Trek Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the Trek?
It starts early on the morning of Saturday 25th August 2018 and the last trekkers will finish before midnight on Saturday.

2. How long is it?
The full distance of Trek for Timor 2018 is 50km, and there are 15km and 30km options for those who want to participate but would prefer a shorter challenge.

3. What will it cost?
The Early Bird registration fee is $60 per person and $30 for under 12s. In addition each trekker is asked to raise a minimum of $200 in sponsorship.

4. How long will it take?
Entrants must complete the 50km between 6am Saturday and 11pm on Saturday. The actual length of time taken will depend on your level of fitness and preparation, your team’s goals, and how well you work together as a team.

5. Are there toilets along the way?
Yes, there’s a limited number of toilets at the better-known tourist spots along the way, and at checkpoints. If you choose to relieve yourself between checkpoints, make sure you move well off the track, and carry a trowel to dig a small hole to bury your waste. Park rules require our volunteers to clean up the track after the Trek and this is a yucky task they do not need!

6. How many people can be in a team?
Between 4 and 6 people can be in a team. Trek for Timor is not a relay – the aim is for all the team members who begin the walk to finish the walk together. Teams must finish with a minimum of 2. (Please see trekkers’ rule 8  for more information)

7. Can we change who is in our team and/or registration details?
Yes you can change the team members, but not the team name or team number. The steps are easy: just click on the registrations link. Once you have entered your email and phone number, you can simply re-register by selecting your new team from the drop-down list. This switches you across from your old team. All the other team members will receive an email to confirm the changes. If you want to withdraw completely, and not be in any team, you must email us.

8. Do we need a support crew?
Yes, all teams entered in the 30km and 50km treks must have a support crew. Teams on the 15km are also most welcome to have a support crew.

9. How fit do I need to be?
Fitness levels will vary between participants. The organisers advise all participants to seek advice and clearance from their medical professional before commencing training for the event.

10. What do I need to take on the Trek?
A comprehensive gear list is included in the Trekkers section on the website.

11. What CAN’T I take on the Trek?
Trek for Timor takes place in a world-heritage listed National Park, so no animals can be taken on the walk. The nature of the track means it won’t be possible to push a stroller or pram during the event, or ride a bike. This is a walking event only.

12. What will be available at the checkpoints?
Water, toilets, some basic food and first aid. This basic food is provided by volunteers and is not a reliable source of nutrition and energy for the trek. Trekkers are required to carry enough nutritional and high-energy food to last for the duration of the trek.

13. What happens if I need help during the Trek?
When you register on the day you will be given a SAFETY INFORMATION SHEET which will detail what to do if you need help. Mobile phone coverage is available on some areas of the Trek route, but not all. NextG coverage is the best. We will also have radio operators at the checkpoints and on certain sections of the track.

14. What happens if the weather’s bad? 
The Trek will go ahead unless it’s decided that it’s too dangerous to do so (for example, in the case of thunderstorms). Sometimes it may just be a case of delaying departure until a storm has passed. In case of prolonged heavy rain, the authorities may close certain parts of the track. In this case an alternative route will be posted on the website and all trekkers will be notified in advance of the new route .

15. How much of my sponsorship funds actually get to East Timor?
Registration fees and donations from local businesses and companies will cover the expenses of the Trek which are low because we’re all volunteers. Therefore all your sponsorship money will go directly to our projects in East Timor. Have a look at previous projects for an example of how the funds in that year were spent. This video clip of Hatobuilico (made in 2010) will give you an idea of the remote mountainous community that we support.

16. How do I get people to sponsor me?
This year we are saving you (and us) a lot of work by not sending out receipt books to all teams. Your friends, family and/or work colleagues can sponsor you directly over the internet or you can collect money and simply pay in a lump sum at any time via the website.

If donors require a tax receipt, please ask them to make the payment online, quoting their email address and phone number. A tax receipt will then be emailed to them direct. If you have a potential sponsor but they don’t have the internet (or don’t want to use it) and they require a tax receipt for their payment, please contact us and we will explain what you should do.

17. Are donations tax deductible?
Donations are tax deductible through APHEDA. Tax deductible receipts will be sent to those who pay on-line and donate/sponsor over $2

18. What do I win?
In all honesty, not a lot! It’s beating the challenge that counts. Every participant will receive a certificate and the fastest finishers will receive a hand-made tais scarf from Timor.

19. What happens if the event is cancelled?
In the event of unforeseen extreme weather we have an alternative route planned though in the very unlikely event of event cancellation for any unforeseen reason, the registration fee money that is not already spent on essential services for the event will go directly towards the projects in East Timor.