our ultimate uk trekking challenge!
18 September 2021
18 September 2021
Take on the TrekFest challenge – choose your distance, choose your charity, and make every step count! With 25km and 50km routes to choose from, whether you walk, jog, or even run you’ll be challenging yourself in one of the UK’s most beautiful national parks – the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. Full of incredible scenery, rolling countryside and impressive mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park is also an SAS training ground – expect stunning yet challenging terrain! Sign up solo or as a team with friends, family or colleagues – the team spirit will be flying high, so join us for our ultimate UK trek in 2020!
Choose your Distance
Choose from 25km or 50km routes – you can walk, jog, or even run if you prefer!
Choose your Charity
Support a cause that’s close to your heart and raise funds for the charity of your choice!
Make Every Step Count
The feeling you’re left with as you cross that finish line is truly indescribable!
We leave the TrekFest Village and enjoy walking on quiet country roads. After approximately 9km and our first checkpoint we start our ascent up to Pen y Fan – from the checkpoint we climb up towards Corn Du and as we make our twisting ascent from the valley bottom we experience views of Llyn Cwm Llwch below and pass by the Tommy Jones Obelisk. Upon reaching Corn Du ridge we head towards the summit of Pen Y Fan where at the summit we can enjoy the amazing views before beginning our descent. We will start steeply before heading along the ridge of Cefn Cwm Llwch, and steadily down to our second checkpoint. From the checkpoint our final stretch follows country roads on sections of the Three Rivers Ride path back to the TrekFest Village.
We leave the TrekFest Village and enjoy walking on quiet country roads. After approximately 9km and our first checkpoint we start our ascent up to Pen y Fan – from the checkpoint we climb up towards Corn Du and as we make our twisting ascent from the valley bottom we experience views of Llyn Cwm Llwch below and pass by the Tommy Jones Obelisk. Upon reaching Corn Du ridge we head towards the summit of Pen Y Fan where at the summit we can enjoy the amazing views before beginning our descent. We head to Fan y Big, one of the four highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons before descending steadily to our well needed food stop! Following the food stop we make our way through the Taf Fechan Forest and enjoy the Taff Trail along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. We walk along the canal until we reach the finish stopping off briefly in Talybont-on-Usk at our final checkpoint.
As soon as you register for TrekFest you’ll be on a fully supported journey to the finish line. We’ll be there for you before, during and after the challenge, ensuring you’re left with memories to last a lifetime.
We provide a fully route-marked course, trekker guides, first aid support, regular checkpoints and plenty of smiles!
Camping & Parking
Complimentary camping and parking from Friday to Sunday – why not bring the family and make a weekend of it?
A hot meal stop is included for 50km trekkers, and there’s a hot meal waiting at the finish line for all participants!
Kick start your recovery process and soothe away those aches and pains with a well-earned post-trek massage!
Completed the 50k Brecon Beacons challenge last weekend, it was an amazing experience and GAC organised everything so well. All of the team were so helpful and everything we needed was provided, the food was great! They also made you feel so proud when crossing the finishing line. I would highly recommend and will definitely be choosing them to do my next challenge 👍🏻😀
Just completed the TrekFest Beacons 25k, and have to say It was excellent, from the time we arrived on Friday until we left Sunday everything was superb and well organised. I would recommend GAC to anyone wanting to take part in this type of event. I am already looking forward to next year’s TrekFest. Thanks GAC
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about TrekFest!
When and where is TrekFest?
TrekFest will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021. The TrekFest Village is located at: Brecon Showground, Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PL.
Registration will be open the evening of Friday 17 September and the morning of Saturday 18 September (for 25KM trekkers only). Please note if you are taking part in the 50km route registration is available on Friday evening only.
Is TrekFest for me?
ABSOLUTELY! The minimum age requirement for the challenge is 18 years, though 14-17 year olds can take part with a parent or guardian. Whether you’re looking to take part as a solo trekker or as part of a team you will be amongst like-minded individuals and team spirit will be flying high.
Can I run TrekFest?
Of course, if running is more your thing you are welcome to run or jog TrekFest! Why not see if you can beat the clock and make the TrekFest Hall of Fame!
How fit do I need to be?
The routes are designed to be challenging – the elevation will vary along the routes and you’ll experience different terrain than you’re used to day-to-day. Our participants’ health and safety is our number one priority, so participation in the event is subject to completion of a medical declaration. A full training guide is available and we also run training weekends across the UK for anyone taking part in any Global Adventure Challenges event – a fantastic opportunity to meet other challengers and train together prior to the event.
Do I need specialist kit?
A full kit list will be provided when you have registered, and it is vital that you carry the mandatory items listed. The route is fully signposted, but you will be provided with a route guide to carry as part of our safety procedures.
Will there be food and drink available?
Food and drink are readily available to buy at the TrekFest Village throughout the weekend, including a BBQ on the Friday night before the challenge. Complimentary water and snacks are available on the trek at checkpoints and there is a food stop halfway for the 50km route only. All participants also receive a hot meal once they cross the finish line. Please note breakfast on the Saturday morning before the challenge is not included, you will have to pay for this separately. We cater for most dietary requirements providing we know in advance, just fill out the relevant section when you register.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the trek or at the TrekFest Village.
I'm taking part as an individual and I'm a bit nervous about trekking on my own, any advice?
Join our TrekFest community on Facebook and get chatting to fellow trekkers! Many of our challengers arrange to meet for training walks ahead of the challenge and on the challenge itself. There will be many other individuals taking part in the event who you can join and share the experience with – the camaraderie amongst our participants is second to none. The TrekFest crew will also be there supporting you along the way!
What support is there on the event?
This is a fully supported event. There will be a strong support team with professional Global Adventure Challenges leaders. Sweep walkers will bring up the rear of the group and marshals carrying first aid kits will be along the route. All checkpoints are also marshalled with first aid kits and there is a first aid point located at the TrekFest Village.
Can I support any charity?
Yes, providing we receive their authorisation that they are happy for you to do so. TrekFest is an ‘Open Challenge’ which means participants and teams are free to support the UK registered charity of their choice.
What happens if I get tired?
There are checkpoints along the route for you to rest at and it’s not a problem for you to take more rest stops if you need them – but please be conscious of the time allowed to make it to checkpoints before they close or you may not be permitted to continue on the challenge for your own safety. If you need to pull out of the challenge for medical reasons you will need to do so at the nearest checkpoint and inform the checkpoint crew and they will arrange a transfer via a support vehicle back to the TrekFest Village.
I'm worried I won't meet the minimum sponsorship, any advice?
Once you have signed up you’ll receive a fundraising pack from your chosen charity to help you with your fundraising. You’ll also receive a few tips and ideas from us to help you on your way!