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trek Great Wall of China

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart UK

Depart on our flight to Beijing Airport.


Meals: Dependent on flight schedule

DAY 2

Changping

Once arrived in Beijing airport we transfer by coach 70 kms north of the capital to our comfortable Hotel. On arrival we have time to freshen up before our first Chinese lunch. We then enjoy a free afternoon before our evening meal and briefing from our guides.

 

Meals: L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Badaling and Juyong - 10.5 km / 7 hours trekking

After breakfast we transfer to the un-restored section of the Badaling Wall to avoid the busy crowds. Before the trekking starts, the special activity of “rebuild the Wall” is arranged.From the high points of the Wall we have extensive 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 because of its link with Beijing. These two sections today are a tough warm-up for our first day on the wall as it is steep in places. Once finished we transfer back to our hotel.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 4

Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu - 10 km / 5 hours trekking

Today we will trek along Huanghuacheng Great Wall. The Huanghuacheng Great wall is divided by reservoirs, and some parts are even immersed in the water, which is a very unique characteristic, distinguishing it from other sections of the Great Wall. We just walk along the walking trail skirting the Huanghuacheng Reservoir with the Great Wall hanging on the mountains surrounding the reservoir. Today’s hiking starts from a farmyard and involves  climbing up and down on two mountains which will make it feel a lot longer. It’s steep in places, with a tough climb to get up on to the wall, and then more climbing up and down on the way to the end, till finished at Xishuiyu Reservoir.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 5

Lianhuachi and Mutianyu - 6.5 km / 5 hours trekking

Beginning with an early start we transfer about 30 minutes through stunning rural countryside to Lianhuachi. We start trekking on a completely unrestored and wild part of the Great Wall that is not well known to most visitors. This is a challenging walk starting on a steep dirt path embraced by bushes and trees. After a few hours of hiking the Lianhuachi Great Wall we will stop for lunch before crossing over into the Great Wall of Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. The afternoon walk is easier and you can enjoy some breath-taking views of the valley. At the end of our trek we have the option to try the ‘luge’– 300m from top to bottom! We then transfer to our lodge.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 6

Gubeikou Great Wall - 12 km / 8 hours trekking

This morning we transfer 1.5hrs 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 of trekking in which around 20 towers are visited, including some beautiful sections that have been left as ruins. Emotions run high as the group takes its final steps off the Wall and the challenge comes to an end. The transfer back to Beijing is 2 –3 hours to our hotel. In the evening we enjoy a dinner in a local pizzeria.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Lodge

DAY 8

The Forbidden City / Beijing

Breakfast is followed by a visit to Tiananmen Square, a city 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-Peking duck.


Meals: B,D    Accom: Lodge

DAY 9

Return to the UK

This morning we take our transfer to the airport for our flight home. 


Meals: B

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