Charity Challenges and Open Challenges

The Different Travel Company charity challenges and adventure holidays offer so much more than the traditional trip. Many of our departures include the opportunity to get involved with a project in the destination as a way to give something back to the local community and also so you can get to know the culture, environment and people of the place you are visiting. Even when our trips do not include a project element, you can rest assured that your participation will assist the local community due to our responsible travel practices.

Don't see the destination you're looking for? We can operate bespoke trips anywhere in the world. See our example itineraries page here and contact us for further details!

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Borneo

Borneo is the third largest island in the world, famous for its ancient jungles and wildlife, in particular the endangered orangutan. The island comprises three separate countries; Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia in the south. The island boasts white sand coast, steamy rainforests and a vast range of flora and fauna.

Willen Hospice Borneo Jungle Challenge

China

China is a giant country which boasts seasides, jungles, massive mountains, wildlife, architectural heritage and fascinating culture by the bucket-load. The incredible variations of culture can be experienced in a number of ways, most noticeably in the variations of cuisine throughout the country; from the spicy stir fries of the Szechuan province to the piquant Peking duck of Beijing. A journey to China is a mesmerising adventure that from start to finish leaves you with a appetite for more.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Great Wall of China Trek 2019

Julia's House Great Wall of China Trek

ellenor Great Wall of China Challenge

Florence Nightingale Hospice Trek the Great Wall of China

OPEN CHALLENGE - Great Wall of China Trek 2020

St Leonard's Hospice Great Wall of China Trek

St Richard's Hospice Great Wall of China Trek

India

India is astonishing. More than one billion people live in this massive country which features everything from white sand beaches, snow-capped mountains, countless temples and mosques, crazy mega cities, rare and beautiful wildlife and superb cuisine. India guarantees that no matter where you go or what you do, it is a place you will never forget.

The Hospice of St Francis Trek Kerala

Ethical Serendipity Palliative Care Teaching and Study Tour with Gilly Burn

OPEN CHALLENGE - Southern India Trek and Hospice Care Project 2020

Indonesia

Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands and is home to a number of highlights including a magnificent variety of wildlife such as orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhino, silver leaf monkeys, gibbons, turtles and more. It also has volcanic mountains, white sand beaches, steamy jungles, busy metropolises and serene temples.

Sumatran Orangutan Society - Conservation Adventure: Sumatra

Kenya

Kenya is situated on the east coast of Africa next to the Indian Ocean. It is almost the same size as France but packs in an astonishing variety of culture and eco systems. Named after Mount Kenya, the highest peak in the country, you can find steamy jungles, spectacular deserts, high mountains, incredible wildlife, bubbling hot springs, white sand beaches and a remarkable representation of 42 different peoples and cultures.

ActionAid Kenya First Hand Experience

Born Free Climb for Conservation 2020: Mount Kenya Expedition

Laos

Lush jungles, mountains, waterfalls, UNESCO World Heritage cities, amazing cuisine and fascinating culture only touches the surface of the delights Laos has to offer. A small country, squeezed between its neighbours Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and China, Laos has a history stretching back over 10,000 years and centuries old traditions permeate even the most modern parts of the cities. This pristine, peaceful country is a gem in South East Asia.

Baraka volunteer trip to Laos

Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc Massif, the mountain range in which Mont Blanc lies, extends into France, Italy and Switzerland and is a popular area of mountaineering, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. The valleys of the Mont Blanc Massif are beautiful with vast pine forests, blue lakes, soaring rocky peaks and breath-taking vast glaciers. This magnificent alpine region is also home to a variety of wild flowers, birds and other wildlife.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Mont Blanc Trek 2020

Morocco

Morocco has a diverse geography with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines in addition to a rugged mountainous interior. Although only separated from Europe by the straits of Gibraltar, Morocco is a world away in terms of culture and experience. The Sahara desert, an iconic landscape, is an adventure lover's paradise and Marrakech, where your adventure begins, is a wild mixture of spicy aromas, entertainers, the cacophony of merchants in the bustling medina and peaceful mosques.

Thames Hospice Sahara Trek

Garden House Hospice Care Journey through the Sahara

St Michael's Hospice Trek Sahara

OPEN CHALLENGE - Sahara Desert Trek

St Wilfrid's Hospice (Eastbourne) Trek Sahara

SSAFA the Armed Forces charity Sahara Trek

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice Trek Sahara

Team ARTHUR Sahara Challenge

Moroccan Fitness Adventure

OPEN CHALLENGE - Mt Toubkal Trek 2020

Homeless Oxfordshire Sahara Challenge

The Gatehouse Sahara Challenge

Emmaus Sahara Challenge

Exeter Leukaemia Fund Sahara Desert Trek and Community Project

Nepal

Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Nepal conjures up the images of snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills, friendly people and some of the world's greatest trekking. Nepal is host to eight of the world's tallest mountains and thus the country is steeped in adventure history as well as its own rich cultures and traditions, with religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism taking centre stage.

Isle of Man Hospice Nepal Himalayan Trek and Hospice Project

St Richard's Hospice Nepal Himalaya Trek and Hospice Project Challenge

OPEN CHALLENGE - Nepal Himalaya Trek and Hospice Project 2019

OPEN CHALLENGE - Everest Base Camp Trek 2020

OPEN CHALLENGE - Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2020

Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is a mountain chain which forms a natural barrier between France and Spain. Some 430km long, the mountains of the Pyrenees are less developed than the Alps and offer great cultural diversity, wonderful flora and fauna, great trekking across the many 3000m peaks, as well as ski resorts and national parks.

St Michael's Hospice Trek the Freedom Trail

Romania

A land forgotten by time but touched by chic modernity. Romania is cool, it's traditional, it is so much more than you would ever expect. Ancient castles tinged with the history of the infamous 'Dracula', huge mountain ranges with stunning lush forests and delicate wild flowers, herds of sheep bounding through Saxon villages of thatched roof houses and lively cities with buzzing clubs filled with stylish, beautiful people.

World Animal Protection - Volunteer with Bears 2020

Sweden

Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe, located partly in the Arctic circle. The country experiences long hours of continuous sunlight in summer and long days of darkness during the winter. Sweden is a hotspot for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and offers rolling plains, sandy beaches, fishing villages, forests, deep valleys and fjords, castles, mountains, glaciers, snow and ice; not to mention around 100,000 lakes. Sweden is a thriving nation, which challenges other countries about environmental and sustainability commitments, welfare and more.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Arctic Survival Challenge 2020

Tanzania

'Tanzania' envokes images of wild and exotic landscapes, crystal clear seas, beautiful landscapes and warm welcoming people. This doesn't even scratch the surface! Lake Tanganyika, Zanzibar, Serengeti and of course Kilimanjaro are major highlights of the country and it is not difficult to understand why people want to return again and again.

Helen & Douglas House Climb Kilimanjaro

ActionAid Guernsey Climb Kilimanjaro 2020

OPEN CHALLENGE - Kilimanjaro Trek 2020

Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand offers an irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. From the stupa-studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulsepounding bazaars of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for every type of traveller.

World Animal Protection Volunteer with Elephants

Vietnam

Rugged mountain ranges combine with dramatic, lush terraced valleys and a colourful and fascinating indigenous people to leave an indelible impression on the visitor to Vietnam. The stunning coastline is a draw for backpackers and those who want to enjoy some of the incredible local seafood and the iconic Halong Bay is a highlight you'll never forget.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Vietnam Hill Tribe Trek and Community Project 2020

Zambia

Zambia is a fascinating destination and offers a wealth of attractions including the wildlife reserves of the Lower Zambezi Valley and the spectacular Victoria Falls in the far south. The Lower Zambezi National Park is Zambia's newest park and as such is still relatively undeveloped, but its beauty lies in its absolute wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular.

Cats Protection Zambezi Challenge and Lion Conservation Project

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