The trip is a total of 9 days and includes 5 nights on trek and 3 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! All meals are included (except on the day of the tour in Beijing, participants are responsible for their own lunch and dinner) and all hotels are B&B style with 3-4 star ratings.
Please see below for a brief itinierary for the trip.
Day 1 (5 Oct)
Fly from London to Beijing.
Day 2 (6 Oct)
Arrive in Beijing with a transfer to the Huangyaguan mountainous area being met by your professional English speaking guide. Suffering from jetlag at this point? Not to worry you’ll get the full day to explore your new scenic surroundings meeting as a group in the evening for a first team meal and FULL brief of the exciting challenge ahead.
Day 3 (7 Oct)
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 location.
Day 4 (8 Oct)
We drive for 10 minutes after breakfast to the entrance at Gubeikou from there we will trek to Jinshanling. Gubeikou is located 146 kilometres north of Bejing. This is where you will see the stunning backdrop of the Panlong (Coling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains. This part of the Great Wall has some of the most famous Chinese history. Our trek will take us Eastward along the old chity wall passing watchtowers and other parts which have not yet been restored. After two hours of trekking of the Gubeikou section we will come away from the wall to avoid a military area nearby walking 1.5 hours in the field path which will come back to the wall again at the Jinshanling section. When leaving the wall we will have fresh Chinese dishes in a local farmer’s restaurant before driving back to the guesthouse in the Gubeikou village with an afternoon organised for Chinese dumpling-making.
Day 5 (9 Oct)
After the optional chance to watch sunrise all weather permitting, we will drive to Jinshanling after breakfast at 8am. The trek will begin with a 3 hour section where we will come to the finest hiking segment of the Great Wall. The East-Five-Eye Tower at Simatai West is extremely photogenic with over 15 watch-towers and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide open views. Once lunch is served, we will drive 2 hours to the Jiankou village where the bed for the night will be a local farmers guesthouse.
Day 6 (10 Oct)
The trek today will start at Jiankou; 5 hour day on the Great Wall which will take you over both restored and the original walls. One hour trek straight up to reach the top of the wall with sections showing superb scenery looking over watchtowers. There will a chance to toboggan when finishing the hike for the day at Mutianyu. Tonight accomidation will be a camping experience in the Huanghuacheng village looking over the watchtower on the wall- alternate accommodation is available if required.
Day 7 (11 Oct)
Waking up to Sunrise with picturesque views is a perfect start to the last day of the trek. The final trek is four hours from Huanghuacheng which will take you close to the Ming Tomb area. The wall at the beginning is steep so you will need to pace yourself where you will then meander through jungles and bushes after the halfway mark which will lead you to stunning views over the watch tower. At this point you will feel as if you’re on top of the Wall with beautiful scenery of the lake.
Day 8 (12 Oct)
Time to explore China’s Capital city of Beijing! Your guided tour will highlight both old and new locations across the city including the Old Imperial Palace known as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Then there’s time to shop for souvenirs before the final dinner in the Beijing Hotel.
Day 9 (13 Oct)
Departure from Beijing back to the UK.
Minimum sponsorship: £3400
** Donation to Demelza is approximately £1700 **
Interim payment: £500 7-8 months prior to departure
Final balance: £1200 60 days prior to departure
** Any sponsorship raised is a donation to Demelza **
Flexi- Funding option:
Interim payment (self-funded): £500 7-8 months prior to departure
** Donation to Demelza is approximately £1210 **
We are also organizing two Information evenings if you would like to come along and ask any questions as well as meeting the Trip Organisers; Charity Travel and Trek. Dates for the Information Evenings are as follows:
Kent Hospice, 24 April 6.30-8pm
South East London Hospice, 2 May 6.30-8pm
Register here to attend either of the information evenings
Please register directly for each event by following the link to the page on our website.
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We look forward to welcoming you on the team!