Link to Hope


9th–16th JUNE 2018

Join us for our 6th Link to Hope Challenge Trip for a stunning Kayaking Challenge in Romania in June 2018. Included are 2 of the most picturesque rivers (Lapus River and Golden Bistrita) in 2 of the most beautiful regions of Romanian (Maramures and Bucovina) We will be kayaking in Lapus Gorges (which is a natural reservation with no roads, no villages and no people - just wilderness) and on Golden Bistrita River which flows through pastoral Bucovina.
Beside these, in Maramures we have included along the way, some of the highlights of this magical province of Romania (several UNESCO sites) which will make this trip not just sporty but also an opportunity to do some cultural visits.

The Challenge
We will fly to Cluj Napoca in Romania and visit UNESCO heritage sites on our way to our starting point. There are 5 days kayaking (2 on Lapus and 3 on Golden Bistrita River) and each day has about 15-16 km of paddling. At the end we will then transfer to visit Link to Hope projects in Iasi, Romania. We will then fly back from Iasi airport to Luton.

Day 1
Flights from Luton into Cluj Airport: meeting with Caliman Club Guides (Doru & Liviu).
Minibus: Cluj Napoca - Targu Lapus: 108 km
Visit: Rogoz Wooden Church – UNESCO site (5 km from Targu Lapus)
Accomodation & dinner: Smarald pension - Targu Lapus

Kayaking Maramaures

Day 2
Breakfast: Smarald pension - Targu Lapus
Minibus: Targu Lapus – Salnita village: 20 km
Kayaking: Lapus Gorges beetwen Salnita and Buteasa: 16km
Lunch: packed lunch by the river
Minibus: Buteasa village – Somcuta Mare: 10 km
Visit: Chioar Fortress (on the way to accommodation in Somcuta)
Accommodation & dinner: Dora pension – Somcuta Mare

Day 3
Breakfast: Dora pension – Somcuta Mare
Minibus: Somcuta Mare – Buteasa village: 10 km
Kayaking: Lapus Gorges between Buteasa and Remecioara: 15 km
Lunch: pached lunch by the river
Minibus: Remecioara village – Surdesti village: 25 km
Visits: Surdesti and Plopis Wooden Churches – UNESCO sites Accommodation & dinner: Amethist pension – Surdesti

Day 4 – No Kayaking Day
Breakfast: Amethist pension – Surdesti
Minibus: Surdesti – Cavnic – Calinesti – Vadu Izei – Sighetul Marmatiei: 60 km
Visits: Calinesti Wooden Church, Maramures Village Museum
Lunch: Restaurant Casa Iurca - Sighet
Minibus: Sighetul Marmatiei – Barsana – Rozavlea – Ieud - Borsa: 90 km Visits: Barsana Monastery, Rozavlea and Ieud Wooden Churches – UNESCO sites Accommodation & dinner: Victoria hotel - Borsa

Kayaking Bucovina

Day 5
Breakfast: Victoria hotel - Borsa
Minibus: Borsa – Prislop pass – Sesuri village: 25 km
Kayaking: Golden Bistrita river between Sesuri and Carlibaba: 15 km
Lunch: packed lunch by the river
Accommodation & dinner: Mario & Emma pension – Carlibaba

Day 6
Breakfast: Mario & Emma pension – Carlibaba
Minibus: Carlibaba village – Ciocanesti village: 23 km
Kayaking: Golden Bistrita river between Ciocanesti and Vatra Dornei: 16 km
Lunch: packed lunch by the river
Accommodation & dinner: Cris pension – Dorna Arini

Day 7
Breakfast: Cris pension – Dorna Arini
Minibus: Vatra Dornei – Cojoci village: 25 km
Kayaking: Golden Bistrita river between Cojoci and Barnar village: 16 km
Lunch: packed lunch by the river
Minibus: Barnar village – Iasi: 188 km Accomodation: Sf Nicolae hotel - Iasi
Dinner: restaurant in Iasi

Day 8
Morning visiting the Link to Hope - Future Changed Project
Transfer to Iasi airport
Flights from Iasi to Luton:

Temperature in Romania
The month of June is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 20°C to 25°C over the course of the month, exceeding 30°C or dropping below 15°C only one day in ten.

Cost is £800 each:-
• Including flights and all transport mentioned in the program.
• 2 x Professional kayaking guides
• All safety equipment, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, paddles etc.
• All minibus transfers
• All accommodation mentioned in the programme.
• All meals mentioned in the programme
• E.g. Breakfast = coffee/tea + omelet/fried eggs + ham + orange juice;
Picnic lunch = sandwiches, sweets, fruit, water)
Dinner = soup + second course + desert + mineral water + coffee
• All costs with local guides during the challenge

The price does not include:
• Alcoholic drinks (tourist pay alcohol on separate bill)
• Entry fee at tourist sites (1-2 euro/site)
• Photo and video fee at tourist objectives (1.5 Euro/photo & 2 Euro/video)
• Other services not mentioned in the program (if requested)
• Single accommodation – 45 Euro supplement if this is required
• Cost of getting to and from home to a UK airport
• Travel Insurance which MUST be taken out and evidence shown before the start of the trip.

Nights will be spent in a variety of guest house/hotels and local accommodation on a twin room or shared basis. All will be clean and comfortable however, one should bear in mind that Romania is a relatively poor country and standards here will not be generally as high as in Western Europe. NB Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to change.

Meals in Eastern Europe are generally wholesome and have a ‘home-made’ character to them. Meat is popular and there are plenty of fresh ingredients, staples being potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The meals tend to be hearty and will serve as great fuel for kayaking. We will aim to provide three meals a day. Please let us know about any special dietary requirements.

On this Kayaking Challenge you need to be in general good health and moderately fit. Kayaking is a strenuous activity and we recommend that for two to three months prior to departure you should try to exercise most days for 30-45 minutes of aerobic type activity. Also some rowing exercises to strengthen muscles. You must be a good swimmer to take part in this challenge.

British passport holders will be granted entry into Romania but any non-British passport holders need to arrange a visa ASAP.

Romanian (quite similar to Latin) is the official language.

• Large holdall/suitcase to transport main luggage
• Waterproof Day pack/bum bag to wear when kayaking
• Backpack with waist support (plus a waterproof cover)
• Swimming Costumes
• Trainers
• T-shirts/ jerseys
• Socks and comfortable underwear
• Lightweight waterproofs
• Sunglasses
• Water bottles
• Lightweight cotton scarf – to protect neck from the sun
• Casual wear for evenings/travelling and transfer days
• Suitable footwear for evenings/travelling and transfer days
• Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, soap, shampoo, lip salve with sun protection, tissues, shaving cream, razors, deodorant etc
• Suncream & Anti-bacterial hand gel
• Energy food & drink/snack bars
• Camera
• First aid kit – plasters, antiseptic spray, diarrhoea tablets, re-hydration sachets, paracetamol, support bandages, Deep-heat or equivalent in case of sore muscles, any other personal medication
• Local currency –Romania Lei in Romania
• Travel insurance – arrange your own
• Passport

· · Friday 5th January 2018 - £800 trip costs and full passport details to be received by Link to Hope. If they can be sent earlier we can get the best flights. Or alternatively you can set up a payment plan with Link to Hope from Jan – May 2018 of £160 a month over the next 5 months to spread the cost of the trip.
· Saturday 24th February 2018 10am – 2pm – Briefing day and fundraising workshop at Link to Hope, Link House, Park Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2AN
· Saturday 5th May 2018– 50% sponsorship money due
· Saturday 9th June 2018– Leave for Romania
· Sunday 16th June 2018 – Return to UK
· Wednesday 16th July 2018– Sponsorship deadline!

Kayaking Challenge Payment