Checkpoint one - The challenge

Oxfam Trailwalker, the challenge. Photo credit: Karen Robinson/Oxfam

Trailwalker/trekker is an extraordinary human adventure that will push your limits both mentally and physically. 

As a team of four you must walk 100 km in 48 hours or less, depending on the nature of the walk. It is not an individual race or a relay though, you must finish as a team to succeed. It is probably the toughest challenge you will take on - but the sense of achievement when you cross the finish line is immense. It is a life-changing experience.

The history

Trailwalker started in 1981 as a teamwork test of endurance and determination by the legendary Queen’s Gurkhas Signal Regiment in Hong Kong. In 1986, Oxfam Hong Kong was invited to co-organize the event and it was opened up to the public. After the withdrawal of the Gurkhas from Hong Kong in 1997, Oxfam Hong Kong took over the event there. The Gurkhas continue however to participate in and co-organize the event in the southern UK and their teams have never been beaten.

Since 1986 over 200,000 people have taken part in Oxfam Trailwalker, collectively raising over $139 million US to fight poverty worldwide. There are many different trails available now, taking you through rainforest, along rugged escarpments or up sharp hill climbs. You can take part in Oxfam Trailwalker in 10 different countries, with a choice of 20 routes. There are also shorter distances if you don’t yet feel ready for the full 100 km.

Can I do it?

Oxfam Trailwalker will help you pursue your fitness goals and impress your friends. You do not need to be an athlete to complete the walk, just to prepare sensibly ahead. Training guides are available via individual Oxfam Trailwalker sites. If you can’t find one in the language you need, please let us know.