Stretching 6000km in a dotted line across China, the Great Wall was begun in the 5th Century BC. As it snakes across the mountains it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it.
Our trek is very varied, as we pass through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. We follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps!
This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.
10 days/ 9 nights – 14 to 23 October 2016
Day 1 – Depart Manchester for Beijing.
Day 2 – Beijing
Upon arrival into Beijing we will meet our local crew and transfer to our hotel in Jixian, catching our first glimpse of the Great Wall ahead of us. After lunch we’ll have the chance to rest or visit the famous Du-le Temple nearby. Overnight hotel in Jixian.
Day 3 – Huangyaguan
Today we set off to the first section of the trek, giving us a good indication of the challenge ahead. Originally built in 557 AD, the Huangyanguan section of the wall was repaired for the first time in Ming Dynasty with bricks and for the second time in 1985. This section is noted for being particularly stunning because of its water towers which have all been restored to their former majestic glory. Overnight hotel in Jixian. Trekking time approx 3 – 4hours
Day 4 – Gubeikou – Jinshanling
This morning we transfer to the start of the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. If the weather is good we can see Miyun reservoir and the Wangjing Tower rising in the distance. Jinshanling is one of the best preserved areas of the Great Wall and the section we follow today has all of its 67 watch towers restored, making it a truly spectacular hike with stunning views! Overnight hotel in Jinshanling. Trekking time approx 5 – 7 hours
Day 5 – Jinshanling – Simatai
After watching the sunrise and enjoying breakfast we trek east heading towards Simatai along a much restored section of the wall. Our trek today can be seen for miles as the Wall runs up and down the spine of the mountain. We will take shelter in one of the many watchtowers on the way – you can bet that Ghengis Khan never had it so good when he broke through the Great wall with his Mongol hordes! We’ll meet our transport to take us to our hotel for the next few nights. Overnight hotel in Miyun. Trekking time approx 3 – 4 hours
Day 6 – Black Dragon Pool Park
After breakfast at the hotel we transfer the 30 minutes to the entrance of the famous Black Dragon Pool Park. Today our trek will take us through this beautiful nature reserve and our efforts up these sometimes steep sections are rewarded by stunning views. Overnight hotel in Miyun. Trekking time approx 6-7 hours
Day 7 – Mutianyu to Beijing
Today will be our final morning on the Great Wall! After transferring from our hotel and passing a small village we start climbing a steep, wooded track to the top of the Wall for our final breath taking views over the far off mountains. The section we join is known to be one of most beautiful parts of the wild Wall in Beijing, loved by many photographers. After our final hike we come back down to the road to meet our bus and drive back to the hustle and bustle of Beijing. This evening will be free time to freshen up and enjoy the comforts of the hotel. Overnight hotel in Beijing. Trekking time approx 3 – 4 hours
Day 8 – Beijing
After a good rest overnight we wake early this morning to watch the raising of the National Flag before enjoying a hearty breakfast. We then head out for a visit to Tiananmen Square and a guided tour of the Forbidden City. This afternoon there’s the chance to explore the local markets of Hong-Qiao or Xiu-Shui. Overnight hotel in Beijing.
Day 9 – Beijing
Our final day in China and we head to the tranquil Temple of Heaven where we’ll take part in a Tai Chi Lesson. After lunch in a local restaurant we drive to the Summer Palace for a wander through the beautiful gardens around the Kunming Boating Lake. After a freshen up, we’ll head out to a tradition Beijing Duck restaurant for our celebration meal and final night together to toast our achievements!
Day 10 – Beijing – Manchester
Morning transfer to the airport for return flight back to Manchester (arrive same day)
- Return international flights from Manchester to Beijing
- Skyline Leader and Skyline Doctor
- Local Chinese Guides and Drivers
- All accommodation during challenge in hotels, 5* when available
- All meals and drinking water, except celebration meal and alcoholic beverages
- Activities in Beijing on Days 8 and 9
- Internal transfers as per the itinerary
What’s not included?
- Personal travel insurance (can be purchased through Skyline for £65)
- Visa (£80 approx)
- Local crew tips
Facts & Figures
- Accommodation: Hotels, 5* when available
- Temperature: 21-27 oC at this time of year however the temperature will get a lot cooler at night
- Difficulty: Medium
Registration Fee: £349
Minimum Sponsorship: £3,200
For more information please download KFL China Trek 2016