The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous charity challenges around the world. Its iconic status putting it on many lists of the 7 new wonders of the world makes it an objective worthy of anyone raising money for charity, and instantly recognisable in the eyes of potential sponsors.
The Great Wall of China was first started in the C7th BC. Little of that remains, but the majority of what is there was built during the Ming Dynasty in the C14th. While you can’t actually see it from space, contrary to popular myth, it is none-the-less an astonishing feat of human engineering that stretches in total to 13,171 miles if you include all its branches.
This challenging trek takes in stretches both of well restored wall, as well as ancient unrestored sections in quieter locations, to give a balanced experience of history and culture. The trekking will be tough, the ascents and descents are steep with lots of steps to climb as the wall follows the local topography. Our rewards will panoramic views over the hilly Chinese countryside, a mixture of rocky ridges, terraced farmland, dense forest and open rolling hills.
Contrast that with the frenetic pace of Beijing, where we have time to explore the Forbidden City and Tianenmen Square. There is the opportunity to stay out for an additional 4 days to really immerse yourself in Chinese culture, visiting Xian, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, and the ancient wonders of the Silk Road.
This trek is equally ideal for someone embarking on their first charity challenge, as for the veterans of fundraising treks looking for something culturally different but maintaining the element of challenge. Our amazing UK leaders accompany the trek to help bring it to life and to help you to achieve an amazing feat.
"I loved every minute of it, such a experiance, the contrast between Beijing and the Rural area is amazing, to see how different it is to live in China than Cornwall, I loved being out on the wall and only our team being there much more than being on the "tourist" part. "