Walk along one of the Seven Wonders of the World on the Great Wall of China Trek, an incredible experience that stays with you for a lifetime. This is an ideal challenge for those with a passion for history and a sense of adventure! It will give you the opportunity to unearth China’s hidden charms, traditions, mythology and astounding cultural past when you take on this beautiful route.
Constructed in the 5th Century BC, the Great Wall stretches 6000km in a dotted line across China. As it snakes across the mountains, it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have the opportunity to experience it. Our landscape varies as we pass through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. We follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps!
Our Great Wall of China trek is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history. You view picturesque water towers, stunning forestry and taste delicious traditional Chinese food as you journey through rural farmland and visit the Forbidden City – this trip has it all!
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- 12th September 2019
- 20th September 2019
- Beijing, China
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Depart London for Beijing
Meet our crew and your fellow trekkers at London Heathrow for the journey to China.
We arrive in Beijing in the early morning and transfer to Huangyaguan where we catch our first glimpse of the Great Wall on our way to the start of the trek. After lunch, we set off to tackle the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall which, originally built in 557 AD, is known to be particularly stunning because of its water towers that have all been restored to their former majestic glory. Approx. 3-4 hours trekking
Huangyaguan – Qiankaijian Village
Our hike today leads us straight out of the hotel and onto a restored section of the Wall and by mid-morning we will reach the start of “Heavens Ladder”, a steep, narrow climb of over 300 steps. This is a tough section but at the top, we are rewarded with stunning views of the Yanshan Mountains and the region below. After congratulating each other we head up again following a path through shrubbery to join the top of the ridge where our path winds around sections of the old wall. In the afternoon we follow the path down the valley into the mountain village where we will stay tonight in a local-run guesthouse; an unforgettable experience in a remote area of China where few tourists have stayed. Approx. 5-7 hours trekking
Qiankaijian Village – Jinshanling
After breakfast, we head out of the village up a steep trail alongside farmer’s fields up to the wall where Heibei province, Tianjin City and Beijing meet together, known as the “Three Borders Tablet”. We then make our way West with the un-restored wall to our side as we descend back down to the village where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we trek further through the village to meet our coach for the transfer to Jinshanling. Approx. 4-5 hours trekking
Guebikou to Jinshanling
This morning we transfer to the start of the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall where, if the weather is good, we can see Miyun reservoir and the Wangjing Tower rising in the distance. This section towards Jinshanling is one of the best-preserved areas of the Great Wall, and today we will trek through 67 restored watchtowers each offering fantastic photo opportunities. Approx. 5-7 hours trekking
Jinshanling to Mutianyu
After breakfast, we trek east heading towards Simatai along a much-restored section of the wall. Our trek today can be seen for miles as the Wall runs up and down the spine of the mountain. We will take shelter in one of the many watchtowers on the way – you can bet that Genghis Khan never had it so good when he broke through the Great Wall with his Mongol hordes! We end the day with a transfer to our accommodation in Mutianyu. Approx. 3-5 hours trekking
Mutianyu to Beijing
Today is our final morning on the Great Wall! After leaving the hotel and passing a small village we start climbing a steep, wooded track to the top of the Wall for our final breathtaking views over the far-off mountains. The section we join is known to be one of most beautiful parts of the wild Wall in Beijing, loved by many photographers. After our final hike, we come back down to the road to meet our bus and drive back to the hustle and bustle of Beijing. After a chance to freshen up, we’ll regroup and head out to our celebration meal held in downtown Beijing, a time to reflect on our achievement. Approx. 3-4 hours trekking
Today we take time to explore the capital, jam-packed with its 17 million residences, and steeped in history and culture. We’ll visit Tiananmen Square and the nearby Forbidden City before grabbing some lunch. This afternoon you can choose to explore the expansive Pearl Market and test your bargaining skills or opt for a foot massage or rickshaw tour of the Hutongs, the oldest area of Beijing. This evening there will be the chance to watch a traditional Kung-Fu performance.
Beijing to London
Today we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. Due to the nature of the challenge, this complex itinerary is subject to change.
Is the trip for me?
Definitely! These trips are all fantastic challenges for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like-minded people taking part, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime and of course to meet new friends. Some people come with friends or family but most people come on their own so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make life long friends.
Is there an age restriction?
You need to be 18 years old or older to participant in our overseas trips. If you are under 18, you may still be able to participate but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Before anyone under 18 is accepted onto a challenge we would need to have a discussion so you can make an informed decision on the suitability of the challenge. If you call us in the office we can offer this advice.
I've never done anything like this before, what should I expect?
Most people who sign up to our overseas challenges have also never done anything like this before! You’ll be well supported from the minute you sign up right through to the challenge itself but it’s important you come with an open mind. Due to the destinations we travel to, things don’t always run as smoothly as they would at home so a relaxed attitude is the best in these situations.
How fit do I need to be?
You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to do these challenges. The majority of people who take part in these events will be just like you and will not necessarily have done anything like this before. However to get maximum enjoyment from these challenges training is vital and we will provide you with a detailed training plan tailored to the trip you are going on which we strongly recommend you stick to. We will also be on hand every step of the way to provide training advice.
Will I need vaccinations?
Yes, it’s possible that you will need vaccinations before travelling to China. We would advise you to visit your local travel clinic for the latest advice on what vaccinations are recommended as this changes all the time.
Do I have to have travel insurance to travel?
Yes everyone is required to have travel insurance in place before they depart for a challenge. We highly recommend you take a policy out as soon as you sign up in case of any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover, repatriation is essential. You’ll need to send us the following details from your existing policy; policy number, emergency contact number and start and expiry date.
Will I be able to raise the sponsorship level?
YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a breakdown of examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will, of course, be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something quite simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know, and before you know it you will be racing towards your fundraising target!
When do I pay my sponsorship money?
You can start raising funds for your trip as soon as you sign up and we are on hand to help throughout your fundraising journey. The easiest way to do this is by setting up a fundraising page online, you can then share this link with your friends and family. In order to pay the costs of the trip you need to have raised 80% of the sponsorship amount 12 weeks before. The remaining 20% is due up to four weeks after your return. We’ll be on hand to help you, as will your charity.
Can I just pay to come on the trip without raising sponsorship?
All our events are charity focused however if you would prefer to just pay the tour costs of £1440 you can, we would invoice you directly for these costs 14 weeks before. You can make this payment any time up to this date, please just let your event coordinator know. In addition, we would encourage you to fundraise for a charity of your choice but without the target to reach.
Can I extend my trip?
It is possible to extend your stay and travel independently after the main group has headed home. We will advise you of when and how to apply for this once you are signed up. We can only make changes to the date you return, the route must remain the same; all changes are made at the airline’s discretion and subject to availability and a nominal admin fee.
What do I need to bring?
We’ll provide you with a full kit list when you sign up to your challenge. As you will be trekking a good well-worn in pair of boots are essential to get you started!
Will I need a Visa for China?
Yes you do, we will provide you with all the paper work you need to obtain this. From 1st November 2018 if you’re travelling from the UK, all tourist visas for China must be applied for in person at one of the visa centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. You will need to book an appointment at your chosen centre and will need to provide fingerprints at application, this will cost around £180. Your event coordinator will be on hand to help with any questions on this.
Where can I check travel requirements for China?
We strongly recommend you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for your destination country before travel as this has up-to-date advice on staying safe abroad (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) and for more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information we suggest checking on https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk.
What will happen to my luggage during trekking days?
Your main luggage will be transported for you each day. You will just need to carry the kit you need for that day including water, sun cream, snacks, camera, waterproofs etc.
Airline Taxes and Fuel Surcharge
These are not included in the tour costs of any overseas trip involving flights. This is due to the fluctuating nature of these charges issued by the airline. We will be able to confirm the exact costs for each event 8 weeks before departure and you will be invoiced for the cost directly which must be paid immediately so please budget for these accordingly. To help please find below a list of estimated costs dependant on destination.
China Trek: £370 (estimate)
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