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Sat 22 Oct - Sun 30 Oct 2016


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 22 Oct 2016

International departure from London

The long-awaited journey begins at the airport where the group will meet with a Charity Challenge representative for the first time. Any last minute nerves or anxieties will fade away as you fly off for your exciting adventure along China’s Great Wall.


Day 2, Sun 23 Oct 2016

Arrival Beijing and transfer to Badaling area

Touching down in Beijing, the group will be greeted by a local Charity Challenge guide who will oversee the long transfer 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. Don’t forget to ask any last minute questions.


Day 3, Mon 24 Oct 2016

Badaling Great Wall (approximately 4-5 hours)

And we’re off! After a short drive, we will catch our first glimpse of the magnificent Great Wall before starting off on a steep and challenging climb along a rough and uneven path. This section of the wall has been recently renovated and so you will be broken in gently to your time in China. However, the final descent is short but very steep and will test tired limbs. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a well deserved lunch. Overnight in a nearby lodge.


Day 4, Tue 25 Oct 2016

Huanghuacheng (approximately 5 hours)

After a successful first day it’s an hour’s transfer to the village of Xishuiyu, where we begin trekking the Huanghuacheng section of the wall. Often described as the most exciting part of the itinerary by former participants, the main obstacle of the day is the overgrown and uneven path that involves some elements of scrambling. The morning is spent battling steep descents and narrow paths, before eventually reaching a paved part of the wall after lunch. Spirits will be high as we enjoy the magnificent views over the Xishuiyu reservoir below. It’s not time to relax just yet, however, as there’s a steep descent down to the final watchtower. The group will be transferred to a lodge for the night.


Day 5, Wed 26 Oct 2016

Gubeikou Gateway (approximately 7-8 hours)

The toughest trekking day yet starts from a nearby village. By now some of the group might be feeling a little worn out, but you’ll need to dig even deeper to overcome the long and demanding Gubeikou section. Hopefully the buoyant team morale and impressive views will help you rise to the challenge. We descend off the wall through rugged farmland, before going back up for the renovated Jinshaling section. Expect to end the day feeling worn out but overwhelmingly proud of your achievement.


Day 6, Thu 27 Oct 2016

Jinshanling Loop (approximately 5-6 hours)

Morale will be high as we set off from the lodge on the penultimate day of the expedition. Today’s route includes parts of the original wall with steep, crumbling staircases and watchtowers. As the wall snakes along the horizon, we will be treated to panoramic views of up to 80 miles of mountains. With Mongolia on one side and China on the other, be sure to take time to soak up your surroundings and contemplate how far you’ve come. The endless steps will have taken their toll, so we’ll head for a lodge for a good night’s sleep ahead of the final day of trekking.


Day 7, Fri 28 Oct 2016

Mutianyu section (approximately 5 hours)

Emotions are bound to be mixed as we set off for our biggest battle yet: the Mutianyu section. It’s a short transfer to the village of Xizhazi, where the day’s trek begins. From here it’s onwards and upwards towards the tower of Zhenbeilou, which is quite literally the pinnacle of the challenge. Prepare for a tough final stretch upwards to the tower, after which comes the reward of the incredible vistas. From here it’s a two-hour trek to Mutianyu, a much visited section of the wall but certainly worthy of a few pics. What goes up must come down, so be ready for hundreds of steps down to the waiting coach. Once en route, the bus will stop at either a silk or jade factory as it heads back to Beijing. Overnight in a hotel.


Day 8, Sat 29 Oct 2016

Full day city tour of Beijing

After all that hard work, the group can now 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, as well as the Temple of Heaven, where you can see the locals practicing their morning sports. Then it’s time to shop for some last minute souvenirs before a final dinner with your new friends and trekking pals.


Day 9, Sun 30 Oct 2016

Beijing to London

After a final breakfast together, the group will head for the airport for the flight back to Heathrow. Armed with a sense of achievement, you can feel proud as you touch down and share your fantastic journey with your family and friends.


Important information

This itinerary may change depending on accommodation availability. We occasionally run our Great Wall challenge in reverse, which means that you will complete all of the days of trekking given here but in a different order. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say. Should you suffer from vertigo, it is worth considering that on most mountain treks there will be occasional exposure to sheer drops. Therefore you should discuss the particular itinerary of your choice with a member of our team.

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