British Legion Freedom Trail, Pyrenees
Retracing the escape route of British and Allied service men during the Second World War across the Pyrenees from France to Spain, this challenge is raising money for The British Legion. Covering 80km in four days and reaching an altitude of over 2,600m, you’ll cross snow and boulder fields with heavy backpacks in the heat of summer. Are you tough enough?
Cost: Registration £350, minimum sponsorship £800.
BHF 24 Peaks Challenge, Lake District, Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia
11-13 September, 2015
Taking place in three iconic British landscapes over one weekend, the BHF 24 Peaks Challenge demands just that – 24 summits in whichever of the three locations you choose. In the Lakes Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Great Gable are on the menu; Ben Lawers, and the Tarmachan Ridge in Scotland; and Carneddau, and Snowdon in Wales.
Cost: from £75, with free food, 2 nights accommodation and support
Action Challenge’s Mount Kilimanjaro climb
All year round, 2015
With over 40 group departures a year, and a 90 percent summit record which saw almost 3,000 trekkers stand on the top of Africa’s tallest mountain last year, Action Challenge has an impressive track record. Whether you choose the most popular Machame route to the 5,895m summit or one of the seven other possible routes, such as the quieter Rongal route, or the tough Western Breach with its overnight crater camp, this volcano can stretch you to, and beyond, your limits.
Cost: various self-funding and sponsorship options, from £399 sign up.
Action Medical Research Classic 3 Peaks Challenge
4-5 July, 2015
Take on the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in your own team of at least three climbers and one driver. In addition, you’ll have to take the charity’s mascot Paddington Bear up and down each mountain with you. Many teams aim to raise more money for the children’s medical research charity by completing the climb of Ben Nevis (1.344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m) in less than 24 hours.
Cost: £195 registration, plus minimum fundraising target of £2,000.
Macmillan Geneva to Nice Cycle Challenge
22-27 September, 2015
Catch some late summer sun and raise money to fight the Big C with this 550km, five-day mountainous road cycling challenge. You’ll ride from Lake Geneva, over mountain passes to France, past towering peaks, and through fragrant lavender fields, as you head for the glistening Mediterranean. The challenge ends with a descent down the spectacular Gorge du Loup after which you’ll finish on the beachfront of Nice on the famously glitzy French Riviera.
Cost: Registration £200, minimum sponsorship: £1,700. Land only,
Help for Heroes South African Wilderness Trek
6-15 November 2015
This 80km trek through South Africa’s Cederberg Wilderness Area will pitch you against the varied challenges of both desert and dense tropical bush. This vast expanse of colourful mountains, unbelievable rock formations and crystal clear streams and pools will astound you with its wild beauty. Then to top it off, you will return to Cape Town and climb the iconic Table Mountain, with the city spread out below and the Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon.
Cost: Registration £349, suggested fundraising target: £3,800. Includes flights and full board.