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Overseas charity challenges


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 R&R while you're out there.

Examples of charity overseas challenges include overseas charity treksoverseas charity bike ridesoverseas 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 Paris. Quite a variety, then.

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.

Featured challenges...

4 Countries in 5 Days Cycle Challenge
4 Countries in 5 Days Cycle Challenge
Road cycling in UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Belgium - 350 miles on 16 Sep 2015.
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Valley of Roses and Kasbahs Trek, Morocco
Valley of Roses and Kasbahs Trek, Morocco
Trekking in Marrakech, Morocco - 9 days on 15 May 2015. Registration fee now only £175 - save £100!
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Britain V Cancer Great Wall of China Trek
Britain V Cancer Great Wall of China Trek
Trekking in Great Wall of China, China - 9 days on 13 Sep 2015.
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Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Cycle
Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Cycle
Cycle touring in Nairobi, Kenya - 400 km on 16 Oct 2015.
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Cycle Burma (Myanmar)
Cycle Burma (Myanmar)
Mountain biking in Mandalay to Inle Lake, Myanmar - 420 km on 06 Feb 2015.
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Patagonia Trek - 30th Anniversary Challenge
Patagonia Trek - 30th Anniversary Challenge
Trekking in Patagonian Andes, Argentina - 10 days on 05 Feb 2016.
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The Big Cycle - London to Paris
The Big Cycle - London to Paris
Road cycling in The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, UK - 4 days on 05 Sep 2015.
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Valley of Roses and Kasbahs Trek, Morocco
Valley of Roses and Kasbahs Trek, Morocco
Trekking in Marrakech, Morocco - 9 days on 18 Sep 2015. Registration fee now only £175 - save £100!
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Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking in Everest Base Camp, Nepal - 18 days on 14 Mar 2015. Get £100 off the deposit in October - now only £275!
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Dog Sledding Challenge in Swedish Lapland
Dog Sledding Challenge in Swedish Lapland
Dog sledding in Swedish Lapland, Sweden - 7 days on 20 Mar 2015.
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Vietnam and Cambodia Cycle Challenge
Vietnam and Cambodia Cycle Challenge
Cycle touring in Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat, Vietnam - 12 days on 17 Oct 2015.
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Spaghetti Western 5 day Horse Trek
Spaghetti Western 5 day Horse Trek
Horse trekking in Andalusia, Spain - 5 days on 11 Oct 2015.
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Himalayas Trek and Autism Project Challenge
Himalayas Trek and Autism Project Challenge
Trekking in Indian Himalayas, India - 12 days on 24 Apr 2015.
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5-day Africa cycle challenge for 'Giving Africa'
5-day Africa cycle challenge for 'Giving Africa'
Cycle touring in Ouagadougou, BurkinaFaso - 8 days on 26 Jan 2015.
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Race to the Sun - Ride with a Pro Cycling Team
Race to the Sun - Ride with a Pro Cycling Team
Road cycling in Geneva to Monaco, Switzerland - 6 days on 21 May 2015.
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Overseas runs & marathons

With charity runs in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Dublin, New York and even Ethiopia there's a destination to suit everyone!
Overseas runs & marathons

Kilimanjaro charity climbs

Climb Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world, for charity. Choose from several different routes and sign up from just £295.
Kilimanjaro charity climbs

Everest base camp charity treks

Trek to the world's most famous base camp at 5,360 meters (17,600 ft), through spectacular Himalayan scenery, with great views of the top of Everest.
Everest base camp charity treks

Machu Picchu charity treks

Follow the Inca Trail to the 'Lost City of the Incas' on a Machu Picchu charity challenge.
Machu Picchu charity treks

Great Wall of China challenges

Trek or cycle a section of the Great Wall, extending approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) across northern China, on an epic adventure.
Great Wall of China challenges

London to Paris charity bike rides

Head south to the Channel coast, take the ferry across to France, then continue through the French countryside to arrive in Paris.
London to Paris charity bike rides

Charity treks

Short treks, long treks, easy treks, difficult treks - in every corner of the world.
Charity treks

Overseas charity bike rides

Explore an exciting foreign destination on one of our challenging overseas cycling adventures.
Overseas charity bike rides

Featured charity places

Charity places in overseas runs...
Childreach International
Sunday 16 November 2014
Valencia, Spain
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £750 sponsorship
Children with Cancer UK
Sunday 2 November 2014 06.10 AM Suitable for teams Teams Juniors welcome U18s
Auckland, NewZealand
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £1500 sponsorship
Childreach International
Sunday 8 March 2015
Pafos, Cyprus
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £750 sponsorship
Prostate Cancer Research Centre
Sunday 12 April 2015 08.45 AM
Paris, France
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £750 sponsorship
Breast Cancer Campaign
Sunday 2 November 2014 Suitable for beginners Beginners
New York, UnitedStates
Registration fee £0 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £50 sponsorship
UNICEF
Monday 27 October 2014 09.00 AM
Dublin, Ireland
Registration fee £50 registration fee Minimum sponsorship amount £400 sponsorship