Great Wall of China Trek

Event Type: Trek
Date: 6 - 15 September 2019
Location: China
Registration Fee: £299
Fundraising Target: £3,300
Level: Moderate

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!

This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history. 

We will be there every step of the way to help you with your fundraising and ensure you smash your target!

Our 10 day challenge takes us on a scenic route of the Great Wall as well as a free day in Beijing.
Download the full trek itinerary
Kit List
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 must be sent to the charity 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 we will send you a payment form three months before the trip to collect the balance of the costs of £1,650. This needs to be paid ten weeks prior to the trip date. You also pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,650 and to aim to get as much as possible in before the trip and within six weeks of your return.

We're here to help you every step of the way with your fundraising! If you have any questions or would like some ideas, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected]


Kick-start your fundraising by setting up a JustGiving page. Any money you raise is transferred to us on a weekly basis, so theres no fuss your end!

Set up your JustGiving page

Sponsorship form

Print off a sponsorship form and encourage your friends and family to show you their support.

Download a sponsorship form

Paying in offline donations

Give us a call on 0330 333 0804 or email [email protected] to find out how to pay in offline donations.

How many participants will there be on this trek?

As it is a very popular destination we would expect to fill most of our places so the final group size should be between 20 and 40 trekkers.

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

This challenge requires a good level of fitness as you will be going up and down large number of steps. The trek includes walking on flagstones of various conditions on the Wall as well as paths through woodland or farmland. At times it is rough and rocky underfoot.

This trek is graded moderate and is achievable by most people with training. Once you have registered, we will provide you with a training programme and will also be in regular contact to make sure that things are going to plan.

Can I join if I am over 65 years old?

If you are over 65, the only additional requirement is that you provide a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that you are fit and healthy to participate in the challenge.

What support will Alzheimer's Society provide?

Before the trip 

We will support you with both challenges of raising your sponsorship money and getting fit. We provide fundraising support, sponsor forms and publicity tips.

Our training plan will help you achieve the level of fitness you'll need and we'll keep in touch regularly to hear how you are getting on. We also organise a pre-event information day which is a great opportunity to find out more about the challenge, meet fellow participants and share tips on fundraising and training.

On the trip 

You will be travelling with experienced guides and support staff, and a doctor will be with you throughout the journey. All luggage is transported by vehicle to the next overnight stop. All you need to carry are the items you need during the day. These should be carried in a 25 litre day pack.

What will the weather be like?

In October it should be warm and dry with temperatures ranging from 6 to 20ºC.

Do I need any vaccinations?

You should contact your GP or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice and you must have had a tetanus vaccination in the last ten years. It is advisable to be up to date with typhoid, polio, and hepatitis A. If you are coming from an infected area you will need a vaccination certificate for yellow fever.

What will the trekking be like?

We trek partly on flagstones of various conditions on the Wall and partly on paths through woodland or farmland. At times it is rough and rocky underfoot. There are also many steps and some steep climbs and descents. 

Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?

Please bring your luggage in a soft sailing bag or rucksack.

Do I need insurance?

You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this trip. You can arrange this yourself or use the tour operator's insurance, details of which will be sent to you once you have registered.

You must let the tour operator have your insurance details by at least eight weeks before the departure date. Do also make sure you declare any pre-existing conditions otherwise your insurance company will not pay up should you need to make a claim.

What is included in the trip and what else do I need to pay for?

What is included in the trip?

  • Return flights from London  
  • All accommodation and transfers
  • Leader, local guides and doctor
  • Luggage transfer
  • All meals, except lunch and dinner on day 10.

What is not included?

  • Travel insurance (approximately £80) and visa (approximately £200)
  • £150 - £200 for personal expenses
  • Any additional fuel surcharge. (Allow between £100 - £250 for this but it is subject to change and won't be confirmed until 8 weeks before the trip) 
  • Tips for local guides (£25 - £30 per participant)
  • Any optional sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner on day 10.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation varies from good quality western style hotels to basic hostels and one night in a village house. All offer en suite facilities except for the one night in the village.

Is the fundraising target per person?

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. 

What is the age limit? 

You will need to be 18 prior to the departure of the trip. 

‘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.

 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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