Like all teams you will have a leader who will give direction to your progress. Crucial to your team’s success – especially when the going gets tough – is the attitude of the teammates working together to achieve the aim. You really are part of a team, not a cosseted guest on a tour. We ask teammates to muck in and help out any aspect of the expedition, from fetching water and helping to prepare and cook food, to carrying some group kit and equipment if required. The working language of all teams is English.
There really is no typical expedition member, though everyone needs to be fit, healthy and ready to take on the expedition’s aim by the time of departure. Participants range from 21 to 65+ in age and come from all over the world. Backgrounds include contract workers and engineers, IT specialists and students, teachers and literature lovers, journalists and keen photographers and so many more. What bonds our pioneering teams is their shared spirit of adventure and their sense of humour and positive outlook. A good teammate looks on the bright side when the 4×4 breaks down, the rain comes early and when a meal is distinctly pedestrian. Our teammates help each other, look out for each, encourage each other and help each other when needed. Our teams have done us proud in working together to achieve their common goal: the aim of the expedition. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right expedition company.
You need a robust, spirited and can-do attitude to cope with demanding days and rough camping in rugged and wild places. You’ll cover good daily distances (generally carrying your own kit and equipment), eating expedition foods or relying on local food sources. These elements combine to create the unique character of each expedition. On expedition, challenges, frictions and changes to plans are inevitable. Teammates should meet and relish these as an integral part of any arduous expedition and its ultimate success. Such things make the journey more interesting and are often most memorable parts when looking back.
Secret Compass is an expedition company not a tour company. Expeditions contain inherent risk. This is part of the appeal for teammates. We do not make expeditions safe as, by definition, that is impossible. We construct and implement a three-staged risk management approach to reduce risk to what we perceive as a tolerable level.
We conduct a thorough risk assessment of potential hazards and threats that may be encountered on the expedition and provide recommendations to reduce the likelihood of harm occurring/ severity if it does occur.
As part of our expedition plan, we detail actions to be taken to implement and resource the recommendations of the risk assessment. This includes a detailed medical and communications plan.
The expedition leader is responsible for dynamic risk management on the expedition itself.
Key risks encountered on this specific expedition include accidents accidents (i.e. slips/trips/falls) whilst trekking on uneven terrain. If you would like to see the full Risk Assessment for this expedition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Incident management and medical
As part of the safety plan, Secret Compass has a full incident and emergency plan for medical and other emergencies. This will be discussed in full at the arrival brief, so everyone is aware what action will be taken. In summary, incidences are usually managed on the ground by the expedition leader in the first instance with remote support from Secret Compass’s 24 hour Operations Room before evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical centre.
It is your responsibility to understand the risks associated with adventure travel in remote areas. You also must understand that medical evacuation will take an extended period of time (potentially up to one day) and will require wilderness extraction techniques and long carries by stretcher. In-country search and rescue and emergency services are very basic or non-existent and the expedition will rely on internal resources for medical evacuation. By joining this expedition, you accept the risks associated with the venture. If you require any more information on specific risk management for this expedition, or would like to speak to us about our medical planning prior to the trip, please get in touch.
Read team Testimonials or watch this short video featuring expedition teammates (filmed on location in Ethiopia) for an insight into life on expedition.
Iceland is a very well developed country with a cosmopolitan and hip city life. It has a great food, music and cultural scene. It is worth extending your stay to explore some more of its sights such as the Blue Lagoon or to do the Golden circle tour (neither of which included in this expedition).
This expedition will cover almost every type of terrain. It passes through a variety of landscapes, but will mainly be over loose, lava-strewn terrain which at times can be steep and unstable under foot.
Temperatures can range from 8 to 15 degrees C with the probability of rain for consecutive days. Night time temperatures can reach freezing levels, and if the wind picks up the temperatures can feel below zero.
Iceland’s main Keflavik airport is located 40 minutes from Reykjavik. Team members are responsible for their own transfers between the airport and the accommodation at the start and end of the expedition. Teammates will be advised of the team hotel nearer to departure. Transfers are available by bus or taxi depending on your arrival time. A 4×4 mountain bus will take the team to the start of the trek in Landmannalaugar, from which point on the rest of the expedition will be on foot. A private minibus will pick up the team at Skogar to return to Reykjavik.
The team will stay in a comfortable hotel in Reykjavik at the start and end of the expedition, rooms will be on a twin-share basis and the hotel will be able to store any luggage not required for the expedition. Extra nights outside of the Secret Compass itinerary can be booked directly with the hotel by teammates. While on the trek, the team will stay in a mountain hut, based on dorm-style alpine hut beds for two nights. After that the team will camp in technical mountain tents provided by Secret Compass. These will be shared between two people and will be carried (one tent shared between two people) by the team members in addition to their personal equipment, food and cooking equipment.
In Reykjavik, the team will eat well in local restaurants. Dehydrated expedition rations will be used on the trek, these are high-calorie (and surprisingly) tasty meals. Dietary requirements can usually be catered for but should be discussed with Secret Compass in advance. It is recommended that you bring a favourite snack or cereal bar for each expedition day as a morale boost.
Your Expedition Leaders
Rebecca Coles: For the past 10 years Rebecca has combined expedition leading and climbing instruction with academia. She recently finished a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology. Negotiating mountain environments has therefore been her central theme. Rebecca has climbed and trekked most of the Greater Ranges on seven continents. She’s overlanded from Nepal to the UK, cycled Lake Malawi and is a keen ski tourer and rock climber. Rebecca has made four first ascents in South Georgia, Antarctica; a major ascent in the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan; been exploratory mountaineering in Tajikistan; and climbed several 6000m peaks in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan. Rebecca holds the MIA and IML awards and sits on the Mount Everest Foundation committee. She also teaches a variety of mountaineering courses including for the Joint Services Mountaineering Training Centre. She led our 2015 Afghanistan expedition and a bespoke climbing expedition to Jordan.
Lachlan Bucknall: Lachlan is a former Army Officer, qualified Mountain Leader, UK climbing instructor and ski instructor (alongside facilitating leadership and management training), who has enjoyed mountaineering internationally for over 15 years in Europe, the Americas, SE Asia, Norway and more. Lachlan now works as an expedition leader and his career highlights include leading Secret Compass’s Burma expeditions in 2015 and 2016 and organising Secret Compass’s UK Weekends; skiing from summits to the sea in the Arctic circle; climbing Illampu (6400m) in Bolivia; skiing Chamonix’s Haute Route and surviving a two-night bivouac on the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi. Lachlan is registered with Mountain Training and National Navigation Award scheme to deliver mountain skills courses and is a member of the Institute for Leadership and Management.
Secret Compass staff will be carrying at least two methods of communication, usually a Satellite Phone and a DeLorme two-way communication device. These will be used for regular updates to head office and for emergencies.
Unfortunately, routine communication between team members and family/friends is not possible – please reassure them that no news is good news! If there is an emergency and someone needs to contact a team member, they can contact Secret Compass’s Operations Room on +44207 096 8428 who will endeavour to pass a message on within 24hours.
Cell Phone: Your mobile roaming will work in Reykjavik and there will be wifi in the hotel. While on the trail there will be intermittent opportunities for mobile signal, but as this is in the mountains, it cannot be relied upon.
Here are some frequently asked questions that are specific to this expedition. Read our general FAQ too for questions such as ‘how do I join an expedition’ and more. Can’t find your answer? Contact SCHQ.
I’m a vegetarian. Can I join?
Teammates with dietary requirements are welcome to apply for this expedition and should state their specific requirements when applying. Secret Compass will always endeavour to accommodate dietary requirements but may request you bring additional supplementation if you are on a restricted diet.
Can I have a one-person tent?
Secret Compass will provide the tents for this expedition. Teammates will each carry a share kit and so tend to share tents on this expedition to keep weight to a minimum. If you would prefer a one-person tent get in touch.
Can I bring my own tent?
The team will be carrying all of their equipment to basecamp for this expedition – sharing a tent helps to reduce this weight and results in a warmer night’s sleep. If you would like a single tent, please contact Secret Compass to discuss.
Can I arrive a day late?
As The Plan outlines, there is a chain of transport to get teammates out to the start of the trek at Landmannalaugar and back from Skogar and so start and end dates are not flexible.
Can I charge electricals?
This will be very challenging with limited access to power once the trekking section begins. Please ensure that you are self-sufficient in terms of charging your appliances by bringing things like spare batteries, lightweight solar panels or power packs to avoid frustration.
Will my camera work in the cold?
Battery life can be a challenge in cold climates. If camera or phone battery life is of paramount importance, research the best ways to protect and keep your batteries warm and come equipped accordingly.
What if I’m new to all this?
This trip is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to someone who has never been on a multi-day trek or expedition before. This expedition is achievable as long as long as you are willing to work as a team, and fulfil the requirements under the fitness section. Unless you have been on a Mountain Skills course, a lot of the lessons will be new to most, or will be a good reminder and a confirmation of previous experience such as navigation. It will also be good to share your experience with other team members who want to find out more from a team members point of view. Along with all of this, the trek is one of the best long distance trails in the world, and anyone is welcome on the team to experience this.
Are there porters?
There is no local support for this trek, so you will have to be completely self-sustainable. This means carrying personal and camping equipment, a share of the group equipment, such as medical kit and stoves, and enough food for the duration. You should train in preparation for this expedition by meeting the requirements in the fitness section.
How can I find out more?
Apply for this expedition team using the button on this page. Secret Compass is then on hand to answer any questions or to firm up your place on the team.
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