Introduction to overseas charity treks
Raising funds through charity trekking
An overseas charity trek is an opportunity to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and raise funds for a worthy cause.
The Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro and Everest are probably the most high profile of the overseas treks, and understandably so, but there are plenty of others that are equally exciting. The principle behind an overseas charity trek is that you raise an agreed level of sponsorship to cover both the actual cost incurred by the charity and a contribution towards fundraising.
There are two options on charity treks; one is to join a trek open to anyone and the other is to join one open to supporters of one charity only. Both types of trek are operated by professional tour companies, with the charity being responsible for ensuring the costs are met. On treks open to anyone, you could be climbing Kilimanjaro, for example, with supporters of many different charities, whereas on a trip exclusive to one charity, you will all be raising money for only that charity.
Your accommodation on the treks can differ considerably so if you have a problem with not staying in a hotel, you need to check tour details carefully. Most tours are a combination of hotels and campsites, with meals generally included throughout.
The variety of destinations has increased significantly over the last few years and whilst there are the old favorites in most charity schedules, new options are being added constantly. You can now take a trek on all the continents,apart from Antarctica, (yet) and they can differ significantly in their length and severity.
Before you sign up, make sure that you have a good look at the itinerary and make sure you’re up to it. If you’re not, look for another challenge or start a fitness programme, if you have enough time. The more you put into your pre-trek training the more you’ll get out of it!