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Macmillan Hiking Challenges

Want to explore the world, challenge yourself and help a great cause while you’re at it? Why not try a Macmillan overseas hike? Not only will you have the adventure of a lifetime, you will also be helping people affected by cancer with every step you take

GeoCharityPartnerMacmillan overseas hikes are a fantastic way not only to see the world, but to raise money to help support the vital work carried out by Macmillan’s cancer support team. Whether it’s trekking across the Grand Canyon or through the rainforests of Borneo, simply register your interest, raise the minimum level of sponsorship (amounts vary, see individual hikes below) and you’ll be off on the adventure of a lifetime, all while raising vital funds to support Macmillan.

Your registration fee, plus a portion of the initial sponsorship, will be paid by Macmillan on your behalf to the tour operator, Discover Adventure, to cover the costs of your participation. After that, every penny you raise goes towards Macmillan’s vital work. Better still, if you raise over the minimum sponsorship requirement, 100 per cent of the surplus will directly benefit Macmillan. Macmillan is proud to have one of the best cost:income ratios in the sector, meaning more of your hard earned sponsorship is spent on its vital services and not on trip costs.



India • 11-20 November 2016
Explore the tea plantations and vibrant culture of South India

Minimum sponsorship required: £3,700

This vibrant challenge takes you through the fragrant cardamom, coffee and tea plantations in the Kerala region of South India. You’ll climb spectacular ridges and mountains, see colonial hill stations, breathtaking views and experience the rich culture and local history of this ancient region.

Day 1: Depart London for Kochi
Day 2: Arrive Kochi
Day 3: Kochi – Munnar
Day 4: Munnar – Seven Malai Hills – Munnar
Day 5: Munnar – Meesapulimala Peak – Camp Malai
Day 6: Camp Malai – Top Station
Day 7: Top Station – Mundhan – Thekkedy
Day 8: Thekkedy – Alleppey Houseboats
Day 9: Alleppey – Mararikulam
Day 10: Return Kochi – London

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Borneo • 19-27 November 2016
Trek through rainforests and conquer Mt Kinabalu

Minimum sponsorship required: £3,950

Be amazed by one of the most unique and biodiverse islands in the world. Trek through dense ancient rainforest, wake up to the dawn chorus, and climb the mesmerising Mt Kinabalu on this unforgettable Indonesian adventure.

Day 1: Depart London
Day 2: Arrive Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Day 3: KK – Crocker Range National Park
Day 4: Crocker Range National Park Trek
Day 5: Crocker Range National Park – Kota Kinabalu
Day 6: Kota Kinabalu – Kinabalu Park – Laban Rata
Day 7: Laban Rata – Summit – Kinabalu Park
Day 8: Kinabalu Park – Kota Kinabalu via Poring Hot Springs
Day 9:Fly Kota Kinabalu – UK

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Costa Rica • 1-12 April 2017
Coast to coast – Pacific to the Caribbean

Minimum sponsorship required: £3,750

The route takes you from traditional farming communities through coffee plantations, oak forests and dense tropical rainforest, serenaded by howler monkeys and exotic bird calls. Taking in the country’s highest active volcano before finishing our incredible challenge at the tropical palm-tree lined beaches of the Caribbean Coast.

Day 1: Fly London – San Jose
Day 2: San Jose – Pacific Coast – Londres
Day 3: Londres – San Isidro
Day 4: San Isidro – Betania
Day 5: Betania – Naranjo – Quetzal y Tucan
Day 6: Quetzal y Tucan – Santa María de Dota
Day 7: Santa María de Dota – Volcan Irazu – Turrialba
Day 8: Turrialba – Linda Vista – Rio Pacuare
Day 9: Rio Pacuare – Caribbean Coast
Day 10: Free day Cahuita
Day 11: Depart San Jose
Day 12: Arrive UK

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The Grand Canyon • 30 September-7 October 2017
Trek one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon

Minimum sponsorship required: £3,950

The route takes you through incredible landscapes with striking colours and rock formations, and beautiful blue-green creeks and waterfalls which are great for a dip! This is an outstanding way to experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Finish with a celebration in Las Vegas, an energetic city which couldn’t contrast more with the natural beauty you will have been immersed in!

Day 1: Fly London – Phoenix
Day 2: Phoenix – Sedona – Route 66
Day 3: Route 66 – Grand Canyon Trailhead – Havasu Falls Camp
Day 4: Grand Canyon Trek: Beaver Falls
Day 5: Grand Canyon Trek: Carbonate Canyon
Day 6: Havasu Falls Camp – Hualapai Hilltop – Las Vegas
Day 7: Depart Las Vegas
Day 8: Arrive London

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Kilimanjaro • 14-24 September 2017
Conquer Africa’s highest mountain

Minimum sponsorship required: £4,550

This is a challenge of a lifetime and a chance to help support people affected by cancer. Our trip follows the Machamé Route and spends seven days on the mountain, instead of the normal six. This gives you more time to acclimatise to the altitude and increases your chances of reaching the summit.

Day 1: Depart London
Day 2: Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi
Day 3: Moshi – Machamé Camp
Day 4: Machamé Camp – Shira Plateau
Day 5: Shira Plateau – Barranco Camp
Day 6: Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley
Day 7: Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
Day 8: Barafu Camp – Millennium Camp
Day 9: Millennium Camp – Moshi
Day 10: Depart Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi

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China • 20-29 October 2017
An unforgettable trek along ancient and remote sections of the Great Wall of China

Minimum sponsorship required: £3,500

After experiencing some of the stunning reconstructed sections we head off the beaten track through farmland and woodland, tackle the 300 steps of ‘Heavens Ladder’, and continue to follow the Wall as it snakes across the contours of the Yanshan Mountains. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views, along the way we encounter steep climbs, crumbling watchtowers, and remarkable rural communities. The challenge concludes with a return to the bustle of Beijing and a chance to explore the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1: Depart London
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing
Day 3: Beijing – Huangyaguan
Day 4: Huangyaguan – Mountain Village
Day 5: Mountain Village – Jinshanlin
Day 6: Gubeiko – Jinshanlin
Day 7: Jinshanlin – Watchtower Panorama – Mutianyu
Day 8: Mutianyu
Day 9: Free day Beijing
Day 10: Depart Beijing

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For more information on any of these challenges please contact the Macmillan Hiking Team
T: 0207 840 7887
E: [email protected]

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