Q. $2,000 sounds like a lot of money to raise, will I get any assistance?
It’s not a competition and the $2,000 is a guide. You will be given documentation on how to fundraise, and be supported throughout the process. Some years we have people raise as much as $20,000. It is all about getting that first email out there as early as possible and doing the best you can.
Q. How much of my raised funds will go to the cause?
Everything will go to the cause. Childs Dream have their own costs which will be openly communicated. They are a very efficiently run charity, which have been selected for that reason.
Q. What’s not included in the $420?
Travel to and from Chiang Mai, from your departure point.
Purchasing of hand made crafts from the villages trekked through.
Spending money post trek.
Q. When do I have to transfer the funds raised?
It is preferred if you can transfer the funds, or have donors make on line payments before the trek begins. Of course, there will always be donations that come in after the event which is also ok.
Q. What do I need to take on the Trek?
This will be provided during a briefing session a few weeks before.
Q. Is the trek hard? Do I need to train?
The trek is moderate, we walk at a pace that suits the group, with plenty of rest stops and photograph opportunities. It is advisable to take some long walks leading up to the trek.
Q. What age group do you get on your treks?
We don’t have a range, on previous treks the participants have generally been 25-40 yrs. But we encourage anyone fit and healthy to join us.
Q. What Sort of food will we eat on the trek?
One of the trek high lights is mealtime. Thailand is known for its vibrant flavours with chilli, lemongrass and ginger being some of the main ingredients. You will have dishes such as green chicken curry, fresh barbequed tilapia, as well as fruit pancakes for breakfast all made on the spot with local fresh produce.
Q. Where do we sleep during the trek?
You will sleep in shared shelters or huts in the village. The sleeping accommodation is very basic. But that is all part of the true eco experience.
Q. Will I have to carry my own bag on the trek?
Yes you will, we send you a list of recommended things to bring, so you can keep your backpack light.
Q. Is there storage for extra luggage if I wanted to extend my stay in Chiang Mai?
Yes, you can store a small backpack at the trekking office in Chiang Mai, if you intend to extend your stay after the trek. If you are being collected at the airport and at the end of the trek you are being dropped back off at the airport, please just bring the minimum you need for the trek.
Q. How do I get to Chiang Mai?
There are a number of direct flights to Chiang Mai. (Silk Air who do direct flights to Chiang Mai from Singapore) Alternatively you can fly via Bangkok.