News

The Black Friday Sale has begun!! Get up to £300 off*

November 27, 2020
Charity Challenge Black Friday Sale

This year we are offering MASSIVE savings on a range of 2021 and 2022 Overseas and UK & Ireland challenges for our Black Friday Sale. 

Book before midnight on Monday the 30th November and you can get up to £300 off* the registration fee on selected overseas challenges and up to 75% off* the registration fee on selected UK challenges. *T&C’s apply

Use code BF2020 when booking your next adventure!

Visit incredible destinations, go beyond your limits and create lifelong memories in some of the world’s most amazing destinations, while raising money to help your favourite cause. Below is a little taster of some of the amazing discounts we have on offer this year….

Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride

Save up to £200 off your reg fee on Saigon to Angkor Wat Bike Ride.

Everest Base Camp

Save up to £300 off your reg fee on Everest Base Camp 

Trek to Petra

Save up to £100 off your reg fee on Trek to Petra

Trek Machu Picchu

Save up to £200 off your reg fee on Trek to Machu Picchu

Lake District Triple Challenge

Save up to 75% off your reg fee on selected UK challenges.

Icelandic Lava Trek

Save up to £100 off your reg fee on Icelandic Lava Trek

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Massive Savings Coming Soon in our Black Friday Sale…

November 20, 2020

Tis the season to sit down with a cuppa and write your adventure bucket list for the year ahead. That is if you haven’t done it already!

Have you been dreaming of the majestic views of Nepal and standing in the shadows of the world’s highest mountain – Everest – (8,848m) on our Everest Base Camp trek?

Or trekking through Iceland, one of the planet’s most volcanic regions, and witnessing thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers on our Icelandic Lava Trek?

Or staying closer to home and taking on an incredible day of trekking, biking and kayaking in the stunning Lake District Triple Challenge?

Well now is the time to make things happen! This year we are offering MASSIVE savings on a range of 2021 and 2022 Overseas and UK & Ireland challenges for our Black Friday Sale. To get priority booking and first access to these great savings sign up to our newsletter below.

For now, click on the challenges below and start getting your Overseas and UK & Ireland wish list ready for our biggest ever Black Friday Sale!

Tips & Advice

Five reasons to book a Charity Challenge in the current climate

November 6, 2020

We understand that there may be a little uncertainty around booking a challenge in the current climate so we have pulled together five reasons to help you make one of the greatest decisions of your life and book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence!

Minds in the Wild

1 – Cancellation flexibility

Book an overseas challenge for 2021 and you can cancel your challenge at any point up to 90 days before departure, for whatever reason, and we will give you a full refund! This applies to all overseas challenge bookings made until the 31 January 2021. We want people considering booking a trip now, to have 100% confidence that their registration fee is protected and that they can cancel without any penalty for whatever reason.*

* For any Trek to Machu Picchu bookings, where Inca Passes have been bought and paid for, we will refund the registration fee less £75 to cover the direct costs incurred for your booking. If the passes have not been purchased, we will refund you in full

2 – We are Covid Safe

The safety of our customers, leaders, doctors, local ground teams, and the communities we interact with on our challenges, is of paramount importance to us.  A large part of our safety system is ensuring that you, our customers, are fully informed and updated of the best practice guidelines and the measures that we have put in place to keep you Covid safe.   

For the latest version of our Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines please visit here.  

“It’s been our very own challenge ensuring that our trips are Covid-secure, and that all of our participants feel safe. So it’s wonderful to read comments like Rachel’s, who took part in the Snowdon Triple Challenge for NSPCC in September 2020. Thank you!

Click here to read Rachels’s full review

3 – Support your Mental, Physical & Emotional Health

To protect each other from the spread of Covid-19 we have learnt that we need to “Wash Hands, Cover Face & Make Space”. But what do we need to do to protect our own health?

There has never been a greater need for us to take care of our mental, physical and emotional health. By booking a Charity Challenge event for 2021 this will not only give you something to look forward to when the Covid-19 cloud has passed, it will give you a purpose over the coming year. Due to the immense physical nature of the challenge, you really have to dedicate some time to training and getting your body fit and healthy and up to the task, and there’s little else out there that gives you better motivation to get into shape than the thought that next year, you could be summiting the National Three Peaks, climbing to Everest base camp, or trekking through the Accursed Albanian Alps!

You will also be gifted with a whole host of other life enhancing benefits such as courage, tenacity, self-love, a sense of fulfilment, meeting new friends and the warm glow of selflessness knowing you are helping others as well as yourself!

4 – Support Charities

Charity Challenge has been supporting charities to raise millions of pounds for over 20 years. Helping others is the core of our business. The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented difficulties across every sector of the UK economy. The charity sector in particular is estimated to lose £4billion in income. We have had numerous conversations with charities since the outbreak of coronavirus and, having listened to their needs, we are doing everything we can to support them, such as launching our New UK & Ireland 2021 Challenges and New Winter Season UK Challenges

By taking on a charity challenge, you can play your part and help raise much needed funds for a charity that is close to your heart. If you are worried about hitting the minimum sponsorship target you also have the option of choosing the self-funding or flexi payment options. Click here to learn more about the different payment options.

Plus, we all know that helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled.

5 – Flexibility if Covid-19 continues to impact on travel

Please rest assured that if Charity Challenge cannot operate a challenge in the host country due to Covid-19, we will offer you a number of options including the chance to:

  • Postpone your challenge to a later departure of the same challenge (up to March 2023)
  • Join any other overseas Charity Challenge trip from our extensive portfolio (this year or next)
  • transfer your place to another person
  • receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge

Please note that in most cases, where trips can be rescheduled in the same financial year, we are waiving our standard admin fees.


We understand that all the changes in the current environment can be extremely overwhelming and may leave you with many questions as we all adapt to the new way of being. To ease some of your concerns we have pulled together some Covid-19 FAQ’s

We hope the above information provides some support and also some comfort in booking with Charity Challenge, but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch
Email : info@charitychallenge.com
Call : +44 (0)20 8346 0500

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Launch of 2022 European Challenge Dates

October 26, 2020
Highlights Tour De Mont Blanc (2)

At Charity Challenge we have decided to leave 2020 in the past and look to the future! Today we are very excited to launch our 2022 European challenge dates. Think of a time when Covid-19 is just a distant memory and we can travel and explore the best landscapes that Europe has to offer!

From cycling through the planet’s most volcanic regions in Iceland, to dog sledding across the beautiful, frozen landscape of Swedish Lapland, or visiting Count Dracula’s castle after trekking through the majestic Transylvanian Alps, these extraordinary challenges will make you fall in love with everything Europe has to offer. The toughest part will be deciding which challenge to take on first!

TREKKING CHALLENGES

Icelandic Lava Trek

Icelandic Lava Trek

This 5-day Icelandic itinerary takes in thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers. Trek 58kms through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions and your hard work will be rewarded with an indulgent visit to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon where you have the chance rest aching limbs!

Highlights Tour De Mont Blanc

Highlights of the Tour de Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc circuit is one of the most renowned and beautiful trekking routes in the world and this short itinerary takes in the best of the highlights. On this tough 4-day challenge, you will be trekking over 50km on the French, Italian and Swiss sides of the Alps, amid beautiful and raw mountain scenery. 

Trek Transylvania

Trek Transylvania

Traverse the Transylvanian Alps, taking in huge mountains, rugged wilderness and small villages on this 60km 4-day trek through Romania. Visit the King’s Rock National Park, home to wolves, lynx and bears plus, no trip to Transylvania would be complete without a stop at Count Dracula’s castle.

Trek the Accursed Albanian Alps

Trek the Accursed Albanian Alps

A challenging and spectacular 6-day trek at the very heart of the Albanian Alps, known as ‘The Accursed Mountains’. Traverse lush green valleys, wildflower meadows and craggy passes in Albania and Montenegro. Finishing the challenge by conquering Zla Kolata, Montenegro’s highest mountain (2,534m)

CYCLING CHALLENGES

London to Paris Cycle

London to Paris Bike Ride

This classic London to Paris cycle ride takes you through the beautiful Kent countryside before crossing the Channel to Calais. Over the course of four days, cyclists will cover an impressive 435kms through England and France. A challenge for those who are new to the sport, as well as the experienced cyclist.

Cycle Albania

Cycle Albania

Join us on our new cycle challenge, discovering the highlights of Albania. Cycling 6-days over 400kms on some quiet roads you’ll pass through stunning scenery – from huge snow-capped mountains and attractive rural villages, to the beautiful turquoise coast of the Ionian Sea.

Icelandic Fire and Ice Cycle

Iceland Fire & Ice Cycle Challenge

Iceland is home to some of nature’s most exciting geography, including active volcanoes, glaciers, thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, amazing ice caps and spouting geysers. Our short but tough biking challenge takes in some of the country’s most stunning and rugged terrain as we cycle over 230kms past volcanoes, hot springs and bubbling mud pots.

SNOW & ICE CHALLENGES

Dog Sledding Sweden

Dog Sledding Challenge

A team of loyal huskies leads the way through the snow-covered forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland, across 200kms of beautiful, frozen landscape. Experience the silence of nature over 5-days while gliding through this winter wonderland, taking the opportunity to spot elk and reindeer and even see the spectacular Northern Lights.

Iceland Glacier Trek

This is a challenge to get you out of your comfort zone and onto Iceland’s most extreme glacial landscapes. Based in the highlands of Iceland, you’ll ski-trek across Langjökull glacier ice cap for 5-days while enjoying the stunning scenery of one of Europe’s last great wildernesses while spending your nights camping on the ice under starry northern skies.

Tips & Advice

Top fitness training tips for your challenge

October 13, 2020

Some of the questions we get asked most frequently at the Charity Challenge office are “how fit do I need to be to take on this challenge?” and “do you have any advice to help me with my fitness training?” These can be difficult questions for us to answer, as different people have different levels of fitness and varying physical conditions.

We understand that the best kind of advice you can get is from people who have been there, done that and have literally got the charity challenge T-shirt. So check out below for our top fitness tips from Charity Challenge leaders and participants on to prepare for your challenge.

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge

Before you start

Do not underestimate the importance of training before your challenge. Even if you are active and exercise regularly, it’s good to adapt your training towards your chosen challenge activity. This is vital in building strength, cardiovascular stamina and muscle endurance for the challenge ahead.

We provide plenty of additional information and guidance in your personalised login area, including warm up, stretching, cardiovascular training, exercise intensity, cross training, resistance (weight) training, cool down and the hazards of over-training.

We recommend you seek advice from a fitness professional, so as to develop a programme tailored to your needs, lifestyle and fitness level. Besides specifying the types of exercise, duration and intensity you need, a good trainer can also advise you on nutrition and diet.

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge
Image Credit – Jim Young

Training Principles

At the beginning of any training programme it’s always a good idea to establish your fitness objectives and goals. These should be realistic and achievable, but definitely challenging. Aiming too high will set you up for a failure, which could dent your enthusiasm for the challenge. It’s equally important not to overdo it and injure yourself. Review your objectives every couple of weeks to ensure you are still pushing yourself and adjust your programme where necessary.

Start your training programme as far in advance of your challenge as possible. We recommend a lead-time of at least 16 weeks prior to departure, but obviously this is not always possible so do your best to start as soon as you can. This will allow you time to build up your fitness level gradually, thereby reducing the risk of injury.

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge

Mix it up

Getting fit isn’t just about going to the gym, the more interesting you can make it for yourself, the more likely you are to stick with it! Join a sports team, take up a new hobby or start power-walking to work. Kilimanjaro conqueror Hanna mixed up her regime by doing a bit of running, swimming and cycling.

Previous Charity Challenger Ken made his time at the gym interesting by keeping it varied – “Before the trek I worked out 6 days/week combining spinning with overall body work out, treadmill, stair climber and yoga (for balance and centering myself).” The more varied you can make your training, the more parts of your body gets a workout and the more prepared you are to meet whatever your challenge throws at you!

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge
Image credit : Jennifer Payne

Train with your kit

One if the best ways you can prepare yourself for your charity challenge is by getting used to and training with your kit. Previous challenger Neil strongly recommends spending some time in your walking boots “I was able to walk to and from work and broke them in really well…Result for me was that I had no blisters during the trek.”

Previous challenger Becki also can’t recommend training with your kit enough, – “Training with the actual rucksack you will be using is a must! And training with the weight you will be carrying as well!” You can do lots of walking and trekking preparation, but if you don’t get yourself used to carrying the weight of your rucksack on your back it can be a real shock to you when you begin your challenge.

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge

Focus on the leg muscles

Whether you’re cycling, trekking or sledging, you are going to be really working your leg muscles on your charity challenge, so strengthening them up is a must! Hill-walking is a great way of working your leg muscles, building up your endurance and getting used to navigating uneven terrains, as Kilimanjaro trekker Phillip testifies of hill trekking, “what better way to train for climbing a mountain!”

This principle works for Cyclists as well, as Great Wall challenge cyclist Chris says, “get lots of big steep hills practice. I say if you can cycle most the cycle routes in the lakes you will be fine”. If you don’t have the time to disappear into the hillside, there are still lots of other things a little closer to home you can do to work up your leg muscles. If you work/live a couple of floors up, forgo the lift and start taking the stairs, get off a tube/bus stop early and walk the rest of the way home. Exercise Bikes, Elliptical Cross trainers and treadmills are also great gym equipment for working the leg muscles.

Charity Challenge - Top fitness training tips to prepare for your challenge

Sign up for a training weekend

If you would like to get a feel for our challenges ahead of your departure, consider booking a training weekend. Running from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, these take place in national parks across Britain and are led by highly qualified and experienced expedition and mountain leaders.

Weekends comprise of several treks or rides to monitor fitness levels, as well as informative talks on clothing and equipment, expedition health and wellbeing, trekking skills, basic outdoors first aid advice and techniques, walking techniques and teamwork. The training weekends are a fantastic opportunity to meet people in the Great Outdoors, share fundraising stories and gain valuable advice and support for the challenge ahead.

To find out more about training weekends, you can visit our website page here 

So there you have it! Take note of these tips and you should be well on your way to conquering your charity challenge and having the time of your life! For more top tips, and to learn more about all our charity challenges, please visit our website at www.charitychallenge.com, and, to keep up to date on all our challenge news, subscribe to this blog by clicking on the orange RSS button, you can also enter your email address into the adjacent box to subscribe to our mailing list.

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New UK & Ireland 2021 Challenges

August 12, 2020

In over 20 years of Charity Challenge, one of the most exciting things we’ve done was launching the UK challenge series. Since the series was launched, UK challenges have grown exponentially in popularity. The nation has learnt that we do not always need to hop on a plane for an amazing adventure!

We are blessed to have some of the most spectacular national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, coastal walks and trekking trails right on our doorstep. The UK & Ireland have so much to offer; a wide variety of gorgeous scenery, and plenty of tough hills and mountains to get your heart rate up and leg muscles burning!

The team at Charity Challenge have being working hard on numerous projects to help charities and supporters through this unsettling time. After the very successful launch of our Winter Season 2020/2021 UK Challenges we are very excited to launch to our NEW UK & Ireland 2021 challenges.

Get ready to explore more ways to push yourself to the limit, experience the challenge of a lifetime, and visit some exciting new destinations, whilst raising vital funds for a cause you are passionate about. 

Multi-day Trek Challenges

WEST HIGHLAND WAY CHALLENGE

Challenge yourself to complete one of the UK’s most popular long-distance treks, the West Highland Way. Trek 154km, and camp en-route, over seven days through the breath-taking and atmospheric scenery of the Scottish Highlands, experiencing incredible loch’s, stunning glen’s and dramatic highland mountains.

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH CHALLENGE

Join us for three days of trekking and camping along one of the toughest sections of the stunning South West Coastal Path. You will experience everything that this popular long-distance National Trail has to offer on this 65km trek, from remote beaches to rugged cliff tops and picturesque fishing villages – perfect for spotting Atlantic grey seals and dolphins!

Multi-day Cycle Challenges

COAST TO COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE

Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic two-day bike ride from the west to east coast of the country. Departing from Whitehaven, this challenging itinerary stretches for 225 km, crossing through the Lake District, North Pennines, and the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, before reaching the North Sea at Whitley Bay.

TOUR DE CORNWALL

Join us and cycle over 320km’s from Penzance, via Land’s End, to Plymouth. This epic three-day cycle ride traverses the entire Cornish peninsula, from west to east and from north to south and all the while you will be surrounded by picturesque countryside, stunning villages and historic harbour towns.

Multi-Activity Challenges – Trek, Bike & Kayak

IRISH TRIPLE CHALLENGE

A breath-taking triple challenge in the Irish adventure playground of Killarney National Park – a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Cycle 55km along the famous Ring of Kerry, test yourself on a 1.5km kayak in the beautiful Killarney lakes and then trek 13km to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil (1,038m), all in one incredible weekend of adventure.

1 Day Urban Challenges

London Royal Parks Challenge

LONDON ROYAL PARKS CHALLENGE

Challenge yourself to this marathon distance trek between the ten London Royal Park’s. This epic 42km route will take you across historic parkland and beautiful green spaces, while passing some of the finest architecture in London. From Richmond Park, along the banks of the River Thames, passing iconic Westminster and Buckingham Palace, before ending in Greenwich Park.

Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge

EDINBURGH 7 SUMMITS CHALLENGE

Take part in this tough 35km urban challenge set in the heart of Edinburgh. Experience hidden routes through this beautiful Scottish city and experience it from seven incredible viewpoints! You’ll follow historic waterways, forgotten railways, stop off at castles and palaces and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat – an extinct volcano!

Visit Britain We’re Good to Go”

We are proud to have acquired the UK Industry Standard mark, “We’re good to go” in partnership with the Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This means that our business has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

* T&C’S : Applies to first 10 bookings per challenge. UK 2021 Challenges included in the discount  – West Highland Way Challenge, South West Coast Path Challenge, Irish Triple Challenge, Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, Tour de Cornwall, London Royal Parks Challenge and Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge. Offer expires 31 August 2020.