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Sat 08 Sep - Sun 16 Sep 2018


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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 08 Sep 2018

International departure from London

Embrace the uncertainty as you head to the airport to begin this incredible adventure. A Charity Challenge representative will be on hand to answer any last minute questions, and quell any last minute nerves, as you join the rest of the group for this trek of a lifetime.


Day 2, Sun 09 Sep 2018

Arrival Beijing and transfer to the Wall area

Ni Hao. Welcome to China, and the start of your Charity Challenge.

Your local Charity Challenge guide will be on hand at the airport to welcome you and oversee the road transfer to your first night's accommodation. Gather for a trek briefing and inaugural team dinner in the evening, and prepare for your incredible adventure.

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 3, Mon 10 Sep 2018

Jinshanling Loop (approximately 5-6 hours)

Today your trek on the Great Wall starts on an original part of the structure. Its steep, crumbling staircases and watchtowers provide a fitting introduction to the enormity of the challenge ahead. Take your mind off the endless steps and enjoy the incredible views over both China and Mongolia.

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 4, Tue 11 Sep 2018

Gubeikou Gateway (approximately 7-8 hours)

The longest day of the challenge, get ready to push the limits. Take on the demanding Gubeikou section of the wall beginning with a steady climb up past a number of time-worn watchtowers. Enjoy the expansive views over rural China, before continuing along the renovated Jinshanling section of the wall.

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 5, Wed 12 Sep 2018

Mutianyu section (approximately 5 hours)

Today follows the Mutianyu section of the Wall and the challenging trek down the appropriately named "Heavenly Staircase".

Driving out to the village of Xihazi, the day begins with a stiff climb up towards the tower of Zhenbeilou; the pinnacle of our challenge.  Basking in the glory of some truly breathtaking scenery, you then begin the hike down towards Mutianyu, tackling the steep staircase that leads onto the more popular renovated section of the wall. Today will test even the fittest of legs which will make the sense of achievement all the greater.

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 6, Thu 13 Sep 2018

Huanghuacheng (approximately 5 hours)

From the small village of Xishuiyu, the trail meanders through thick forest to the tree-line and the start of your scramble along one of the most exciting yet challenging parts of the old wall at Huanghuacheng. Against the spectacular backdrop of the Xishuiyu Reservoir and the surrounding mountains, battle your way along a series of overgrown and steep ascents and descents, before the final section of the day tests nerves and legs.

Accommodation: Lodge


Day 7, Fri 14 Sep 2018

Shi Xia (approximately 5 hours)

The day starts with a winding path up through woodland and gradually ascends up to today’s section of the wall.  This section of the wall is not renovated and is authentic, striking and wild.  Terrain underfoot on the wall is loose and steep in sections with the final descent off the wall being the most challenging, but together with support from the leader and guides, you will complete the day’s challenge.   The final stretch through the oak and beech woodland leads to a small village where your transport will be waiting.

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 8, Sat 15 Sep 2018

Full day city tour of Beijing

With the hard work done, relax and enjoy some of the cultural highlights of China's historic capital, Beijing.

Today’s city tour of Beijing includes a visit to Tiantan Park and the Temple of Heaven, where you can join the locals as they enjoy a morning of Tai Chi, Mah Jong and their own unique version of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’! An opportunity for some shopping at the local market is followed by a tour around Tiananmen Square and the magnificent Forbidden City, before a final group dinner of traditional Peking Duck or a vegetarian alternative.

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 9, Sun 16 Sep 2018

Beijing to London

Bid a fond farewell to China make your way to the airport this morning for the flight home. Filled with a profound sense of pride and a wish that the adventure could continue, you return home armed with stories and memories that will last a lifetime...or at least until the next challenge.


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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