The Donkey Sanctuary has joined together once again with World Expeditions, a company specialising in charity treks, and organised a very special sponsored walking challenge in the northern region of Italy, including quality time at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli, our Sanctuary near Turin. The challenge will take place on 18th-25th April 2010.
The Cinque Terre in Northern Italy is a series of five small fishing villages dug into the cliffs where the Apennine Mountains meet the mediterranean coastline. The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Each village is set between the beach and the hills and has its own special characteristics. There are almost no cars and being hard to access has helped to protect the villages' unique heritage.
The sponsored walking challenge will allow you to explore the Liguria National Park on 15th century footpaths high above the sea. The extensive network of trails connecting the villages pass through olive groves and terraced vineyards, with sweeping views of the vast expanse of the mediterranean below. There are few walks in Europe which capture so many highlights in such a compact area.
The sponsored walking challenge will finish with a transfer to our Sanctuary, Il Rifugio degli Asinelli, based north of Turin. You will spend a day at the Sanctuary meeting the team, hearing their rescue stories, having a tour and we may even rope you into some work! This will be an opportunity to not only see first hand the valuable work we are currently undertaking in Italy but also through your sponsorship money, you will be helping to contribute towards continuing this fantastic work throughout Europe.
As one of the participants on our Spanish Walking Challenge last year said so perfectly on her return: "Thank you for making a wonderful experience come true and letting me prove to myself that I can go outside my comfort zone and survive, all at the same time as making money for the beloved donkeys...!"
Minimum sponsorship: £1850* (*This includes the £300 deposit, flights, transfers, guides, accommodation, food and a donation to The Donkey Sanctuary).
The sponsorship you raise for participating in the Cinque Terre Challenge will be used to fund our work throughout Europe.
Itinerary at a glance
|Day 1:||Depart London for Genoa. Transfer from Genoa Airport to Corniglia.|
|Day 2:||Transfer by train to Monterosso. Walk from Monterosso to Levanto (by the mountain) then from Levanto to Monterosso (along the coast)|
|Day 3:||Transfer to Monterosso by train. Walk from Monterosso to Corniglia.|
|Day 4:||Walk from Corniglia to Riomaggiore via Volastra and Manarola. Return to Corniglia by train|
|Day 5:||Train to Riomaggiore. Walk to La Spezia. Return to Corniglia. Final night dinner|
|Day 6:||After breakfast, transfer to project near Turin.|
|Day 7:||Visit Donkey Sanctuary Il Refugio degli Asinelli|
|Day 8:||Transfer to Genoa / Milan airport. Return flight to London|
All the places are now fully booked for this trek. However, we will be organising another trek in the future, so please register your interest.
If you would like to find out more about this challenge, please contact our Events Co-Ordinator, Kate Bailey.