- Event Type Trek
- Date 7 - 16 September 2018 or 19 - 28 October 2018
- 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.
Beijing – Huangyaguan
7-16 September 2018 or 19-28 October October 2018
What are the costs?
To get yourself registered, we ask you make an intial payment of £299. Once you've signed up you can either take the full sponsorship option of £3,300 or self fund and pay £1,650 to cover the cost of your trip.
Route & Itinerary
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Wall of China has to be the ultimate building project the world has ever known; constructed by human hands over 2000 years ago, it stretches across this hilly region with long spurs and watch-towers often disappearing into the mists.
Our 10 day challenge takes us on a scenic route of the Great Wall as well as a free day in Beijing. The challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history
How many participants will there be on this trek?
We can take up to 60 people 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 40 and 60 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 is 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. If you do not have one, ask friends and family if you could borrow one for the trip
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 (£80) and visa (£60 - 85)
• £150 - £200 for personal expenses
• Any additional fuel surcharge over and above the £200 included in the costs. (Allow between £50 - £100 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
• Fuel surcharge of £200
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.
How and when do I pay for the trek?
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. £2,700 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.