China Trek – Sleep On The Wall For 1 Night!

China Charity Trek – A 5-day trek along this amazing undulating structure that appears endless. Trek along some of the Wall’s remote sections and experience sleeping on the Wall (an abandoned watchtower) for the final night. This is a 9 day trip.

What's Included

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Beijing – London
  • Return airport transfers in Beijing
  • Fully qualified English speaking local guides
  • 3/4* hotel accommodation in Beijing, twin share, B&B basis (2 nights)
  • Basic hotel/farmhouse accommodation on trek (5 nights)
  • All meals & drinking water on trek
  • Luggage transfer during trek (night stop to night stop)
  • All trek and National Park access permits
  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Camping gear for 1 night: twin share tent, roll mat & sleeping bag per person
  • Challenge Manual containing everything you need to know
  • Full support before and during your trip
  • Discounts from UK retailers

Services Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • China tourist visa

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Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London, bound for Beijing.

Day 2 – Arrive Beijing, transfer to mountains (Huangyaguan area)
On arrival, the group will be greeted by the guide who will oversee the 2hr drive from the airport to the hotel in the mountainous area surrounding Beijing. Do your best to battle jetlag as today is a great opportunity to explore your new surroundings. The group will get together for a first team meal, as well as a briefing about the challenge ahead.

Accommodation: hotel near Hunagyaguan (western toilet & shower).
Meals: lunch/dinner

Day 3 – Taipingzhai to Huangyaguan (3 hours, 4 km hiking)
After a typical countryside breakfast, it’s about a 10 min drive to Taipingzhai where today’s walk will start. The trek to Huangyaguan is about 3 hours. Lunch is taken after the trek, which is more than enough on this day, followed the drive to Gubeikou village and stay overnight in this traditional walled village. There is opportunity to trek up ‘Crouching Tiger Hill’ in the village (2hrs).

Originally built in 557 AD, the Huangyanguan Great Wall was repaired for the first time in Ming Dynasty with bricks and then restored again in 1985. It is 41 kilometres in length with its walls and towers built on mountain ridge with an average altitude of 738 metres. The name Huangyaguan translates to “Yellow Cliff Pass” and is named after the yellowish hills and rocks nearby. It is unique in that it has various different-shaped watchtowers. There are not many tourists in this area, as it is a remote and seldom visited location. The most unique feature here is the Street of the Eight Diagrams, an architectural wonder of the Ming Dynasty lying just below the pass. A labyrinth set up to confuse and entrap invading armies, this fortification design is based on the ancient trigrams of the Book of Changes. UNESCO placed Huangyaguan Great Wall on the UN list of the World heritage.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 4 – Gubeikou to Jinshanling (5 hours, 10 km hiking)
We drive for 10 minutes after breakfast to the entrance at Gubeikou, from where we trek to Jinshanling. Gubeikou is located 146 kilometres north of Beijing. It has the Panlong (Coling Dragon) and Wohu (Crouching Tiger) mountains in the background. In 1378 General Xu Da ordered this section of the Great Wall rebuilt. Gubeikou has probably seen more battles than any other part of the Great Wall including some of the most famous in Chinese history. Our trek takes us eastward along the old city wall passing numerous watchtowers and other parts of the wall that have not yet been restored.

After 2 hours trekking of the Gubeikou section, we have to get off the wall to avoid a military area nearby. Going through the path in the field for 1.5 hours, and then we will come back to the wall again on the Jinshanling section. When we leave the wall, we will have fresh Chinese dishes in a local farmer’s restaurant before driving back to Gubeikou village.

A Chinese dumpling-making learning will be organised in the afternoon.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Gubeikou village (western toilet & shower)
Meals : breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 5 – Jinshanling to Simatai West (3 hours, 6 km hiking)
We will drive to Jinshanling (20 mins) after breakfast at 8am (optional sunrise watching can be organised upon request without additional cost if weather permits, please advise your guide). It will take about 3 hrs trekking on the wall. We will get off the wall at East-Five-Eye Tower at Simatai West Great Wall. This section offers arguably the finest hiking anywhere on the Great Wall. It is extremely photogenic, with over 15 varied watch-towers and steep gradients that give constantly changing perspectives and wide open views. This section of the wall is wild, ruined, preserved and original. On a clear day, it is difficult to fail to take good photographs here. We will drive (2 hours) to Jiankou village after lunch.

Accommodation: local farmer’s guesthouse at Jiankou Village (western toilet & shower)
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner

Day 6 – Jiankou to Mutianyu (5 hours, 10 km hiking)
We will drive 10 minutes to the start of trekking at Jiankou; a 5hr day on the wall. Today’s trek takes place on both restored and original walls. The first one hour straight up to reach the wall, and then treks through the unrestored towers. This section has superb scenery, dense vegetation and many fine watch-towers. The brickwork is elaborate. The wild Wall to the west is the original Ming Dynasty with fine stonework, and there are almost no other people. You will be rewarded when you approach Zhenbeilou Tower, where you will have a breathtaking view of Jiankou section. There will be a sharp contrast when you arrive at Mutianyu with the restored wall and towers.

There’s a chance to try toboggan (optional, make sure you’re insurance covers it!) when finishing the hike at Mutianyu. We will then drive to Huanghuacheng village (just over an hour) for the camping experience.

Camping On The Wall. We provide the tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags for you to experience waking up to the sunrise over the Wall. This is optional and alternative accommodation (guesthouse) is available. Once you reach the guesthouse today, there is time to settle in, freshen up and have dinner before trekking up to the Watchtower for the night.

Accommodation: camping on the Great Wall (optional. Alternative Guesthouse is available for those who do not wish to camp)
Meals: breakfast/lunch/dinner
Camping equipment provided: twin-share tent, 1 sleeping bag & 1 rolling mat per person.

Day 7 – Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu (4 hours, 6 km hiking)
Wake up to the sunrise and enjoy breakfast on the Great Wall; a great experience. Perfect for amazing photographs; there is usually no-one else about. On completion of breakfast, we start the final trek (4 hrs).

Originally built in the Beiqi Dynasty (550 A.D.-577 A.D.), Huanghuacheng was extended and consolidated in the Ming Dynasty due to its close distance to the Ming Tombs area. It was critical to protect the imperial tombs area in the Ming Dynasty. There are four defence walls in this area and Huanghuacheng is the command center. The Wall was built on steep mountain ridges and it can be seen from a far distance. Two reservoirs were built in 1970s and the Wall was cut down at two positions, thus there’s reflection of the Wall on the lakes/ reservoirs.

The Wall at the beginning is steep so pace yourself. You will meander through jungles and bushes after halfway. A stunning view is waiting for you  when you reach the last watchtower. It’s quite high and you’ll feel as if you’re on top of the entire Wall; enjoy the beautiful lake scenery.

On completion of the trek, there’s a hotpot lunch. Hotpot is originally from Sichuan Province and now is popular all over China. You can choose Plain or Spicy one as you like. This is also a good opportunity to practice your chopstick skills! You will get back to hotel at 2-3 pm.

Celebration Roast Duck Dinner is on the menu tonight once you get back to Beijing and freshened up. We do this on the first night as anyone on extensions will not be in Beijing tomorrow night.

Accommodation: Beijing Hotel
Meals: breakfast/lunch/celebration dinner

Day 8 – City Tour of Beijing
It’s time to enjoy a day exploring China’s capital city. The guided tour will highlight the contrast of old and new, including the Old Imperial Palace known as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Lunch is included. The remainder of the day is free for you to roam, relax, shop or sightsee as you please.

We do not take you on ‘forced shopping’ trips to silk factories or similar where pressurised sales techniques are used and commissions paid to Guides for sales taken.

Accommodation: Beijing Hotel
Meals: breakfast

Day 9 – Depart Beijing


Funding Options

Deposit Interim Payment Final Balance Fundraising Target
On Booking due by 25 Aug 2019 due by 7 Feb 2020
Self Fund £350 £700 £1000 No formal target
Flexi Fund £350 £700 paid by charity £2000
Min Sponsorship £350 paid by charity paid by charity £3400

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