Challenge Yourself for Charity

Get active for conservation – choose your charity challenge here.

Charity Challenges: Real-World & Virtual

We work with specialist partners to provide access to a number of exciting, supported real world fund-raising activities here in the UK and beyond,  suitable for a range of abilities.

We also offer virtual challenges ranging from 21km to a 1,408km which you can do for health and wellbeing OR as a sponsored activity.

Anyone raising £250 or more receives a complimentary one year membership to our Explorer Club as a thank you. All funds raised by active challenges in 2021 will support our 21 For 21 project partners – find out more here.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Whether you’re running 10km or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching your goal can be more rewarding if you’re part of a team, so consider recruiting some friends. 

If you don’t fancy one of the challenges listed below, you are very welcome to design your own sponsored activity – parachute jumps, triathlons, iron man events, tough mudders – anything goes. We are registered on all the major fundraising platforms including Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving and Enthuse so once you’ve decided/signed-up for an activity, setting up a fundraising page is easy.



Signing up for a virtual challenge is a brilliant and easy way to show your support for our 21 projects – you don’t have to travel away from home to take part, you don’t have to camp on a mountain trail,  or battle with altitude.  Virtual challenges are also great for health and wellbeing, providing you with that motivation to get outside and get active. We have a range of virtual challenges to choose from – all can can be completed at a time and place to suit you; in one go or broken down into stages. To find out more, click the appropriate image below.

Tracking your progress with the app Strava helps to bring the challenges to life – both for you and for the people supporting you who can follow your progress on the challenge map.

You can take part in any one of our virtual challenges for a one-off £21 registration fee with no obligation to fundraise.

If you would like to fundraise for us then that would be great – thank you! It’s really easy to set up a page and integrate Strava. All sponsorship will go to support the 21 For 21 Project Fund.


We offer charity fundraising places in well-known London events (shown below)

– please email [email protected] to apply for a place.

Please note: as well as having a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon, which has been allocated to Keiren Criddle for Explorers Against Extinction this year (thank you Keiren!), we also have five places in the official virtual event also taking place on 3 October 2021. The minimum fundraising target for these is £250 per place.

London Vitality Half Marathon - 2022 date to be confirmed

London Vitality 10k - 2022 date to be confirmed

Virgin Money London Marathon 3 October 2021 - real-world and virtual race


Choose from more than a dozen unique events, many with 3 distance options and all with full support. Challenges are designed for a wide range of fitness levels, ages, and experience and are suitable for teams as well as individuals. Your efforts will support our projects.

Please note: during the registration process for ANY of the challenges on our partner sites (not just those highlighted below) you will have the option to select Explorers Against Extinction from a drop-down menu (charities are listed alphabetically in the ‘Other’ section). You can then set up a fund-raising page with Just Giving or right here through our website. Please let us know if you need help with this. Remember to drop [email protected] an email to let her know what you are doing and when!


A range of longer UK challenges including iconic hikes and cycles.

Our partner, Global Adventure Challenge also offers overseas challenges – you can register for ANY challenge on the website (not just the ones shown below) and nominate Explorers Against Extinction as your chosen charity. 


Take a wrong turn? Not feeling sporty? Check out some of the other great ways you can support here.

Explore our Creative Ways to Support here.

Expedition Archive

Explorers Against Extinction charity expeditions recreate the journeys of explorers and adventurers. All profit from these trips, as well as fund-raising by the participants supports Explorers Against Extinction projects.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 our 2020/21 expedition programme has been postponed. Details for 2022 will be unveiled once international travel becomes possible once more.


Expedition: Everest Base Camp 1953 

Dates: 27th February – 14th March 2020

Guides: Serap Sherpa, 7 time submitter of Everest. Robert Ferguson, author of the Nepal Handbook from Footprint Guides & EAE Trustee.

Details: In February – March 2020 EAE trustee Robert Ferguson trekked to Everest Base Camp, following the route taken by the 1953 British Everest Expedition that successfully reached the summit. This  entailed walking from the Kathmandu Valley to Everest, a journey of some 200 miles through some of the most spectacular terrain in the world. Every step was ascent or descent. He completed the trek using only equipment available at the time.

Rob was joined at Lukla by a group of supporters all of whom  fund-raised for EAE. They continued up to the Khumbu Ice-flow and Everest Base Camp.