Great Wall of China Trek
'My advice to anyone contemplating taking part in this challenge... don’t waste time thinking that you can’t do it, aren’t fit enough, wouldn’t be able to raise the money, because, whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve. It may take you out of your comfort zone, but that can only be a positive thing. Walking The Great Wall of China is the most incredible thing that I have ever done in my life. I am so proud of my achievements...'
This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.
We'll be with you every step of the way to help you with your fundraising and ensure you smash your target!
Our 10 day 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!
For a day by day guide of what to expect, download the full trek itinerary
Being fully prepared for the trek is very important, so take a look a the Kit List.
There are two ways of funding your place on this trip. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £299
Sponsorship option 1
You commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £3,300 per person. £2,640 of this amount (80%) must be sent to us ten weeks prior to the trip and out of this we pay the balance of your trip costs. The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
Self-funding option 2
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. If you wish to do this then ten weeks prior to the trip you will be required to have:
- Sent us the balance of your trip costs of £1,650
- Sent us £1,320 (80%) of your sponsorship
The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
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You will need to be 18 prior to the departure of the trip.
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In order to cover the cost of your place, you will need to individually raise the target. We do encourage teams to sign up, but each individual team member will be required to hit the overall target.
‘My motivation and determination to do this trek was for two amazing people – my parents. I lost my Mum to Alzheimer’s at the age of just 68. She had suffered the devastating effects of this cruel illness for 12 years. A second devastating blow came 6 months before we lost Mum, we were told that Dad had Vascular Dementia – he was only 68. We lost him in January 2016.
My advice to anyone contemplating taking part in this challenge...don’t waste time thinking that you can’t do it, aren’t fit enough, wouldn’t be able to raise the money...because, whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve. It may take you out of your comfort zone, but that can only be a positive thing.
Walking The Great Wall of China is the most incredible thing that I have ever done in my life. I am so proud of my achievements, both physically (it was no mean feat!!), mentally – psyching myself up to travel halfway around the world and leaving my family behind, and most of all, the sense of achievement in raising £4500 in memory of my Mum and Dad, who I know would be immensely proud.
I could not have raised £4500 without the amazing support of my family, friends and other generous people!
Top tip: I wrote to loads of local businesses to ask for raffle prizes and donations. You have to learn to be a bit cheeky - don’t be afraid to ask!’ Judith – conquered the Great Wall in 2017.