Charities

Local children in village, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

Supported Charities

Many of our adventurers have talked to us about how best to support those experiencing poverty or with very little access to equipment and services. They ask what they can bring to donate or leave in country after their trip. Our response has been to develop links with well established local projects and charitable organisations that are sustainably benefitting the regions and communities that we visit.

We include in our itineraries, an opportunity to learn about and visit these groups.  With the help of our ‘in country’ teams, we have vetted these organisations. We check to ensure they are legitimate, carrying out sustainable works where we can see and learn about the benefits, and where the long term effects will be felt in the areas we travel to.

Benefits to you as a traveller

  • A better understanding of the politics and culture, of the countries we visit, through an interaction with local charity workers and those receiving support.
  • More than a ‘tourists view’ of the region or country, with the chance to ‘give’ as well as ‘take’.
  • Making travel worthwhile and balancing negative side effects of long haul travel; The growing trend for responsible travellers is to visit a distant destination for a longer duration and to make it count.
  • An entirely optional opportunity to make a financial or practical donation
Serving meals at centre for refugees, Food Blessed, Lebanon

Food Blessed, Lebanon

Lebanon is synonymous with delicious cuisine and the thought of sampling Kofta, Fatteh, hummus, flatbreads and fresh and fragrant Tabbouleh salads, accompanied by mint tea, is one of the pulls of the country. However, Lebanon also has 30% of its population living under the poverty line (on just $4/day). 10% of these are living under extreme poverty conditions. Lebanon is safe haven to the highest percentage of Syrian refugees in comparison with other hosting countries (1 in every 5 Lebanese residents is Syrian).

FoodBlessed are a small but well established, local charity, focusing on increasing food security, which encompasses not only access to food, but access to good nutrition.

Tahir, Coffee Farmer on Farm Africa Project, Ethiopia

Farm Africa, Ethiopia

Farm Africa is an international NGO working to build a prosperous rural Africa. They help farmers to increase their harvests and build their incomes while sustaining and protecting the environment. They work closely with local communities, who actively participate in decisions about their work, and partner with governments and the private sector to find the most effective ways to fight poverty.

Around 80-85% of Ethiopians are engaged in agriculture, mainly in subsistence and rain-fed farming and livestock production. However, over a third of the population doesn’t have enough nutritious food to eat. Frequent drought, a lack of training and equipment for farmers, and poor access to markets make it difficult for them to earn a living.

Pupil at remote village school in Ladakh, India

17,000 Ft Foundation, Ladakh

A Not for Profit Organisation, 17000Ft Foundation was set up with a focus on improving the lives of people living in very remote villages, in areas that lie isolated and forgotten due to difficulties posed by tough terrain. All too often, young families move away to cities in search of education, leaving a vulnerable demographic in the remote mountain villages and having an effect on the culture and traditions of these areas. 

17000ft’s vision is to strengthen rural schools and communities, drive attention to remote villages, and provide opportunities for learning through enriching exchanges with visiting travellers and creating a framework for economic independence through increase tourism spends. It is their strong belief that geography and distance should not prove a barrier to opportunity and growth.

Hamlin Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Set within the bustling capital city of Ethiopia is an unexpected haven of tranquillity: the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula hospital. Funded and directed by the charity Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, established in 1974 by Drs Reginald and Catherine Hamlin, the hospital is a world-class centre of excellence for treating obstetric fistula patients and training obstetricians to specialise in this surgery.  

Rehabilitation programs assist former patients with reintegration to village life. The organisation also has a preventative strategy that aims to eradicate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia, by providing trained midwives in the rural regions of the country. 

Wolves, Picos Mountains, Spain

Fund for the Protection of Wild Animals (FAPAS), Northern Spain

Our itineraries centred in the Cantabrian Mountains of Northern Spain, introduce our clients to the beauty and serenity of the Picos de Europa. Spreading across the provinces of Asturias, Cantabria & Leon, the National park is a perfect example of an Atlantic ecosystem, packed with beech and oak groves. It is home to 2 of the most emblematic animals to live in Spain; the brown bear and the Iberian wolf, but there is far more to the area than that. 

In 1982, FAPAS, a non profit association was born out of the work that a group of friends began, to protect the small population of Griffon vultures that still survived in the Picos (8 pairs). They set up a carcass collection service in the area around Llanes, and created a carcass dump for animals that had died of natural causes, that served as an essential feeding ground for many birds in Northern Spain. As the charity grew, it focused on the study and conservation of Biodiversity of the most representative species of the Cantabria ecosystems. 

Planting Trees, Carpathian Mountains, Romania

Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC), Romania

Our Romanian itineraries introduce our clients to the beauty and serenity of the Carpathian Mountain Range. They form some of the largest contiguous forests on the continent, with the highest percentage of still virgin woodlands, accounting for the extraordinary biodiversity and presence of autochthonous species. To say nothing of the fact they are home to the largest European populations of large carnivores. In response to a now well recognised fact; wilderness is disappearing worldwide at an alarming rate, and less than 2% of Europe’s surface is still in its original state, in 2009, a group of philanthropists and conservationists started the FCC (Foundation Conservation Carpathia).

Their goal was to stop the insidious logging of the forests in this area, and selling of the cleared lands to private individuals. The foundation’s vision is to create a world class wilderness reserve, large enough to support the carnivores and allow evolutionary processes to happen.

Grading

To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.


All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.


Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.

Grade 1-3: Entry Level

You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences. 

Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m). 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack with water and essentials. Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have a pair of comfortable and worn in walking shoes/boots.

Grades 4-6: Intermediate

You need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker for these adventures, with ideally some trekking experience. You can expect to be walking for 3-6 hours per day, not including rest stops, normally on good trail paths but with some uneven surfaces at times. 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack. You may be walking in more challenging temperatures. You will generally be walking at low altitude (below 3000m) but may walk at altitudes up to 4000m. The amount of ascent could be up to 800m in a day but will frequently be less. You may walk on consecutive days.

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable clothing for this adventure.

Grades 7-9: Challenging

You need to have a good level of fitness with previous experience of trekking. Extra training before your trip will ensure that you get the most out of your adventure. Areas will be remote and terrain uneven. 

Expect to walk for 5 – 8 hours a day, not including breaks, with some very steep ascents and descents. You will be walking at altitude (over 3000m but not higher than 5000m).

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable equipment/clothing for this adventure (see the packing list for your adventure).

Please check individual itineraries for details of what you will need to be carrying with you.

Enquiry Process

Get in touch via our Enquiry form to check our availability, discuss the adventure and check we can meet your needs.

  1. Complete our Enquiry Form; contact details, additional requirements (eg diet or health requirements) & questions you may have.
  2. Include as much information as you are able to, so we can help you with the detail you are looking for.
  3. Click on 'Send Enquiry' (receipted).
  4. We will be in touch as soon as we are able, to answer your questions and help you plan your adventure.

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