Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must on every EDGE Travel Worldwide international adventure
trip. It is important that you get the right insurance and take it out at the same time as
booking your trip.

You may already have travel insurance through your bank, however this may need to be
topped up due to the nature of the itinerary.

Always disclose the nature of the trip and itinerary to the insurance company and let
them know the following:

● Maximum height you will be trekking to

● Which region of the world you will be going to

● The duration of the trip

● If you will need helicopter rescue insurance

● The itinerary of your trip

There are many insurance companies out there and EDGE Travel Worldwide does not
have a professional agreement with any insurance company. However, a couple to start
you off are:

● Insure and Go

● Sports Cover Direct

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Travel

When going on any EDGE Travel Worldwide adventure trip, ensure you check that you
have the following:

● Valid passport with at least 6 months left on the passport, on the day of return
travel after the trip

● Appropriate visa to enter and move around the Country of destination

● Consult the relevant Embassy for any new updates you should be aware of

● Review your flight itinerary and make appropriate plans to travel

● Try to minimise taking ‘soft’ plastic into Countries and try to use re-usable
products wherever possible

● Let your bank know when and where you will be travelling to and for how long

● Consider different forms of local payment in preparation to entering your Country
of destination

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Clothing & Equipment

A kit list is provided with each itinerary and is available separately if needed. One to One
advice is always available from EDGE Travel Worldwide either via e-mail, over the
phone or face to face.

Make sure you have a plan to take the right clothing and kit with you. Here is a reference
guide to make it easier:

● Read the itinerary kit list

● Review your current clothing and equipment

● Make a plan to fill the gaps and always try clothing on before buying

● Always get into a sleeping bag and try before buying

● Don’t order essential clothing and kit off the internet without seeing it and trying it
in a shop first

● Purchase reputable brands of clothing with a life time guarantee wherever
possible.

● Always test your kit during the training phase before going to your Country of
destination. You don’t want important clothing and equipment to fail during your
trip of a life time!

● Buy cheap, buy twice!

Health

When going on an EDGE Travel Worldwide trip you fill out a booking form which has a
health questionnaire on it. If you have any doubts, contact the office for a chat. The
following will help prepare you for how to navigate towards your experience of a lifetime:

● Make an appointment to see your GP to check you are healthy and able to
undertake the trip itinerary

● Discuss altitude with your Doctor and get their advice

● Discuss what vaccinations and any other prescription drugs you may need for
your trip

● A useful website to research your travel health needs for the trip is:
travelhealthpro.org.uk

● Get the correct advice from a medical professional

● Conduct the appropriate training leading up to the trip. The EDGE Team can help
advise on this and provide tailor made programmes for you to follow.

● Book onto a series of UK Adventure Trips as these are designed to help you with
your training programme and provide the best chance of success on the big trip!

LifeSystems

FAQ's

Your day-sack is your life, comfort and survival pack. The weather, terrain, route, your experience and expected time in the outdoors on the day or days, should always be considered. Packing should be done as a bespoke pack for each separate outing. This way, you can test and adjust each time to become more comfortable and confident each time you venture out. A few top tips include walking poles, personalised first aid kit, map, compass and whistle (even when walking in a group with a competent leader,) full water-proofs, warm hat, gloves and neck band that can be pulled over the nose and mouth for warmth and also sun protection for head, face and exposed skin. There are many more items that need to be considered but these are some of the key considerations.

Making sure you look at the weather and plan accordingly is essential. Don’t get too warm or too cold. If possible, where layers that work well together and can be accessed through fastening and unfastening on the torso and legs. Reducing time in taking layers on and off is useful and quickly being able to respond to changing weather can be critical. Top tip, don’t buy cheap clothing that you expect to work when you need it most!

The service provided is a fully guided walk or run (depending on which event you sign up to.) How you get to the start and leave the finish is your responsibility. However, many clients choose to car share or even stay the night before and/or after the walk/run. Some also get a taxi from the finish back to the start to pick their car up. We always advise to stay the night after the walk/run because it can be a long day and you never know how you will feel after such an experience.

Always wear walking boots on every UK adventure trip and for the guided running, wear trail shoes. Ankle and foot support is essential and the last thing you want is an injury which could have been avoided through careful planning and managing expectations on the day.

These are set out to help manage expectations during the selection of which experience a client may want to sign up to. Difficulty usually involves terrain, time duration on the event and also how you may feel during the experience.

Yes. Wherever parking fees are applicable, each client must adhere to the law and consider all parking charges.

No. The UK adventure trips are solely for human clients.

Usually the guide will be on location at least 30 minutes before we are due to set off, which is also the time when the group meets. We have a strict policy that we start on time as many clients travel long distances to get the most out of the experience. The contact number of the guide is made available to all clients before the day of the event.

Online and/or face to face fitness sessions are available through a brand called ‘Performance To Summit.’ Performance To Summit is full functional fitness sessions based on military and mountain style fitness requirements. Aside from that option, all clients need to ensure they are ready and fully prepared for the event.

Typically no. However case by case choices are made in speaking with the parent or responsible adult that could accompany the child on the day. However we do provide private UK adventure experiences that are tailored to the clients requirements.

You won’t get lost! The guide on the day will provide a brief on the day and just before we set off for the day. The brief covers many aspects from what to expect, the route and what-if’s. If you do find yourself on your own and lost, just stay where you are and keep blowing your whistle 3 times every 60 seconds until you are found again. Remember, every client needs to be fully prepared for the day and that also means the correct clothing, food, water and equipment.

Ultimately, the Team at EDGE Travel Worldwide are always available to have a chat
about any questions you have, however anything medical related must be addressed by
your Doctor.

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Remember, prepare to the best of your ability before the trip in every way. This will help
ensure you have a safe, strong positive experience. We want you to come back wanting
more and asking the question: ‘That was brilliant, what is next?’


Customer Reviews

Edge Travel Worldwide

Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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