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We're the team that brings your dreams to life!

It's in the name, but we're all about making your wildest dreams a reality. Whether you want to conquer a bucket-list challenge like reaching the famous Everest Base Camp or Cycling the Nile or you simply want to make a big impact for charity, we can help you get there.

From cycles and treks to other bucket list adventures, our immersive challenges are open to everyone and range from the moderate to the extreme. You’ll find them close to home, in far-flung destinations and everywhere in between! Join to make friends, reach your fitness goals, raise funds for charity and get the best experience of your dream destination. Our aim is to give you the platform, the encouragement and the support to release your inner hero.

What’s more, the tonne of endorphins and the renewing perspective you get on life from our challenges will not only improve your immediate happiness but they're also likely to have a long-term positive effect on your emotional and mental health.

"It was honestly the most exhilarating, exhausting but gratifying experience in my life. There were moments when I couldn't believe what I was doing! The group was so friendly and everyone was very supportive. 

People do have different strengths but the most important lesson I learned was the depth of camaraderie. It was an amazing journey with beautiful memories. If you get the opportunity to do a challenge like this embrace it and enjoy every bit of it!"

- Jo, Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya past participant

How we put the Dream into the Challenge

Having worked at this aim for over 20 years, we've built up a vast knowledge base and lots of worldly experience! We've also forged fantastic working relations with our partners overseas and in the UK. Working together, we do all we can to make our challenges achievable and safe - and the best time of your life:

  • We always have an amazing support team, including a DC rep, a local Challenge Leader and local Challenge Guides.
  • Every challenge has fantastic medical support with outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge staff.
  • We support you with all your challenge prep and provide you with a training plan, insurance and visa guidance and more.
  • Every Dream Challenge is made for making friends with a private Facebook group for all participants and incredible camaraderie.
  • We include authentic cultural experiences and special extras to make the most of your Dream destination.

And the list goes on...

"They really do allow you to take on a Dream Challenge. You only have to look at how many repeat customers they get to see that people love the experiences that DC make available.

DC set up challenges and experiences that people may never get to do on their own. Add in the fact that a vast amount of the clients are raising funds for invaluable causes and you get incredibly important and emotional challenges."

- Eleni, Dream Challenges Challenge Leader

Read our interview with Eleni

Setting you up for success
We provide full event management and support. 
The Dream Team is on hand from the moment you sign up for the challenge to provide any help you may need and answer any questions. We send all our participants regular updates with important info, advice and resources in the lead-up to your challenge.

  • Support with travel insurance and visas
    We save you the stress of researching visas and travel insurance by providing example policies and instructions on how and when to get your tourist visa.

  • Kit List
    It can be confusing packing for adventures that you've never done anything like. We set you up for success with a full kit list PLUS an exclusive 10% discount for Cotswold Outdoor!

  • Achievable training plan 
    As soon as you sign up, we send you an achievable training plan for your challenge, which builds up week by week until it's time to conquer the real thing!

  • Fundraising ideas for every season
    With simple fundraising ideas for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine's Day and even self-isolation, we'll help you discover the fun in fundraising.

"I had trekked from the Dead Sea to Petra in Jordan with Dream Challenges the year before I completed the Inca Trail. The organisation and support I received from them was second to none and so their website was the first (and last) place I went when I was ready to trek again!"

- Liz, Inca Trail and Jordan Desert Trek past participant

Read our interview with Liz

On the adventure

  • Medical support
    We have at least one UK doctor with expedition medicine training and a team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides accompanying you the whole time on all our challenges.
  • Expertly crafted routes
    Our safety-assessed, expertly-planned challenge programmes take you to iconic sites and also right off the tourist trail into remote villages and protected habitats. We also include more time to acclimatise to climates you're not used to plus free days to explore some of the amazing sites and cities.

  • Amazing local challenge leaders
    We pride ourselves on working only with local challenge leaders with proven expertise and experience and who share our commitment to responsible tourism and respect for the local environment. What's more, they're all awesome people with friendly, helpful and inspiring personalities. 

  • Unbeatable camaraderie
    Dream Challenges is renowned for the camaraderie and community spirit you experience on all our challenges. Whether you sign up solo, with your partner, friend or family member, you're all but guaranteed to make a group of amazing new friends you otherwise would never have met. You can even get chatting to your fellow participants before the adventure in the private Facebook we set up for everyone registered on your challenge.

  • Luggage transportation and/or porters throughout your challenge
    All you'll need to carry is a day bag with things like your water bottle and camera. Everything else will be transported or ported securely to each night's accommodation.

"My favourite thing about the Himalayas is that the mountains are so fascinating and motivating that you wish to do better and stand tall as them. I love the people here, the culture, custom, history and most of all, my job of introducing foreigners to the life in the mountains."

- Dawa Geljen Sherpa, our amazing local Mountain Leader in Nepal.

Read our interview with Dawa

Dream experience of your challenge destination

  • Incredible insight into the local cultures
    Prepare to become fully immersed in your Dream Challenge destination staying overnight in a mix of local hotels, homestays, traditional guesthouses, jungle camps and even monasteries. 

  • Special extras included in your challenge costs
    These range from challenge to challenge with visits to invaluable animal sanctuaries, local schools and World Heritage Sites, as well as tasting sessions at tea plantations and guided meditation in the mountains.

"The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime event, made unforgettable by the people that went and organised the event. I have worked in HR and recruited a lot - hold onto this team, and book them as much as they will do. They really went above and beyond, and are fabulous in everything that they do (they work especially well as a team)."

- Great Wall of China Trek past participant

See more testimonials

Giving back to the beautiful planet

We’re dedicated to practicing responsible tourism and we design our itineraries to give back to the places we visit.

  • We make certain the animal
    sanctuaries we visit are
    legitimate and prioritise
    the animals’ wellbeing and
    happiness. These animal sanctuaries also profit from our visiting fees (included in the challenge costs), so they have more funds for their life-saving work.

  • We employ challenge leaders, porters, tour guides and support team-members local to our challenge destinations.

  • We work with our destination partners to reduce the impact of your challenge on the local and global environment.

  • We choose comfortable, local
    accommodation, including homestays, hotels, guest houses, camps and tea houses to support local businesses and people.

  • We arrange to visit and partner with local charities, including Classrooms in the Clouds in the Himalayas, which our mountain leader helped set up, Singing Gorilla Projects in Uganda, founded by one of our inspiring past participants and the Faraja Cancer Support Trust in Kenya.

  • We choose partners with policies that protect people and animals from exploitation and that invest in people and equality. 

"I had been aware of the work being done by the Sheldrick Trust for some time and originally adopted “Mukkoka” (a rescued young elephant) over a year ago, before I’d been to Kenya. It was lovely to see him when we visited the base during the last trek and it became very real to be so close to “my” elephant.

I also adopted “Pika Pika” and “Roho” for my two grandsons. I am delighted that my daughter will be joining me on the next trek to Kenya and she’ll be able to see her children’s elephants when we return to the Sheldrick Trust!"

- Isobel, Walk on the Wild Side Past Participant

Read our interview with Isobel

At the finish line

  • Special celebration meal
    At the end of your challenge, we toast your achievement over a fantastic, three-course celebration meal at a hand-picked local restaurant.

  • Challenge medal and t-shirt
    We give our overseas participants a Dream Challenges t-shirt at the start of your adventure and present you with a beautiful, bespoke medal when you cross the finish line!

  • Awesome optional extensions and excursions
    On many of our Dream Challenges, we offer you the chance to enjoy fantastic optional excursions and extensions arranged by our trusted local experts, including boat rides and safaris, guided tours of nearby sites and even a few days staying on a paradise island!

"I would post a huge thank you to Dream Challenges for enabling these amazing events to take place, what a mission statement you must have!

The trip has taught me much about myself, which I hope to put into practice now we are home! It has been so inspiring. I was inspired by Africa, inspired by the older members of the group who show age is no barrier, inspired that as a group, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had raised over £50k for good causes and inspired that despite the difficulties of the trek, there was always support, chat and laughter!"

- David, Walk on the Wild Side Past Participant

See how we can make your Dream Challenge come true
Now that you know all about us, there's only one thing left to do: see how we can make your Dream Challenge come true! We'd love to see you on one (or several) of our many adventures and as you now know, we're here to support you every step, pedal and paddle of the way!

Please get in touch if you have any questions by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com or calling us on 01590 646410 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) or find your Dream Challenge now!

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