CHINA Trek Great Wall Open Challenge

This trek takes in the remote sections of the Great Wall in Hebei province. Explore and trek between small villages after visiting the iconic sights of Beijing.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital monies for your charity
  • Beijing sightseeing, with rickshaw ride through the old town
  • Walking through rural villages in the Hebei Province
  • Staying remote sections of the Great Wall hosted by local families
  • Rare insight into rural Chinese life
  • Exploring original sections of the Great Wall

Overview

This innovative itinerary takes in a remote section of the Great Wall outside Beijing in Hebei Province. Hosted by local families, we stay in comfortable guesthouses in exclusive locations and explore the Great Wall over five days, trekking between villages. The scenery is vast and diverse as we trek our way through tall swaying corn cropped field to distant green river valleys with one of the great wonders of the world as our backdrop. Host families provide us with true rural hospitality in the ‘real China’ and allow us rare interaction, including visits to family homes. In Beijing we visit the capital’s major historic sites such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square , before rickshaw ride through the old town. We also indulge in the culunary delight that Chinese cuisine is so famous for. The Beijing food experiences will no doubt compete with the trek itself as one of the highlights of this entirely unique adventure.

Challenge Grade

The theme behind most of our trips is action holidays and the fitter you are, the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. On a trekking trip such as this you need to be in general good health and moderately fit. The grading overall would be moderate, with little "strenuous" activity. Before departure aerobic-type exercise, which increases your breathing, is an obvious advantage. We recommend that for about two to three months prior to departure you try to exercise most days for 30 - 45 minutes or aerobic type activity.

Itinerary

On arrival in Beijing you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The afternoon is free to explore this vibrant city before meeting your guide this evening for a trip briefing. This will be followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals:  D

Today we have a full day in Beijing to explore some of the most majestic and historically significant sites of this immense city. We start with Tienanmen Square and the “Forbidden City” so called as it was off limits to the general public for over 500 years. Its ancient buildings served as the imperial palace for two dynasties, the Ming and Qing. After lunch we take a rickshaws ride through the old city, inspecting courtyards, and the district Bell Tower, and Hou Hai. Back at the hotel we freshen up ready to try some local cuisine dinner. What a day!

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we depart Beijing and travel by bus to Gubeikou at the border of Hebei Province to begin our walk. The Great Wall is one of mankind’s most extensive structures and in total length, including early walls, it totals over 5000km from the Bohai Gulf in eastern China to Gansu Province. After lunch at Gubeikou we explore a section of the wall on a high ridge above the township where several prominent towers afford great views of the terrain. We will walk at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop and take photos of this majestic structure. Following our 3-4 hour walk, tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will ascend and explore a spectacular section of the wall above the Gubeikou valley. This is a little-visited section and offers views of a wild landscape. We climb to the junction of the Ming Dynasty wall where we explore the terrain before descending on a local trail to our guesthouse. Like all nights, we look forward to a delicious meal of fresh local dishes. Approx 6 hours walking.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we set off early to trek through cornfields and farm land for a true taste of rural China, before exploring this classic section of the wall. Here we are well off the beaten track, experiencing every day village life as we pass along the way. With broad sweeping views, it is easy to see how the wall resembles a dragon’s back weaving its way across this beautiful golden land. This evening we stay at the Jinshanling local guesthouse. Approx 7-8 hours walking.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we climb on to the Great wall and begin a morning’s walk towards Simatai, passing through Jinshanling, a restored section. This section of the wall was built in the 15th century. There is time on the walk, as elsewhere, to explore and photograph this section of the original wall. We will note the wall’s intriguing design features that gave the defenders a military advantage against the nomads. This evening we stay at the Jinshanling local guesthouse. Approx 7 - 8 hours walking.

Meals:  B,L,D

We head off early this morning to hike to Beijing Tower at the summit of Mt Simatai. Today’s walk is challenging with a rugged climb to the summit. Our efforts are well worth it as we are rewarded with stunning vistas and awe inspiring views back across to Hebei. The Great Wall was built by over 1 million people who largely were soldiers, peasants, prisoners and soldiers. Thousands of them died in the process.Today as we trek this ancient section of crumbling wall, we can imagine the hard work and structural genius that went into creating what is now a national treasure in modern day China. This afternoon we transfer back to Beijing for a well deserved shower at the hotel. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a Farewell Dinner of Roast Peking Duck.

Meals:  B,L,D

The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Farewell Dinner celebration in Beijing
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Expert bilingual local guide
  • Support trek staff including English speaking guide
  • Comfortable well located hotel in Beijing on twin share basis
  • Local Jinshanling Hotel and guesthouses along the Great Wall with bedding supplied
  • Private air conditioned vehicles throughout
  • Back up vehicle while trekking
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Medical kit

What's Not Included

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Airport transfers - we can book paid transfers but less cost taking local taxis
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional - Sleeping bag if you need for extra warmth - also available for hire in China (to be paid locally)
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and alcohol
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Single supplement

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. The bulk of your luggage will be left in Beijing and the duffle bag containing the gear you require for the trek will be transported for you on trek days.

Fundraising Impact

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Open Challenges. The Open Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Open Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Open Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement:USD$260 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraise:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 30 May 20186 Jun 2018
 18 Oct 201825 Oct 2018
 20 May 201927 May 2019
 19 Oct 201926 Oct 2019
Duration:8 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CGW
Registration Fee:USD$90
Travel Cost:USD$1690

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective