For those of you who are tired of 10k runs and marathons or simply do not feel these are enough of a challenge, why not really push yourself and try a challenge with Discover Adventure? 

What is Discover Adventure?

Discover Adventure is an organisation that runs fundraising challenges for those who want to push themselves hard in the name of charity. Set up in 1994, they offer various challenges such as trekking, cycling and canoeing over a wide range of locations from the mountains, to desert and even jungle.

Perhaps you have run the Great South Run or the London Marathon and have been dreaming about trekking Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of China? You can now turn that ambition into reality with Discover Adventure.

Choosing the right challenge for you

A long list of Open Challenges are available and designed to push your limits. They require good preparation both in terms of fundraising and improving fitness. All events are open to anyone who is wanting to raise money for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Trips are graded using five levels of difficulty, one being a moderate challenge and five being extreme. A moderate challenge will have long days of physical activity over varied terrain and will require a good level of fitness. An extreme challenge is exactly that, extreme! They will involve high altitude, rough terrain and extremes of temperatures requiring high levels of stamina and perseverance. 

All Open Challenges are designed to be flexible to fit different time commitments and different budgets. You can either choose to fundraise a specified target amount, or fund your own trip costs and raise whatever you can.

Whatever you choose, you can be sure that your trip will be professionally-run, very rewarding and - very importantly - great fun!

What challenges are available?

The Open Challenges tackle iconic locations across the globe from the Amazon to the Grand Canyon to Mount Everest. Below is a good range of options available ranging over five continents, with different fees and difficulty ratings. 

The list below is only a small selection of options available, there are many others available on the Discover Adventure Website www.discoveradventure.com. If there are any that take your fancy but are not listed below and for more information, please contact our fundraising team via email at fundraising@rnrmc.org.uk or call 023 9387 1520 to discuss further.

Minimum fundraising targets will apply to each challenge.

UK - Snowdon By Night (Wales) 

Registration fee from £49

Duration - two days

Revel in the silence and remoteness of Snowdonia National Park, the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m which is beautiful with rugged landscapes and wonderful trekking and outdoor pursuits. It is a popular summit trek by day-time and it forms a real challenge by night. Standing at the summit by moonlight will be an unforgettable experience, as will seeing the sun rise from the mountain slopes.

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/snowdon-by-night

Please click here to register on Snowdon by night

Europe - Pyrenees Coast to Coast Cycle (France) 

Registration fee from £199

Duration - nine days

This prestigious and extremely tough cycling challenge sees you riding the length of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Your adventure starts with superb views of the Atlantic coast before heading inland – and up! The foothills provide you with a useful warm-up before you move on to the mighty, spectacular giants of the Pyrenees – including the legendary climbs of the Col d’Aubisque and the Col du Tourmalet.  Conquering these mountains will earn you a fantastic sense of achievement and give you something in common with the most elite cyclists in the past 100 years!

This is a very strenuous challenge taking in, at least, two mountain climbs each day - you will need to train extremely hard to succeed.

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit
https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/pyrenees-coast-to-coast-cycle 

Please click here to register on Pyrenees Coast to Coast Cycle

Asia - Great Wall of China Trek (China) 

Registration fee from £250

Duration - 10 days

Stretching 6000km in a dotted line across China, construction on the Great Wall began in the 5th Century BC. As it snakes across the mountains it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it. The trek is very varied, as you pass through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. You follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps! This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/great-wall-of-china-10-days

Please click here to register on Great Wall of China Trek

Africa - Trek the Simien Mountains (Ethiopia) 

Registration fee from £299

Duration - 10 days

The Simien Mountains form one of Africa’s largest and most spectacular mountain ranges. With many of the peaks rising above 4000m, they make for awe-inspiring and rewarding trekking.  Your trek takes you through the Simien Mountain National Park, an area abundant with flora and fauna, fertile cultivated terraces and vibrant hillside villages.

Your ultimate goal is the summit of Ras Dashen (4620m), Ethiopia’s highest mountain and the fourth-highest in Africa. This is a tough and challenging trek but the beauty of the countryside, the diversity of the wildlife and exotic plants, and the friendliness of the local people will be something you will take away with you for a long time to come.

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/trek-the-simien-mountains

Please click here to register on Trek the Simien Mountains

South America - Andes to Amazon Cycle (Peru) 

Registration fee from £399

Duration - 11 days

The Andes and the Amazon Rainforest are the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in South America. This exciting and demanding cycle challenge takes in both, as you start the epic journey from the famed Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

You cycle through the renowned Sacred Valley, with its ruins and small villages, providing you with a great warm-up to the tough mountain passes ahead. With some tough climbs at altitude, reaching 4700m, the mountain views are magnificent and the sense of journey unforgettable. There are plenty of long descents too, as you descend almost 4000m from the heights of the Andes to the Amazon Rainforest and the end of our journey.

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/andes-to-amazon-cycle

Please click here to register on Andes to Amazon Cycle

North America - Grand Canyon Trek (Arizona) 

Registration fee from £399

Duration - eight days

The Grand Canyon is justifiably world-famous for its spectacular scenery, and considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world. At 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and in places, one mile deep, it is a breath-taking sight to see – and provides some unforgettable trekking. Your team will be based at the Discover Adventure camp on the Havasupai Indian Reservation west of the Grand Canyon’s main tourist focus and trek each day through different parts of the canyon. The trekking is challenging and the heat can be exhausting, but you will trek through incredible landscapes with striking colours and rock formations, and beautiful blue-green creeks and waterfalls which present some great opportunities for a dip! You finish your adventure with a celebration in Las Vegas, an energetic city which couldn’t contrast more to the natural beauty we have been immersed in!

For more information including itinerary and available dates, visit https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/grand-canyon-trek

Please click here to register on Grand Canyon Trek

How to book

The quickest and easiest way to join a Challenge is to:

1 - If you decide you'd like to take on one of the challenges listed above, click the link under the challenge description to register and choose from the list of available dates. If the challenge is not listed above, click the 'book now' button on the Discover Adventure website

2 - It would be useful if you have your passport with you when you are ready to book, but these details can be sent to Discover Adventure within two weeks of signing up.

3 - You need to provide full contact details of your next of kin or an alternative emergency contact if your next of kin is taking part in the challenge with you.

4 - A Medical Questionnaire forms part of your booking, (if you have a medical history it may be worthwhile to jot down a brief summary beforehand).  You also need to provide the name(s) of any medication you are taking.  This information is treated as highly confidential therefore it is not passed on to any unrelated party, so please do not worry.

We recommend signing up at least 9-12 months ahead of the trip to ensure enough time for fitness training and fundraising. 

Fees 

Registration Fee: This guarantees your place on the trip; payable upon trip registration for both payment options. It is non-refundable should you have to cancel your participation.

Fundraising Option: Raise the Fundraising Target and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity will fund your Trip Cost and pay any fuel supplement. You will usually be asked to get all fundraising monies to the Charity 10 weeks prior to departure.

OR

Self-Payment Option: Fund your own trip and donate 100 per cent of your fundraising – whatever amount – to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Trip Cost: This includes:-

  • Your flights (where applicable - some trips exclude flights)
  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Permits
  • Accommodation
  • Experienced DA Leaders
  • Medical back-up
  • Trip support throughout

Please see specific trip itineraries for exact details of what is included. Please note for many of the overseas challenges a fuel supplement may be levied by the airline.

Discover Adventure also offer a Flexi Payment option so you can pay your Trip Cost in instalments to help spread the cost.