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Easter Eggstravaganza! 15% off overseas challenge deposits!

Newsletter-Easter-PicOverseas Challenges just got Eggstatically good with 15% off deposits*… Eggxuse the pun…

Charity Challengers, put down those Cream Eggs and call the Easter egg hunt off, because for 2 weeks we’re offering 15% off the deposit for OUR OVERSEAS CHALLENGES*. All you have to do is peruse and choose your challenge, sign up and quote ‘EGGS15’ at the time of booking! For full terms and conditions please click here*

Angkor Wat to Bangkok Bike Challenge

This brand new challenge begins at Khmer masterpiece, the temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat. From here our challenging 400km cycle showcases the best of Cambodia and Thailand and everything in between.

Angkor-to-Bangkok-blogYou’ll pedal past ancient temples, colourful pagodas, endless paddy fields and smiling locals before hopping out the saddle onto the white sandy beaches of Thailand. It’s then one final push to bustling Bangkok the Thai capital, where we cross the finish line. To get the wheels in motion click here! angkor-wat-bike-ride

Beyond the Grand Canyon 

Why not escape the cold, windy October weather and go challenge yourself in some of the most spectacular mountain terrain the USA has to offer? Our Beyond the Grand Canyon Trek takes you off the beaten track into the heart of the ancient homelands of the Havasupai Indians, crossing crystal blue waters, past cascading waterfalls and the towering red buttes that form this majestic and challenging landscape.

Beyond-blog2 At night you will camp in the tranquility of the desert before finishing (and celebrating) all you’ve achieved under the bright lights of Las Vegas! If you want to go Beyond, click here! Beyond-blog2

Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater Bike Challenge

Set against the stunning silhouette of Kilimanjaro, this challenging new cycle sees you tackle 350km of African savannah in the saddle. The heat and terrain add to the difficulty of this challenge as we pass through Maasai villages with the ever present panoramic views of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Kili-to-Ngorongoro-1The long days will be worth it as we arrive at our final destination, the outstanding Ngorongoro Crater. As one of the world’s most abundant game reserves expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes and gazelle. To book your place in the saddle click here! Kili-to-Ngo-Blog

Trek Burma 

Burma remains South East Asia’s best kept secret, our challenging trek takes us through the undulating terrain of the mountainous tribal villages of the Shan Hills, absorbing yourself in the mystical beauty of this ancient land.

trek-Burma-2--blogThe long days will see us tackle varied terrain along dirt tracks, through dense forests and vast tea plantations. At night we will stay in local Buddhist monasteries before finishing our long journey at the breathtaking Inle Lake. Here we will have a chance to absorb the majestic scenery from the floating gardens to the silhouettes of leg-rowing fishermen. If you want to uncover the secret click here. Inle-Lake-Blog-1

Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

At 5,895m, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the Earth’s crust. Your mission – to reach the cloud covered summit! With 2 routes available, the Rongai Route and Lemosho Route both ascend through a variety of farmland and forest with the opportunity for wildlife spotting. At night the temperatures drop considerably offering clear skies perfect for star gazing.

Kili-blog-1You’ll feel on top of the world as you walk high above the clouds. It is important to not underestimate the enormity of this challenge with summit day alone seeing us ascend over 1000m – the views and sense of pride at the top are more than worth it! If you want to reach the roof of Africa click here! Kili-blog-2

To explore all of our other challenges please click here and you could be kayaking the Zambezi, camping at 4,000m or dog sledding through Sweden all in aid of your favourite charity!

Spring Fling! Get 10% off our Open UK Challenges* for a limited time only!!

SF1Flowers? Check. Sunshine? Check. A strange thawing feeling in your bones?! Yes! Its official, the Great British Springtime has begun! 

The mornings are getting brighter, the days are getting longer and spring is in the air! To celebrate the beautiful British countryside coming back to life, we are offering a sprightly 10% off ALL of our Open Great British Challenge deposits until the 31/03/15. So, if you want to cycle from Coast to Coast or trek through the night to see the sunrise, we have the perfect UK challenge for you. With options for every ability, from trekking to cycling, there has never been a better reason to end your hibernation and get fit in time for Summer!

To see all our incredible UK Challenges click here and explore the best the UK has to offer, whilst raising money for your favourite charity.

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks – HURRY only a few places left!   

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Put your cuppa down because Yorkshire just called, we need you to take on not 1, not 2 but 3 of its famous peaks, part of the Pennine Range. This challenge should not be entered into lightly, it will push you through steep ascents and descents and varied terrain, in total walking for 12 hours and covering 24 miles. The scenery more than makes up for those aching limbs whilst showcasing the best of the Yorkshire Dales as you encircle the head of the River Ribble valley before reaching the finish line, tired but immensely proud! Just click here!

Snowdon Under the Stars 

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It’s time to start munching those carrots as you’ll need your night vision (and headtorch) to trek through the night. This is the ultimate way to tackle Snowdon – under the stars. Challenge yourself mentally and physically against some of the most testing landscapes in Britain, as you attempt to summit the highest mountain in Wales…in a single night! Beginning as the last rays of the setting sun cast their glow across the spectacular landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, you’ll then follow the classic route of the Llanberis track into the enveloping darkness. Tackling one of the most testing trails in the park, the plan is to arrive at the top in time to welcome in the new dawn, to enjoy some of the most extensive views in the British Isles, before completing the route back down to the start, where a celebratory breakfast awaits! Just click here!

Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge 

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Like Big Ben, queuing and fish and chips, this trip is quintessentially British, showcasing our beautiful coastline and everything in between on a challenging 226kms cycle across England You’ll tackle northern England’s most rugged and spectacular scenery from the west to the east coast. Start by dipping your wheels in the Irish Sea at Whitehaven before crossing the northern edge of the Lake District and the North Pennines, heading towards Northumberland and the route of Hadrian’s Wall. The ride ends with you dipping your wheels into the North Sea. Although only 2 days, do not be fooled, this is a tough challenge taking on some very difficult climbs and descents! Just click here!

Snowdon Multi Activity Weekend

So you love trekking, and cycling AND canoeing, that’s alright, it’s okay to be greedy, why not indulge on our Multi Activity Snowdon Challenge, because variety is the spice of life. This exciting and tough challenge will see you summit Mount Snowdon in the middle of a varied, activity-packed day. Set in Snowdonia National Park, this tough but beautiful environment provides the perfect location for such a varied challenge, however this should not be taken into lightly as it involves some steep ascents and descents over diverse terrain on both bike and foot! Just click here!

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Holi!!!

Holi,the world’s most colourful celebration!

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It’s the 24th March which means only one thing, it’s Holi! The wonderful celebration of colour and love! Holi takes place all over India and Nepal and is a great excuse to cover fellow revelers, with gusto in coloured powder and cold water… anyone is fair game, so get colourful!

holi2This truly is the most colourful festival on earth, kicking off the night before with huge bonfires, ‘Holika Dahan’, lit to burn away evil spirits. Originating in India, this Hindu festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a jubilant affair with music, singing and dancing and effectively turns into a huge street party with revelers covering anyone and everyone in powder. The celebrations bring rich, poor and everyone in between together to celebrate love and forgiveness. From parks to temples, the faces, clothes and smiles of everyone involved will be covered from head to toe in the vibrant colours of spring. The excitement that surrounds the celebrations has attracted thousands of travelers from all over the world and has seen the festivities and the positive message spread worldwide.

So what are you waiting for?

If you want to head to the home of Holi, why not take part in one of our incredible challenges in India and Nepal:

Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek

India Golden Triangle Cycle Challenge

Stok Kangri Summit Trek

Everest Base Camp

Poon Hill Himalayan Trek

Cycle Kathmandu Valley

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New! Angkor Wat to Bangkok Cycle!

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 Sit down in your saddles ladies and gentleman as this month we are launching our brand spanking new Angkor Wat to Bangkok Cycle just in time for the Khmer New Year! To celebrate we are offering £100 off the deposit on this challenge for the departure date 04/12/2015! Simply quote ANGKOR100 at the time of booking.

So what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever dreamed of peddling past brightly robed monks, through vivid green jungles to follow the coastline of Thailand then this incredible new cycle Challenge could be for you! We take you 400kms in the saddle from the lotus towers of Angkor Wat deep into the heart of Cambodia, before crossing the border into mystical Thailand. This cycle incorporates the architectural phenomenonal grandeur of the ancient City of Angkor, with the beauty of the Cambodian countryside. You will need your wits about you as you dodge potholes and cows, tackle river crossings and take one hand off the handlebars to greet the locals as we wave goodbye to Cambodia and hello to Thailand, the Land of Smiles. Here we follow the stunning coastline all the way to the finish line, with a chance to revel in the crystal blue waters before our final push to bustling Bangkok…

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Angkor Wat? Built between 879-1191 AD this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most astonishing examples of architecture worldwide and the starting point of your Challenge, our bikes offer the perfect method of transport to navigate this vast ancient city. Prepare to be blown away at the intricate detailing on every slab of the main Angkor Wat temple, the labyrinth of work is a tribute to the Khmer people that constructed these breathtaking structures. If you only explore 2 temples, one must be the Temple of Bayon with its many faces it offers a small window into 12th Century Khmer society beautifully captured in stone, including an extensive insight into everyday life. In contrast the temple of Ta Prohm offers a breathtaking contrast as it has been devoured by trees, the roots pushing their way through the stones.

Bangkok

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Thailand’s eclectic capital is a buzzing hub of tradition, traffic and tremendous excitement as it is here we conclude our magnificent cycle. The multitude of people, sights, smells and challenge of navigating through the various forms of transport will be a shock after the peaceful kilometers of the Chantaburi coastline. Once we have reached our final destination we have chance to explore and relax in the beautiful Botanical Gardens before exploring all that Bangkok’s nightlife has to offer. It is hard not to get caught up in the magic of the capital which is why we celebrate here on the final night of our challenge.

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Renowned worldwide for its white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, Thailand’s coastline is postcard worthy throughout. After cycling a phenomenal 400kms across South East Asia it’s fair to say your legs may be pretty stiff, what better way to unwind than reward yourself with a Thai massage on the sand, watching the sunset over the Gulf of Thailand….

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Renowned worldwide for its white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, Thailand’s coastline is postcard worthy throughout. After cycling a phenomenal 400kms across South East Asia it’s fair to say your legs may be pretty stiff, what better way to unwind than reward yourself with a Thai massage on the sand, watching the sunset over the Gulf of Thailand….

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Our January Gadget Giveaway is back. 4 Gadget, 4 Weeks, 4 Winners!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s cold, it’s dark and we’re only just getting over Christmas, but to shake those January blues we’ve got our Annual Gadget Giveaway!! 4 amazing gadgets, 4 weeks, 4 lucky winners! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is book on a Charity Challenge in January 2015*!

Prizes up for grabs include:
•    SAMSUNG Galaxy TabPRO 10.1″ Tablet – 16 GB – SRP £449
•    CANON EOS 1200D DSLR Camera Digital SLR Camera  – SRP £299
•    Sony CX330 Full HD Camcorder – SRP £229.99
•    GoPro Hero 3+ Camera – SRP £279.99

The New Year is the perfect time to look for something new and exciting to do in 2015! With your resolutions still (just about) intact, there’s never a better time to set your mind to a new challenge, whether it’s getting fit, ticking something off your bucket list, going somewhere new or just challenging yourself to do something a little out of the ordinary. Booking a Charity Challenge is a great way to stay committed to your goal whilst doing something amazing for your favourite charity. Whether you fancy climbing Kilimanjaro, cycling through the High Atlas Mountains or rafting the Zambezi, the options really are endless.

How does it work?

From Monday 5th January 2015, anyone that books on a challenge until the end of the week (Sunday) will be put into a prize draw to win one of the above fantastic prizes. The winner will be announced on the following Monday on our Facebook and Twitterpages. The next prize draw will commence the following week and so on until the 31st (Saturday), and the last luck winner will be announced on the 2nd February. Just think you could be photographing orangutans in the Sumatran jungle, taking selfies with llamas at Machu Picchu, capturing the sunrise over a sea of clouds at the summit of Kilimanjaro or Skyping from the crumbling watchtowers of the Great Wall of China!

Good luck and remember you’ve got to be #InItToWinIt!

Charity Challenge

*Terms and conditions apply.

Diwali, the festival of lights

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October 23rd 2014

Perhaps the best known Hindu festival, Diwali is an ancient and joyful celebration of the triumph of light over dark, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil. Diwali is a festival of peace and hope and in certain parts of India, signifies the New Year. The festival is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.

Legend has it, that Diwali began after the great battle between the Evil King of Sri Lanka -Ravana – the 10 headed, 10 armed demon and the good King Rama. Ravana, kidnapped Sita, the beautiful wife of King Rama, after 14 years in exile and a long and terrifying battle, Rama killed Ravana, rescuing his wife and returning to Ayodhya for his coronation. On the dark night of their return, the King and Queen could not find their way and so to help them, the people lit their path with candles and diyas, beginning the festival of lights.

Traditionally, Diwali falls on the New Moon between the Hindu months of Asvina and Kartika. On the darkest night of Autumn, usually around late October, the night sky comes alive with candles, lanterns and diyas – (small oil lamps), as people decorate their homes to welcome in Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth. Whilst the origins of Diwali vary slightly depending on the region, across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, it is a major celebration that sees people coming together to share gifts and food.

The festival is typically a 5 day affair and begins with:

Dhanteras, day 1: traditionally people clean, renovate and decorate their homes in preparation, with internal and external decorations. Today signifies the birthdays of Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Dhanvantari, Goddess of Health, diyas are kept burning all night in their honor.

Naraka Chaturdasi, day 2: beautiful Rangoli (typically lotus flowers) are drawn on the floors of homes, Henna is drawn on hands and homemade sweets are prepared for the main day of Diwali.

Diwali, day 3: this is the main day of the festival, people dress in new clothes and meet with relatives to exchange gifts and sweets. Lakshmi is rumoured to wander the earth on Diwali night, people often leave their windows and doors open and help light her way with diyas and perform pujas (prayer rituals) to gain her blessing for the coming year. As night falls, fireworks light the sky to chase away evil spirits, and people celebrate with food and festivities.

Padwa Balipratipada, day 4: today celebrates the return of the demon King Bali to earth, people celebrate the love and devotion between husbands and wives and gifts are often exchanged.

Bhai Duj, day 5: According to legend, the God of Death, Yamraj visited Yami, his sister on this day, she fed him special dishes and garlanded him. Today, women and girls perform pujas for the goodwill of their brothers to emphasize the love and lifelong bond between siblings.

India is a land of fabulous festivals, from the decorating of camels at the bizarre Bikaner Camel Festival to Holi, the world’s largest festival of colours. Why not head over there on one of our incredible Charity Challenges, cycle or run through Rajasthan, trek Little TibetSummit Stok Kangri or Hike the Himalaya…

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A new generation of inspiration

We receive lots of enquiries on a daily basis, but this one stood out. It was from Faye Vanstone, a 9 year old who wanted to do something for charity. We don’t ordinarily take under 16s, so the answer was unfortunately (initially at least) “no”.

But having three sons of my own, and knowing how much they go on about when they will be able to do a Charity Challenge, it started me thinking.
Here’s what happened…

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My family and some of my friends have been affected by cancer. So I felt I wanted to do something for a cancer charity to help them find more ways of curing the disease.

In Year 4 at school one of our topics was Mountains and rivers. I decided I wanted to climb a Mountain and thought it would be a good idea to use this as a challenge and a way of trying to raise money for Cancer Research.

GroupI got in-touch with several charity organisations by myself and eventually one responded. That was Charity Challenge. Simon, the director of Charity Challenge, kindly said he would look at the possibility of helping me to achieve what I wanted to do to raise money for Cancer Research. Simon was so inspired by my email he planned and booked the event to climb up Snowdon! He even joined us with his two oldest sons, Benji (aged 10) and Gadi (aged 8) and their friend Jake (aged 10), and they raised money for Wateraid.

Simon also organised a professional guide, Dan, who came with two other “young people” Chloe and Ethan. My mum, step dad and Dad came with me for support while walking, with my Granny and Grandad waiting at the bottom of the mountain to congratulate us all on our return.

The Challenge walking up was the steepest parts as there was so much fog and it was so hard to see anything in front of you! In parts you couldn’t see more than a few meters in front of you. We all had a trip or a fall and wondered how long it would take (and kept askingFaye, “how much further?”) but we persisted and were all so pleased when we got to the top and had a rest and realised what we had achieved. Then the challenge of getting back down again started!!

It was hard work but all of the training paid off and we accomplished our goal. I set out to raise £400 and so far have managed to raise over £660.

Any further donations for Cancer Research can be given through my just giving page. I have been so grateful for all the money raised so far for this exceptional charity. http://www.justgiving.com/Faye-Vanstone1

Thank you so much Charity Challenge!

Faye Vanstone

Benji, Gadi and Jake were raising money for Wateraid. Here’s what they said on their fundraising page:

748 million people – roughly one in ten of the world’s population – have no choice but to get water from wherever they can, whether it’s a dirty pond or an expensive water vendor.

2.5 billion people – one in three of the world’s population – don’t have access to adequate toilet facilities.

Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That’s over 1,400 children a day.

We (Jake Lowy, Benji Albert and Gadi Albert) don’t think that’s right and we want to try and help change that. So we are going to climb Mount Snowdon in Wales and are trying to raise as much money as we can to help WaterAid, who help provide clean water solutions for rural communities around the world.  

Please help us to help them. Thank you.  https://www.justgiving.com/snowdonforwateraid

Simon Albert

If Faye, Benji, Gadi and Jake have inspired you to do a challenge and raise money for charity, then please click here.

Kamal Bhandari, our Nepalese Challenge Leader had a secret urge to visit the Great Wall of China…

KamalKamal has been leading Charity Challenge Everest Base Camp Treks for over ten years. He has weathered some of the most rugged terrain on Earth and has never hesitated to go the extra mile for his team and those trekking with him.  Many of you reading this will have shared some memorable moments in the Himalayas with him and know how passionate he is about making the trips a wonderful experience for his clients.

We found out that a lifelong dream of Kamal’s was to visit the Great Wall of China and as he has been a truly wonderful guide and advocate of Charity Challenge over the years, we set plans in motion to try and make a trip for him as memorable…  Here’s what he has to say:

“My journey to Great Wall has been a memorable one. A dream come true. A Big THANK YOU and the credit goes to Charity Challenge for helping and sorting my trip. It really makes me proud working with them.

This trip was different from my usual treks in Nepal. It is not correct to say that it was easy compared with my trips in the Himalayas. We had to walk lots of ups and downs, half of which was natural and half renovated – some of them were killers! But I loved it.

I was given the chance from Charity Challenge to be with a trekking team from Royal Marsden Hospital of 24 trekkers. I felt lucky to be with them. Even though I was a stranger for everyone before the trip, I was never given a chance to think back. The care, love and friendly attitude of everyone made me speechless.

With nothing to worry about – altitude nor the clients, I was tension free.  I was more like aKalam in china small spoiled kid kept in middle of the toy shop. The views, walk itself, greenery, shopkeepers, locals, guides and participants are all still rolling over my head. For everything I give a BIG THUMBS UP.

On completion of the Great Wall Walk, covering 50 KM in 5 days, we advanced towards Central Beijing. Beijing was other place I always want to visit. Olympic 2008 stadium, watching aerobatics, visiting the square which could hold millions of people at once, the Forbidden  City which is renowned and famous and Temple of Heaven were all the highlights which I felt lucky to see.

I could easily make it that it was my holiday, as I felt very emotional leaving Beijing and departing with my friends, which normally does not happen with me.

Lastly, I am very grateful to CHARITY CHALLENGE and to everyone who supported me (Simon A and B, Carmel, Jo and David) to fulfill my desire to walk on the Great Wall and visit Beijing.”

Kamal we salute you! Thank you for your continued energy and experience looking after our clients in Nepal.

If Kamal’s dream has inspired you to trek on the Great Wall of China, then please click here.

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Get through the Winter blues with £100 discount off the deposit on our spring departures!

We’ve had a great summer this year and although we’ve been promised a heat wave this month, Autumn and Winter are slowly creeping up on us.

The first few months of the year always seems to be the slowest and hardest months to get through, so we’ve decided to give you something to look forward to.

The majority of our departures between January and May now have a £100 discount off of the deposit!*

This includes:

Book on any one of these challenges by quoting BLUES and get a £100 discount off of the deposit* and have something to help motivate you through the winter blues. Offer ends 31/10/2014.**

We know that some of you have been let down by Student Adventures and are now looking for alternative challenges, hopefully you can take advantage of our current special offers.

Don’t forget, we’re still celebrating Pachamama in Peru and the Moon Festival in China and are giving £100 off all 2015 China and Peru challenges! Make sure you book soon (quote promotional code PERU when booking on a Peru challenge or MOON when booking on a challenge in China), as this offer expires on the 31/10/14!

If you have any questions about any of our challenges, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Firdous
Marketing Manager

T: +44 (0)208 346 0500 | E: info@charitychallenge.com | W: www.charitychallenge.com

*One promotion can only be used at any one time.

**Subject to flight availability