Trek to Colombia’s Lost City - April 2024

Challenge yourself by joining fellow Stars Appeal supporters on our next trek, fundraising to support patients and staff in Salisbury District Hospital.

Saturday 20th April – Monday 29th April 2024

For our fifth trek, we’ve chosen a challenging adventure, where you’ll feel you really earn your fundraising. We set off in April 2024, and our journey takes us on foot through the dense tropical rainforest that cloaks Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains to the 1500-year-old Lost City of Teyuna.

This is a tough trek, full of natural beauty and cultural discovery, and is guaranteed to be a trip of a lifetime.

In our four previous treks, trekkers have together raised more than £400,000. They’ve made a huge contribution to the £1million the Stars Appeal needs each year to help patients at Salisbury District Hospital and the NHS staff who care for them, by funding projects like these.

Watch this video from the Trek to Petra to get a flavour of what trekking for the Stars Appeal is really like:

Everyone was super friendly and supportive and the trek was one of my best experiences I have had

– China Trekker for the Stars Appeal

I definitely feel I earned every penny of my fundraising and I was so happy to do it.”

– Petra Trekker for the Stars Appeal

Physically challenging – especially the heat and rocks – but we went as 38 individuals and came back as a family

– Petra Trekker for the Stars Appeal

What’s the trek like?

To reach the 1200 ancient stone steps that lead up to the Lost City, we trek on steep, sometimes overgrown and muddy trails, through lush jungle and river valleys, crossing clear streams. En route we pass indigenous Kogui communities, descendants of the City’s early builders; we sleep near these settlements in bunkhouses.

We have time to explore the uncrowded ruins and marvel at what would have been here in years gone by, before we return through the forest to our starting point. After a final day’s trekking in Tayrona National Park with a stunning Caribbean backdrop, we finish our adventure with a cultural day in colonial Cartagena.

What makes this trek challenging?

  • Every trekker must pledge to raise at least £1,500 for the Stars Appeal before the trek.
  • It will be hot and humid, with rain probable, and we’ll be walking up to 12 hours a day on overgrown or muddy jungle paths, with around 3500m of ascent and descent.
  • This is a walk-in, walk-out route with no options for rest days.
  • Trekkers need to be fit and mentally tough to cope with long days, warm nights, unfamiliar food and difficult conditions. This is a tough challenge, and not one which should be done without committed training. You will be up early in the mornings and trekking for between 5 and 8 hours each day, so good fitness is very important. This trek should be achievable for most people provided they train well in advance.

Trek for the Stars Appeal – it’s life changing!

Change your life, make friends for life, and improve the lives of thousands of people in our hospital

  • Trek led by fundraising challenge experts Discover Adventure.
  • Support from the Stars Appeal to help you train, fundraise and prepare – and get to know your fellow trekkers before you go.
  • Exclusive Stars Appeal Trekkers t-shirt to wear with pride during (and after) your trek.
  • Discounts on essential training and trekking equipment.
  • Celebration on your return to announce the Grand Total the trekkers raise for the Stars Appeal.

Want to know more?

Come along to our Information Evening on Wednesday 28th September in central Salisbury.

Register now for our information evening and we’ll send you details of where and when we’ll be meeting.

This is your chance to find out about every aspect of the trek – including costs, fundraising, training and trekking – and how to sign up for the challenge of a lifetime. We’ll send full details about the trek after the evening, so if you can’t make it you’ll still get all the information.

To take part in this challenge of a lifetime, you must be able to pay all trek costs (£2,599 per person plus airline supplement, visa, tips, travel insurance and trekking kit), and raise at least £1,500 for the Stars Appeal. There will be more information about payments and fundraising at the Information Evening. For your own safety, and the safety of fellow trekkers, Discover Adventure will require every trekker to complete a medical form at registration. See the form here.
Any other questions? Please get in touch.
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