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Great Wall of China Trek
Fri 18 Oct 2019 9:00 AT China
Join us on a majestic 9 day trekking adventure and conquer the twists, turns, steps and slopes of this formidable fortification - the famous Great Wall. As we trek along this iconic Wonder of the World, we’ll cross ancient watch towers and battlement stations to witness magnificent panoramas of luscious, rolling green hills as far as the eye can see! We’ll climb the iconic Heavenly Ladder and help rebuild part of the wall, a unique privilege exclusive to Global Adventure Challenges, whilst immersing ourselves in stunning scenery and Chinese culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Beijing, China’s capital where ancient and modern meet, on a free day so why not visit iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square to name a few!

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 

We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Beijing.


Day 2 - Arrive in Beijing

We arrive in Beijing and then transfer to our hotel to freshen up and have some free time before dinner.


Day 3 - Huangyaguan

Following breakfast we start our warm up trek as we trek along a section that starts at the Taipingzhai and returns along the Great Wall to Huangyaguan. This section is very popular as it used to be an army barracks 600 years ago and was a highly strategic point for entering into Beijing - you can still see the links of the
barracks to the Great Wall. Even though it is a warm up day there will still be plenty of ups and downs as you get used to the Great Wall steps! Once we get to the bottom, we stop for something to eat before transferring to our overnight accommodation.
Trekking distance – approx. 4-5km/3-4 hours
 

Day 4 - Gubeikou to Jinshanling

Following breakfast we commence trekking along the beautiful Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling. Your main challenge today will be to cover some 27 watch-towers over old brick-made steps! Step back in time here and
drink in the history of this remote and beautiful section of the Great Wall. As we descend from the Wall we trek through remote villages and farms at the end of our day’s challenge.
Trekking distance – approx. 13km/7–8 hours
 

Day 5 - Jinshanling

Today we trek from our lodge at Jinshanling to a remote section of the Wall which will give you a flavour of the immensity of the task undertaken in building this incredible structure. It is a truly beautiful area and the vista of the Wall disappearing over the mountains is a memorable sight. Today is a tough day with lots of steps going up and down but it is a truly amazing day you’ll remember forever. After reaching the highest point of the day we come off the Wall and walk down to meet our coach and take the transfer to overnight accommodation.
Trekking distance – approx. 7.5km/5-6 hours
 

Day 6 - Mutianyu

After breakfast we take a short transfer to the Mutianyu section and climb the awesome 1,000 steps up to the foot of the Wall. We then trek through 11 towers to the final one named the ‘Heavenly Ladder’ which ascends at a 45 degree angle and covers another 460 steps! The scenery is stunning – the Great Wall pitches up and dives down across the rolling green hillsides disappearing and then reappearing amongst the forested slopes. A very tough day again but the views make it worthwhile. Once we descend enjoy some retail therapy at the
base of the Wall, where stall-holders set out their wares for you to buy. Everyone loves a bargain and this is certainly the place to practise your bartering skills!
Trekking distance – approx. 7km/5-6 hours
 

Day 7 - Juyongguan and Badaling

The first part of the day is spent at the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall which is very similar to the first day at Huangyaguan with an important barracks situated at the bottom. This section gives you a clear indication of how the Wall would have looked originally. Our final mission of the challenge is spent helping repair theBadaling Old Section of the Great Wall. We have secured exclusive permission from the Chinese Government to help with the reconstruction in this area. New bricks are carried up to a section that is currently being repaired. Trained staff will supervise the placing of bricks on the Wall. Following this we will transfer back to Beijing.
Trekking distance – approx. 3km/3 hours
 

Day 8 - Beijing

Free day to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Beijing and all it has to offer, both modern and ancient. Why not visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square or the beautiful Temple of Heaven? In the evening we will have our
farewell dinner at Beijing’s Premier Duck Dinner Restaurant. Indulge in a real Chinese dining experience and celebrate your achievements with your fellow participants.
 

Day 9 - Depart Beijing

We transfer back to Beijing Airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.
 
 

HOW MUCH DOES THIS CHALLENGE COST?

Registation Fee - £299
Challenge Cost - £1600
Minimum Sponsorship - £600
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?


All meals, accommodation and flights are included; you will receive a free place on our Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge on May 18th as part of your training and will receive some trek branded Overgate merchandise!
 
For more information on our Great Wall of China Trek please contact the Fundraising Team on 01422 387121 or email fundraising@overgatehospice.nhs.uk
36km Trek
9 Day Trek
Meals Included
£600 Minimum Sponsorship