Heading out into the big wide world to take up a charity challenge will undoubtedly give your endeavour an extra thrilling edge, writes timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson.
You can experience some of the most dramatic, spectacular and awe-inspiring places on Earth, and it’s a simple solution to the problem of making your noble venture stand out from the crowd. There's also the alluring prospect of combining the challenge with a short, possible recuperative, spot of rest and relaxation while you're out there.
Examples of charity overseas challenges include overseas charity treks, overseas charity bike rides, overseas marathons and runs. The South American jungle, the African mountains, European ski slopes - the possible destinations are virtually endless with some of the most popular destinations including Kilimanjaro, Everest base camp, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and London to Paris bike rides.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
It's often best to undertake these excursions as part of a group. You will find strength in numbers and the support and camaraderie of your fellow trekkers, rafters, climbers, jumpers or riders will prove invaluable when it comes to completing the adventure.
Make no mistake about it, these challenges are not easy. While heading overseas may well make the whole thing more exciting, it also brings an additional issues to consider.
For example, you may need to adapt your training to suit conditions you might expect, but cannot replicate in Britain. It might be hot and sunny, for instance! Having the right equipment is also vital. It’s all totally worth it though, once you’re out there and doing it for real.
Join the NOMAN Barcelona - Ibiza 2015 challenge that pits two identical boats of amateur rowers in a race head-to-head across 200 miles of the Mediterranean Sea over 3 days. No prior rowing experience is required.
Discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas & magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning. Taking place in the Shan Mountains where the cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape & hill tribe villages make it perfect for trekking.
Hike along the steep staircases and crumbling watchtowers of The Great Wall of China on this demanding, but rewarding trek. This once in a lifetime challenge includes five full days hiking along The Great Wall and exploring Beijing and its Forbidden City.
Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.
The largest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro has long been a staple of the charitable trekkers’ diet, and with good reason. The scenery during the ascent, and the views from the summit, are absolutely breathtaking.
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Summit North Africa's highest peak - Mount Toubkal, sleep beneath the stars, venture into the Sahara, take in the sights & sounds of Marrakech & visit a Childreach International project.
Drive your own team of loyal huskies, silently gliding over 200km through beautiful snow covered forests & mountains. See the Northern lights & stay near traditional Sami villages.
Cycle India's sprawling mountains, white sandy beaches and urban cities to arrive at the majestic Taj Mahal. Join a group of fellow adventurers and cycle India.
Explore one of the most awe-inspiring creations of modern society. This challenge is a must for any adventurer who wants to immerse themselves in China's rich culture.
Join the unique endurance challenge that pits teams of amateur rowers in a race across the Mediterranean. 200 miles long, the journey is expected to last 3 days. No prior rowing experience required.
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