From dog sledding across Lapland to a full-scale polar expedition and various icy trekking challenges, the frozen north is the place to come for high adventure writes Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor.
Want to get out there and raise some serious money for charity? Great! There are numerous worthy causes and even more ways to fundraise on their behalf. Yes, even for those prone to sunburn. Winter sports challenges have never been more popular, so wrap up and get going!
What sounds more inspiring than an epic trek? An epic trek in the cold and snow, that is. Similar distances to a 'regular' trek but with much harder conditions and considerable risks all combine to raise the stakes significantly.
Nordic skiing is a major form of transport for this type of activity. Alternatively, for the ultimate winter excursion, hop on a sled behind a team of huskies and hold on!
TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT
Whatever you choose to do, the right training and preparation is vital to ensure success. The cold makes everything that bit more complicated and a calm, poised mind is almost as important as a strong, healthy body when it comes to taking on Mother Nature at her harshest.
Having the right equipment is also of utmost importance. Much of the equipment required is highly technical and there's plenty of advice available on buying or hiring kit.
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On this once-in-a-lifetime trek we will visit some of the highest villages on Earth, witness the most spectacular scenery and watch the sunrise over the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
The less-frequented 7-day Rongai route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is ideal for anyone looking for a true 'wilderness' experience.
Cycle 300 miles from London to Paris whilst raising funds for research into kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation.
Our remote and very beautiful 4-day trek starts in the incredible ancient city of Cusco and takes us to the fascinating Machu Picchu ruins.
This trek sees us following the Machame route, one of the most popular and interesting routes up the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.
Providing information and support to sufferers of this incurable disease which could affect anyone of any age.
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