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trek China for Cancer Focus

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart UK

Depart on our flight to Beijing Airport.


Meals: Dependent on flight schedule

DAY 2

Changping

We arrive in Beijing airport and transfer by coach 70 kms north of the capital to our hotel. On arrival we have time to freshen up prior to our first Chinese lunch and a free afternoon. We meet our guides for a briefing over an evening meal.

 

Meals: L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Badaling and Juyong - 10.5 km / 7 hours trekking

After breakfast we transfer to the unrestored section of the Badaling Wall to avoid the busy crowds. From the high points of the Wall we have panoramic views of misty mountains fading far into the distance. After lunch, we transfer to the Juyongguan section of the Wall, which was constructed in the 5th century and rebuilt many years later by the Ming Dynasty. It is considered to be one of the most strategically important parts of the wall due to its link with Beijing. Today’s warm up prepares us for some of the steep inclines we will be climbing during our trek. Once finished we transfer back to our hotel.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 4

Mutianyu - 6.5 km / 5 hours trekking

Beginning with an early start we transfer through stunning rural countryside to Mutianyu. This was one of the first sections of the Great Wall to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, which is why this section of our trek is so well preserved. In the afternoon we continue to the highest point of today’s challenge, ascending the Heavenly Steps. At the end of our trek we have the option to try the ‘luge’– 300m from top to bottom! There will be some free time in Mutianyu before transferring to our lodge.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 5

Black Dragon Pool Park - 10 km / 7 hours trekking

This morning we transfer to the Black Dragon Pool Park, a spectacular nature reserve set in a deep valley with cliffs rising impressively on either side of crystal clear pools. We spend the day trekking through the park which is steep in places but punctuated with stunning scenery. We have our packed lunch at a waterfall after which we continue over the pass for the final long descent to the end of the day. We transfer to our lodge for a well-deserved meal.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 6

Gubeikou Great Wall - 12 km / 8 hours trekking

This morning we transfer to the start of the trek at Gubeikou. Gubeikou was once a town of military significance and an important passage to the capital city. The Yanshan Mountain Range winds from east to west and is cut off at Gubeikou forming a natural narrow pass where our trek begins. Today our trek passes through remote rural farmland and past many crumbling watch towers along the section known as the ‘Wild Wall’. The impressive Simatai Ridge remains visible in the far distance throughout the day.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 7

Jinshanling - 6 km / 5 hours trekking

The last day of the Challenge! We trek for around five hours at Jinshanling with a packed lunch on the way. We enjoy a wonderful day visiting 20 towers and trekking along beautiful sections of the wall that have been left as ruins. We have a two to three hour transfer back to Beijing before enjoying a celebratory dinner at an excellent local restaurant.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 8

The Forbidden City / Beijing

Breakfast is followed by a visit to Tiananmen Square and a tour of the Forbidden City. In the afternoon, we will pass the impressive Olympic Park and, if time permits, we will make a visit to a local silk factory. In the evening we enjoy our last dinner together before transferring to the airport for our night flight to London.


Meals: B,D    Accom: Hotel

DAY 9

Return to the UK

We arrive back to the UK


Meals: B

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