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trek Great Wall of China

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking the Great Wall is a reasonably tough challenge, but one that is very achievable with the correct training. It requires a good level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building) and anaerobic (strength building) exercises. Most importantly, you should get in some good hill walking, in the boots you are going to be wearing on the challenge. We also recommend taking the stairs instead of the lift, or going to step classes at gym!

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Breacon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - British Nationals do require a visa to enter China. An email will be sent out reminding you to apply visa within 4 months of your departure date. This will include the application form and the details you need to complete it.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 2000m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – No specific vaccinations are required for China, however, please make sure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations by speaking to your local GP / travel clinic. Advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid and Diptheria.

how old do I have to be to take on this challenge?

You need to be a minimum of 18-years-old at the start of the challenge. Participants aged 16 and 17-year-olds may also participate in an International Challenge but will need the agreement of a parent or guardian of legal age. This same guardian or parent will have to accompany them on the challenge and sign a parental responsibility form. Please note our International Challenges are mainly aimed towards adults therefore we don’t recommend children to book.

life on the trek

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

The weather in Northern China is characterised by long hot Summers and very cold Winters, so the best times to visit are during the Spring and Autumn. The springtime is fresh and mild, with snow on the mountains and blossom on the cherry trees, whilst autumn around the Beijing area means big clear blue skies, andpleasant temperatures. The temperatures in the countryside can decrease quite dramatically at night, especially when staying in the rustic lodges, so warm long sleeved items are essential. While trekking on the wall the weather is always unpredictable and can change quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, make sure that you are ready for hot sun at midday, brisk winds, and the occasional rain shower. 

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food and Drink - There will be three varied and nutritious meals a day and a minimum of three litres of bottled water. A typical breakfast consists of a choice of Chinese and Western style food including fruit, toast, cereal and ‘congee’, a traditional Chinese rice porridge. Lunch and dinners usually comprise rice, stir fried and steamed vegetables, dumplings and a selection of meat. Chinese cuisine varies throughout the country and you may find it quite different to Chinese restaurants at home and courses may be served simultaneously. Local beer and wine can be purchased at reasonable prices although Chinese wines tend to be of a distinct flavour and strength. Imported alcohol tends to be expensive.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation – We will be staying in 3* - 4* hotels at the beginning and end of the trek, all with Western amenities - towels are provided. On the trek, we stay in rustic lodges. These are basic but comfortable with Western style bathrooms. All rooms are allocated on a twin-share, single-sex basis with someone of a similar age where possible.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

We offer three different extension packages that you can book onto post challenge.

 

3 Day Package to see the Terracotta Warriors.
5 Day Package to see the Terracotta Warriors and the Giant Pandas.
3 Day Package to the exciting bustling city of Shangai.

 

If you are interested in one of our packages, or just extending your stay out in China, a request will be made to the airline once we have your specific dates.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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