We are VERY EXCITED to announce these contenders for our 2020 Gym Trip!
WE HAVE TAKEN OPTION ONE – WESTERN AUSTRALIA!
As per usual, please don’t vote unless you’re seriously considering coming! We aren’t asking for a financial commitment at this stage of voting for our trip, but we are expecting you to come if your trip is the one chosen (providing nothing changes between now and deposit day; like a significant price variation or date change). Payment plans are available on request.
Voting will take place here (join the group first!).
Option 1) Western Australia Cape to Cape Trek with the Move for Mental Health team.
Come adventure with us as we walk from lighthouse to lighthouse, along stunning coastal landscape from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. This hike allows each hiker the opportunity to experience and explore how movement/exercise can be a powerful coping strategy in the journey to recovery and everyday survival in our modern busy world.
Hiking with us you will be joining a global social initiative, Move For Mental Health, an initiative created to raise awareness & encourage people to move and get out in nature more to boost mental wellbeing or reduce the symptoms of mental illness.
While not compulsory, each participant has the option to raise $1000+ for The Gidget Foundation, a not for profit who supports expecting and new parents who are struggling emotionally with post natal depression/anxiety. PNDA affects 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers. Each $1000 raised by the team helps provide a year’s worth of quality psychological care to a family through their #starttalking service. Last year we raised $34,000:)!
Day 1 : Walk Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup 13.75km
Enjoy complimentary morning pick up from Perth CBD in Cape to Cape Explorer Tours’ transfer vehicle straight down to begin walking from Cape Naturaliste, the first section of the Cape to Cape Track begins with a gentle down hill stroll on the ‘access-for-all’ section of track to the stunning vistas of Sugar Loaf Rock. The Track then runs along an extended section of carved limestone sea cliffs before reaching the coastal hamlet of Yallingup – ‘The Place of Love’. At the end of the day you’ll be driven to “base camp” to shower, relax, and enjoy a beautiful meal together.
Day 2 : Yallingup to Moses Rock 18.75km
From Yallingup pass over the granite headland at Torpedo Rock and on to the fabled Smiths Beach. After Smith’s Beach the topography changes quickly as giant granite marbles dominate near Canal Rocks. Travel high over the ridge and past Rotary Lookout, before dropping back down on to the beach at Injidup. Travel up high over the ridge, through the coastal tee tree and back onto the wild south-west facing coast. Weave through stunning areas of limestone cliff and granite before walking through the stunted vegetation and granite fields of Moses Rock.
Day 3 : Moses Rock to Gracetown 16.25kms
Walking out from camp, the Track rises high over several large limestone headlands before flattening out on Willyabrup Beach. A wonderfully constructed staircase then guides walkers up and onto the stunning sea cliffs that form the famous climbing buttresses of Wilyabrup Cliffs. After passing the cliffs, the Track drops back down onto the beach, passing the famous, though severe, surfing breaks of Gallows and Guillotines. The coast then turns decidedly rocky as it ducks and weaves over picturesque granite boulders and finally into the pretty hamlet of Gracetown. Relax here and enjoy an afternoon swim to sooth the muscles and mind!
Day 4 : Gracetown to Prevelly 21km
Beginning at the picturesque hamlet of Gracetown, follow the low coastline to thehistoric settlement of Ellensbrook. From Ellensbrook, the Track quickly leaves thecoast and meanders through sand dunes and past Ellensbrook homestead and Meekadarbee Falls. Visit the isolated coves of Gnoocardup and torquoise bay of Kilcarnup. Marvel at the centuries-old osprey nest in Horseshoe Bay.
Day 5 : Prevelly to Boranup Forest 22.5km
Take in some of the world’s finest surfing coastline from the limestone ridge at Prevelly then head down into the sheltered creekline of Boodjidup Brook. Continue on and experience the white sands of Boodjidup Beach before reaching historic Redgate Beach. Next is very likely one of the best sections of the Cape to Cape Track: the scenic coastal cliffs at Bob’s Hollow and Contos (although we may be biased as CCET have adopted and maintain this leg!). Walk into base camp nestled under the WA Peppermint trees, keep an eye out for emus, possums and even phascogales in one the south west’s best campsites.
Day 6 : Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner 21km
Within minutes of heading out from camp, the track reveals yet another side of its beauty and personality with the a dramatic vegetation change seeing the whole morning spent under the canopy of Jarrah, Marri and Karri trees as you soak up the beauty of the famous Boranup Forest – home to an array of wildlife and wildflowers in season. Head south, back into the coastal heath, and down onto the stunningly beautiful and often deserted Boranup Beach. 7kms of sand walking later, find the protected Hamelin Bay, home to some of the Cape’s friendliest stingrays who love a feed of freshly caught fish! Continue on past the many islands and headlands until you arrive at the stunning Cosy Corner.
Day 7 : Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin 21.5km
The last leg of the Cape to Cape Track, this stretch faces more into the south than the rest of the coast. True wilderness with limited road access, the sights are reserved for the local hooded plovers and walkers. Granite headlands are broken up by long sections of shoe-sucking sand. Formidable, but every step takes you closer to the Leeuwin lighthouse and the moment of celebration. We’ll head out for an epic celebration meal tonight with an accompanying slide show of the week’s photos! Each participant will get to take a copy of this home.
Day 8 : Departure Day
Depart Prevelly campground via Margaret River townsite for Perth in Cape to Cape Explorer Tours’ transfer vehicle approx 9am.
- Complimentary transfers between our central pick up points in Perth* / the Perth Airport and Margaret River.
- x 7 days fully-guided walking, with full emergency support: expert local guides carry first aid and communications equipment.
- x 7 nights fully catered resort based accommodation at Surf Point resort.
- All catering with a focus on fresh and healthy food, using local produce and exploring the foodie delights of the region:
- x 7 fresh breakfasts.
- x 7 packed lunches, including gourmet meat/ salad roll, juice and track snacks (lunch on travel days are not included)
- x 6 evening meals; the final night’s celebration dinner at a local restaurant is not included.
- Alcoholic beverages are not included, but opportunities will be provided for you to visit local wineries and purchase beverages of your choice.
- A selection of your walking experiences’ best photos will be collected during the week, will be burnt to DVD/USB and distributed to you after your walk free of charge.
- Cape to Cape Track completion certificate.
- All planning, logistical, administrative and on-ground support, including intimate knowledge of weather patterns, creek crossings and Track conditions.
- Single night’s accommodation in Perth before and after the trek.
- 3 months training at IntoYou, including weekly hikes, gym access, program, and support.
$3600 pp twin share
Option 2) Jungle Trekking in Northern Laos
Day 01 Thai Border – Houay Xai – Luang Namtha (-)
After transferring on your own from Chiang Rai to the Thai-Lao border crossing at Houay Xai, our guide will meet you at the Lao immigration office and assist you with the visa process. Then we’ll drive to Vieng Phouka, stopping along the way at a Lanten village — the name ‘Lanten’ is a Chinese term meaning “the people who dye,” as they are known for their natural dye traditions; they’re also one of the few ethnic minorities in Lao PDR who follow Daoism and read Chinese script.Our journey today will end in Luang Namtha, a small town in the heart of northern Laos. Take time to discover the area and meet some of the local people.
Overnight in Luang Namtha
Day 02 Trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected area (B/L/D)
We’ll embark on 3 days of trekking (optional combination w. kayak or mountain bike)through the forests, fields, rivers and mountains that surround Luang Namtha. Many interesting and challenging treks in this area await you, so you’ll choose among a selection of routes to suit your fitness and stamina. Our guides will then arrange the most interesting route, points of interest and resting points for you.
Day 03 Trekking the Nam Ha National Protected Area (B/L/D)
Spend another day exploring the stunning Nam Ha Protected area. Your guide will lead you off the beaten path to discover the natural beauty and wildlife that abounds in this region
Day 04 Trekking the Nam Ha National Protected Area (B/L)
Continue with your trekking adventure in the wilds of Luang Namtha. We’ll end the day back at the city in a clean and comfortable room.
Day 05 Luang Namtha – Muang Khua (B)
Rise early like the locals and take a walk to the local market, where you may see members of hill tribes in traditional clothing buying and selling their products.
After breakfast, you’ll take a private minivan through the countryside to Muang Khua. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way. Northern Laos is very ethnically diverse and the mountains surrounding Oudomxai, near the Chinese border, are home to groups like the Akha, Iko, Hmong, Khmu and more. Despite modernization many of these hill tribes still live traditional lifestyles and follow local and ethnic customs. You’re likely in these regions to see people in beautiful traditional clothing. Overnight in Muang Khua.
Day 06 Muang Khua – 3 days trek (B/L/D)
A moderate trek to visit 3 villages and 3 different hill tribes: Thai Yung, Akha Pala and Khmu, most Akha Pala women still wear traditional dress and warm welcome by Thai Yung’s elderly Baci ceremony.
Muangkhua – Thai Yung. Approx. (4 – 5 hours) depart from our Office by minivan, it takes 50 minutes / 36 KM to where hiking point. Walking up on small path into the forest through bamboo forest, mountain rice fields to open part with hundreds of beautiful view and have a good lunch picnic on the way then continue to keep on walking down about 1 hour to arrive Thai Yung and Akha Pala village around 3 – 4 PM
Day 07 3 days trek (B/L/D)
Thai Yung – Akha Pala. Approx. (5 – 6 hours) Around 8:30 after breakfast walking on nice route through paddle rice fields, mountain rice fields and rubber plantation with a beautiful views and seeing the hill tribes working on their farm, have a good lunch picnic on the way, after lunch continue to hike up to arrive Akha Pala village around 2 – 3 PM. To take a rest for 30 minutes with a cup of hot tea then take a walk around the village to see Akha Pa La’s culture and routine, after dinner warm welcome by Akha Pala’s women massage.
Day 08 3 days trek – Muang Khua (B/L)
Akha Pala – Khmu – Muang Khua Approx. (4 – 5 hours). After breakfast around 8: 00 walking up and down 4 – 5 hours on nice route through mountain rice field to see a wonderful landscapes and have a lunch picnic on the way. Spending 30 minutes in Khmu village to see around the village walking down to the road at the end of the trek and driving ahead to arrive Muang Khua around 3 – 4 PM .
Overnight in Muang Khua.
Day 09 Muang Khua – Muang Ngoy (B/L)
The boat ride from Muang Khua to Muang Ngoy winds through mountainous jungle. The Nam Ou River, one of the most important in the Lao PDR, offers here some best scenery. The river runs 448 km from Phongsaly in the north of the country all the way to Luang Prabang where it merges with the Mekong. On board the traditional Lao longboat we’ll journey slowly downstream, allowing you to take in the view and relax along the way. The boat will pass many remote villages, rugged mountain terrain and impressive limestone cliffs. We’ll stop at a few of the villages, most of which are only accessible by boat, and get a unique look into traditional daily village life along the river. The day’s journey will end in Muang Ngoy, a relaxing little village where we’ll spend the night.
Day 10 Muang Ngoy – Nong Khiaw (B/L)
After a short boat ride you’ll reach the village of Ban Hat Sao, with a mixed population of Lao Lum and Lao Thueng. From the village we will follow little trails on a jungle trek through a preserved part of the jungle and into the nearby mountain area. We’ll pass rice fields, forests and agricultural land on our way to the next highlight, a refreshing waterfall. Much of our route follows the stream and we’ll walk through the river and small waterfalls. After an extended break we’ll hike back to the river area. A small walking trail following the Nam Ou River will bring us to Nong Khiau.
Day 11 The 100 Waterfalls Trek (B/L)
After a one-hour boat trip on the Nam Ou we’ll start exploring and hiking through the “100 waterfalls,” a recently discovered jungle waterfall. A village visit is included as well, where you learn more about life along the Nam Ou River. In the evening we’ll ride back on our boat to Nong Khiaw.
Day 12 Nong Khiau – Luang Prabang (B)
We’ll drive a winding route following the Nam Ou River through the mountains from Nong Khiau to Luang Prabang. Along the way we’ll visit the village of Ban Na Nayang, which is famous for its traditional cotton weaving. Almost every household has its own weaving loom where the families create beautiful scarves, tablecloths and ornate wall hangings. Then we’ll continue to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, where we’ll take you to your hotel.
Day 13 Luang Prabang
Free Day in Luang Prabang
Day 14 Departure
- Laos Visa Support (but not the visa itself)
- All meals (except on free days in Luang Prabang)
- Three months of Personal Training at IntoYou
$3910pp Twin Share
Option 3) Climb Mt Kenya and Safari, Africa
MARCH 2020 (dry season!)
Day 1 – Arrive in Kenya and transfer to Wildebeest Eco-Camp
Day 2 – Transfer to Naro Moru to meet Guides, Porters and transfer to Park Gate: Day 1 on Mt Kenya – Sirimon Gate to Old Moses Camp
Day 3 – Day 2 on Mt Kenya – Old Moses Camp to Shiptons Camp
Day 4 – Day 3 on Mt Kenya – Acclimatisation hike to high tarns and back to Shiptons for summit preparation
Day 5 – Day 4 on Mt Kenya – early morning summit to Point Lenana and descend to Mackinders Camp for breakfast before continuing down to Met Station
Day 6 – Day 5 on Mt Kenya – final descent to Naro Moru Gate from Met Station and transfer to Blueline Hotel for lunch before continuing to Naivasha where we camp at Fish Eagle Camp (boat trip on Naivasha)
Day 7- Safari – Cycling and walking safari through Hells Gate National Park and back to Fish Eagle Camp for overnight
Day 8 – Safari – Transfer to Manyatta Camp in the Masai Mara for late afternoon / evening game drives
Day 9 – Safari – Full days safari in the Masai Mara with pic-nic lunch next to the Mara River, back to our permanent tented camp
Day 10 – Safari – Morning visit to traditional Masai village before making way back to Nairobi / overnight at Wildebeest Eco-Camp
Day 11 – Depart Kenya
- Accommodation; consisting of
- 2 x nights B&B accommodation in Nairobi at Wildebeest Eco-Camp
- Camping on Mt Kenya for 4 x nights
- Camping at Fish Eagle Camp in Naivasha for 2 x nights
- Accommodation in a permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara for 2 x nights
- All meals (except on free days in Nairobi)
- Private safari vehicle throughout with driver
- All Park fees and activities mentioned
- Three months of Personal Training at IntoYou
$6916pp, Twin Share.
Option 4) Kayaking the Fijian Atolls
Day 1: Arrive Nadi. During the trip briefing we will issue watertight bags to carry your personal gear during the kayak trip. The bags are between 25–35 litres in volume (about 2/3 the size of a pillow case). Luggage not required while kayaking can be stored at the group hotel, to be picked up on your return to the mainland. Dinner tonight is not included in the trip cost.
Day 2: After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to Denarau marina for the 8.30am boat to the islands. The Yasawa Flyer, the boat servicing the Yasawas, is a 267-passenger catamaran. The Flyer transports us approximately 72kms to Tavewa Island and the Blue Lagoon, arriving at approximately 1.30 pm. From the Yasawa Flyer, we will transfer to our base on
Tavewa Island by small island boat. Our Fijian hosts will make us comfortable at their island home, providing a dining bure and grassy campsites. Aftercustomising our kayaks and getting acquainted with our expedition gear, we’ll have an orientation paddling session in the lagoon.
B • L • D / CAMPING
Day 3: Load our expedition craft and paddle 15km to Navotua village. With favourable tides we’ll have lunch where fringing reefs run directly off the beach. After rounding the point of Nacula Island we head for Navotua. The villagers of Navotua are particularly friendly and the special warmth and reception we receive has made it our favourite spot. We will have time for a snorkel in the
reefs off shore and explore the surrounds before settling in for the evening.
B • L • D / CAMPING
Day 4: We paddle to the caves at Sawa-I-Lau, a scenic island with sharp limestone peaks and salt-water caves that make for fascinating exploring. We will then carry on to an uninhabited island with delightful snorkelling before returning to Navotua village (paddle distance approximately 11 kms). We round out the day with afternoon entertainment provided by the village and an
invitation to join the chief for a social kava party in the evening (kava is nonalcoholic drink with mild, numbing effects).
B • L • D / CAMPING
Day 5: Paddle back to Tavewa Island, exploring the outer coastline (weather permitting) and the many inlets and bays of Nacula en route. Return to our base on Tavewa Island.
B • L • D / CAMPING
Day 6: After breakfast, we’ll pack our snorkelling gear and picnic lunch and head off to explore the inner reaches of the Blue Lagoon, just off Matacawalevu Island. We seek out the best coral reefs, explore a delightful maze of sandbars and time permitting, visit the local primary school. Paddling distance today is approximately 15kms. Tonight, we repack for the southern leg of the journey.
B • L • D / CAMPING
Day 7: We’ll aim for a dawn start as we have a long paddling day. We round Matacalevu, paddle along the length of Yaqueta Island and on to the large island of Naviti. On crossing Bligh Straight there is a great opportunity to troll and catch a fresh fish dinner! Paddling distance approximately 23 kms.
B • L • D/ CAMPING
Day 8: We paddle the length of Naviti Island and choose our evening campsite depending on the wind direction. Paddling distance approximately 20kms.
B • L • D/ CAMPING
Day 9: We cruise along several small islands before setting off on our second open water crossing to Waya island, hoping to land at Wayalevu village. There is opportunity for a short hike for superb views of our paddling route. Paddling distance is about 14 kms.
B • L • D/ CAMPING
Day 10: We paddle the rugged coast of Waya and then along Wayaslailai before reaching our final stay at a simple resort on Kuata Island. We’ll enjoy our last dinner together, celebrating the expedition and dreaming about the next adventure! Paddling distance about 21 km.
B • L • D/ SIMPLE RESORT ACCOMMODATION
Day 11: We spend a relaxing morning snorkelling and cleaning up before departing on the Yasawa Flyer at 3.45pm. The Flyer arrives at Denarau Marina in Nadi at approximately 6.00pm. Trip concludes.
B • L
• Nadi hotel accommodation on a twin share basis for the first night of the trip.
• Simple twin-share resort accommodation on the last night of the trip.
• Internal boat and bus transfer excluding airport transfers.
• Expedition kayaks, paddles, life jackets and safety equipment.
• Two person tents.
• Sleeping mats (full length thermarest pads).
• Watertight bags for your personal gear.
• Professional guides.
• All meals (except in Nadi).
• Group first aid kit.
– Assistance purchasing a kayak for training
– 3 Months 2x weekly personal training
$4100pp, Twin Share
VOTE here (join the group first!) if you want to join us on our next adventure! Trip will be decided on the 1st July