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South Pole Trek


Please read below some feedback we have received from our clients:

"The Rajasthan cycle  was my fifth adventure with Charity Challenge and I would rate it number two in enjoyability (my all-time favourite was the Inca Trail). As on my past challenges, I felt very safe and well looked after. The food on this trip was particularly good and the quality and quantity of snacks at every stop was exceptional too. I couldn't fault our guides and support crew - who were helpful, cheerful, encouraging and clearly knew their jobs. I think it helped that we were a small group so there was a quick bonding between us all. The overnight accommodation was better than I had expected – it was great to know that we could look forward to a proper bed and a hot (in most cases) shower too. I'm certainly looking forward to my next adventure, which will probably be the new Burma cycle challenge next year."

Jacqui Thake, Rajasthan Cycle Challenge

"I love charity challenge and all that you do! Trek 4 is booked and I suspect trek 5 will be booked soon after. I have always wanted to travel and never found a safe way to do so on my own as I have no friends or family that want to join me. You give me the opportunity to really get under the surface of a country and a culture in a safe way whilst still being challenged and I get to meet new people and make new friends! Amazing amazing!!"

Jo Berridge, Cuban Mountain Trek

“What an experience! It was truly magical and unforgettable, from beginning to end. Cycling gave us the chance to see the real India: the more we saw it, the more we wanted to see.”

Lydia Bright, Star of The Only Way is Essex - The Rajasthan Tiger Challenge

"The Charity Challenge experience is flawless from start to finish. The team and leaders became like family, and you can have the time of your life while raising thousands of pounds for charity."

Laura Felstead, Great Wall Discovery

"Having returned from Kilimanjaro earlier this week, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you both sincerely for your part in what turned out to be an incredible trip.

Right from the first moment I met Simon I had the strongest sense that your organisation skills and experience would ensure a successful trek, and I wasn't wrong.  I appreciate enormously all the work you and your team put in to arrange the key aspects, answer our queries and keep us informed, and in particular for involving Brian Jackson who was truly outstanding as Trek Leader. The end result is that - despite appauling weather conditions -
we had an excellent trek and all 18 of us reached the summit.

Many, many thanks for your part in our successful expedition."

Dan Salmons, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

“Charity Challenge delivered an excellent employee engagement challenge for Santander – our corporate supporters, and enabled us to raise over £150,000 whilst also supporting a rural Zulu community in South Africa, building a new school. Their team were professional, knowledgeable and supportive and covered everything in detail from risk assessments to daily briefings, ensuring there was more than enough work for every volunteer to keep busy and productive. It was an amazing experience and will stay with all of us for some time to come!”

“When it came to choosing the right challenge organisation to work with, it was VITAL for The Body Shop Foundation to find a highly professional, experienced group to work with.  Challenge Charity is exactly that.

From the minute we started;  the advice, help and support given at every step has been exceptional.  And its the little things that count – the level of attention with the website for members, the updates and emails from group leaders and doctors to reassure our trekkers.  All these small but vital drops of encouragement, helped, aided and reassured all those fundraising like mad to complete the trek, all for WaterAid.

Special praise must be given to the team on the trek itself who went out of their way to make the trek as smooth as possible so our trekkers could focus on the challenge itself.  We simply can’t thank everyone at Charity Challenge enough for their part in making our event such a success.  We simply can not wait for the next one; here's to the next incredible adventure for The Body Shop Foundation and Charity Challenge!"

Lisa Jackson,Chief Executive, The Body Shop Foundation

Working with Charity Challenge in Canada has been great.  The workshop about using their back-end system made everything so much easier and we were able to get our page ready to go live quickly.  The resources available, the website and the support from the charity challenge team has been fantastic and they have helped every step of the way in this process. 

Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist at UNICEF Canada

"I cannot thank you or your company enough my Kilimanjaro Trek was unbelievably amazing (whilst also being horrific at the same time if you are talking specifically about summit night).  I signed up for Kili with you guys about 18 months ago because I needed to get out of a very dark place in my life.  At the time I held the trek as a stepping stone to being able to achieve something by myself, I believed then that if I could climb the mountain I could cope with anything, and it really was about the climb, but the truth is the entire experience has given me 100 times more than I ever expected." Click here to read the full testimonial.

Ali Hutchison - Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

"Skiing to the North Pole was a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks to Charity Challenge for running such a slick and professional trip. I would not recommend anyone else, their guide Alan Chambers is one of the most respected polar guides in the world and to have stood on top of the world with him is an honour that only Charity Challenge can offer."

Bonita Norris, North Pole Challenge

"Charity Challenge is the only company I would have wanted to do this trek with. They were competent, attentive, helpful, entertaining and professional. They made the challenge a really amazing experience!"

Janine Lewis, Trek to Machu Picchu

"It’s the day after the week before and jet lag has set in! To say that my friend Bekki and I were excited about the trip would have been a massive under statement and now having just returned our excitement still remains with us. Of course the reason behind this trip was to raise money for our chosen charity but what we got out of it was so so much more..."

Read the full testimonial here!

Wendy Mould - Great Wall Discovery!

"If you ever dreamt of what it might be like to walk amongst the world’s tallest mountains, make it reality and book the Everest Trek through Charity Challenge"

Matt Holdsworth, Everest Base Camp

Thank you Charity Challenge for everything, from pre trip to looking after us whilst we were there. I had such a brilliant and life changing time. I can honestly say that this experience has changed me for the better. I am so much more positive and I believe in myself!I am recommending Charity Challenge to everyone and I will be taking part in a challenge in the near future!

Simone Rogers, Great Wall Discovery

"I hope that you are not bored with us telling you what a wonderful time we had but now it's my turn! I can only add that for me it was one of the best trips I have ever done, if not the best. From start to finish I would not change a thing, it was challenging, educational & great fun. We were so well cared for by Kent & Jordana, they worked very hard to get everything right & took their role very seriously whilst still making it fun. Graham was a star, he has a talent of being able to deal with people, and he was always attentive, caring, responsible & knowledgeable."

Jo Collins, Dog Sledding Challenge

"The Thailand Jungle Trek has something for everyone. We left with many stories of the adventure and great memories. I would desperately recommend this challenge to anyone!"

Emma Reddington, Thailand Jungle Experience

"Forget climbing Kilimanjaro and book this trek instead! An amazing experience, giving a real insight into the Maasai, their way of life and landscape. Trekking in a small group across vast open spaces, passing no other tourists, just animals, in stunning scenery. Incredible memories. Take me back there now!"

Wendy Lampert, Footsteps of the Maasai

“We had the best time in Peru. From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were so well looked after.  Everything from the tents, the food and the kit was brilliant.  We would definitely encourage anybody to sign up for one of Breast Cancer Care’s treks which are organised by Charity Challenge.  You will be safe in the knowledge that every aspect of your trip will be organised with immense care and precision.”

Denise Van Outen and Fearne Cotton, Machu Picchu 


"I have slept and slept since arriving home and am a complete emotional wreck. I had a brilliant, brilliant time. It was an absolutely amazing experience. I thought that everything was so well organised . What a task you had, to organise 11 hyperactive women, the Breast Cancer Care team, a camera crew and a number of other team members!! You did a great  job of coping with everything each day --not an easy task. I was very impressed. Despite the early mornings, the cold and the altitude sickness, I felt well looked after and had a truly amazing time. I have very happy memories of Peru. Thank You."

Gaynor Sinton,
VIP on Trek to Machu Picchu with Denise and Feane

"Just wanted to say a huge thanks: to you, and all your team for making the trip so enjoyable. The food was delicious, the trek itself was something I will cherish forever- and everyone, the guides, George, Mark etc were a pleasure to meet. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such an inspiring adventure- it has helped me cross a milestone: my one year survival mark, in a way that I could never have imagined possible a year ago in August when I was diagnosed with breast cancer."

Annabel Reynaud, VIP on Trek to Machu Picchu with Denise and Feane

“I recently travelled to Haiti with a GMTV camera crew, six months after the earthquake that devastated the island. It was clear from the minute we landed in Port au Prince that the conditions in country were still incredibly tough going, but Charity Challenge handled the logistics with professionalism, flexibility and a great deal of enthusiasm. Our plans changed daily but Charity Challenge and their team on the ground managed our needs and requirements with good humour and attention to detail. It was clear that a lot of hard work had gone into the preparation of the challenge, which went a long way towards ensuring the trip was a big success.”

Dr Hilary Jones, Haiti Community Challenge

“Charity Challenge exceeded all my expectations. The quality of the staff, levels of organisation, accommodation & catering were outstanding. I have had an incredible experience, met some fantastic people & made some wonderful memories.”

Linden Thomas, Sahara Desert Trek

"The Etna Volcanic Adventure was the most incredible five days of my life. As someone who was completely new to trekking (and indeed hill walking/outdoor life of any kind!), it gave me the perfect introduction and has left me wanting to do and see more. The whole experience from start to finish exceeded all my expectations. Our two guides were supportive, informative and hugely entertaining – we felt safe in their hands at all times. The trekking days were varied and covered different terrain, and thanks to our very knowledgeable guides and a volcanologist on summit day, we had the chance to learn about Mount Etna every step of the way. It was quite simply, awesome! The only question on my lips now is … what’s next???"

Helen MacKinnon, Etna Volcanic Adventure

"What a magical experience! I would definitely do it again and pray that I went with such a great bunch of people. Everyone brought something special to the group, all our different ages, shapes and sizes.  I can still hear the laughter and see those wonderful views."

Desiree Hart, Great Wall Discovery

"A big thank you to all at Charity Challenge, from the moment I booked this trip up til the day I got home it was so well organised. Information on your website was spot on and I only had to call to check about my hairdryer!!,which everyone borrowed!! Items that i hired were in excellent condition and distributed well."

Louise Bucknell, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

"Just a quick e-mail to thank you and Charity Challenge for such a fantastic experience on The Great Wall of china expedition in May. After the cancelled trip in April due to the ash cloud I must admit some of the initial enthusiasm have gone – but I needn’t have worried, it was the trip of a lifetime. Brilliant organisation by yourselves and wonderful accommodation and food.
It was everything I hoped for and more.

I cannot thank you enough and hopefully I will be back – when I’ve recovered! You are to be and will be, recommended."

Alison Fitzpatrick, Great Wall Discovery

"This is the first chance I have had since I came back from Cuba to thank you and all at Charity Challenge for what was one memorial trek. The guides (Alec & Asael) and doctor (Javier) in Cuba were wonderful people who looked after all of us as if we were family. I truly cannot praise them enough. The hotels we stayed in were 1st class and even when we camped out the accommodation war superb. I would recommend this trek to anyone I might actually do it myself again! I have been to Sinai, Peru and Borneo on treks but I found this one the most enlightening."

Margaret Burns, Escambray Encounter

"I have just returned from the Great Wall of China trek which I won in your capture your challenge photo competition with my picture from my 2008 Stok Kangri summit challenge.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this most wonderful prize which by far exceeded all expectations I had.
The trek was made complete by the great and varied group of people which accompanied me. The staff both English and Chinese were equally professional and helpful as well as being good humored and encouraging.
Your company has had a most profound effect on my life since signing up to my first challenge, giving me direction and drive which I had long since lost."

Peter Henley, Great Wall Discovery

"I wanted to personally write to you and provide feedback on the Rajasthan Tiger challenge I took part in Feb 2010. This challenge was possibly the best and most humbling challenege I have ever taken part in, I loved every second of it but just wished it was longer then 10 days.

The challenge leader Sian Everingham was FANTASTIC, she looked after us unbelievably well.

The challenge was pretty tough at times but Sian made it so enjoyable for us even during the tougher times.

I would also like to say how fabulous all of her team were, the guides were fantastic and we have all kept in touch since. On other challenges I have been on (not with you) the guides have always kept themselves a little removed from the group, this was not the case on Sian's tour and we all felt like everybody was part of one team.
I can say this challenge has made me want to explore the whole of India on a bike and I just hope this dream can come true.
A personal thank you to Charity Challenges as well for being so helpful and informative through booking and leading up to the tour".

Eve McIlvaney, Rajasthan Tiger Challenge

“Charity Challenge organised and led the whole Kilimanjaro climb with great professionalism and made the almost impossible, totally achievable.”

Gary Barlow, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

“We definitely couldn’t have made the climb without Charity Challenge and we’ve been well taken care of and without these guys it wouldn’t have been possible. A big thank you and it’s been an amazing journey.”

Cheryl Cole, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

“The organization and overall friendliness from the team was outstanding and made it a great challenge.”

Gavin Bisdee, London to Paris Bike Ride

THANK YOU! What a fantastic experience!  I have to say that the whole event was run so professionally with everything running like clockwork.

Linda Trew, Thailand Jungle Experience

"I just want to say what the Iceland challenge did for me as a person, I really want to thank you all for that. I have the medal and certificate on my wall and when I think I cannot do something I look at it and see that I can."

Theresa Moorin, Icelandic Lava Trek

"My trips to India and Peru now rank as two of the best holidays of my life. Both were incredibly well planned, with real generosity, thoughtfulness, professionalism and style shown on the part of both yourselves and the ground handlers."

Jess Thompson, Andes to Amazon Bike Ride

"have just come back from my trek in China and it was amazing. Can't wait to book my next one!!!"

Kelly Kellaway, Great Wall Discovery

"I just got back from completing the London- Paris bike ride last weekend which was fabulous.  It far exceeded my expectations.  It was very well organized and the team were fantastic."

Michaela Fogden, London to Paris Bike Ride

"I had an amazing time in Mongolia.  Its a beautiful country with lovely people and horses, and, though the trip was quite challenging as expected, I enjoyed every minute."

Hannah Barnes, Mongolian Horse Ride

"Now we are back to reality I feel I have to write and thank Charity Challenge for our excellent trek on the Great Wall of China and the extension to see the Terracotta Warriors. The organisation cannot be faulted, and the trek ran like clockwork throughout. Our accommodation was really good and the food was amazing. Our Chinese guides were really knowledgeable and supportive, it was brilliant and I will remember my time in China with very fond memories."

Julia Hollimould, Great Wall Discovery

"The view each day as I opened my tent and saw the Himalaya's will stay with me for ever, truly amazing!"

Colin Orbell, Everest Base Camp

"The most exciting way to see a country! The people I met, the challenges I faced and the things I saw made this an all round amazing trip."

Reena Gopal, Cuban Revolution

"I have recently returned from the Make-A-Wish Thailand trip. I can honestly sum this trip up in one word AMAZING. From the start the trip was brilliantly executed from the moment we arrived at the airport to the when we arrived at the jungle"

Chantal Panto, Thailand Jungle Expedition

 "The programme took a group of individuals and turned them into a really strong team with a common goal of making a difference to communities in need."

Had an excellent time, I would recommend this challenge to anyone without hesitation; trekking through beautiful scenery in a country very different from the UK, with all of the logistics taken care of and great guides too!  

Christopher Rowley, Great Wall Discovery

"An amazing life changing experience, provided by a world class organization!"

Julie Brockbank, Stok Kangri Summit Climb

“This was a fantastic adventure. It pushed me to my limit both emotionally and physically, but I will look back and draw on the strenghths I gained from the experience for the rest of my life!”

Jane Kerindi, Kilimanjaro Summit Climb

“What an experience! We wnjoyed a varied and interesting itinerary and met many locals people, as well as raising funds for our charity.”

Deborah Guerin, Thailand Jungle Experience

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