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Great Wall of China Trek

Event Type Trek
Date 3 - 11 October 2020
Location China
Registration Fee £299
Fundraising Target £3,200
Level Moderate

We want to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation closely regarding Coronavirus. As things stand our Great Wall of China trip will be going ahead as planned. We're in close contact with the challenge organisers and will let our supporters know if there are any further updates.

The Challenge

This challenge offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.  Experience one of the seven wonders of the world and unite with us against dementia

‘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. 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...'’ - Great Wall of China  participant

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.

The route

Our 9 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

Kit list

Download our kit list which you can tick off when packing for the trek. We also have an exclusive discount for Cotswold Outdoors.


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 £3,200 per person. £2,560 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 £1,600
  • Sent us £1,280 (80%) of your sponsorship

The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.

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 9.

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 9.


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.

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.

What is the age limit?

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

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.

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.

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.

Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?

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

What will the weather be like?

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

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. 

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please get in touch with our team on 0330 333 0804 or [email protected].

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