Beijing - 12 Sep 2019
Fundraising pledge: £2880
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. You will follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps!
The 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!
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.
Registration for this event is £349 with a minimum sponsorship of £2880. You will need to organise your own insurance but everything else is arranged for you.
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