Great Wall of China Trek
Walk Along a Wonder of the World
A Trek As Old As Time
On this 9-day adventure we hike for 5 days along an iconic structure – the Great Wall of China! Each day of this challenge we visit and trek along different sections of the Great Wall, experiencing the changing landscape and learning about the deep history of each part of the wall – it is a classic adventure – and one to tick off the bucket list!
Our adventure takes us from the ‘Wild Wall’ at Guibeko with its crumbling paths and ruined watchtowers to the restored ‘post-card’ views of Mutianyu and Badaling; where panoramic views stretch to distant misty mountains over peaceful woodland and terraced fields to exposed ridges and majestic peaks. The steep climbs will challenge you, but the views are worth it!
Life on the trek
By taking part in one our group treks you will be part of a much bigger team and that’s what makes the experience so special. Supporting each other, laughing together, motivating each other every step of the way.
Led by a qualified UK Leader and supported by a UK medic & local experts; you will be hosted in 3*+ hotel accommodation, great local restaurants, & more, ensuring you get a feel of the culture & landscape we journey through. These are ‘full inclusive’ challenges – leaving you to focus on that finish line!
An Action Challenge trip is much more than a holiday! It brings like-minded people together in fantastic landscapes, provides the best support & great hospitality, and enables the group to take on a tough & unforgettable challenge which forges new friendships, broaden horizons, and leaves you wanting more of life’s adventures!
The blueprint for Action Challenge trip is based on delivering a high quality enjoyable experience – and doing it all safely. An experienced UK Mountain Leader ensures that all aspects of the challenge run to plan – and one of our UK Medics with an expedition med kit is on-hand to look after the group’s wellbeing – enabling everyone to have the best chance of successfully competing their challenge.
We go to great lengths to ensure that we only use the best local organisations to supply the all-important ground logistics and the on-challenge support, catering, and hospitality teams – with experienced guides leading the way on the trails with their deep local knowledge and authentic style.
Like minded people with a similar sense of adventure – but often from very different backgrounds, and with a wide range of experience, ages, levels of fitness, and personal ambitions. Our trips are perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups of friends to join – and then to take on a unique challenge as part of a larger group which shapes & bonds as the adventure unfolds!
Whether its’s the hotels, restaurants & transfers before & after the main challenge – or the challenge accommodation & meals whilst out on the trails – our all inclusive packages mean that you will get a top quality experience at a great value price! Flights are generally included, but there’s a ‘land only’ option if you’d prefer to book your own – and single supplement accommodation upgrades are available.
The group comes together – takes on a tough challenge together – and then celebrates its achievements in style on the final night of the trip in a local restaurant or hotel, with medals, awards, and a maybe a bit of a party! Many of our participants make new special friends on our trips – and quite a few come back together for another challenge in the following years!
A successful challenge starts with good preparation. The better prepared you are the more confident you’ll be, and the more you’ll enjoy it! Our ‘Challenge App’ will have all the info & details of what to expect on your challenge – and how to prepare for it – and we have optional training walks, training weekends , and a place on one of our UK Ultra Challenge events to get out on the tails and test your fitness, kit, & equipment.
Itinerary & Route
Please note that some details of the itinerary may change, you will be provided with a detailed itinerary once you are signed up to the challenge.
Depart on our flight to Beijing Airport. Once arrived in Beijing airport we transfer by coach 70 kms 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 our guides.
Meals (day 2): LD Accom: Hotel
From the unrestored Badaling section, and the crumbling Gubeikou, to the well maintained Mutianyu and the Huanghuacheng which is partially underwater – we visit a new area of the Great Wall each day. You will see the different construction styles used, learn more of the history, and of course take on some tough hikes up steep stairways to reach watchtowers that offer spectacular views. Each night you can enjoy a great meal at our lodge style accommodation, socialising with your fellow trekkers! On day 7, we return to Beijing.
Meals: BLD Accom: Hotel
We start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square, then a 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 and market. In the evening we enjoy our last dinner together- Peking duck!
Meals: BD Accom: Hotel
This morning we take our transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Costs & Fundraising
We’ve three payment & fundraising options for you to take on this challenge.
Sign up with a £295 online deposit & balance payment due 12 weeks before, with no fundraising target.
Sign up with a £295 online deposit & fundraise for a charity of your choice, with different target options.
The Challenge brochure details the full itinerary, inclusions, dates & prices – download for a full run down of the challenge details.