Trip of a lifetime with Marie Curie

Like adventures, exploring and a little bit of a challenge? Our overseas challenges are a great way to get out, meet new people all the while raising money to help Marie Curie help people living with a terminal illness and their families. So, read on to find out about our most popular treks.

Great Wall of China

China Facts

The Great Wall of China as it exists today was built mainly in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It was an ambitious project and took over 100 years to complete. The walls of this period were well designed and known for their unique configuration and effective defence system, you'll get to explore these and even older parts of the wall on the Marie Curie Great Wall of China Trek! 

Tiananmen square

Situated in Central Beijing and named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square has great cultural significance in China. The square contains the monuments to the heroes of the revolution, the great hall of people, the National Museum of China, and the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong which is visited by thousands of Chinese citizens every day. 

Forbidden City

The Imperial Palace or Forbidden City as it is more commonly known, was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now home to the Palace Museum, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. This popular tourist destination can take a while get around, so you may want to keep your walking boots on during your visit! 

Diane's story

Diane Bussell from Cullompton in Devon took part in our Canadian Rockies and Great Wall of China treks in memory of her brother. 

‘I hadn’t travelled that far outside of the UK before so when I saw the advert for Marie Curie’s Canadian Rockies trek I was nervous but excited to take on a new challenge.

It was a big decision for me to sign up, but when I came to London to meet the team for the briefing day I met so many lovely, friendly people I instantly felt at ease. That first trek was the adventure of a lifetime and I loved every minute of it, we were in such a beautiful place and so well looked after by our local guides and Marie Curie reps. 

When I got back home and told all my friends and family about the trip, I realised whilst celebrating my brother’s memory I had the time of my life and met some amazing people. I couldn’t wait to do it all over again and when I heard about the Great Wall of China Trek I jumped at the chance to broaden my horizons one more time. 

Fundraising for Marie Curie is a real pleasure for me as I know the money I raise will help more people like my brother to get the best care at the end of their lives. I’ve seen the difference Marie Curie Nurses can make at the most important time in your life and I want to make sure that they can continue their amazing work.’

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to 7,000 wild Asian elephants. In Minneriya National Park, hundreds of elephants travel each year to the shores of an ancient reservoir. They've made the trip for centuries, each dry season trekking across the region to bathe, mate, socialise and, most importantly, to feed as part of an annual event known as "The Gathering." 

At 2,243 metres high, Adam’s Peak is the most sacred mountain in the country. Pilgrims from all over the world climb to its peak by candlelight to stand in what they believe to be the footprint of Buddha. Trekkers undertake the climb overnight to witness the breath taking sunrise over the surrounding valleys and lakes. 

Sigiriya fortress is one of the most awe inspiring geographical features  and a 'must visit' destination in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano and carved in the form of a giant lion, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. Its view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between nature and human engineering. 

'Like loved ones lost, the experience was unforgettable.’ – Robert, Marie Curie Sri Lanka Trek 2015 

‘Taking part in a Marie Curie Trek is a wonderful experience, from the people you meet when you are fundraising through to the people you meet on the trek, with everyone working together to raise funds for this amazing charity.’ – Inga, Marie Curie Sri Lanka Trek 2015 

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is famous throughout the world, and that's why our Grand Canyon Trek is one of our most popular. Up in North Arizona, it's one of the most spectacular places on earth, and here are a few facts to whet your appetite:

  • The Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The total length is 277 miles (446 kilometres)
  • The bottom layer is called the Vishnu Schist. It is estimated to be about 1.7 billion years old
  • The Grand Canyon National Park sits on an area of 1,955 miles


Nicaragua and Costa Rica Facts 

Costa Rica is home to over 60 dormant volcanoes set in its stunning national parks. Arenal volcano at 1657 metres high is still Costa Rica's most popular destination, despite being inactive since 2010. 

One of the least-visited countries in Central America, peaceful Nicaragua is about to undergo a tourism revolution. Now is most definitely the time to visit this secret of Central America, before its colonial cities, deserted beaches and lush rainforests become hot spots for holiday makers. 

Costa Rica has over 800 miles of coastline, both on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with such an expanse of unspoiled white sand, you can see why Costa Rica is fast becoming the most popular destination in Central America. 

"Today we had an absolute blast! The whole day was spent on hilly country roads on perfectly smooth Tarmac. Each climb was rewarded with a fast long downhill section through some fantastic scenery. This must be the best 65 miles I have ever spent on a bike. " Mark Tomlinson, Marie Curie overseas cyclist 2015 (Niagara to New York)