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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!

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

Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake

Charity Challenge veteran team leader, Trevor Gibbs gives us his personal slant on the Chinese New…

A time for feasting, families and fun, the Chinese New Year is the longest and most important of China’s traditional holidays. Also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, the 15 day celebration ends on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which this year falls on the 10 February 2013. Celebrated in Chinese communities throughout the world, the new year festivities can trace their origins back to the legend of a voracious beast called the Nian, which once devoured livestock, crops and villagers across mainland China. In reality though, it is more likely that these colourful (and loud) celebrations evolved as a means of heralding the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

In Chinese communities across the world pigs, ducks, chickens and sweet delicacies are sacrificed  to a celebration of family, thanksgiving and reunion. The spirits of the ancestors, along with the living, are believed to come together as one great community on New Year’s Eve, to honour the past and the present. The Chinese probably consume more food during these New Year celebrations than at any other time of the year, with huge quantities of fish, dumplings, rice and vegetable cakes joining the feast. The abundance of food, the obligatory firecrackers and the fiery red lanterns that adorn every house are all believed to trace their origins back to the mythical legend of the ferocious Nian.

As you might expect with a people as traditional and superstitious as the Chinese, New Year brings with it many customs and taboos. Chinese houses should be cleaned before New Year’s Day, as it is believed that to clean or dust on the day itself could sweep good fortune away. All debts should be paid and nothing should be lent, and everyone is discouraged from using foul language or ‘unlucky’ words. Even crying is discouraged, as it is believed that if you cry on New Year’s Day, you will cry throughout the year. This is particularly good news for unruly children, who tend to be tolerated by their long suffering parents for fear of burdening themselves with a snivelling offspring for the coming year. It is also believed that appearance and attitude during New Year sets the tone for the rest of the year. Red is considered a particularly auspicious colour to wear and red envelopes, often filled with money, are given out to young and old alike.

Visually, Chinese New Year is a blaze of colour, with lanterns, flowers and decorations joining the exuberant displays of dragon dances, drums and clashing cymbals across the globe. It is also a time of hope for many Chinese, with the deafening pops of thousands of firecrackers driving away the evil spirits for another year. As the Chinese themselves say…迎春接福 (Yíngchúnjiēfú)

…“Greet the New Year and encounter happiness”

China is one of our most popular destinations and we have three fantastic challenges in which you can see the country. You can now trek, cycle and now even run and see China at its very best. Our challenges in China are:

Great Wall Discovery
Great Wall Cycle
Great Wall Run

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For more of Trevor’s view on the world, check out his blog at:

http://alizardwandering.wordpress.com/

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