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Are you up for a Charity Challenge?

The ISPCA through Charity Challenges is offering you the opportunity to get fit by signing up for an Open Charity Challenge in 2020 and 2021! Some of the challenges are exclusively in aid of one particular charity, but where you see the words “in aid of any charity”, you can raise funds for the ISPCA as a registered Irish charity.  Get in touch with us by emailing as you will require authorisation from the ISPCA to fundraise in our name.

If you would like information about the charity challenges, catering to all abilities please email our fundraising team at or call us on (087) 0512603

Great Wall Discovery (China) Challenge 2020 or 2021

Iconic, always popular every year

2020 Open Dates: 28/3/2020 , 01/5/2020, 5/9/2020, 12/9/2020 or 10/10/2020

Flights: leaving from London

Days away from the UK: 9 days - see link here 

Group Size: 20 – 30

  • Conquer the imperial masterpiece of the Ming dynasty
  • Test yourself against thousands of challenging steps
  • Triumph over the crumbling, twisting pathways of the Yan Mountains
  • Savour the timeless landscapes and time- weathered watchtowers
  • Enjoy the cultural highlights of China's bustling capital city


Trek Transylvania – 2020

Trek Transylvania 2020 dates TBC

A short haul flight and a cheaper option than the Great Wall of China. It has been popular amongst Charity Challenge participants recently. See link to 2020 trip

2020 Open Date: TBC

Flights: Leaving from London

Days away from the UK: 6

Group Size: 12 – 16

  • Traverse the Transylvanian Alps
  • Explore Count Dracula’s eerie castle
  • Climb over 2,400 metres above sea level
  • Stay in small mountain villages
  • Visit the King’s Rock National Park, home to wolves, lynx and bears

ICELAND LAVA TREK 2020 open dates - 9/7/2020 and 6/8/2020 

Home to some of Europe’s most incredible landscapes, the Iceland Lava Trek takes in thundering waterfalls, steaming lava fields, plunging fjords and spouting geysers. Crossing the phenomenal Landmannalaugar, the route is through one of the most actively volcanic and alien landscapes in Iceland, provding awe-inspiring views at every step.

The duration may be short, but the days are long and the terrain is very challenging, with steep climbs and rough descents. In addition, you’ll also be in charge of setting up and breaking down camp, making this a truly tough challenge. But don’t fear - on completing your challenge you have the chance rest aching limbs in the famous Blue Lagoon.

  • Trek 58kms through one of the planet’s most volcanic regions
  • Weave through vast steaming lava fields
  • Walk against a background of multi-coloured rocks
  • Camp in some of Europe’s most spectacular and unusual terrain
  • Bathe aching limbs in the Blue Lagoon

DALAI LAMA HIMALAYAN TREK - 26/3/2020 and  5/11/2020 date options available 

From the madness of Delhi, to the beauty and tranquillity of the Indian Himalaya, this unique expedition is the perfect introduction to India.

This challenge combines awesome Himalayan trekking with a visit to India’s exiled Tibetan community. The trek begins and ends at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan community are located.

The expedition follows the Uhl River, through rhododendron and evergreen forests, taking in Hindu settlements and isolated Buddhist monasteries. The region remains largely unvisited, which makes it a pristine and unspoilt area to trek.

Consider extending your stay to explore the Taj Mahal, Keoladeo National Park and Fatephur Sikri.

  • Trek in the Indian Himalayas
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries
  • Experience Tibetan life
  • Optional extension to the Taj Mahal, Keoladeo National Park and Fatephur Sikri

There are lots of open challenge options for you to participate in in 2019 for the ISPCA you can check them all out at  for more information about the steps involved booking  an overseas challenge please click here .  

Alternatively please contact our fundraising team at or call us on (087) 0512603

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