- Trek along one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- Climb the Heavenly Ladder at Mutianyu
- Help rebuild part of the Wall
- Enjoy a Toboggan ride down part of the Wall
- Experience fascinating traditional Chinese culture
- Discover the cultural highlights of Beijing
Join us on a majestic 9 day trekking adventure and conquer the twists, turns, steps and slopes of this formidable fortification – the famous Great Wall. As we trek along this iconic Wonder of the World, you’ll cross ancient watchtowers and battlement stations to witness magnificent panoramas of luscious, rolling green hills as far as the eye can see! You’ll climb the incredible Heavenly Ladder and help rebuild part of the Wall – an exclusive privilege of this trip, and we’ll immerse ourselves in stunning scenery and Chinese culture. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Beijing, where we’ll visit iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the famous Tiananmen Square!
Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Beijing.
Arrive in Beijing and then transfer to your hotel near Huangyaguan to freshen up and have some free time before dinner.
Following breakfast we will start our warm up trek along the Taipingzhai section and return along the Wall to Huangyaguan. This section is very popular as it was as an army barracks 600 years ago and was a highly strategic point for entering into Beijing – you can still see the links of the barracks to the Great Wall. Even though it’s a warm up day, there’ll still be plenty of ups and downs as you get used to the Great Wall steps! Once we get to the bottom, we’ll stop for something to eat before transferring to our overnight accommodation.
Trekking distance – approx. 4 – 5km/3 hours
Gubeikou to Jinshanling
Following breakfast we’ll commence trekking along the beautiful Gubeikou section of the wall to Jinshanling. Our main challenge will be to cover the 27 watchtowers over old brick-made steps. Step back in time here and drink in the history of this remote and beautiful section of the Great Wall. In the afternoon we’ll come off the Wall down to the valley and trek through remote villages and farms. Towards the end of the day we’ll re-join the Wall and trek through the last 8 watchtowers to the Jinshanling section.
Trekking distance – approx. 13km/8 hours
We’ll trek from our lodge at Jinshanling to a remote section of the Wall which will give you a flavour of the immensity of the task undertaken in building this incredible structure. It is a truly beautiful area and the vista of the Wall disappearing over the mountains is a memorable sight. It will be is a tough day with lots of steps going up and down, but it is a truly amazing experience that you’ll remember forever. After reaching the highest point of the day, we’ll come off the Wall and walk down to meet the coach which will transfer us to our overnight accommodation.
Trekking distance – approx. 7.5km/5-6 hours
After breakfast we’ll take a short transfer to the Mutianyu section and climb 1,000 steps up to the Wall. We will then trek through 11 watchtowers to the Heavenly Ladder, which ascends at a 45 degree angle and covers another 460 steps! The view from the top is stunning – the Great Wall pitches up and dives down across the rolling green hillsides disappearing and then reappearing among the forested slopes. Here you will have the opportunity to take lots of photos. We will then head back down. As we get closer to the bottom you’ll have three choices of how to get off the Wall: follow the 1,000 steps we tackled on the way up, descend in a cable car or take a toboggan slide!
Trekking distance – approx. 7km/6 hours
Juyongguan and Badaling
The first part of the day is spent at the Juyongguan section of the Wall which is very similar to the first day at Huangyaguan with an important barracks situated at the bottom. This section gives you a clear idea of how the Wall would have looked originally. Our final mission of the challenge will be to help repair the Badaling old section of the Wall. We have secured exclusive permission from the Chinese Government to help with the reconstruction in this area. New bricks are carried up to a section that is currently being repaired and under the supervision of trained staff we will be able to place our own brick on the Wall. Following this we will transfer back to Beijing, where you have the opportunity to go on an optional Hutong rickshaw tour. It’s one of the most popular tours in Beijing and the best way to explore the old way of life over the last 200 years.
Trekking distance – approx. 3km/3 hours
You’ll have a free day to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Beijing and all it has to offer, both modern and ancient. There will be an optional full day excursion that explores the highlights of Beijing which includes a visit to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the beautiful Temple of Heaven. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner at Beijing’s premier Duck restaurant. We’ll indulge in a real Chinese dining experience and celebrate our achievements!
We’ll transfer back to Beijing Airport for our flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.
(Please note this is a complex itinerary and subject to change, including the timings and distances detailed. Weather conditions, the group’s ability and any other factors outside our control can impact on the schedule set out here).
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