Winter sports charity challenges

Winter sports charity challenges

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.

Take a look through the challenges and click for details of the challenge and charity/charities. You can enter a few basic details to be instantly emailed further information.

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Dog sledding 5 days Dog sledding
Lapland, Sweden
| Sign up for £250
This action-packed, once-in-a-lifetime sledding adventure leads us across frozen lakes and through lush forest, through the stunning, wild landscape of the Arctic Circle.
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Snowshoeing 6 days Snowshoeing
Bagneres de Luchon, France
| Sign up for £195
This unique adventure leads you into the heart of some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe as you discover the spectacular mountains in Aiguestortes National Park.
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Dog sledding 7 days Dog sledding
Kiruna, Sweden
| Sign up for £475
Have you ever wanted to drive your own team of huskies through 200km of beautiful, unspoilt, frozen landscapes? This 7 day challenge in northern Sweden gives you this magical opportunity.
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15 days Nordic skiing
Barneo Ice Camp, Norway
| Sign up for £7500
Tackle this once in a lifetime challenge to trek to the Geographic North Pole. This involves around 8 hours each day of skiing and sledging, and you'll have to muck in with camp life.
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Dog sledding 8 days Dog sledding
Lapland, Finland
| Sign up for £575
A unique opportunity to drive your own team of huskies 250km from Norway to Sweden and finish at the world famous Ice Hotel.
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Dog sledding 8 days Dog sledding
Lapland, Finland
| Sign up for £575
A unique opportunity to drive your own team of huskies 250km from Norway to Sweden and finish at the world famous Ice Hotel.
Genesis Research Trust
Genesis Research Trust
Dog sledding 7 days Dog sledding
Swedish Lapland, Sweden
| Sign up for £475
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.

Trek Everest Base Camp- 16 Day

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.

Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

The less-frequented 7-day Rongai route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is ideal for anyone looking for a true 'wilderness' experience.

London to Paris Cycle

Cycle 300 miles from London to Paris whilst raising funds for research into kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation.

Trek Peru- Lares Valley

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.

Kilimanjaro Challenge 10 Day Machame Route

This trek sees us following the Machame route, one of the most popular and interesting routes up the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.

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