Great Wall of China Trek
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!
How many participants will there be on this trek?
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?
Can I join if I am over 65 years old?
What support will Alzheimer's Society provide?
What will the weather be like?
Do I need any vaccinations?
What will the trekking be like?
Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?
Do I need insurance?
What is included in the trip and what else do I need to pay for?
What is the accommodation like?
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.