Join fellow supporters of Cats Protection in India by taking part in this unique fundraising challenge with us. Your adventure starts in India’s capital Delhi before boarding the overnight train for the journey to the Lesser Himalaya where you will explore this spectacular area on foot during a four-day trek. You will reach altitudes of up to 2,842m and will walk approximately 14km per day, taking around seven to nine hours.
The terrain will vary throughout the trek but in general you will experience undulating (uphill and downhill) terrain. There are very few flat sections so while achievable this isn’t a walk in the park! Underfoot there will be stony pathways, grass, rocks and perhaps a few small streams to cross too. Despite this challenging terrain you will also be awed by lush green forests, views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, gushing rivers and small villages with friendly and welcoming local people.
After your trek ends the next challenge begins.
The conservation project
You will spend three days in the Kanha National Park, inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his novel, The Jungle Book. During your time here you will learn about the efforts being made to conserve the environment, especially for tigers. We anticipate that you will take several drives into the National Park with the hope of spotting tigers and other endemic animals.
You will also get hands-on experience and support the conservation efforts directly such as assisting with the removal of weeds, planting trees and habitat maintenance all of which are important tasks to keep the endemic plants in the National Park safe from invasive plant species which could change the ecological balance. There is also a possibility of helping with a tiger conservation lesson at a local school and further other opportunities for learning about the plight of the local wildlife.
There is a non-refundable, £399 registration fee payable to join the event. If you wish, it can be paid in three installments and across any three consecutive months as long as the last payment is made before 30 November 2017. This is your personal contribution to the challenge.
We then ask you to pledge to raise a minimum of £3,995 by 1 July 2018. You are able to nominate a local branch or centre to support throughout your fundraising if you wish.
While this may sound like a daunting amount, we have ensured you have plenty of time to raise the funds and also have put together a very robust pack of resources to help you. Coupled with this you will receive dedicated support and guidance from our events team.
We understand the commitment, courage and thought that goes into participating in a challenge event on behalf of Cats Protection and promise we will do our very best to give you all the help and support you need to have a successful challenge and raise lots of much needed funds to help us care for cats and kittens.
Please note: There are some extra charges totalling approximately £300-£400 including airport surcharges (around £280), insurance, vaccinations etc. You would need to budget for these personally but split over 18 months they would equate to approx. £15-£20 a month so we recommend you save for these separately in a regular savings account. They are due around eight weeks (7 August 2018) before the trip date. The airport surcharges are payable directly to Different Travel.
To read more about the reasons why people sign up and how their fundraising is going, please visit our team profile here: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/himalayantrekkersandcatlovers