Trek 2019 – Walk the Great Wall

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Walk the Great Wall and experience the ‘Trek of a Lifetime’

Join us as we embark on an awe-inspiring adventure in China from 12th to 20th October 2019 as we Walk the Great Wall. Complete five days and 36km of trekking along one of the new wonders of the world, make like-minded friends, lend a hand in repairing a part of the Great Wall, and experience the fascinating culture of China, all whilst supporting your local life-saving charity.

Built more than 2,300 years ago, the Great Wall zigzags its way across 6,000km of China’s breath-taking mountain scenery and has been hailed as the ‘Greatest Human Feat in History’. You will travel over watchtowers, mountains and through historic battlement stations. This is one trek that you definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to take part in!

October is a great month for this challenge, due to the mild weather conditions. On average, the temperature tends to be highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C.

Trek highlights

  • Trek along one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Climb the 1,000 steps of the ‘Heavenly Ladder’ at Mutianyu
  • Help rebuild part of the wall – you will not get this option on another China trek
  • Enjoy a Toboggan ride down part of the wall
  • Experience fascinating traditional Chinese culture
  • Free time to explore Beijing

About the organising company

This trip is organised by Global Adventure Challenges. They have been organising world-wide charity challenge events and adventures since 2000. They work with small, local ground handlers who employ local guides, with the best knowledge of the area, to lead the trek. When travelling under this company you are ATOL protected. Global Adventure Challenges grade their challenges 1 (challenging), 2 (tough) or 3 (extreme). This challenge is graded at 1.

Fundraising target

A minimum fundraising target of £3,300 is required to take part in this adventure. We will be there to help you every step of the way with ideas and advice on how to reach this target and support your local life-saving charity. Why not ask your employer to match fund you? This amount includes your flight and travel and accommodation costs when in China. We suggest taking an extra £200-250 for spending money.

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Trek information

Challenge Grading: Challenging
Challenge Distance: 36km (approx)


Day 1

Depart the UK for an overnight flight to Beijing.

Day 2

Transfer to the hotel in Huangyaguan with free time before dinner.

Day 3

After breakfast begin the adventure along a popular section of the Great Wall beginning at Taipingzhai returning to Huangyaguan. This section used to be an army barracks 600 years ago and was a highly strategic point for entering into Beijing. Even though it’s a warm-up day there will still be plenty of ups and downs as you get used to the Great Wall steps, the perfect cardiovascular workout.
3 hours of trekking – approx. 4/5km

Day 4

Trek along the beautiful Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling. Drink in the history of this remote and beautiful section of the Wall whilst covering some 27 watchtowers over old brick-made steps. Descend into remote villages and farms at the end of the day’s trek.
7-8 hours of trekking – approx. 13km

Day 5

Head from Jinshanling to a remote section of the Wall, giving you the flavour of the immensity of this incredible structure. A day and a view to remember forever!
5-6 hours of trekking – approx. 7.5km

Day 6

Transfer to the Mutianyu section and climb the awesome 1,000 steps up to the foot of the Wall. Trek through 11 towers to the ‘Heavenly Ladder’ –
a near vertical staircase that takes you to the top of the mountain for an incredible view of the Wall undulating across the green hillsides. Descend to enjoy some ‘retail therapy’ at the base of the Wall with stall holders setting out their wares and souvenirs ready to barter.
5-6 hours of trekking – approx. 7km

Day 7

Begin the day at the Juyongguan section and witness how the Wall would have looked originally at these important barracks. With exclusive permission from the Chinese Government to help with the reconstruction, the second part of the day is spent helping to repair the Badaling Old Section of the Great Wall. Transfer back to Beijing at the end of the day with the opportunity to take a rickshaw tour!
3-4 hours of trekking – approx. 3km

Day 8

Celebrate your achievements with a free day enjoying Beijing and all it has to offer – from the Forbidden City to Tiananmen Square or the Temple of Heaven. The evening plays host to our farewell dinner at a premier restaurant, indulging in a real Chinese food experience with your fellow trekkers.

Day 9

Transfer back to Beijing Airport for flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.

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