The trip is a total of nine days and includes five nights on trek and three nights in hotels. On our final trek night, when everyone else has gone, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise!
Please see below for a brief itinierary for the trip.
Depart from London Heathrow on our flight to Beijing Airport.
Day Two - Arrive in Beijing
Once arrived in Beijing airport we transfer by coach north of the capital to our comfortable Hotel. On arrival we have time to freshen up before our first Chinese lunch. We then enjoy a free afternoon before our evening meal and briefing from ourguides and local team.
Day Three - Huangyaguan
After a typical countryside breakfast, it’s a 10 minute drive to Taipingzhai where the
trek will start. Trekking to Huangyaguan is about 3 hours where lunch will be served.
That’s all the walking for day one day, where you will then be driven to the Gubeikou
village to stay overnight in this traditional walled village. There is then an opportunity
to trek up ‘Crouching Tiger Hill’ in the village which was originally built in 557 AD.
Tourists are very rarely here as it is a remote and seldom visited location.
Day Four - Gubeikou
This morning we transfer to the start of the trek at Gubeikou. Gubeikou was once
a town of military significance and an important passage to the capital city. The Yanshan Mountain Range winds from east to west and is cut off at Gubeikou forming a natural narrow pass where our trek begins. This section of the wall is known as the ‘Wild Wall’ and today our trek passes through remote rural farmland, and many crumbling watch towers. The impressive Simatai Ridge remains visible in the fardistance throughout the day.
Day Five - Jinshanling
We trek for around five hours at Jinshanling with a packed lunch on the way. We
enjoy a wonderful day of trekking in which around 20 towers are visited, including
some beautiful sections that have been left as ruins.
Day Six - Camping at Mutianyu
The trek starts with a five minute steep dirt path. Then follows the unrestored GreatWall embraced by bushes and trees. The path is sometimes quite rough. At the end of the unrestored Wall the group will have packed lunch, where they can enjoy the great view of both the unrestored Wall and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall which the group will trek on in the afternoon. The afternoon trek is on the Mutianyu Great Wall starting from Tower No. 1. This part of the Wall has been restored so the condition is better and it will be comparatively easier. Tonight accomodation will be a camping experience in the Huanghuacheng village looking over the watchtower on the wall.
Day Seven - Huanghuacheng
The last day of the Challenge! Today we will trek along Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
The Huanghuacheng Great wall is divided by reservoirs, and some parts are even
immersed in the water, which is a very unique characteristic, distinguishing it from
other sections of the Great Wall. We just walk along the walking trail skirting the
Huanghuacheng Reservoir with the Great Wall hanging on the mountains surrounding
the reservoir. Today’s hiking starts from a farmyard and involves climbing up and down
two mountains which will make it feel a lot longer. It’s steep in places, with a tough
climb to get up on to the wall, and then more climbing up and down on the way to
the end, until we finish at Xishuiyu reservior. From here we transfer back to Beijing.
In the evening we enjoy a dinner in a local pizzeria.
Day Eight - The Forbidden City / Beijing
Breakfast is followed by a visit to Tiananmen Square, a city tour of the Forbidden City.
In the afternoon, we will pass the impressive Olympic Park, and if time permits we will make a visit to a local silk factory. In the evening we enjoy our last dinner together - Peking duck.
Day Nine - Return to London
Transfer to the airport for flight home.
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** Donation to Demelza is approximately £1,505 **
Final balance: £1,505 (ten weeks prior to departure)
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