2021 Kakadu Gutsy Challenge
Join our Kakadu Gutsy Challenge trek in August to raise much-needed funds and awareness for gastro-intestinal cancer research!
The group will be led by Associate Professor Nick Pavlakis, who is currently leading a clinical trial for gastro-oesophageal cancer.
Register your interest by filling in our form at the bottom of this page.
The funds raised will help to support research into new treatment options and increase awareness for GI cancer research.
This unique Top End challenge will see participants trek for 6 days through the World Heritage listed area. Participants will experience a traditional welcome to country and stay in sustainable, responsible, semi-permanent camps along the way.
Join this Gutsy Challenge trek and you will see the true magic of Kakadu revealed.
With a difficulty level of ‘moderate’ there is nothing moderate about the experiences you will have on this Gutsy Challenge. You will trek to Twin and Jim Jim Falls on day two and see first-hand some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries in the country (if not the world).
Keep your eye out for the abundance of wildlife unique to this part of the world as you embark on this truly remarkable personal, physical and philanthropic journey.
38 people die each day from GI cancer and when joining a Gutsy Challenge you raise money to improve the treatment options and outcomes for the 28,900 Australians diagnosed with gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer each year.
About the Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu is only one of four places in Australia that have the honour of being a dual listing on the UNESCO World Heritage List for both its natural and cultural values.
Spanning more than two billion years of geological history, Kakadu National Park is home to approximately 280 different types of birds, more than 10,000 crocodiles and around 2,000 different types of plants.
How far do I have to walk?
This Gutsy Challenge will take participants through 40kms of the national park over 6 days of trekking.
Do I have to carry my own pack?
The Gutsy Challenge Kakadu trek is fully supported, this means that you will just need to carry your day-pack with a water bottle, lunch (provided) and other personal items. It is advised that you carry at least 3 litres of water each day.
Huma Charity Challenge
Huma Charity Challenge, are our chosen adventure travel partner as they are passionate about providing off‑the‑beaten track travel experiences. Huma Charity Challenge is a division of the worldwide adventure travel company World Expeditions.
What is involved with the Kakadu Gutsy Challenge trek?
This Gutsy Challenge will run from 8-14th August 2021 and is made up of a series of day walks.
- Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 people.
- Semi-permanent, sustainable camps – accommodation can be twin share or single.
- You will walk 40kms total over the 6 days of the trek.
- All food and accommodation is included.
- Associate Professor Nick Pavlakis is leader of this Gutsy Challenge.
Are there charging facilities involved?
There are two USB ports on the bus that work only when the bus is being driven.
Will there be crocodiles in the swimming holes?
The waters visited on this Gutsy Challenge have been cleared for crocodiles by Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife.
How much do I have to raise?
A minimum of $3,500 per participant.
What will the funds I raise be used for?
100% per cent of all funds will be used to fund gastro-intestinal (GI) clinical trials research and the GI Cancer Institutes’ ‘Innovation Fund’ grant. This grant is awarded annually and supports critical early stage research – enabling research concepts to be proven and ultimately leveraged to larger scale clinical trials.
For more information about the Innovation Fund grant CLICK HERE.
Who will I walk with?
You will join a small group of 15 others to undertake this Kakadu Gutsy Challenge trek.
From past experience people join our Gutsy Adventures as they want to achieve personal goals, whilst also making a difference & improve outcomes for GI Cancer patients and supporting clinical trials.
As Trish Lawler, one of our 2017 Gutsy Challenge Adventure participants, who trekked the Larapinta Trail, explained:
“The Larapinta Gutsy Challenge was a fantastic experience. To be able to raise money for such a good cause and then training and pushing myself to do the trek was very rewarding. The day we climbed Mount Sonder was physically the most arduous thing I have done, but now I look back with a great sense of achievement.”
About Huma & World Expeditions – The GI Cancer Institute partners with Huma Charity Challenge, a division of World Expeditions, to deliver exceptional travel experiences as part of our Gutsy Challenge Adventure program.
- 30 + years experience
- Experienced and professional guides and quality equipment
- An unblemished safety record
- 24 hour backup
- A commitment to sustainable travel practices
- They look forward to helping you explore our amazing wilderness ‑ the right way.
Associate Professor Nick Pavlakis
Gutsy Challenge Team Leader
Associate Professor Nick Pavlakis will lead the Kakadu Gutsy Challenge in 2020. He is currently co-investigator on a clinical trial for gastro-oesophageal cancer.
Register now to join Nick on this Gutsy Challenge and help him raise much needed funds and awareness for gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research.