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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Bhutan

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is no ordinary place. This tiny country, sandwiched between two of the world's largest, is steeped in traditional culture and is largely unvisited. In fact, it wasn't until the 1970s that the country started to open up to tourists! Bhutan offers so much for the visitor, from peaceful Buddhist sites to Tibetan-style culture and phenomenal trekking.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Bhutan Jomolhari Base Camp Trek

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.

Garden House Hospice Care Borneo Jungle Challenge

Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country of history, spirituality and charisma. Cambodia is a definite 'must visit' destination with stunning coastline, thundering waterfalls, mighty rivers and landscapes that scream out to be explored by bike or on foot. The pace of life here is relaxed and you can enjoy taking a step back and soaking up the magic of the country.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Trek to Angkor Wat

Canada

Canada is vast in area and charm. Close your eyes and think of Canada and you see grizzly bears, lush green pine forests, azure lakes, icy mountains, ski and snowboard lodges, historical yet modern cities and of course snow, igloos and polar bears! Canada is a natural wonder and offers so many stunning vistas you will be spoilt for choice.

Isabel Hospice Canadian Rockies Trek

Weldmar Hospice Care Canadian Rockies Trek

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 2018

St Luke's Cheshire Hospice Trek China

Helen & Douglas House Great Wall of China Trek

OPEN CHALLENGE - Great Wall of China Trek 2019

ellenor Great Wall of China Challenge

Iceland

Iceland was brought to the forefront of many people's minds in 2010 when the mighty Eyjafjallajökull erupted leaving air traffic in meltdown for weeks across most of Europe and in turn, the world. This dramatic force of nature is just one of the amazing natural features that this ever changing landscape has to offer. Gushing rives, azure blue lakes, great green forests, hot springs, red hot lava, bright blue glaciers and mighty lava scarred volcanoes are just the beginning! Add to that the opportunity to spot the Northern Lights, meet incredibly friendly and kind local people and enjoy the youthful liveliness of Reykjavik you will undoubtedly fall for Iceland!

Hospiscare Iceland Three Volcanoes Challenge

Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity Iceland Three Volcanoes Challenge

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.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Dalai Lama Himalaya Trek and Hospice Project

Cats Protection Himalayan Trek and Tiger Conservation Experience 2018

The Children's Centre Indian Himalaya Trek

St Margaret's Hospice Southern India Trek and Children's Hospital Project

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.

Julia's House Hospice Mt Blanc Trek - 3 Countries in 3 Days

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.

St Oswald's Hospice Sahara Challenge

The Hospice of St Francis Trek Sahara

OPEN CHALLENGE - Sahara Desert Trek

Mozambique

Mozambique offers a haven for adventure seekers. Far off the beaten track, this vast country offers a breath-taking coastline with turquoise seas, swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and quaint fishing villages. Further inland the cities boast some of the best examples of African cultural heritage contrasted with gorgeous colonial architecture. The fusion of African and European culture makes Mozambique an exciting and vibrant country to visit.

ActionAid UK First Hand Experience Mozambique

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.

Weldmar Hospicecare Nepal Trek and Hospice Project

OPEN CHALLENGE - Nepal Himalaya Trek & Hospice Project 2018

OPEN CHALLENGE - Everest Base Camp Trek

OPEN CHALLENGE - Nepal Himalaya Trek & Hospice Project 2019

Peru

From deserts, the vast mountain range of the Andes, the lush expanse of the Amazon rainforest and the stunning coastline Peru offers such a wide range of experiences that you could spend years here and not see it all! Tradition, with Christianity and indigenous religions playing important roles in the day to day life, is very important but modern living is certainly not shied away from with buzzing bars and restaurants showing a modern and youthful side to a country steeped in history.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek & community project

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.

OPEN CHALLENGE - Freedom Trail Trek

Freedom Trail Trek for Hull 4 Heroes

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.

Farleigh Hospice Romania Mountain Trek

World Animal Protection - Volunteer With Bears

Rwanda

'The land of a thousand hills' with majestic undulating landscapes sweeping as far as the eye can see, is a must-visit destination. Home to some of the world's remaining gorilla population, numerous primates and other wildlife, Rwanda is a huge draw for tourists across the globe. The thriving capital, Kigali, is clean, modern and safe and offers visitors a warm welcome. More than 20 years since the devastating 1994 genocide, Rwanda has embraced a forward-thinking and positive attitude and is leading the way in Africa on several environmental and conservation issues.

ActionAid Rwanda First Hand Experience

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

Butterwick Hospice Arctic Survival Challenge

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.

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.

WVS Thailand Jungle Trek and visit to WVS Chiang Mai Dog Shelter

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.

Animals Asia Vietnam Hill Tribe Trek and Bear Sanctuary Visit

Dove House Hospice Trek Vietnam

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.

Baraka volunteer trip to Zambia

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Can't see your ideal destination here?
Contact us about arranging your own private group tour to the destination of your choice. For groups of 10 or more people we can tailor make a trip to any destination in the world. Just email us on info@different-travel.com or call +44 (0)788 169 86 23 to chat to one of our specialist staff and find out more about planning your next charity challenge or adventure holiday! We can also provide quotes and information on families holidays, school trips and corporate CSR events. Our only requirement is that you can create a group of at least 10 people!

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