New Year’s resolution trips: make 2013 a year to remember

Date Posted: 21/11/2012

As you look ahead at your group travel calendar for 2013, why not make it a year to remember and organise a trekking or cycling challenge for your group?

Stick to your New Year’s resolution and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to challenge your group to the max. From hiking to Everest Base Camp or up Mount Kilimanjaro, to cycling the Great Wall of China or across Rajasthan to the Taj Mahal, you can even raise money for charity in the process.

Here are some top ideas for New Year’s resolution trips to set the ball rolling...

Five-day London to Paris cycle trip

Interest in this epic European route is set to rise even further next year with the Tour de France marking its 100th edition in July. Cycle between the two cities - crossing Kent’s verdant countryside, the English Channel and the quaint villages of northern France - and finish in style at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

With departure dates from May to September, this group trip includes four nights accommodation and Eurostar or ferry transport.

Ten-day Sahara Desert Trek 

Revel in the freedom of the Sahara Desert, from the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in the west, to the Red Sea 4,800-kilometres to the east. Trek across the diverse landscape - ranging from stony flat expanses to perfect windblown sand dunes - broken only by the occasional oasis.

The trip includes nine nights accommodation (camping, with hotel stay on the first and last night), flights to and from London, camels to carry supplies, some camping equipment and entry to sites on the itinerary.

Ten-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu

Set off on this memorable journey along towering mountain trails, through deep forest and cascading valleys to reach the Lost City of the Incas - stopping to explore Inca temples along the way. There’s plenty of time built in to acclimatise to the altitude before the trek - exploring ancient Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and the surrounding Sacred Valley.

The trip includes eight nights accommodation (camping, with hotel stay on the first and last night), flights, Inca Trail trekking permit plus Machu Picchu entry. Departure dates are available in April and November.

19-day Everest Base Camp trek

Pass the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through valleys, dense forests and glacial rivers, before reaching the famous viewpoint of Kalapatar, beneath the world’s highest mountain, Everest. There’s also time to explore Nepal’s colourful capital, Kathmandu.

Departure dates include March, October and November, and the trip comprises 18 nights accommodation, flights and transfers, plus entry to sites on the itinerary.

Ten-day Kilimanjaro trek

Tackle the tallest mountain on the African continent, trekking the less-trodden Machame route to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring surroundings and clear night skies. Pass through thick forest and moorland to reach the highest point, Uhuru Peak.

With departures in February, August, September and October, the price includes accommodation, flights, transfers and entry fees.

European city marathon walk weekends

Embark on one of four trekking trips that take in some of Europe’s most exciting capital cities; Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris and Edinburgh. The 26-mile, one-day walks offer a different way to explore each city, carefully designed to take in must see and lesser-known sights in a short amount of time.

Walking groups are given a map of the tour to follow at their own place, with tour leaders and vans roaming the route throughout to offer support.

Charitable fundraising with Discover Adventure

These group holiday ideas are from Discover Adventure, which is one of the leading specialists in trekking and cycling challenges worldwide for charitable fundraising. Led by experienced leaders, the adventures have been designed to challenge participants but are nevertheless appropriate for beginners who are prepared to train.

Discover Adventure can offer thorough support for your group, with training plans and training days for all participants. Group travel organisers can arrange a trip purely for their own enjoyment or can choose to raise money for a charity of their choice at the same time.

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