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We send medics on our most of our trips (group size dependent). They are known for their medical professionalism, caring approach and ability to muck in with the rest of the crew and help make your trip run as smoothly as possible. Most of our medics fit our trips in around their GP or hospital duties and come back on our trips time and time again. They’re a highly valued part of the DA team and help to make your experience the best it can be.


Nikki at Everest Base Camp

What is your all-time favourite DA Challenge and why?
I absolutely loved trekking out in Nepal to Everest Base Camp - not just an amazing, beautiful and challenging trek, but in addition I was completely overwhelmed being in the awesome presence of the worlds highest mountain and such spectacular scenery, it was very poignant. For so many in the group it was a special "bucket-list" moment, and it was a real privilege to be able to both facilitate and share that.

Which challenge would you recommend?
Cycling London to Paris is a trip I keep coming back to do time and again. It is tough, but actually very achievable. And after 4 long days of cycling - the reward of cycling as a massive peloton down the Champs-Elysées to the Eiffel Tower is a finish not to be missed....!

What is your top tip for cycling/trekking challenges?
Pace yourself! It is really easy to think about just getting to the end and completing your goal - but when that might not be for a few days it can be very overwhelming. It is really helpful to think about breaking the challenge down into smaller, more manageable goals, and set your pace at one you can keep going without needing really frequent breaks - you cover more ground that way. I think it is useful to build into your training things which last the whole day to get you in the right mindset, rather than just short bursts of activity.