Date & prices
The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous charity challenges around the world. Its iconic status putting it on many lists of the 7 new wonders of the world makes it an objective worthy of anyone raising money for charity, and instantly recognisable in the eyes of potential sponsors.
The Great Wall of China was first started in the C7th BC. Little of that remains, but the majority of what is there was built during the Ming Dynasty in the C14th. While you can’t actually see it from space, contrary to popular myth, it is none-the-less an astonishing feat of human engineering that stretches in total to 13,171 miles if you include all its branches.
This challenging trek takes in stretches both of well restored wall, as well as ancient unrestored sections in quieter locations, to give a balanced experience of history and culture. The trekking will be tough, the ascents and descents are steep with lots of steps to climb as the wall follows the local topography. Our rewards will panoramic views over the hilly Chinese countryside, a mixture of rocky ridges, terraced farmland, dense forest and open rolling hills.
Contrast that with the frenetic pace of Beijing, where we have time to explore the Forbidden City and Tianenmen Square. There is the opportunity to stay out for an additional 4 days to really immerse yourself in Chinese culture, visiting Xian, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and the ancient wonders of the Silk Road.
This trek is equally ideal for someone embarking on their first charity challenge, as for the veterans of fundraising treks looking for something culturally different but maintaining the element of challenge. Our amazing UK leaders accompany the trek to help bring it to life and to help you to achieve an amazing feat.
Date & prices
|Charity||Departure & Return||Duration||Registration Fee|
|20 September 201630 September 2016||11 days||£395 Minimum sponsorship £3,500 Self funded £1,385|
|29 September 201709 October 2017||11 days||£350 Minimum sponsorship £(charity dependant) Self funded £1,345 (plus £1000 sponsorship)|
- International airfares
- local qualified guides and 360 guide UK to UK
- Scheduled hotel nights
- Park and attraction fees
- Scheduled restaurant meals
- Ground transportation in country
- All accommodation based on two people sharing
- All food whilst on trek and meals as stated in the itinerary
- Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
- Personal equipment
- Staff/guide gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Trip Insurance
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service and so forth
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals
- Meals not detailed in the itinerary
(Great Wall of China- charity trek )
Overnight flight to Beijing.
Overnight flight to Beijing.
Beijing – Huangyaguan
This morning we leave the teeming streets of Beijing and head into the hills to the northwest, beyond the provincial town of Huangyaguan nestled in the Yanshan Mountains. On the way we will stop at the East Qing Tombs, a vast mausoleum contain the tombs of 5 emperors and 15 empresses and many other senior royals across two dynasties. We reach our village after a beautiful 4 hour drive through the hills and are given our first glimpse of the Great Wall, as it meanders over peaks and ridges as far as the eye can see in each direction. This section has been extensively restored, in contrast to other sections we will experience. We take a traditional lunch to fuel us for the start of our trek. The initial sections are steep, easing off as we head downhill towards Huangyaguan, our stop for the day. We overnight in a mountain hotel.
Huangyaguan – Mountain Village
We begin our day with a tough but rewarding climb up the Heaven’s Ladder - a steep ascent of 200 steps to reach the ridge above Huangyaguan. The views from the top are as breathtaking as the ascent. Once we’ve had a bit of a rest at the top, we continue along the wall as it undulates through the forest. We then join up with the old wall, walking less restored paths with fewer people on them until we finally drop down to a small mountain village where we are taken into the homes of the villagers for dinner and bed. Overnight in the farm houses.
Mountain Village – Jinshanlin
Thanking our hosts, we climb back up through the terracing and scree to the rough path that tracks below the unrestored wall. We follow ridgelines, enjoying incredible views out over the hills for the day, before picking up farmers’ tracks that wind through the trees down to the valley through fields of crops and orchards. We wander along the rural road before finally meeting our awaiting transport on the main road. We enjoy a dramatic 3 hour drive through the mountains to Jinshanlin, and our mountain hotel for the night.
Gubeiko – Jinshanlin
We begin today’s trek just outside the small village of Gubeiko, a short bus ride away. We stroll through the village and its farmland until we reach the wall. This section, whilst not actually restored, is remarkably well preserved, being one of the most recent sections built during the Qing dynasty. Some of the sections are steep and the paths rough, at one point we have to leave the wall to detour around a military outpost, before joining up once more onto restored wall that leads us down to the pastoral village of Jinshanlin. We spend the night at a mountain hotel.
Jinshanlin – Mutianyu
We head back to the point where we left the wall last night and continue along the mostly restored section of wall. A long flight of stone flagged steps takes us back up the mountain, interspersed with the odd unrestored section when we drop onto paths or pick our way over eroded stones. Once we reach the ridge, the unfolding panorama is spectacular as the wall snakes into the distance in each direction, watchtowers perilously standing guard at regular intervals on the peaks. Rolling hills and escarpments fill every vista. After a stunning day of trekking, we finally drop back down off the wall, following the track through farmsteads and woodland to the road head where our transport awaits to take us to Mutianyu and our mountain hotel for the night.
We wander through the village, climbing back up towards the Wall. The climb takes a couple of hours back up through the woods and fields, rewarding our climb once more with striking views of the never-ending wall criss-crossing the hills and mountains. This section has been extensively restored, flagged with elegant inclines and sections of steps. Finally we reach drop back down to the village at Mutianyu to explore the markets for souvenirs before returning to our hotel for the night.
Mutianyu – Juyongguan – Beijing
We have a bit of a drive in the morning to take us to our final section of wall at Juyongguan. Once again, this part is also well restored, with sweeping steps following the hilly terrain, and one of the steepest sections since the start of the trek. After around four strenuous hours of steep climb and descent, we reach the end of our expedition, delighted with our efforts and achievements. We climb, tired but satisfied, into the bus for the journey back into Beijing. The frenetic bustle of the city will contrast sharply with the tranquility of the hills that we have enjoyed over the last week. 21 million people living cheek by jowl, vying for space in the city, in comparison to the quiet villages we have walked through. We have some time to put our feet up at our hotel, shower, and get ready to head out for a sumptuous celebration of our efforts at a nearby restaurant.
Free day Beijing
Today you are welcome to join us on a guided tour of the Forbidden City - the world famous dynastic imperial palace completed in 1402, and Tianenmen Square. Spend the afternoon exploring more of the city, do a spot of shopping or just relax in the squares.
Depart Beijing OR Summer Palace
Day flight to London, arriving same day.
OR, if you are joining our 4 day extension, we wave goodbye to the rest of our team, and head to the Summer Palace, a stunning complex of lakes, palaces, temples and gardens. It was started in the C12th, rebuilt at considerable expense by the Empress Dowager Cixi in 1888 after its ransacking during the Anglo-French invasion of 1860, and subsequently looted during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. Restoration has been continuing ever since. After lunch we catch an overnight sleeper train to Xian.
The train pulls into Xian early in the morning and we are transferred to our hotel for a shower before hitting the city. First of all we head for the city walls, the incredibly preserved 18m thick city fortifications built in 1370. We then head, via a lunch stop, to the Provincial Museum with its vast array of dynastic artefacts of what was once the capital of China. If you don’t want to join us at the museum, there are plenty of other sights for you to explore. We meet at the hotel in the evening to head out for dinner in town.
After breakfast we drive 25km east of Xian to the world-famous vaults of the Terracotta Army, discovered as recently as 1974 after being buried since 209BC. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses, as well as officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, all buried to protect Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in his afterlife. Estimates number the soldiers at over 8,000, ad we have the entire morning to explore this huge and fascinating site. After lunch we head back to town where we can go to the sprawling Medicine market with hundreds of stalls selling herbal remedies and other strange concoctions for every affliction. The afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy, dinner can be taken at one of the many restaurants, stalls or eateries about town. Overnight at hotel.
We can visit the Great Mosque in the morning, located in the Muslim Quarter not far from the Drum Tower. Founded in 742, while Chinese in style it still takes its inspiration from the mosques of the middle east. The area is a fascinating one to explore, we just need to be back at our hotel in time for our early afternoon flight back to Beijing, and on to our hotel.
We will be transferred to the airport in time for our flight back to UK, arriving same day.
1 * Daysack
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Small Bag
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
1 * Woolly Hat
2 * Base Layers
1 * Gloves
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Long Sleeved Top
1 * Mid Layer
2 * T-shirt
1 * Shorts
1 * Tracksuit Bottoms
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * Trainers
4 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Dental Check Up
1 * Insect Repellent
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money
1 * Penknife
1 * Sewing Kit
1 * Snacks
1 * Sunblock
1 * Swim Suit
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions