Great Wall of China Trek
Explore a remote frontier and discover the secrets of an ancient empire
23 September – 1st October 2017
This journey of discovery takes you right into the heart of the ancient Ming Dynasty. Uncover the secrets of a long lost kingdom in this once-in-a-lifetime experience held exclusively for Pilgrims supporters.
Enjoy panoramic views across vast and beautiful mountain ranges and let your imagination transport you back several centuries to when the wall was the frontline defence of Imperial China. The nine day expedition features five days trekking along remote stretches of this magnificent wonder as well as tours of Beijing’s many attractions including the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and more. You can even extend your trip and visit giant pandas and China’s famous Terracotta Warriors.
- Return flights from London to Beijing
- Overland transfers
- All accommodation
- All meals during the itinerary and drinking water whilst trekking
- Support team of guides and drivers
- Provision of first aid supplies and back up facilities
- Airport departure tax
- Charity Challenge t-shirt and discount from Nomad Travellers Stores for personal equipment
Day 1: International Departure – We meet at the airport for your flight to Beijing, China. You will be passing over the Great Wall before landing.
Day 2: Beijing to Badaling Area – Arrive in Beijing to be met by our Charity Challenge local guides and transferred to our hotel. After an afternoon spent relaxing, enjoy dinner and your challenge briefing ahead of the coming days.
Day 3: Badaling Great Wall (approx. 8km trek) – We say “Ni hao” to the Great Wall with a short but very demanding day of trekking.
Day 4: Huanghuacheng (approx. 12km trek) – We begin a wonderful day’s trek from Xishuiyu Village along the Yellow Flower City section of the Great Wall; a beautiful and exciting part of the wall is completely unrenovated and very remote.
Day 5: Gubeikou Gateway (approx. 14km trek) – The Gubeikou section of the wall offers a huge variety of terrain as we pass between two passes in the mountains of north-east China and a mixture of old and renovated wall.
Day 6: Jinshanling Loop (approx. 12km trek) – This spectacular walk from Jinshanling towards Simatai is a stark contrast to yesterday. It’s many steps lead us to an incredible vista of the mountains and the wall snaking off into the distance.
Xian Extension (Terracotta Warriors)
- Overnight train from Beijing to Xian
- View the 6000 life-size terracotta soldiers, warriors and horse at the Terracotta Museum
- Visit the Grand Mosque in Xian
- Spend an evening watching a Tang Dynasty cultural show.
- Visit the Yangling Tomb of Han Dynasty dating back 2,000 years
Warriors and pandas extension
- As Xian extension plus:
- Fly to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda Research Base before flying back to Beijing
Day 7: Mutianyu Section (approx. 14km trek) – Our final day’s trek begins with a steep climb up to the first watchtower, before several kilometres of very old and uneven wall. The day takes us towards the famous Heavenly Stairway and then the descent down thousands of steps all the way to the wall entrance, and the end of your challenge. Celebrate the night away back in Beijing with entertainment arranged by your guide.
Day 8: Full day city tour of Beijing – Today you have a full day to explore Beijing, with a fully guided tour of the many attractions of China’s capital city, including the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, as well as (time-dependant) visits to a silk museum and tea house to see some of the local crafts and culture of the city.
Day 9: The journey home – After breakfast, you will be transferred to Beijing airport for your same day return to London Heathrow.
Ready to take a path less travelled?
You’ll need a deposit of just £375 to join this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. How you fund the rest is up to you!
Option A Deposit £375 + minimum sponsorship £2950
Option B Deposit £375 + self funding £1446 (no minimum sponsorship)
For more information about any of our UK or overseas challenges, feel free to contact Robert Grew in fundraising on 01227 812609.